IT DOESN’T matter how bright and sunny it is outside, when you’re poking around under the bonnet of a car there’s always a dark corner you need to get to.
Poking around under the bonnet of a car isn’t really my cup of tea but I like to carry a torch around with me in case my old rotbox decides to hemorrhage a pool of brightly coloured liquid on the side of the M6 and I need to fashion a tourniquet out of one of my wife’s stockings. That’s never happened before, but it might.
So I was quite pleased to find this natty little light made by motoring specialists Ring.
The RIL50 pocket light is a new addition to its range and it’s designed to be small but still pack a punch.
It fits perfectly in most of your car’s cubbies because it’s not much bigger than a highlighter pen yet it houses eight LED bulbs at the top of the unit, which give off a very bright, white light.
The beam actually spreads across an area of 13ft and is designed to stretch out up to 25ft in front of you when used outdoors.
This means, it’s not only good for poking around in your inlet manifold, but it will also light the way to the nearest phone box or petrol station.
It’s perfect for this time of year when the nights are drawing in.
It comes supplied with the three AAA batteries, which its makers claim will last nine hours in continuous use.
It also has a magnetic clip to attach it to a lapel or pocket and has a very rugged feel. It’s the sort of torch you won’t mind getting dirty because you’ll probably just be able to wash the muck off again.