Bear Grylls Survival Torch Review – Tough & Waterproof
When I first took the Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Torch out of the packaging I was immediately impressed with how rugged and substantial this flashlight felt in my hands.
This flashlight comes with the Bear Grylls Priorities of Survival Pocket Guide and a single AA battery to get you started. It also has a few surprises inside… which we’ll talk about in a few moments…
The Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Torch reminds me a bit of my old school MAG Lights and is nearly 6 inches long and weights about 4 ounces.
The Survival Torch head, barrel and cap are all made out of a nice quality aluminum that is fiery orange in color… so it won’t be easily lost if it is dropped on the ground or in the woods.
The barrel is over molded with a thick rubber, similar in look and feel to all of the Bear Grylls knives and tools.
It feels good when I hold it and is very grippy even when wet.
The Bear Grylls Survival Torch has 1 L.E.D. bulb and simply twists on and off by turning the flashlight head like this… the cross hatch tread on the flashlight head give some grip to make turning the head easier.
The beam is reasonably strong and will allow you to see quite well up to about 50 or 60 feet.
Power and Run Time
The Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Torch / flashlight puts out 24 lumens with a full alkaline battery and in our tests this flashlight was still putting out over 10 lumens after of full 24 hours of continuous run time and it was still going… although the bulb was dimming a lumen or two every hour after that…
I can’t believe that it was just a few short years ago that a good flashlight would run maybe a hour on new batteries… IF your bulb didn’t burn out first.
AND the amazing thing is that over 24 hours of light is generated with ONLY ONE AA battery.
As with all L.E.D. bulbs, this one should last for years if you don’t accidentally bash it with a rock or something…
To replace the battery simply turn the torch head counter clock wise and swap in a new battery.
And it’s a bonus that the Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Torch is waterproof… The internal electronics are protected from water by this rubber ring that seals the water out went the flashlight is in water up 1 meter.
I wouldn’t recommend taking this flashlight diving, but it’s nice to know that it’s not going to fail you in a downpour or if you drop it into you cooking pot or a stream.
On the butt end of the flashlight there is a lanyard hole for tying the torch to stuff or adding a lanyard.
Roomy Waterproof Compartment
This butt cup twists off revealing a pretty nifty two and three eights inch deep by one inch wide storage container that is also waterproof through the use of this rubber ring.
Inside Gerber includes: 5 hefty survival matches with a sand paper striker board and a small wad of tinder for starting a fire. All are sealed in their own waterproof bags and should be quite dry if you ever need them.
Because of the generous size of the waterproof compartment these items are easy to repack.
If you carry fire steel with you as a separate item, this compartment is large enough to carry a backup battery and tinder wad.
Owner reviews for the Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Torch are well over 4 out of 5 stars. And owners often comment on the quality of this flashlight package for the price, how bright it is… and many really like the large butt end storage container and the goodies that it carries.
We give the Bear Grylls Survival Torch 4.5 out of 5 stars for it’s fit and finish, evident overall quality, simple operation, bright light, storage compartment and the enclosed fire-starting tools, waterproof construction and the fact that you’ll get well over 24 hours of continuous light with a fresh alkaline battery.
The best price we’ve found online right around $20… so for your convenience, here’s the link.
So who is the Bear Grylls Survival Torch for?
The Gerber Bear Grylls Waterproof Survival Torch / flashlight package is an affordable and excellent tool for the beginner survivalist… it’s great for camping, backpacking, canoeing or any outdoor activity. It makes a great vehicle or home flashlight and would be a smart addition to your bug out bag or emergency kit. And it’s a great general flashlight for anyone who wants a high quality, bright and long-lasting L.E.D. flashlight to get around in the dark.
Other Torch Alternatives
If you’d like a smaller, carry-all micro L.E.D. flashlight check out the Bear Grylls Micro Torch… and for a capable, lightweight, head-worn flashlight, check out the Bear Grylls Hands-Free Torch.
So we’ve just taken a look at the Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Torch… for your convenience, I’ve included links to this flashlight and the other items that I mentioned in this article and below.
Okay, until next time…
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