maglite

http://www.millets.co.uk/mantiki/images/product/large/110489-23-1233220443291.jpg i think maglites are a design classic. i'd put them in a similar category to sigg water bottles (that i did a post on here). they are just very simple, very functional, and therefore very useful. i thought, like sigg, that they were a swiss design, but they are actually american. and the newer 'mag LED' designs are the most efficient. apparantly, a new set of batteries will last literally days if you leave it on!

the LED versions do cost a bit more, but the saving on batteries alone surely makes it worth it. i don't think i'd have much use for the larger model (below), but the above model (the 3w LED torch) is compact but powerful, and costs about £20. not bad!

http://www.millets.co.uk/mantiki/images/product/large/110490-43-1233220446501.jpg

and the solitaire (below) costs only a fiver!

http://www.millets.co.uk/mantiki/images/product/large/091226-43-1233487033840.jpg

link to mag