I love torches/flashlights. I’m a camper, a shooter, and a cyclist- so I get to seriously test out all the torches I buy. My current favourite *value for money* torch is the Sipik SK68. It has a Cree XR-E Q5 emitter, has a zooming (collimating) lens, tailstands, and can use a AA battery, or if you want to turbo charge it, you can drop in a 14500 Lithium Ion battery. The fact that it can take two different battery voltages is a huge bonus. I use a 14500 battery around the house or for short walks when I want the brightest light possible, but when camping, I run a 2500 mAh AA battery, which gives me much longer run times at the expense of a slightly dimmer light.
The Sipik SK68 has a pocket clip, zooming lens, and tailstands, and is built like a tank. There’s not much more I want out of a torch.
If the SK68 was $30, it would be good value. But it’s not.
It’s under $10.