Here is a Quick Take Video we shot while waiting for make up on a commercial production. We had both the Switronix Torch LED TL-50 and Litepanels MicroPro Hybrid on set so we thought we would show you the difference between the two LED lights. The Switronix Torch LED is a little smaller than the MicroPro and seems to pack a bit more punch. At about the size of a small prime lens, it’s quite compact with its all-metal housing. Complete with two ¼-20 thread mounts on the top and bottom of the light, it also features a battery indicator light and is fully dimmable.
The Torch LED uses a rechargeable 11wh, 3.7V battery. Switronix claims that it can run for up to three hours when fully charged but it will also run off of the provided AC power supply/charger. The Switronix Torch Led is 5600K Daylight balanced and comes with a charger/ AC adapter and three snap-on filters. The filter pack includes a full CTO, a ¼-Diffusion and a clear protective filter. The Switronix Torch LED TL-50 retails for around $250 with additional rechargeable batteries costing $75.00.
The Litepanels MicroPro LED light has been around for quite some time and is the larger of the Micro series from Litepanels. It too is 5600K Daylight balanced and comes with a similar filter pack of CTO and Diffusion. The MicroPro is also fully dimmable, but the knob is not the most durable out there. The Litepanels uses six “AA” batteries but has the option of a separate AC adapter. The Litepanels has one ¼-20 thread mount and comes with a cold shoe mount adapter.
We dig that it uses batteries that can be found anywhere in the world. The MicroPro Hybrid works as a flash and has a flash sync cable input. This is a huge plus for still photographers. The Litepanels MicroPro is not cheap, as it retails for around $400 US.
They are both cool to the touch and can be thrown in your pocket without fear of burning something important, like your light meter.