Silva Ninox (2013)

The Silva Ninox is a well-priced headtorch that provides a good output of 110 lumens, which is ideal for general camping and hillwalking. There are minimum, medium and maximum power settings, and selection is via a small button on the top; however this button is too small and too smooth to be easily operated when wearing gloves, which is the main drawback of this torch. The Silva Ninox is powered by three AAA batteries, which are fitted into the front housing behind the LEDs; and although this works okay it is not as neat to use as other designs. The headtorch tilts easily and although it does not have a ratchet there is a good degree of friction, which means this does stay put once adjusted. On the headband there is a unique mesh pouch that can be turned inside out to house the headtorch, a grip strip on the underside of the strap to prevent slippage on the head, a red lamp setting and a ‘battery remaining’ indicator. The Silva Ninox is a useful lamp for the camper and hillwalker who doesn't want to spend more than £45; but there are better headtorches to be had if you do.

Bulbs 1 x high output white LED; 2 x white LED; 1 x red LED
Brightness 110 lumens
Maximum beam 50 metres
Maximum burn time 90 hours
Batteries 3xAAA
Battery charge indicator yes
Weight with batteries 80g


At the price the Silva Ninox is a good torch for campers and hillwalkers, but some details aren't perfect.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine February 2013