Product Type: Energizer gadgets
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Energizer LED Keyring Torch
Member Name: GodfatherOfSoul
Energizer LED Keyring Torch
Date: 22/08/13, updated on 24/09/13 (156 review reads)
Advantages: Bright. Compact. High-quality design. Long-lasting.
Disadvantages: The 'ON' button needs to be held firmly to emit light.
What I wouldn't give to have a torch handy when such situations arise. However, carrying a regular-sized torch around at all times is not a very practical solution. On the other hand, a mini LED keyring torch costing just £3.86 is the ideal solution.
== Design and Size
The Energizer LED Keyring is a chrome metal device with a black rubberised 'on' button at the top and the word 'Energizer' engraved into the metal just above it. A single LED light protrudes slightly from the front, but this is very sturdy and I have no fears of it breaking whilst being carried around in my pocket. The keyring attachment is fixed through a generous semi-circular hole at the back end of the device.
I wanted something small so that I could carry it around in my pocket wherever I go. Measuring in at approximately 50 x 24 x 10 mm, the Energizer LED torch is very compact and is about as wide as my front door 'Yale' key (and a bit shorter) and no thicker than my memory pen which is also attached to my keys. The increased bulk that this torch adds to my pocket is not significant enough to cause any problems so I can carry it around on my keyring comfortably. The only issue could be the extra weight; weighing about the same as three £1 coins. This doesn't make much difference to me but is worth considering.
The main reason for buying any torch is to illuminate the darkness around you and this device belies its small size by giving off a strong bright light and doing just that. I was initially surprise how bright one LED could be. I've had multi-LED torches in the past that haven't been as bright as this single-LED torch. It easily has the strength to light up the space underneath the settee and is equally effective at revealing the murky bottom of the space behind the cooker, although in hindsight it might have been better off left unseen. The beam of bright white light is also strong enough to shine up to several feet in front of the operator, this makes it ideal for navigating my way through the darkness of the back yard on a night. It also comes in handy for finding my way through the loft in the dark - the main light of which expired many moons ago and has yet to be replaced (but I'll get round to it one day).
The Nichia* white LED claims to last up to 8000 hours (a claim I have no desire to test out) and is powered by a single Energizer 2032 lithium battery. The product fails to specify how long the battery will last, but I would hazard a cynical guess that it won't last 8000 hours. There are 4 small screws on the bottom of the torch perhaps suggesting that changing the battery is possible, but you will need one of those impossibly small screwdrivers to do so - the type you get in one of those sets out of a Christmas cracker and keep for this exact purpose but inevitably lose long before you need it.
There is one issue I have found with this torch and that is the requirement to keep one's thumb pressed firmly on the 'on' button to emit the light. For the purposes of pocket transportation, this button design is favourable to an alternative on/off switch, which might result in you unintentionally leaking away those precious 8000 hours by activating it in your pocket. However, with this design I find that I need to press very firmly with my thumb to keep the light on. I've found it all too easy to release pressure on the button whilst going about my endeavours, with the light going off as I do so. Not only is this quite frustrating but I could also be unsuspectingly sending Morse code messages to my neighbours as I take out the trash. Bending my thumb 90 degrees and pressing down with my thumb nail seems to fare a bit better but I wish the button was a little more sensitive so that it didn't require a thumb-war-esque technique.
== Quality and Summary
In terms of build quality this little torch is very impressive. The metal design and rubberised button give the device a high-quality feel and the LED torch is not short of brightness. Compared to the other keyring torches I have acquired in the past, usually as some free give-away advertising something or another, the Energizer stands head and shoulders above the rest in all departments. It's a shame that the 'on' button isn't a little more user-friendly but if you want a quality, compact and bright torch to carry with you wherever you go then this device would be a very useful acquisition. It's certainly made my life easier.
£3.86 from amazon.co.uk (sold by Fast Batteries UK)
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* Nichia, for those who are interested, is a Japanese company specialising in the manufacture of LEDs.
Summary: Take the power of light with you wherever you go.