Product Type: other gadgets
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Lighting the Way!
Member Name: writeallnight
Advantages: environmentally friendly, good light
Disadvantages: still battery powered, possible safety risk with the copper wire getting so hot
I first bought this flashlight when I needed something to help me to see to the toilet block at a campsite I was staying on, where there was tents and cables all over the place, some of which seemed to stray onto the pathway to the toilet block.
My motive behind buying this specific torch was the fact that it was available from a little local shop not far from the campsite, for starters (although it was priced at £5, I thought it would at least be helping local trade) and it wouldn't need any batteries as it was powered by shaking it, which is always a bonus when you're staying somewhere without electricity to be able to use rechargeable batteries, and having to go out and buy more things for the torch (ie the batteries) seemed like a bit of a waste of money anyway, so I thought that a torch that I could power just by shaking it would have to be better than a traditional battery powered torch, really.
The design of this torch is quite a basic one. It is about 20cm long. It is mostly made of an almost see-through white plastic, although it has a black rubber bung on one end and a black rim around the completely see through plastic end where the light shines through. You can see the body of the torch through the plastic, and you can clearly see how the magnet inside charges the torch, creating an electrical current through the copper wires. It's quite interesting to watch, actually, if you have the torch turned on as you get to see it getting brighter. One thing I will point out though is that it can get quite hot where the copper wires are, so I wouldn't recommend shaking it if you take the cover off as it is hot enough to burn you within just a couple of shakes, which really surprised me considering how easy it is to get the cover off of it - a child could definitely do it, seeing as all you have to do is twist a couple of times. I would take one star off for this because obviously it's a safety risk.
When I got it out that night while it was dark, I found that it wasn't a very bright light at all to begin with, and I had to shake it for probably a good 30 seconds or so before I was able to get a good light out of it. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that this light then lasted for about 20 minutes before I needed to shake it again, which made it more worthwhile to get this torch because once it was charged, it did seem to last a little longer than I expected it to.
The light that it cast was a white light rather than a yellow light like I had expected it to be. However, this was probably actually a good thing for the people still in their tents because it was a more focused light as well that really just went straight in front of me where I pointed it rather than creating a glow that brightened the entire area, which I think was a good thing for what I wanted - making sure I didn't trip on cables and such from tents.
I since found that the amount of time the light lasts for has decreased a little after 6 months or so, meaning that I now need to shake it for longer if I want the light to last for 20 minutes. However, there are 2 flat batteries in the torch which are charged by the process of shaking the torch. I tried changing these batteries, just to see if it made a difference, and I am happy to say that it took the time it stayed bright for right back up to 20 minutes, so I would imagine that every 6 months or so the batteries that are in the torch will need replacing if you use it really regularly like I tend to do, such as for walking my dogs at night. It can often get half an hour of use every night from me at times, so I would say one battery change per 6 months isn't anything worth complaining about! It's a lot more environmentally friendly than many other torches I've owned, that's for sure!
Summary: I'd buy another, even with the problems, because it's a great torch.
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