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This isn't a wind up - excellent torch
Hand Pump Dynamo Torch
Member Name: jb899
Hand Pump Dynamo Torch
Advantages: Super cheap, no batteries
Disadvantages: Build quality isn't fantastic
I bought this torch after seeing a friend of mine had one; I was impressed with it and decided to buy one myself. I bought it new from eBay for £1.65, which included free delivery. I have tested it in dark circumstances, but now it resides in my car for emergency situations.
This torch is a powered by a hand crank, the user just has to hold the device then squeeze and release the handle, no batteries required! Because the LED's (light emitting diode) have such low energy consumption, just thirty seconds of squeezing will produce about fifteen minutes of light, in my opinion this really is fantastic. In thirty seconds I managed to get about forty-five presses of the handle, this was at a steady pace. It does not have to be done at a fast pace so there's no need to worry if you suffer from repetitive strain injury. There is very little resistance so there is no actual strength needed. I should note that it does make some noise when pumping because of the moving cogs inside, but it is nothing excessive.
Once the torch is powered up sufficiently, a switch on the side can be pushed to activate it, it will stay on until the switch is pushed back - so no need to keep your finger on the button. The light emitted is not magnificent, it is by no means a high-powered spotlight but for a lot of situations it is perfect; it is fine for general purposes. For example my mother uses it when she walks the dog during early winter mornings, I have used it to inspect my car windscreen washer jets during the night and I will be using it when I go camping later in the year, also my car does not have a boot light so I regularly use it to see - the light projection is fine for all of these things. The three LED's are housed in a reflective compartment and the light is projected through a plastic magnifier, each help maximise the brightness.
The Build Quality
The build quality is not super high, but one cannot complain taking into account the average price to buy, it is mostly made from translucent blue plastic pieces and screwed together. It does creek in your hand if you grip it tight enough but nothing seems to be becoming weaker. LED's have always been very reliable so there is no real chance of them 'blowing' like a bulb. I recon if you were to drop this from mid-body height onto a hard surface then there is a probable chance of it splitting or breaking somehow. (I am not dedicated enough to actually test this out, sorry!) The hand pump feels strong enough to take a lot of use and I believe the device, as a whole, won't let the user down in times of need.
This torch is a great little compact device - it weighs next to nothing, its small so fits into bags, it has a handy string handle attached (wrap it round your wrist so if it does slip from your hand it won't drop). It was very cheap to buy and best of all it doesn't need batteries, it works perfectly for what I wanted it for, I am de-light-ed with this purchase. Highly recommended.
Summary: Good torch to have in the car for an emergency