Product Type: PK Green gadgets
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Ingenious little torch
Hand Pump Dynamo Torch
Member Name: jipp05
Hand Pump Dynamo Torch
Advantages: No batteries, really bright light from something so small
Disadvantages: None that I can think of
I love torches and keep buying them for some reason. No idea why but I am fascinated with them and have a few scattered all over the house. I especially love torches that work without batteries like these ingenious little hand pump dynamo torches. I keep one of these little torches in the glove compartment of my car. I have a bigger torch in the boot of my car just in case I ever break down somewhere in the middle of the night but this one is great for when I have dropped something on the floor and need to find it or for other things such as getting my house key in the lock etc. There are loads of uses for this little torch and you might be surprised just how often you actually use it when you have it.
This torch is a dynamo torch meaning that it doesn't use batteries and instead relies upon a motion by the person using it to generate the electricity. In the case of this torch it is through the person using it pressing down on the handle and 'pumping' it. The handle is stored away in the torch out of the way and you just release it when you need to charge the torch up by sliding a switch along.
The thing I really like about this little torch is that you do not need to continuously pump the handle to get the torch to work as it powers itself after only a few pushes of the handle and then the torch is powered up for a few minutes of use. This is usually more than enough time for me to have found whatever it is that I am looking for but I know if I needed to use this torch for longer then it isn't difficult or hand work to get it to light up again for as long as I might need it to.
The light that omits from the torch is really bright and powerful which was a little unexpected when I first used it as I expected it to be quite weak die to its small size. The LED lights are supposed to have a burn time of over 100,000 hours and the bean from the torch is supposed to be powerful enough that it can be seen from over 1 mile away. I obviously have no idea if this is correct but it wouldn't surprise me as the light is powerful enough to penetrate even the darkest of spaces. It is also powerful enough that when I use it in the car to look for something under the seats etc. that it pretty much lights up the whole car so really would be a handy thing for everyone to keep in their cars just to give a little bit of comfort on a dark night if you do happen to break down.
I also like the fact that it has a wrist strap though I have hardly ever needed to use this but it does mean that I could strap it to my wrist and use it for prolonged periods of time. When it is strapped to the wrist it sits almost perfectly so that everything is positioned for easy use and you can walk along continuing to pump it for as long as you need the light. I haven't taken it camping but it would actually be a really good little torch for using at night when going to the toilet etc.
I only paid £4.99 for one of these little torches which I personally believe to be really good value for money. There is nothing that I can really find to complain about with the torch as it works well and it is bright enough for everything that I want to use it for. Obviously if you buy this expecting it to be as powerful as a large torch you might be disappointed but most people will like me be pleasantly surprised that something so small can actually give off so much light and actually think it is better than expected.
Summary: A really bright ingenious little torch
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