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Hand Pump Dynamo Torch
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Hand Pump Dynamo Torch
Advantages: Easy to use, good light
Disadvantages: Not as strong as a regular torch, light has to be manually charged regularly
The world is full of quirky little gadgets, some more useful than others. While torches are certainly something you need to look into depending on what you want, I think that this little dynamo torch is a bargain buy, at around the £5 mark or less depending on where you buy it from, and of course when.
The appeal first of all of this torch is that it's very small, perfect to fit in your hand. I can clasp my hand around it fully without any issues, and it fits perfectly in my pocket or the front part of my bag if I need it to. Compact gadgets are essential nowadays, as everyone is on the go and needs to be portable. You may a large, high powered torch at home or in your car for those situation needing the strongest of lights, but for the vast majority of needs of torch lights then this is perfect.
It operates by using a section of the torch that comes out from the side, and pushing it back in operates the dynamo inside, doing it over and over again in a pumping motion to power up the dynamo. It works on pumping power as opposed to batteries, so you never have any need to worry about it running out of batteries or running down. The only thing is if the LED lights inside come to the end of their life span, but they are supposed to last for thousands of hours, so this is unlikely to ever happen unless you live in perpetual darkness.
As this is easily portable, it's great for having with you for things like lighting the way for walking in the dark, going camping, looking under furniture for lost toys (it's brilliant for this) and also great for a torch for your kids to have and use. Our 8 year old has used a variety of dynamo torches and he gets the hang of them quickly and we don't have to worry about him fiddling with the battery compartment or anything like that.
One thing that a dynamo torch doesn't give you is the chance to just turn the torch on and not have to worry about charging as you go, assuming you have full battery charge to start with. This little dynamo is operated by pumping the handle, and to release it you first need to flick a small switch on the side. The handle flicks out and then stays in this position, meaning the pumping handle needs to be pushed in but will come back out of its own accord. Once you pump it a few times, then the power will last for a couple of minutes, the longer you pump it the longer it will last for, but this does seem to have a limit of a couple of minutes on it, you be aware that you need to keep pumping it to ensure you have the light on all the time.
The light is strong enough to see most things, giving off a somewhat strong glow. It's not as powerful a light as a large battery operated torch, more the soft light you sometimes see, but it's powerful enough to do the majority of things you may need from such a gadget. And for the low price and small sixe and portability, it's certainly well worth getting. I sometimes have an issue with the switch and where it needs to be in order for the dynamo to retain power and the handle to stay out, but this is more about me than about the torch, and should not be an issue. There is also a wrist strap to ensure you don't drop it.
Overall then, a recommended gadget. Well worth the cost and durable and long lasting, it gives off a somewhat strong glow that's good enough for most things and is easy to charge for a few minutes at a time. Recommended gadget.
Summary: Effective and affordable little dynamo torch
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