Product Type: PK Green gadgets
Newest Review: ... this and watch it light up. +++Cost+++ I picked this up for £3 from B&M in a sale a while back. Not a bad price for a "worst... more
A handy tool when batteries are not available.
Hand Pump Dynamo Torch
Member Name: BlackDynamite
Hand Pump Dynamo Torch
Date: 29/07/13, updated on 29/07/13 (11 review reads)
Advantages: Doesn't require batteries, Cheap
Disadvantages: Requires lots of effort to generate light for extended time. Not as bright as a battery torch.
I have three of these torches, one in my car in case I break down, one in my house in case my torch has not batteries and the lights are out and one in my girlfriends car.
In my eyes, they are essential to have. If I broke down somewhere I don't need to worry that my torch has run out of juice, I can just crank this and watch it light up.
I picked this up for £3 from B&M in a sale a while back. Not a bad price for a "worst case scenario" torch.
+++How it works+++
There is a handle that pops out that you push in repeatedly and it powers the torch. You can "crank" the torch repeatedly and it will hold the charge you have generated. You can then turn the light on and use it like any torch until the charge dies down.
The more your charge the torch, the longer it stays on. I normally spend 1 minute charging it then I get a good 3 or 4 minutes of light before it starts to fade.
It surprised me how bright the light was, don't get me wrong, if you are trying to see more than a metre or two in front then you need a heavy duty torch but this torch is perfect to help turn your electric on or cast light on a tyre to change it.
Every home should have some sort of manual torch that doesn't need batteries. This device is exactly that, cheap, simple to use and surprisingly bright.
It doesn't compete with a battery powered torch, but it is a great backup torch to have just in case.
Summary: Great to have as a backup, should your main torch be out of batteries.
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