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I bought 2 of these hand chargeable torches for a camping trip as I did not want to take dozens of batteries with me as they would only take up space + they are good exercise for the hand and wrist.
The torches come in a black colour and a neon yellow colours, which I personally bought as they are more visible in dark conditions so I would not spend 15 minutes looking for it in the dark forest floor. They are slightly see through which I guess is to let you see how the torch works from the inside.
The idea behind this torch is to push the handle back and forth to give power to the internal dynamo which then give the energy needed to power the torch. I simple idea that will save you some money on batteries. After charging for a couple of minutes the battery will useally last around 15 - 20 minutes so it is not going to last for a very long time. However, you can still charge the batteries while the torch is on. So there is practically no limits to powering this torch (except if your hands get tired :-)
I find the torch to be made from slightly cheap feeling material as I am pretty sure that dropping it once or twice would spell the end of your torch. In order to prevent this the maker has provided a wrist strap that allows you to use the torch without the fear of dropping it.
Overall, this seems to be more of a novelty product than serious camping equipment as they only cost around £1.50 and as a consequence you get a cheap looking "toy". I for rare use then I would recommend, other than that its a miss.
In theory, this torch is brilliant, the idea is that it is a small portable torch with an infinate power supply (from the motion of your hands) in order to power the surprisingly bright led lights at the front. Sadly though, it isn't, here is the review!
Ok, to start with, the torch is a sort of square shape, with two buttons. On slide button turns the torch on and off, and the other causes the torch to release a handle. When you squeeze on this handle, it moves in, and then pops back out, and this is connected to the dynamo in the torch, which powers up the internal battery (which isn't very large, I think it might last 20-30 minutes or so, but hey, thats ok, you can turn it on and charge at the same time!). the torch even has a little wrist loop to stop you dropping it
Anyway, as i said, in theory, this sounds great. Sadly it is not. I brought about 3 or 4 of these for £1 each, and within 2 months, they were all broken. What happens is that little drop palm thing, just gets stuck somehow. In each and everyone one I have owned. I don't think its me being to harsh on them, its just the internal parts I don't think are very durable, or very good... Now you could say that this is the way that wind up torches are, but since having one of these, I have owned 2 other wind up torches (one is a headlamp, the other is a lantern), and both of these work to this day. Whats more is that they are both brighter, and have longer batteries, and are just made better. Whats different is that rather than having some overly complicated hand/palm operated squeeze system, they have just a simple crank that you spin, no thrills, no frills. And you know something, it works. Yes I concede that they cost more (I do not know the prices of mine, as they were both given to me as a present), but the fact is, even if they were 20 or even 30 quid, they have both outlasted 20 or 30 of these things (assuming they work the same amount). And whats more, I feel I could depend on them to be an emergency light in say a car. Can't say the same about these torches.
In summary then, this is a "show off" of mechanisms that can change your hand squeezing into a circular motion. Sadly just grabbing a crank and spinning it is not only about as easy, but more durable. The only benefit I can see of the squish mechanism is that you can charge it with one hand free, but if you get a lantern, or a headlamp, you can just charge it (the battery is longer, so it might last you as long as you need it to), and either hang it up or clip it on, and have both hands free! I will concede that this is cheaper, but it won't last you. 1/5 stars
Have you ever had the problem where you have a battery powered item that you only use infrequently and when it has been left in the cupboard for any length of time the batteries go all funny and slimy and ruin the item? Yes? Well let me tell you all about the green torch because this one runs forever on NO batteries!
The torch in question is the Hand Pump Dynamo Torch and, you guessed it; we sell them on the RNLI stall! We currently have them in four colours pink, purple, yellow and blue (although we do get other colours including black, green and red) and they cost just £3.95 each and all have the RNLI logo on them. They are also available from Amazon at a cost of £4.99 with free postage although these are nothing to do with the RNLI.
The torch is oblong in shape and is made from tough plastic, it measures 10cm by 5cm by 2cm and it weighs just 82g. Each torch also has a strap which will fit over your hand so you can carry it on your wrist.
So, if it doesn't have batteries - how does it work then?
Well this is the really clever bit - on one side of the torch towards the back there is a sliding switch and when slid it releases a handle on the other side. You then grip the torch in your hand pumping the handle into the torch and allowing it to come back out - this powers up the dynamo. When you have finished powering it up you just push the handle back inside the torch and slide the switch back again to hold it in place and out of the way. This is really easy to do - you don't have to be strong to manage it - so it would be no problem for a child or an older person to do. You don't have to pump it for very long to get a really bright light.
On the same side of the torch as the first switch there is another at the top of the torch which switches it on and off. When it is switched on you will get the light from three high intensity, virtually indestructible LED bulbs and these bulbs will last for 100,000 continuous hours and can allegedly be seen from a mile away although I haven't actually tried this so cannot prove or disprove this claim! Maybe I should try it out in the name of research? LOL!
Being compact this torch is ideal to keep in your bag, the car, the caravan, the kitchen drawer, the bedside drawer - the list goes on. I bought one for my nephew to keep on their boat. Considering the price you could afford to keep one wherever you think you might need one.
Being dynamo powered with no batteries they are eco friendly - if you don't buy batteries you don't have to dispose of them either - and of course save you money and time. If you are anything like me, when you do need a battery, you have never got one of the right size in the drawer! These torches are always ready to go so you know that you can rely on them in an emergency.
So this is one I would recommend without hesitation, especially if you buy it from the RNLI because that way you would be helping to save a life too!
PK Green / Wind up Torch / No batteries required.