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I have owned this penguin torch for a few years now it being a Christmas present from my husband. We had suffered a black out and found ourselves struggling to find a torch with batteries that worked so my husband liked the idea that this one would always work. I've got a soft spot for penguins so it is an ideal design for me.
How does it work?
This torch is dynamo powered and you operate this via the penguin's right wing. The left wing has 2 sliding switches, one turns the torch on and off and the other locks the right wing into the penguin's body or releases it to allow you to wind up the dynamo. Once you have got it working locking the wing back in makes it much easier to hold.
I thought when I first got it that you had to keep pressing the wing to keep the light on but you only need a small number of presses to have light for at least 20 minutes. The torch light is in the head of the penguin and it is about 1.5cm diameter. It has a nice bright bulb and although it isn't the most powerful of lights it always me to find candles and matches during a power cut.
This torch has a small wrist strap that is only really suitable for a child which is a shame as it is a great novelty torch for adults. The strap is fixed into the bottom of the penguin between it's feet.
As it doesn't need batteries this torch is very light and easy to hold if you were using it for any length of time.
Price and Availability
You can get this torch from retailers on Ebay and on Amazon, it is currently (November 2012) costs £4.99. I think this is a good price and it makes a great stocking filler.
Would I recommend?
Yes, if you want an environmentally friendly torch that will always work (as long as the bulb lasts!) then this is a great option.
I absolutely love Penguins, and the other year had this little dude as as little pressy for Christmas.
Mine no longer has the strap - apparently it is easy for a cat the shred.
It's "flipper" is what winds the torch up and gives it power, there is a little switch on the other side. To use the light you can wind it and then flip the switch or just continuingly wind it - which isn't really worth it. I just wind it (it's not so much a wind, more of an in and out action) for a while and then flip the switch.
The light itself isn't very powerful, this is a given really as it's a small, windable torch. I think it's just more of a novelty item than a practical item. I don't really use it much, the only time I use it is when I go in the loft, I used it a few months ago when we had a powercut (and it didnt even light up the whole room).
All in all, it's a great little gift idea for someone who likes Penguins. But I wouldn't advise the purchase for a practical use.
I've had a bit of an obsession with penguins for a few years now. It all started when I got a cuddly penguin on my birthday a few years ago, which fast became my favourite thing in the world. A penguin related present was therefore inevitable when it came to Christmas last year, and I was very happy and amused to find this penguin shaped torch in my stocking. My mam had seen it in a shop and thought that as well as being a nice stocking filler and penguin themed, a little torch could come in handy.
== Penguin Torch ==
This is only a small torch (about 3"-4" tall) which is penguiny in appearance as you can see in the picture above. The torch light comes out of his head, and there are two buttons on his left hand side (though on your left as you look at him), one of which turns the torch on and off, and the other which releases his wing on his other side. This 'wing' can be pumped, by pushing it back into the penguin and releasing it again, in order to charge the battery and use the torch without having to turn it on.
=== Using The Torch ===
The light emitted from this torch when it is turned on is decent - obviously not as strong as a proper handheld torch as it is fairly small, but it certainly allows you to see if you're in a dark room. When using the wing to power the light, however, the light is much weaker and only lasts while you are continuously pumping the wing. This would be fine, as it is not a massive effort to power the light in this fashion, if it didn't make such a loud noise. Most of the times that I imagine using a torch would be appropriate involve being somewhere dark, which would normally mean at night, when using a very loud item would be irritating to say the least. It is a very annoying noise in itself as well as being loud so I can't imagine using the torch in this way for long unless it was unavoidable for some reason. Of course, powering the torch yourself means that it doesn't use power stored in the battery and is therefore a very eco friendly method of using a torch.
== Conclusion ==
While this is a great present for anyone who likes penguins, as I do, it's not brilliant if you actually want a good torch. That said, it's clearly a novelty item and is not one that anyone would buy in place of a proper torch for use in blackouts, for example. My mam accidentally left the price tag on when she gave me this so I know that it cost £4 at Accessorize, which I would say is a reasonable price to pay for what is a novelty torch. On Amazon, however, it costs £6.45, which I would say is perhaps a bit much for what is a torch with a reasonably weak light. It is eco friendly however and there is no need to replace the battery, so once you buy it you won't have to pay any more to put new batteries in it.
In short, great for a present or an eco friendly gimmick, but not the best torch.
This Penguin Dynamo Torch is a cute little fella! I was given one by my dad as a random gift, and I love it because I like animal themed things, and it is also eco friendly. You can find this torch at most hardware stores, and it is available to purchase online.
I'm not the world's most practical person around the home, and this fun little torch suits me just fine. It is shaped like a penguin, and mine is the same as the pitcure above but it has a white tummy section. The light section of the torch is located in the top of the penguin's head. There is a handy wrist strap attached to the base that you can use to secure the torch, and I find this particularly useful if I need to put the torch down for a moment without losing sight of it.
The dynamo torch works in a different way to a normal torch. There are no batteries required, and you manually charge the power to run the light. To do this there are 2 buttons on the side of the penguin's body. One is the on / off switch, and the other one releases or locks in the penguin's wing. Once this is released it then works as a pump handle, and you press it in repeatedly to build up the energy source. I really liked this and think it is a great idea to have a product that does not require batteries. Even if it is completely flat of charge you can simply pump it up for a minute or two, and then it's ready to use. You do need to apply a fair amount of pressure to the wing handle, and this can get tiring if you are doing it for a long time. It also creates a pretty noisy whirring sound as it charges up.
The penguin torch is a compact size, and is just a bit smaller than my hand which is good as it means I can get a firm grip on it when I need to use it and charge it up. It's made of a solid plastic which is sturdy and hardwearing. I've had mine for at least 2 years now and there's not even a single scratch on it, and even though it looks like a novelty item it is still durable and works well.
The level of light that is produced by this torch is sufficient for small, simple jobs, but is not particularly strong or bright. I mainly use this for checking my gas and electricity meters, or when rooting around in my under-stairs cupboard where I store my random junk. The light will keep going for several minutes at a time which is usually more than enough for my usage. If you need it to stay lit for a longer job then you can just pump it up some more, so you don't have to worry even if the light does give out. The torch is certainly not strong enough to provide light over a distance, and is no good for using in a big area such as my attic as the light is too weak over the large area. I also use a better quality torch when I am out camping as the light from this torch is too weak to use outside.
Overall the Pengin Dynamo Torch is a handy little item that will never need batteries, and is great for simple jobs around the house. The design is also very cute and the penguin character makes it fun to use.
I recently received a useful piece of feedback on a recent review where I bemoaned the fact that my four year old son has a habit of using my emergency torch as a plaything and more often than not, leaving it turned on so the batteries are nice and flat for me when I need to use it.
"Buy him a torch of his own" was the advice...
"But it will still cost me a small fortune in batteries" I whined in reply.
Apparently not though....
I was kindly pointed in the direction of a Powerplus Dynamo LED Flashlight Torch, with the added bonuses of:
1. Being shaped like a penguin!! Which happens to be my little lad's favourite creature.
2. It does not require batteries as its dynamo powered!!
I think that calls for a yay, so YAY!
So, this little guy is approx four and a half inches in length and the light is at the top of the penguin's head. On one side there are situated two buttons, one for the on/off and the other releases one of the penguins flippers that you then squeeze in and when it springs back, you do it again and again and again until it's fully charged.
Needless to say, my son loves it! Especially the charging as he is convinced it's magic!
The torch is actually pretty good although it's hard to say how long the charge lasts, as he seems to be constantly squeezing the flipper. Bless him!
It also has a little wrist strap specifically designed for little wrists, I'd say. It's all so cute!
I'm so glad that I got this for him and at a little under a fiver, I think it was well worth the pennies as it's pretty sturdy in design and it needs to be in the hands of a four year old who likes to play hard. It's also proved to be an incentive at bedtime, oh how he enjoys daddies shadow hand puppet repertoire!!
Highly recommended by me with 5 glowing stars!
Thanks for reading.
Light Out, Moon Out.
As silly as it sounds, one of my children's favourite presents at Christmas was actually given to them after the big day, and only as an afterthought!
A few months ago my children found my dads dynamo torch, an spent an entire afternoon playing(and fighting!) over it, refusing to play with any of the toys my mum keeps up her house for them.
This being the case my dad went out and purchased one for each of them, then presented it to them on Boxing day!?
The torch in question is - "Powerplus penguin dynamo torch".
The dynamo torch that my dad got for the kids was much more child friendly, in the respect it was child themed and smaller than his, making it much easier for them to charge it then use it, especially with their much smaller hands.
The torch is a small penguin, around 5-6" in length, and being reasonably chunky, this not only makes the child feel they have something substantial to hold, but also gives it a much greater chance at surviving the inevitable fall or throw!
The light is at the top of the penguins head, with the buttons for use being on the main part of the body, these being for switching the light on and off, and the also for releasing the charging lever, which when released pops out at the side of the penguin, meaning that when open is disguised as a wing.
To use you simply depress the wing/lever a few times, thus charging up the unit, you can hear the lever whizzing when this is being done.
You then fix the lever back into the body and use this as a torch, which to my children is perfect, both having real fears of the dark, so to be able to switch their bedroom lights off at night, they now have no complaints, as they keep these in bed with them.
With this being a dynamo torch there is of course no need for batteries, which to a mother of two young children, with every thing they own being powered as such, is an absolute pleasure, at least with these I won't suffer the inevitable..."mum, it's not working..." at 3am!
My children really have had no problems with charging these themselves, and have had used these a fair amount, and have yet to show any signs of wear and tear, and my kids have not got the lightest of touches!
Light wise these kick out enough for my children to feel safe at night, but not so bright that they could damage eye's, again my son is daft enough to try shining it into his eye, just to see what would happen, so that makes me feel a little more secure that he is less likely to damage his eyesight.
Price wise these are available from www.amazon.co.uk and can be purchased around the £5.00 mark.
These have been a great present, and the fact that they are so lovely to look at would be the ideal gift for a child, recommended!
Thanks for reading x
We must have a dozen or so torches lying around the house at the moment. My in laws love the gadget torches that you can get, and my son has a good little collection of them now. Some of them are better than others, and one of his favourites is this penguin shaped one.
At first glance, you'd be forgiven for wondering what on earth it is! At about four or five inches tall, and slightly chunky, from the front it just looks like a toy penguin. As you look closer, you'll see that the top of the penguin's head is actually a torch head. There are two small buttons on one side. One of them turns the main torch beam on and off, and the other one releases a spring loaded charger, cleverly disguised as the penguin's arm on the other side of the torch body.
Once this arm has been released, you can then squeeze it back in over and over to charge the torch, with the spring load effect providing a little resistance as well as bringing the arm back out for you to do it again. There is then another small button that is used as an on/off switch once it's charged up. It's very clever and means that you don't need to worry about batteries: it creates its own charge. I was very impressed with this sort of torch the first time I saw one, and this penguin style is no exception. It's nice to see it turned into something quirky as opposed to just having a plain, bland torch with maybe a company logo on it, choosing instead to have the whole thing in the shape of a penguin with the charger as its arm. Very cleverly done.
So, how well does it work as a torch? Well, it gives off a decent light, I suppose, but if you're looking for something reliable to find your way around outside in the dark, then this probably isn't going to cut it. Even with as full proper charge, the light is a bit murky and is probably best used as something to find your way round the house in a power cut if you're looking for practical usage. However, the design does seem to indicate its main focus is on fun, and if you want something the kids can use to play with, pretending their going on an outside hunt in their bedrooms, for example, or making fancy light patterns on the ceiling with the lights turned off, then this is great. The charge is supposed to last nigh on 100 hours once fully loaded, although ours has rarely gone more than a few minutes without our son charging it up again - that is, after all, the fun element of it!
Of course, another function for this is exercise based. You know those spring loaded hand grips you can get that are designed to try and increase you arm strength? Well, why not just use one of these and charge it up on a regular basis? I'm not saying it's as effective, but after having charged this for a minute or so, it feels like my wrist and arm have had a decent workout, so I guess you could call it multi purpose!
Price wise, this won't break your bank. It's more a novelty toy than a practical item, although it has relevance in both areas. You can generally find it at the £5 mark or less if you have a hunt around. Some places may have it costing slightly more, but I know it's available for cheaper at some places. Have a look in novelty shops or gadget shops, that sort of thing.
Overall, then, quite a good product. It's not the most powerful torch in the world, but then if your kids are playing around with it and learning how to work the dynamo element of it, then you're not going to want them blinded anyway, are you? A fun torch that does have its uses, so well recommended.
What is it with kids and torches? Despite living only 20 miles or so from Edinburgh, Scottish Power still have not mastered the art of delivering a reliable electricity supply to my village. This means that there are many powercuts (had one yesterday!) and I like to keep a supply of torches on hand. My daughter and nephew seem intent on nicking my torches and they are invariably found with the batteries run down in my daughters bedroom. I bought the penguin LED flashlight torch to give to my daughter, it cost £1.99 from Poundstretchers and is also available from Amazon where it is currently selling for over £6.
The beauty of this torch is the fact that it does not need batteries to power it. The internal battery is charged by releasing one of the wings from the side of the torch and pushing it in and out, it makes a whirring noise when you do this. The light is then switched on by using a small switch and when the charge runs down you just charge it up again.
The torch is designed for kids so the carrying strap is really small, too small to fit over a large adult wrist. The torch is easy to charge with the wing being nice and chunky but the button to switch the light on and off is really small so little hands may struggle with it.
I took this torch camping with us last summer and tried to use it when we took the dogs out for their last walk of the night. The light given off by this torch is very white and is not very powerful when it is pitch black like on an unlit campsight and only illuminates the path ahead for a couple of feet and the light beam is very narrow. The battery also does not hold a charge for very long, it is probably only 10 or 15 minutes before you have to charge it up again.
Despite the limitations of this torch as a serious source of light for camping it is still a handy little gadget to own. Kids love torches for some reason and so it would make a handy gift for a kid from 5+ who has enough manual dexterity to manage to charge the battery and manage the switch. In a camping situation it would be adequate for a kid to find their way to the toilet at night but it is really more of a novelty than a serious torch. The kids will love the cute design and have fun with it and they can play with it as often as they like without mum and dad having to buy new batteries.
One of the presents that my son received for his fifth birthday was a penguin shaped torch from one of his friends. Initially I just thought that it was very cute, but just another torch that at some point would end up at the bottom of his toy box when the batteries ran out. Upon closer inspection I discovered that the torch was actually eco friendly and you powered the torch yourself, with no need for batteries!
The torch is made to look like a penguin and it is black with a yellow patch on the front for the tummy area. It also has eyes and a yellow beak on the face! It really is so cute to look at! The torch is a great size for my son's small hands and he has no problem in using it and holding it himself. The torch also has a small wrist strap attached to the bottom which is handy for when my son is playing at being an explorer and battling with various baddies!
The torch features two switches on the side of it. One of these is used to switch the torch on and off and the other is used for powering the torch. When you flick the switch for powering the torch a button pops out from the side of the torch but it is cleverly made to look just like a penguins arm (do penguins have arms or are they called something else?!). You push this button in repeatedly to generate power used to make the torch shine. My son has no problems in pushing the "arm" in by himself but I find it quite therapeutic too keep squeezing it in! Each time you push the "arm" in you can hear a whirring noise and the torch lights up and goes off again. My son finds it fascinating that he is making the power for the torch!
When you actually switch the torch on you will discover that the led light is reasonably bright. It is never going to be the best torch in the world but as a child's play thing I think it is great. My son sometimes likes to switch all the lights off in his room and hide in his tent pretending to be on the search for monsters and this does a great job in helping him see in the dark.
What is also handy about this torch is that it can stand up on it's feet so my son sometimes chooses to keep this by his bed on his bedside cabinet as he isn't overly keen on a totally dark room at night and I think this helps offer him a little extra security that he can get some light if he needs some.
We have never had any issues with the light coming from the torch and I presume this is because we keep on pressing the "arm" regularly to keep the power topped up! According to the product information a minute of pressing the "arm" will give you 100 hours shine time so it really doesn't take much at all.
You can pick up this torch from amazon where it will cost you £6.25 which I think is a reasonable price to pay for a little birthday present for a child and I am sure it would be something that they would love! I suspect their parents would thank you too as it is not another product that needs batteries!
Thank you for reading my review!
I received an offer where I was able to receive a free eco friendly product so I chose the Power plus Penguin Shaped Dynamo LED Flashlight Torch as I didn't own a torch at all at that time. I received it in the post a couple of weeks later.
The penguin torch is small enough to fit into the palm of the hand and has a very friendly appearance. The big selling point of this item is that it doesn't require batteries to run. To operate you have a handle to pump which generates the electricity. It does have a catch which holds the pump handle closed when not powering up. It then has an on and off switch the other side. The pump is quite easy to operate and my three year old can just about manage to do this although the elderly who have difficulty with arthritis would probably find this quite difficult.
The light from the torch is quite reasonable the light is about 2cm in diameter and projects a white light. I have known brighter torches but as a backup item this is great. When I first owned it I simply kept it in the draw for emergencies. I prefer a eco friendly torch so I don't have to worry about the torch running out of batteries or corroded batteries but I found I started using it to bring dustbin from round the back of the house and this was a pitch black alley but it did create enough light to make it feel much brighter.
As my son has grown up he loves to power up the torch and will often bring it into the lounge. I do think while economical it is also a great educational tool for explaining where power comes from. The design is very child friendly but works equally well for adults. I have owned mine for over a year and not experienced any problems with this torch.
The torch is available on Amazon for £4.99 on Amazon market place with free postage and packaging which I do consider to be a reasonable price for this product.
The powerplus penguin shaped is a very simple torch, it doesn't require any batteries and can therefore never run out of power. The torch is approximately three inches high and is in the shape of a penguin (don't ask me why). The light is at the head of the torch and is approximately 2 cm in diameter and the size of the torch does fit comfortably in the hand.
How does it work?
Well it's very simple, the torch has two switches, one turns the torch on and off and the other when pushed up causes a side panel to open which is triangular in shape. The triangle can be squeezed and the action of the hand with squeezing the triangle will generate power for the light. This way of generating power is off course free to the user with a little bit of enterprise and once powered the torch gives out light for several minutes.
As with any torch , the key question is how powerful is the light generated and after giving the generator plenty of juice, the light can be properly assessed. The light generated is more than adequate to illuminate a standard room , I'd guess the torch projects out at least 15 minutes before becoming diffuse. The torch at full power will as I said illuminate a standard room to a decent level, the light is more blue than white but for a manually powered torch it is a decent product.
The small size is also a bonus, it can be kept in a kitchen drawer or a bedside cabinet and at around £2 you can dot them around the house as desired. The light is just a little too strong for very young children to play with as it does strain the eye very slightly but the design does appeal to children and my two boys loved their self-powered penguin torches.
The final question is simply Why penguins? but the design is asthetically pleasing and the torch itself is useful.
Torches are a valuable asset to have when the power goes off or when you are in dark spaces attempting to do something or find something you might have lost so when I saw the penguin LED flashlight torch I had to purchase the product.
I found this inside Tesco priced at £3 and I found that cheap and the torch is just like the picture you have a nice penguin shaped torch and you have the section on the side where you keep pressing up and down and it generates power to light up the torch.
When I first received this torch is was a simple design with the torch light itself on the head and it is not protected so that is the first thing to note down and the second would be how bright the product is which in all fairness it is not.
You basically generate power simply by pressng the handle which in theory is like a part of the penguin itself and you keep pressing this up and down and it makes a sound and then you are meant to see the torch last longer.
When I first used the item it was dull and badly lit so I decided to leave it on all night in an attempt to run the power down so I could see how long it might take to store the power back up but it lasted longer then 24 hours with the light on all the time.
There was something I found out which was for every minute you press the penguins lever up and don you get 100 hours worth of power and when I consider how much batteries can cost in the bigger torches it does make you wonder.
I think the biggest problem is the fact the price is decent but the overall brightness is poor. The longest distance this item can actually reach is 20 metres which is not to bad but in a dark room thi might not be the best solution but a useful gadget if the only item you have is this so it could be useful for many people.
For the price this realy is a must have. I have dogs and inevitably they want to go out late night or get up early morning. I used to keep a conventional touch by the the garden door, but the batteries were always running out just at the wrong moment. Leaving me with no other choice than to put the main lights on waking the house. This works simply by pumping the handel a few times to recharge the the battery. It is so small and light it slips easily into your pocket and is so useful to find the lock with your front door key when your coming home after dark. Its size means it is so useful trying to look into those space confirned dark corners. When the kids want to go camping equip them with these, so cheap it will not matter if they loose them which they inevitably will. The biggest plus is no more betteries.