Product Type: Rolson gadgets
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Brilliant torch when you read the instructions
Rolson 61744 10 LED Rubber Grip Torch
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Rolson 61744 10 LED Rubber Grip Torch
Advantages: Bright light, durable, affordable, efficient, batteries included
Disadvantages: Nothing really, great for what it is
Although we have plenty of dynamo based small quirky torches lying around the house, and a couple of others that we've used quite a bit, this torch is particularly good, as long as you're not afraid of reading the instructions.
The torch itself is quite solid in design. A strong plastic forms the basic torch housing part of it, while a rubber covering around the handle and the upper compartment increase the durability of the torch, a feature which I always prefer in torches, especially as we have small children and devices like this inevitably end up somewhere near them and are subsequently dropped or played with or launched, and as far as I'm concerned the more durable something is the longer it'll last in our home.
It's quite a compact design as well, which has its positives, particularly for transporting around. However, we do have other torches, and so a negative of this is that it still doesn't take the place of a larger torch, one that could essentially light up an entire room.
But this one is particularly economical on battery life. When we first bought this, I thought it wasn't working properly. Like a typical man, I first of all complained about the lack of a button and how the hell did they expect it to work if they didn't put a switch on at all! Then by pure accident I realised that you actually need to screw the top of the torch to activate it and turn it on, I just hadn't read the instructions. The only problem was that it still didn't work. Again, instructions should have been read but even then I just opened the base up to find out why it wasn't working. I saw batteries inside and closed it up again, but still it wouldn't work.
A word to the wise, most devices such as this will not likely come with batteries. Those that do, and this one is included, are likely to add in a thin plastic tube/sheet into the battery compartment to stop the circuit being complete, probably to ensure complete battery life for a new purchase. Once I had, in my embarrassment, found this out, I removed the offending (yet practical) piece and hey presto the torch worked perfectly. Naturally, having done this I found that the annoying piece of small paper attached to the strap on the handle was a set of instructions...
That's another positive for this torch as well: the strap. It shows that they've got damage limitation in mind. I've dropped the occasional torch over the years and having a strap would have certainly prevented a few breakages, I'm sure.
The torch light is very effective. This torch has a good number of LEDs in the head, which produce a bright white light that illuminates at a pretty decent distance, ensuring that you're not just lighting up the immediate couple of metres but can actually see a bit further. It works very well for us, and we've used it quite a few times. Once our eldest son is a bit older we may well let him take this sort of torch with him when he goes camping as opposed to a cheap dynamo manual action torch, but for the moment this one can stay at home with us thank you very much, working just fine despite my stereotypical refusal to use the instructions and finding out how to use the torch the hard way! You can get hold of one of these for around the £5 mark on amazon at the moment, which is okay value for a torch like this but I have seen it available for cheaper.
Overall then a really good torch, well designed, bright lights and practical design guaranteed to flummux those determined not to read instructions. Recommended.
Summary: Efficient effective durable torch