After seeing one of these torches at a local car store I decided that is was worth a shot as it was only priced at £8.
The thing that appealed to me most was the fact that it was wind up and I would never ever have to buy batteries for it. The fact that this offered LED technology was the other reason this appealed to me as these are both more reliable and brighter than ordinary bulbs.
1 minutes worth of winding will give you 5-10 minutes use from the torch depending on whether you use the option for one, or three LED's to be illuminated which is great for saving power meaning less winding up.
The torch itself is very bright when using both the one and three LED settings. The on/off button simply needs to be clicked through a cycle to select the different lighting options.
The torch is very robust I have had it six months and managed to drop it many times, used it in the rain, and generally abused it and it still works as well as the day I bought it home.
The general look of the torch is quite stylish being mainly silver with black trimming, a large black on/off button and a black wind up handle.
The handle used to wind the torch up is fold away and again is robustly built and feels like it will stand up to any amount of winding you could throw at it.
Overall I would say this was a great purchase, either for at home, camping, or to keep in the car this torch is a winner everytime. No picking it up and realising the batteries are flat when you most need it.
Men are always a problem when it comes to buying christmas presents as I am sure all us girls have found and the older they get often the harder the dilemma of what to get them.
I saw this little gadget and then I got a mental image of at least three torches lying redundant in my garden shed. Surely this one would not be any different? I bought it anyway as it was a bargain price and decided that if hubbie or whoever got it in their pressie would be able to make some use of it.
Last night my and my husband were disturbed during the night by a commotion when a bird flew into our roof and was trapped in the attic. the noise of scratching and flapping was dreadful so I suggest he go up and try to free the creature. Wind up torch to the rescue!! He had to admit that it was one of the handiest gizmos ever and was so lightweight compared to his other torches. The wind up mechanism generated enough power in a few turns to give a good strong light and the fact that no batteries were needed made it even better. Eco friendly and cheap...
On this recommendation I went out and bought more of these for other friends and family. Nice one : )