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If you are a regular contributor to dooyoo you will know that just before Christmas a competition was held on site and some members were lucky enough to win a selection of prizes that were up for grabs. I was fortunate to win on Day 9 and as such won 9 prizes from dooyoo, one of which was this - the Silverline 135964 Watchman's Torch.
Now whilst this may not have been the most glamorous prizes anyone could have won there's no denying that a torch is a handy thing to own and fortunately for me our torch that we have owned for a years and years is currently hiding away in a 'safe place' (by that I mean I have no idea where it is and can't remember the last time it was used)
This was, therefore, a very welcome addition to our DIY cupboard/draw and was used the day after I received it when we had a Electricity power outage and I had to reset our trip-switch, all in all perfect timing as it turned out and a spooky coincidence.
The Silverline Watchman's torch is exactly what you would expect it to be and unlike some of the bigger, more bulky torches that are available to buy this is actually quite slimline and would easily fit into a pocket should you so desire. It is electric-blue in colour, made from an aluminium alloy and weighs (with batteries) only 100 grams. The torch is both shock and water resistant and features just one raised, rubber button along its shaft and the Silverline brand name is picked out in white writing in contrast to the blue.
At one end of the torch is a screw lid which when opened allows you to insert the batteries needed to power it and unlike other torches this only requires 2 AA batteries. Once in place and the lid screwed back into position the torch is able to be used. The beam end of the torch is covered in transparent glass and a single bulb can be seen surrounded by a shiny metal collar, this measures around an inch in diameter (I said it was small) and produces a decent amount of light when the button is depressed and the torch switched on.
This isnt the brightest of torches you can buy but this should come as no surprise given the size of the torch itself, the light it produces is adequate to clearly illuminate whatever it is you are pointing it at but be under no illiusion that it will turn night into day. The range of the beam is limited I have to admit so don't expect to be able to stand at one end of a room and clearly light up the other end, it will provide enough illumination to lighten up a dark corner and for emergency use when required it certainly does the job it was designed to do.
It isn't a product to get overly excited about, it's a torch after all. However it is functional, weighs very little when carried and provides enough light to make it useful. The good thing about this for me is that it only takes AA batteries rather than the big C or D Cell ones that others tend to need. Chances are that, if you're like me, you will always have a spare AA battery or two knocking around in a drawer somewhere (or in a remote control if you are desperate) so being able to have light to hand when you need it needn't be impossible with this torch from Silverline.
For under £5.00 you really can't go wrong with this, as already mentioned a torch is a handy thing to own for the times when you have a power cut or want to look for something at the back of a cupboard or languishing hidden in a dark corner of a shed or garage. I'm pleased with mine, its already proven itself to be useful and I can't really ask for any more than that. This is available to purchase on-line from Amazon for £4.55 at the time of writing this review and other than it not being the brightest illuminating torch you can buy I have no reasons not to recommend it to anyone else.
4/5 stars seems fair to me, it's certainly cheap enough to buy without having to consider other options and fits easily into a draw when not in use. Thanks for reading my review and thank you to dooyoo for sending one to me.
Short name: Silverline 135964