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      20.03.2013 22:02
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      A very useful always available light source for all

      This little delightful torch is clearly designed for children. That is the obvious target group of the manufacturers and their marketing people. The design and the price make that clear and parents are unlikely to find anything negative about the item. However, it is a torch and does what a torch is supposed to do (how well, I will touch upon shortly) and therefore regardless of what age you might be, this is an item you may wish to consider if you are looking for a torch. There are solid reasons why you may find this to be the right choice out of the plethora of torches on the market.

      The Cow Dynamo Torch is designed in the shape of (you guessed it) a cow. The cow has got its mouth wide open from whence emerges the light. Children are bound to love that. What is more, it is a feature that is abuse-proof. There is no battery to run down. If you are more ornithologically inclined, there is a 'Penguin' version available. The Cow Dynamo Torch is small measuring a touch over 10 cm (4 inches) long and light. It is, in that way, accessible to young and old, healthy and infirm.

      __No; Not Wind Up__
      The manufacturers market it as a wind-up torch, something that is puzzling because it is not. Instead of the traditional winding action on similar torches, this one uses a pump action which is, in fact, a lot easier to do and, in my view, less tedious. There is a small handle on the side that you squeeze and release repeatedly to charge the inbuilt battery. The bulb (that can't be replaced) is LED type and gives a surprisingly bright beam. It is bright enough to allow you to see adequately in total darkness.

      __Emergency Light__
      For me, this type of torch makes more sense as an emergency light to keep in one's bedside cupboard or the glove compartment in the car. It is small enough to fit there without crowding off other items and, much more importantly, it will not give you that heart-sinking feeling of reaching for your emergency light only to find the battery died months ago. Let's face it, it is uncommon to need an emergency light and therefore the traditional torches always run this risk. With this little cow, all you need to do is give it a few squeezes and you have light. Perfect.

      __Children__
      As mentioned earlier, the design of the torch shows that it is aimed at children and that is a good thing. Unlike the ubiquitous 'games' the sole destination of which is that obesity magnet, the games console, this is a safe and inexpensive item that can encourage physical activities on the part of young children. Whether it is venturing into the garden in a balmy summer night or otherwise having fun outdoors or even during a camping holiday, this torch, requiring the child's physical input to facilitate light generation will make for a fun and useful companion for a child.

      __It Just Works__
      The Cow Dynamo Torch just does what it promises to do without a fuss. As long is you pump the little handle, light will be produced for a long enough period to deal with minor chores. If the light starts to fade, you pump again and the full beam is back on. It just works. The fact that it is available for less that £5 ought to make it an almost irresistible acquisition for most of us.

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        13.08.2011 11:15

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        Fun for kids and Adults

        I recieved this dynamo torch as a gift at christmas and I really like it! There are several difference animal types out there, but I have the cow. I'm not sure how much was paid for it, but i've seen £5 often quoted.

        The light shines out the cows mouth, the cow is white with brown spots! With Dynamo torches you do not need batteries, you charge it yourself! What you do is.. at the side of the cow there are 2 little handles that pop out, and you basically squeese them together over and over to charge it up! It's so easy and it lasts quite a long time! When you've finished charging it the handle can be put back in, so you would never know they were there. It's not the brightest torch but good enough to find your way round in the dark!

        I love my little torch, it's fun, quirky and battery free! A great torch for kids and adults!

        Theres not much else I can say about a torch, it is made of plastic oh and has a nylon wrist band incase it falls out your hand!

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        30.03.2011 10:36
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        Cow designed dynamo torch that's fun as a novelty item and has a decent light

        We seem to have a plethora of novelty torches lying around our house. Every time I turn round, there's one sitting on the side of something, just looking all alone and forlorn. The quirky thing about them is that, no matter which one you look at, they all seem to function in the same way and have similar build quality and operational quality. The only difference is often the outer casing and the visual look. Clever marketing, nothing more.

        The penguin one has a 'head' that is a bit more defined, sticking out a little more than this one, which has a cow's head that joins into the 'body' a bit more chunkier than that of the penguin. It's a fresian cow pattern, that familiar cartoony style of white with black swirly shapes on it, complete with ears and tiny horns to boot. The appeal of torches such as this one is the lack of a need top buy batteries. As it's compeltely powered by a dynamo, it's down to you to charge it via a fold away handle on the side. Once this is released, there's then a little resistance as you squeeze it against the light spring which keeps it coming out. I'd suggest five minutes or so of doing this and it'll be well charged, without the need to do squeeze vigorously. This is the sort of dynamo torch that doesn't rely on brute strength, and could therefore appeal to a much wider target audience.

        Once pumped up, you merely pop the handle back in the side, and operate the light via a switch. The light itself quite cheekily comes out of the cow's mouth, which is at the top of the torch. Around this, it's clearly defined as the mouth with pink bits and a snout, even some dimples in the cheeks. The torch light isn't the broadest, but the light that emanates from it casts a decent area of illumination, so the LEDs inside are well angled. In terms of power, this isn't going to substitute a proper fitted light, or even some of the more powerful torches. It's as you'd expect from something you can power up in a few minutes, costs around the £5 mark and has light emanating from a cow's mouth. There's a sort of luminosity about the light, and it's definitely good enough to see what you're doing should you need it in an emergency, or even best placed as something for a kid to have if they want to play at camping indoors. It's probably even worth taking it camping with you - it would certainly help not having to worry about batteries if you're out camping in the dark.

        It's pretty sturdy, although it hasn't exactly been bashed about the place. It occasionally gets used by our son when he's role playing, and he loves using things like torches to see the effects it has - plunging our front room into sudden darkness during the long winter evenings probably wasn't the most gratefully received use for this, but he was curious and learning; but it wasn't mistreated and it seems sturdy enough.

        Overall then, it's one worth having, but if you already have similar designed torches (the ladybug and penguin ones spring to mind) then getting this one isn't going to give you anything new other than it looks like a cow! Recommended, but it has its limitations.

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          24.01.2011 07:49
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          A fun, novelty dynamo torch that also works very well, and costs very little.

          The Suncamp cow dynamo light is just one of the novelty presents my daughter received for Christmas, and I have to say I think it's really good! I'm half tempted to pinch it off her! I've seen several different animal versions of these torches on sale, but I think this cow one in particular is very cute. Considering these are now selling for around £5 on Amazon (they look like they're selling for less but private sellers are making the difference up in postage, so it works still out at around £5), then I think that's a good price.

          The light in the torch shines out of the cow's snout, which is surrounded by a pinky plastic muzzle, on a cow shaped head, which joins to a brown and white spotty Friesian cow flattish, oval body. There are some nice little details such as the horns and black ears on the cows head that are cute and add to the design's appearance.

          The best thing about this torch, aside from the design is that is doesn't need batteries. The cow is charged up by the dynamo inside the body of the cow, similar to how you'd use a wind up torch but instead of winding, you power this dynamo up by squeezing. There's a handle running down the side of the cow which can be flipped outwards - this creates squeezable stick-out part which you squeeze with your hand against the body of the cow to recharge it. This is very easy to do, there's very little resistance so charging the dynamo with this handle is simple. When you're done charging the dynamo, you can fold the handle part back, flat against the body of the cow torch.

          The light from the cow dynamo torch is surprisingly bright! It create a good level of fairly bright white illumination, which is plenty to see by on dark nights or for if you need to navigate around the house in the dark.

          For the price I think this is an excellent little novelty torch, that's all the better for not needing batteries. The dynamo is meant to last long enough to provide light for 700 hours, so that's far more economical than batteries anyway. Well recommended.

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          15.01.2011 12:45
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          Fun shape and rechargeable - great torch for kids

          The Suncamp cow dynamo light is a novelty torch presumably designed for kids. There are several different torches in the form of animals available in this range, all of them based around the same basic, plastic body-shape - this being an approximately four inch long, rounded-ended 'capsule' -a bit like one of those paracetamol tablets made in an 'easy swallowable' form. They're broad-based and flat on the bottom, so although they have a carrying strap / wrist strap attachment at the back, you can leave them lying on surfaces etc. I got this as a stocking filler for my daughter last Christmas from 'Matalan' for about £4 as it seemed a nice torch for a kid, and even better, wouldn't run out batteries. I understand that notionally, the dynamos in these torches have a finite capability for being recharged - and while it hasn't had constant use or anything, it's still working well more than a year later.

          The light part of this type of torch comes out of the snout / nose end of whatever animal you've got: in the case of the cow, it has a flat-ended nose that houses the transparent LED-cover, and the way it's styled, it looks a bit like the light shines out of the cow's nostrils! The cow quite nicely designed and has a Friesian style coat in mainly white with a few brown blotches, and small moulded-plastic horns and black sticky-out ears. The torch is light enough to make the weight pretty much negligible when you're carrying it and the LEDs are good and bright: it casts a clear, cold white light and the torch is easily bright enough to use if you're eg. walking on the pavement to or from school in the dark.

          The dynamo part gets 'pumped up' by means of a slot-in handle that runs down the side of the cow. It's a good size for fitting well into a person's hand. This handle can be secured flat at the side of the cow when it's not in use, but you can clip it free if you need to charge the torch. In 'dynamo ready' format, the handle sticks up at one end and this part you squeeze up and down against the body of the torch to recharge it. The movement doesn't require a lot of pressure and happily, you don't need a vast amount of squeezing of the handle to charge up the dynamo to get a useful amount of light. I had a dynamo-powered torch when I was at school in the 1970s for example: not only did you have to keep recharging it about every five minutes, but the recharge mechanism was much stiffer than this to operate, so clearly, the technology's moved far on since then.

          This is a really nice little novelty torch for a kid. The plastic it's made from seems like it could be brittle, but in practice I've found it is robust enough to stand 'normal' wear.

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