“ Brand: Trevor Baylis / Type: Torch „
I originally bought this torch for those occasions when the power goes out and you've got nothing to do. I thought a torch without batteries would've been useful for when I went camping as well, given that it often gets dark earlier than you expect, and you don't want to trip over your tent pegs and land in... Well, you can imagine that for yourselves.
When I came to actually use this product, initially it was really good and held it's charge well. I was able to see for about half an hour for about 200 winds of the little handle that is stuck to the main body of the torch by a magnet. I didn't think that this was too bad for a product that didn't require any batteries, only a few turns by hand. Initially the light was a lot brighter and soon faded, which wasn't quite what the box said it would do but all the same, it was better than nothing in the dark stumbling around a campsite.
However, I've now had it for about 2 years or so and it now needs constant winding to use either the torch. I bought it in the sale in the first place, and it only cost me £5 so it's not like I've really lost anything. However, I was pretty disappointed that within 2 years of occasional use (I'd say I've used it maybe once or twice a week, other than when I did take it camping for a few weeks in that time where it got maybe half an hour's use a night) it barely works. It has to be wound the whole time you use it or the light just fizzles out to nothing. The button used to turn it on isn't as sensitive as it was before either, and it now takes some force to actually get it to turn on.
It wasn't a bad buy for a fiver, but I wouldn't be willing to pay more than this for the same product again. It simply doesn't seem economical when you can buy a battery operated torch and some decent batteries for it for the same price and it would probably last for a similar amount of time, particularly with rechargeable batteries.
About two years ago (or was it 3?) my partner and I and a few friends decided to go camping on the seaside... I was already fully packed when my father came to me and as he knows how surprised me with a last minute gadget from the pocket (well not exactly from the pocket since this thingy is quite big) - it was a dynamo torch. I already had a regular torch packed but I know I would break his hart if I would not want to pack this one too.
Now the torch is a bit big, I am used to having "camping stuff" as small as possible but OK, at least it is easy to find in the dark - when you naturally need it the most. It is quite light though and it is shaped well, you easily have a firm and secure grip on. The handle can be folded so that it becomes a "part" of the torch, not disturbing your grip when you use the torch. Winding the torch does not need a lot of strength, it goes smoothly.
When the tents were set and night began to fall this torch had its introduction. I showed it to my friends and they were really interested in it - especially the male part of the team which led to them winding the dynamo almost all the time - to which I normally had no complaints. Now although it was amusing to watch "the boys" how they play with "the toy" it was soon I noticed that even though they were winding it like crazy the light was not exactly strong and the light angle is a bit small but it is enough to clearly see what you want to see, it's a healthy not disturbing light - and if you have neighbours camping they won't mind it. You need quite a lot of winding to get a decent amount of light time - at times it seemed that at with a normal amount of winding (not doing it like a crazy person) will produce about three or four times of "battery life". If you go a bit winding crazy you get better results though. Thankfully the boys just kept on winding and charged the thing - when it was charged it truly did last for hours.
I do like this torch all in all, mostly because it does not need batteries and by that there is no fear that you will run out of light when you most need it - you will just have to sweat a bit to make it work, if coincidently when you will need it it won't be charged. Certainly a good thing to have at home in case of a power failure or to pack with you if you go camping.
I am a big fan of gadgets and boy's toys and I kept meaning to get a torch for my car as I had visions of breaking down somewhere in the countryside and not being able to see a thing. To be honest it's not like I would know the first thing about fixing the car but at least I would have some light whilst waiting for the tow truck.
Anyway I was browsing on Amazon looking for one when I came across the Trevor Baylis eco pro torch. What immediately appealed to me about this torch was the fact that it didn't need batteries and was completely powered by winding it up. As it was only £15 and the general concensious was that it was fairly decent I decided to buy it.
When it arrived I was fairly excited to play with my new toy and a quick glance at the instructions told me that it was pretty straightforward to use so they were soon disgarded and I set about using it for the first time. It is incredibly easy to use, all you need to do is pull the built in handle out and start to crank it. Roatating it is quite smooth and there is a little light to indicate that it is charging. Once you have finished cranking it just slot the handle back into place and press the on switch.
Apparently you are supposed to get 25 minutes of light from 1 minute of winding and 8 hours of constant light on a full charge but to be honest I have never tested this as I don't have the patience to sit and wind it for ages as the novelty of winding it soon wore off for me.
The light it gives is decent but not brilliant and nowhere near as powerful as a proper big battery powered torch would be. I know this already though so it didn't come as a surprise and as I said the light is more than adequate for anything that I might use it for.
It is made of plastic and this seems to be quite strong and the whole thing feels sturdy and well made. I have managed to drop it loads of times and it is still going strong.
The fit in my hand is also good and it fits naturally and comfortably even when I have to hold it for a long time.
Personally I love it, I know it is only a torch but it has come in so handy. Luckily I have never broke down since I got it but I use it for everything from finding things in the boot to putting my key in the lock at night.
The fact it will never need batteries is absolutely fantastic as I am the sort of person who would forget and the one time I really needed it would be the time they died on me and now I know that it is in my car and I never have to worry about it not working.
If you are looking for a torch then I can highly recommend this one as it is not only pretty cool but it is a decent little torch in it's own right even without the power from batteries.
Trevor Baylis is best known for inventing the wind up radio. A massive invention that is undeniably something to be proud of. Is this torch in the same league? In my opinion probably not.
I bought one of these last year as I walk my dogs when it's dark so have gone through endless batteries. I figured this would save me a bit of money. It cost me £6.99 new in packet from a charity shop so a bargain really. Saying that I wouldnt be prepared to pay more for this.
While the torch does as it says on the tin so to speak, you wind it up and the torch will light up the same as you'd expect from your average battery torch. The problem for me is that this isnt a torch you can use for any length of time or in a place where you want a good amount of light (e.g in a field while walking a dog).
The torch needs winding for a couple of minutes and lasts for a reasonable amount of time, though when I was first using it I was finding I was having to wind it a few times to make it last without losing power of light.
It's sturdy in design but small enough for a bag etc. The button is a press design which I find sometimes can get stuck. The torch comes with a wrist strap.
While I would recommend this torch for emergencys such as power failure, car breaking down etc I wouldnt buy this if your wanting a torch that the lights going to be powerful.
For that reason i'll give this torch 4 stars as it's great for a lot of uses it just wasnt suitable to my needs.
I've noticed that you can buy things these days quite cheap. i.e a torch will cost £3, but then you end up spending the same amount on batteries just to make it work and then you have to keep replacing them. That's why I decided to go old school and bought this wind up torch because I really got sick of charging the re-chargable batteries and buying them.
I paid £15 for mine off amazon which was a while ago which I thought was expensive at first, but when I considered how much I'd end up spending on batteries over the time I used the torch, it didn't seem so bad.
It is a handy little gadget that is not only a torch but a siren, a phone charger and a radio. Not to mention it has an earphone socket, volume control and a carry strap so you don't go dropping it. Now it is beginning to seem like it was worth the money.
To wind up the torch you simply unfold the handle and turn it at a moderate pace so you see a green LED light that tells you you're doing it right. It reckons that 1 minute of winding gives up to 25 minutes of light although I've never got more than 15 out of mine despite a lot of winding.
The torch offers a fairly good amount of light so you can use it if you're rummaging through the shed of even ona hike at night. I'd definitely say this is a brilliant torch if you're going night-time fishing or camping because you don't need to worry about batteries and obviously you can listen to music on it as well. Also, it is weatherproof so it won't get wrecked when you're out.
The FM radio is incredibly irritating to be honest. You switch the torch on and then press scan on the radio. It finds radio stations for you, but there's no screen to see what you're on, so yo try and find Heart or Galaxy or your favourite station, you just have to keep pressing scan until you get there. This really annoyed me and I ended up saying sod it, and not really using it again. It's good if you can get your radio station on though because you can play music outloud and it is uite loud too for a little torch.
The siren is a good idea, especially for campers, maybe to get attention in the event of an emergency because by golly is it loud and the torch flashes so you can easily see its location. Just be careful with that siren, it's pretty easy to activate and if you're in a public place and you set it off by accident, you're going to feel pretty stupid.
I keep mine in my glove box in my car because I do use motorways a lot and in the event of my braking down, the torch would be my trusty companion to give me light, music and phone battery. It would also be good to use the alarm in the even of an incident althought I do think this is pretty unlikely.
Overall, I think this is a really good torch although I do think for the money, they could have made on that last longer on your winds because you don't want to be winding it up every 15 minutes. Other than that, it's handy to have with you in all different situations, not to mention it being environmentally friendly!
This wind up torch has been a saviour for me on numerous occasions, but the most impressive has been during the recent ( Dec 09 - Jan 10 ) cold spell. When the Cold snap started just before Christmas I lost Electricity for just over 72 hours... think about it.
For three whole days, I hammered this torch; it was in use virtually all day and all night apart from my sleeping hours. It was magnificent, it never missed a beat. It was the only source of light I had, apart from Battery powered torches, which, in truth, are a waste of time, and money compared to this little gem.
For what I need / needed from it, it is faultless. It provides instant and acceptable light at the turn of a winder. Not that you need to wind it very often as a good wind seems to generate sufficient power to last quite a long while. I didn't time this sort of thing and make notes as, I am sure you will agree, that was not a priority at the time. Suffice to say, a few minutes of gentle effort will certainly provide an hour or so of good quality light. The light itself is quite bright and quite white in colour, certainly AOK for most uses that I can think of. The range of the beam produced is also quite adequate, lighting stairs and hallways etc present no problem to it. I think a useful beam probably extends fifteen feet or so, maybe a tad further.
The torch itself appears to be well made and quite robust. I knocked it over quite a few times during the electricity outage and even dropped it down the stairs once. It made no difference; it came up smiling and continued to work perfectly. I guess this may be helped by the fact that it has LED lighting elements as opposed to a conventional bulb, which I don't think would have survived the drops. Good thinking TB. I think this shows that my efforts to disprove the "Shockproof" claims failed miserably - good. Now for some testing of the "Waterproof" claims...only joking.
I have nothing but praise for this little beauty and think everyone should have two, one for home use and one for the Car.
I for one would certainly not be without it. It is a cracking piece of kit.
Many thanks to Trevor for developing it. Keep up the good work.
The Trevor Baylis torch, is an absolute MUST HAVE for anyone. Be it to keep in the car, or under the sink or even in the bedroom!
It also makes a fantastic present for those who go no where without a torch.
for a wind up torch the power is impressive, and literally for a few minutes gentle winding, you can create hours of light. They are also very strong, and my torch has been dropped from the attic, and down the stairs without any problems at all!
if you look at the price of a pack of decent batteries these days, I'm sure you will agree that for a small investment into a torch that will last you for years, it is a great buy!
Personally I keep mine in my rucksack, which I take everywhere from work ans camping weekends, to cycling & Hiking trips. This is one of the few items I would be without, and with no maintenance costs - its fantastic.
I would advise anyone who doesn't already own one, to order one now. Also they are a great present for 1st time drivers to keep in their car, of for people prone to power cuts.
For the technical / performance side of things - I have timed it and with an average 1 minute of winding, the torch will produce just over 20 minutes of light. As an exaple to it's power, I would use my attic as an example. My attic is an average size covering 2 bedrooms / 1 small office and a bathroom, about 6 foot head room in the middle. i would suggest although it didn't light up the whole attic, it certainly lit up a good 4 metres square, and was suprisingly bright - This is due to the fact that there are LED's doing the work, not a single bulb (similar to the ones in modern bike lights). So visually it was excellent in a confined space.
I also have tried from the second story window, lighting up the garden, and although distance ws good (I would say an accurate 'beam' to the distance of 10-12 metres) the light doesn't spread out like some traditional torches, but if you are looking to use as more of a spot light at this distance, it works great, giving great visibility.
They are sold as being 'shock proof' and 'weatherproof'. I can confirm 100% that they are very shockproof, as the fall from my attic has proved (I imaigine mainly down to the small amount of workings insie the case), although I have not tried out its water propelling properties. I have checked the seams / joins, and they would appear to be solid and air tight, if it gets wet I will update my review.
I purchased mine from amazon, although I have seen they are also for sale on gadget sites.
I suppose the only downside would be the size and cost. The size is about the length of the average sky remote, and a little thicker. Price, yes more than some torches, but potentially can last for many years, and very dependable.
Most gadgets these days are only as good as the battery life as they increasingly contain more built in features and add-ons which zap away at the power, and with batteries costing a small fortune, its not surprising that these little wind up radio's are beginning to catch on.
I got mine a couple of years ago as a Christmas present when they cost around £20 to buy which in my opinion was a little bit too expensive.
The wind up torch comes with a stash of various mobile phone charging connectors allowing you to supply power to your phone in an emergency; this makes it an ideal object to stash in your car or desk at work. The only trouble with doing this is that after forking out £20 for one of these, you will not want to hide it away in the boot of your car.
The key features on this unit are an FM radio with volume control, torch, siren, phone charger output, earphone socket and carry strap.
The wind up mechanism is relatively straight forward with a neat fold away handle which feels sturdy and robust. Simply fold out the handle and watch the little green LED light up as you turn the handle; if it doesn't light up, then crank the handle a bit harder, and if the veins on your head are sticking out, then ease off a little.
The torch consists of 5 bright LED lights that offer a decent amount of light allowing you to find your way around in the dark, but not enough to attract the attention of neighbouring planets. Apparently each minute of winding will allow the torch/radio to run for 30 minutes, but I would say that you would be lucky to get it to last anywhere near that.
The built in speaker has a big quality sound to it which can be turned up quite loud, but be advised that the louder you have it, the sooner you will have to wind it back up again.
The FM radio has a scan and reset button but no other indication as to what station you are listening to which can be a pain in the neck, let me explain. You wind up the unit, switch on the radio with the volume control and scan away until you guess your favourite station; that's the one, no, maybe the next, oh dear I went past it. You then start all over again by pressing the reset button because you can't go back a station, only forwards. Things get worse when you are using the radio when working, because after about 20 minutes or so, you will hear the radio station go out of tune accompanied by a whining noise, which means act fast. If you don't stop what you are doing and rush over to the radio and quickly wind it up; the radio will automatically reset and you will have to start all over again by winding it up, pressing the scan button, finding the station, oh dear went past it again!
For a short while I used the radio to gently send me off to sleep, which worked fine until one night I switched out the bedside light and reached over to switch the radio off and then WOOP!! WOOP!! WOOP!! Yes I had activated the siren switch which caused me to drop the unit somewhere in the darkness, but luckily the unit comes equipped with a flashing red LED to let you know that the siren is going off; not that there was any doubt about this because I would imagine that the whole neighbourhood would have been woken up too, wondering whose house was being broken into. Several minutes later after desperately trying to switch off the siren by turning on the radio and torch, the neighbours peering through their curtains looking on in disbelief at my naked silhouette running around with a soundtrack of WOOP!! WOOP!! WOOP!! accompanied by Jazz FM and a flickering torchlight. Nice!!!
The wind up torch now sits safely in the boot of my car where it belongs, because in the unfortunate event that I break down in the middle of nowhere and need to draw someone's attention; I have no doubts that this little wind up number will be more than capable.
To sum things up, this is not one of the cheapest wind-up radios around and perhaps not one of the smallest ones either, but it does have a good quality sound radio and a decent torch. On the down side it does run out of breath rather quickly and you will also run out of breath rather quickly by keep running over to wind it back up again. Not sure whether the siren is a good thing but the switch is certainly too easy to accidently activate.
Imagine a scenario. It's late, you've just finished work, it's dark, and your car won't start. With a sigh, you get your torch from the glove compartment, only to find that it doesn't work or even worse, the batteries have leaked and the inside looks like a chemical waste dump.
This has happened to me. I did two things, firstly I bought a more reliable car, and secondly, I bought a wind up torch!
The Eco Pro 5 LED Wind Up Torch is not cheap at around £23, but it will never need batteries, and should always provide light when you need it to.
The torch is, I think, quite stylish in appearance. Around seven inches long, it's made of silvered plastic that is quite light but reasonably tough. It fits comfortably in my right hand, with the activation switch under my thumb. The switch itself is quite small and needs quite a firm press to operate, but it works well.
The torch is fitted with a small wrist strap; useful if you need both hands free after using the torch.
The torch is described as weatherproof, so is ideally suited to keeping in the car for emergencies. With a suitable lead, the torch can even recharge mobile phones (using one of the several adapters provided).
To charge the torch, the handle that's inset into the body of the torch is pulled out. The handle is then rotated for at least a minute. A small green LED indicates that the torch is charging (if this does not illuminate, then the torch is faulty and will fail to recharge).
The handle is quite easy to turn and does not need to be rotated fast; slow and steady will charge the torch (be careful to keep your fingers out of the way when charging; catching a 'pinkie' between body and handle hurts!). Once charged, the handle slots neatly back into the torch body.
After a minute's charge, the torch will provide light for around 20 minutes. On a full charge, the torch will stay lit for around 8 hours. This usage time is quite impressive and is effected by the use of five LED's (which require much less power than other types of light) rather than an incandescent bulb.
The light produced is quite bright; more than adequate for a torch of this size. The light beam diffuses quite quickly; at six foot away, the torch illuminates a circle of about a foot in diameter. This is excellent for close up work as a large area will be lit up. It does mean, however, that this torch is useless as a 'search light' from a distance of more than about 12 feet.
The LED's give out quite an unusual light. Unlike the warm white/yellow of incandescent torch bulbs, the Eco Pro has a purplish white light. It's likely that the output from the LED's has a small ultraviolet component as well as visible light. The cool light produced by the LED's is quite nice and the difference from a 'normal' torch is not an issue.
I've had this torch for around two years now and it has never let me down. This is a quality product; a superb idea brilliantly implemented. If you're looking for a torch for the car, caravan, or home, and don't want the hassle of batteries, give this a try. Highly recommended.
8 hours constant light on full charge / 1 minute winding gives up to 25 minutes light / Weatherproof - ideal for indoor and outdoor use