“ Brand: Trevor Baylis / wind up torch / Type: Torch „
The inspiration for this review came when we had a power cut during high winds the other night.
The first thought normally is to feel your way through the inky blackness in a desperate search for the candles you know are in a drawer somewhere. Not that night though.
All I needed to do was to get to where my coat is hung up and get out the Mini Eco Pro, a torch in the Trevor Baylis range of wind up gadgets. Half the size of the original Eco Pro, it can slip snugly into a coat pocket and I take it everywhere with me.
It has come to my rescue on quite a few occasions, notably when the car radiator overheated on the darkest of country lanes and I needed to see what I was doing under the bonnet. It also once helped me find the mobile phone I had dropped while taking a shortcut across a field.
If this was a battery torch, I would be worrying about how much charge was left in it and whether I was going to be plunged into darkness again. Worse still, I may have flattened the batteries last time I used it and forgotten to get replacements.
That isn't a problem with the wind up torch though. You give it its power by pulling out the handle and simply winding it. For every minute of winding you get fifteen minutes of charge. It claims to have a full charge of five hours, but I haven't tested that theory. I presume that would mean winding the torch for twenty minutes which would take some doing.
The torch contains a nickel hydride cell that stores the power generated and three light-emitting diodes (LEDs) instead of a traditional bulb. Both have a much longer life than their traditional counterparts.
The beam doesn't stay at its brightest for long however, so don't expect too much of it. This torch comes into its own in emergency situations and that's how it should be viewed.
Another potential life saver is a socket to connect your mobile phone to. This enables you to wind enough power into your phone to make an emergency call. I have tried this and it really does work. Some popular phone adaptors for the charge cable are included with the torch and others can be ordered online.
Available at less than a tenner, having one of these useful items around the house is a no brainer and within most people's reach.
* I have also written this review on Ciao