Product Type: Uni-Com gadgets
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Uni-Com Wind-Up Headlamp
Member Name: Elaineee
Uni-Com Wind-Up Headlamp
Advantages: No need for batteries
Disadvantages: Needs top up winds every 15 mins
The Uni- Com Torch Wind- Up is an eco friendly torch that needs no replacement bulbs or batteries. I have had one of these for a couple of years now. It was bought from Wilkinsons (I think) for less than a fiver. With there being no need to buy batteries it's paid for itself.
It has long life rechargeable batteries that are charged by winding the handle. The bulbs are no need to replace LEDs of which there is three, these shine white light rather than yellow which I prefer. You can have one bulb or all the bulbs on by pressing the button on and off (I didn't know this until playing with it for this review). The torch itself is a nice sized silver coloured plastic with a pull out winding handle. There is an on/off button and rubber hand grips run along both sides. Looking at it I would say it's about six inches long, three wide and two inches in depth. The torch is surprisingly light in weight. It's comfortable to hold and fits well in my pocket.
To wind the torch you just pull the handle out and wind it round and round for a few minutes. It is easy to wind up there is no stiffness and only minimal resistance. It does make quite a whirring sound as it's winding and people can certainly hear me coming!. The torch lights for about 25 minutes before needing to be fully rewound, but is only bright for around 10-15 minutes after this time the light fades. I just give it a top up wind.
The winding mechanism is still in working order and hasn't loosened from loads of winding. It's not a powerful torch and just lights the immediate way ahead but is perfectly adequate for walking in the dark or finding things in the back of the cupboard which is what I use it most often for.
I've had this for ages and used it alot, the bulbs are all still working and the wind up handle is still in good condition, it's also much easier than looking around for batteries so for that reason I would recommend it.
5 stars from me.
Summary: I love the fact that I've always got a working torch to hand,
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