Product Type: Uni-Com gadgets
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Uni-Com Wind Up Ladybird Torch
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Uni-Com Wind Up Ladybird Torch
Advantages: Fun and quirky, good design, very cost effective
Disadvantages: Not very strong light
As with most novelty torches, this pleasant little gadget from Uni-com has more appeal in the quirkiness and the fun element rather than being marketed as a powerful torch. There are many different visual styles, but the majority of them operate on a battery free 'dynamo' style of power, charged up by physically pumping energy into it via a 'winder' on the side. It's great for kids as a present, and is a nice thing to have around should you need a little light from time to time.
It's a small thing, quite stocky but only about 4 inches or so long. It's a very convenient size to hold, with the round body of the ladybird design making for comfortable handling. Some of the novelty torches are quite clunky. The ladybird design is quite good aesthetically, too. I do like the animal based torches, as I think they're very appealing to kids, and I suppose this is the main area that the market is looking for in terms of customers. I know ours is certainly for our son, and he loves using it.
He's seven now, and I think the novelty factor is just about still there. As he gets older, he's more likely to pick up a proper fully functional battery powered torch that emits a strong light, and I think the power of the light is probably where this ladybird novelty torch (and others like it) fall down. There are two small LEDs on the top of the ladybird where the eyes would be, emitting low powered soft light. The power is emitted by pressing a retractable wind up button on the side, which takes a few minutes to get the power up before giving you a short time of torch light. It's quite a fun way to bring up the power, and I suppose the whole point of it is a novelty and fun way of providing a little light.
This is an ideal thing to take with you if you're going camping with the kids and want to give them a torch without worrying that they'll burn all the batteries by playing around in the dark tent. Similarly, it's also fun to use in a darkened room to see what shapes you can make from the torch. Our son often does things like that around bed time. I can't say the charging of it is a relaxing thing all the time before sleep, but it's a soothing light and quite a nice and cost effective way of exploring the concept of torchlight and the effect a light can have on the shadows for kids who are learning about things like that.
Costwise it's quite good. If you think about it, after the initial purchase cost (which tends to be around the £5 mark or thereabouts, often less in pound shops, etc) there is no other cost involved. No batteries needed means that's it for cost, and it's durable, too. I like how sturdy it feels and the quirky design of it is effective and aesthetically pleasing. Another enjoyable novelty torch. Recommended.
Summary: Quirky ladybird design novelty torch
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