Product Type: Uni-Com gadgets
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Uni Com Wind-up Lantern
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Uni Com Wind-up Lantern
Advantages: Easy to wind up; strong initial light; durable
Disadvantages: Light dims well before the 30 mins advertised time
If you're looking for something practical and battery free to take with you on a camping trip, then this sort of thing may be the exact sort of thing you need. As the days get longer and promises of warmer weather start creeping in to the daily forecasts, no doubt those not hardy enough to brave these icy conditions but still keen on a tent in a field will be looking to equip themselves for such an occasion.
This Uni Com torch is something well worth adding to your list. It's a wind up lantern that seem ideally suited for use in a tent, without having to rely on your batteries lasting. It's a small lantern that tapers more towards the top, giving it ballast at the bottom and a wider stance to stand it up, while also providing a thin handle at the top for transport as well as hanging.
The base is firm but not excessively hard, with a slight give meaning that it's less likely to slide on a surface, maybe even with a fair amount of grip although I haven't tested this yet. Folding into the side of this base unit is the handle, which is easy to pull out and turn in order to power the lantern. It's a very light handle to turn, with little or no resistance when you start to wind it up, so don't try to go too fast.
Nor do you need to wind it up for long. Manufacturers boast being able to get half an hour's light from a minute's winding, and although this may be true to a certain extent, you're unlikely to get full brightness for this length of time. You probably get two thirds at decent light levels before the quality of the light starts diminishing to the point where it gets harder to do things by, especially if you want to read or need to do something fiddly, or even find something in your pack.
The initial light that it gives off is very impressive. Quite often these sorts of lanterns and even some wind up torches give off light that can only be described as disappointing, but this gives strong illumination that beams around giving plenty of vision. It reminds me somewhat of the high battery powered multi functional torch my dad used to have when I was a kid and we got power cuts. We'd switch it from torch to lantern and it would provide strong light good enough for our large front room. This does very much the same thing, with the top of the lantern a plastic casing housing a number of LED lights emitting the lantern light. It's too bright to look at directly, although not so bright it makes every single corner completely bathed in light - somewhere in between.
It's quite a sturdy little device as well. Normally, you may find something like this is flimsy and would not withstand bashing, but somehow its rubber-like base and well used materials make it rather durable. I guess it's designed to be taken on things like camping trips and for this reason it'd be rather silly to not make it durable. It's not even particularly costly. Its retail price can often be close on £20, but it's easy enough to get hold of for under £10, and I'd consider this a bit of a bargain, to tell the truth. I had expected less of a powerful light and perhaps something a bit flimsier, but this does the job very well indeed, and is something I'd happily recommend for camping, caravanning or just to have at home for fun. Recommended.
Summary: Quality wind up lantern that is good value and durable
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