Product Type: Uni-Com gadgets
Newest Review: ... as well as smaller), and had a wind up part. Its battery life was not brilliant, about 10-20minutes at best before it was noticeably dimm... more
Honestly not worth it
Uni-Com Wind-Up Micro Torch
Member Name: Thebaker50
Uni-Com Wind-Up Micro Torch
Disadvantages: everything, completely pointless
I bought one of these to place on my keychain, as a sort of back up torch, that doesn't need batteries. Sadly though, this is not the solution.
I have another review on a wind up torch, and I have no idea why most of the ones availble seem to just fall apart. I bought one of these, and for the period it worked, it was pretty good. It was surprisingly bright for its size (at the time I also had a maglite solitairre, and it was brighter than that, as well as smaller), and had a wind up part. Its battery life was not brilliant, about 10-20minutes at best before it was noticeably dimmer, but when you got a wind up feature, that is not much of a problem.
This torch is a small square shape, about the size of your little finger, with a fold out crank, an internal battery somewhere, and 2 small led bulbs in the front. There is also a switch for turning it on and off.
Sadly though, this thing broke, very quickly as well, and I didn't put that much abuse on it. I am not sure entirely what happened, but one day the crank just went stiff, I couldn't spin it. When I tried to force it to spin, it suddenly came loose, and span around not connected to anything. Some more fiddling, and the crank then span with loads of resistance, but did not actually charge the battery....
Sigh, I bought this for around £3, which in my eyes is not cheap for something of this dubious quality. I mean, yes £3 is not a lot, but considering I have since bought a metal battery powered torch from poundland, which still works, I couldn't help but feel a little let down by this, the more expensive product.
What makes this really bad though, is the way they advertise it as being green. how can it be green when it lasts about a week before breaking, surely the carbon footprint of making all that plastic, moulding it, and transporting it only for it to be replace in about a week is worse than just buying new batteries? Whats more, batteries would be cheaper in the longer run! I give this 1/5, doesn't meet its own aim, and isn't cheap enough to excuse not meeting its target!
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