You know how frustrating it is when you need a torch, but find out that the batteries are dead? Imagine being in an emergency situation (such as the car breaking down at night), that’s even more annoying! That’s what led a friend of mine to buy a Windup Emergency Torch, which is charged up in just a few revolutions of the wind up handle!
What’s different about this wind up torch eco gadget compared to other hand-powered torches? Well this torch features a long life rechargeable battery, which basically doesn’t degrade when you keep charging and discharging it. Given that wind up torches will constantly be charged and discharged over time, this is a pretty essential feature.
This torch also features a bright LED torch, a strong magnetic base to allow the flashing red emergency light to be seen when it’s stuck onto the top of your car, an emergency hammer for breaking glass and a seatbelt cutter. So the torch is specifically aimed at people to keep in their glove box in their cars.
Having played with one of these torches, I now have one that I keep in the house. It comes in so useful for those odd jobs that you do at home. The LED light is surprisingly bright too, it’s far from being pathetic. Oh, and when they say up to 30 minutes of light from 1 minute of winding – well, it’s true. The battery lasts for ages!
Currently available for £9.99 from Maplin.