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We have kept a wind up torch in the caravan for a few years (always ready when taking the dog out for a last wee and changing the gas etc).

It has worked well until recently when the winding handle broke - it is only plastic.

Can anyone recommend a more substantial one please?

Thanks

Cliff

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Why not buy a small LED torch?  We paid about £5 for one from The Range about 2 - 3 years ago and the batteries are still okay.   The one in the car is nearly 5 years old and still has the same battery.

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Is there any real need these days to replace a wind up torch with another, we have not since ours failed?

I say this as some of the modern LEDs give such good and extended performance from a couple of AA batteries that IMO the battery life issue that largely motivated the "wind up era", has past.

 

Edit: the same point raised by "Durbanite".

I would suggest if you go this route to seek out a torch with the yellow block as opposed to the "glass" bead type LEDs, in my experience these are leagues better.

Edited by JTQ

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As said you can buy small LED torch for a pound . I bought 5 not so long ago and have them scattered around in the wife's hand bag and home and caravan . We also keep a couple of LED head torches which allow you to have free hands .

 

I found the wind up torches don't last .

 

 

Dave

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Thanks for the replies.

I take your points about batteries but at SOME point they will fail and leave you in the dark.

If a wind up goes out, you stop for a few seconds and wind again.

In these days of not throwing things away (and batteries have a lot of nasties), a wind up is more

environmentally friendly.

Cliff 

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20 minutes ago, Cliff&Jackie said:

Thanks for the replies.

I take your points about batteries but at SOME point they will fail and leave you in the dark.

If a wind up goes out, you stop for a few seconds and wind again.

In these days of not throwing things away (and batteries have a lot of nasties), a wind up is more

environmentally friendly.

Cliff 

 

 

The wind up torches have batteries and are made out of plastic but the LED torches are aluminium . Swings and roundabouts ?

 

 

 

Dave

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Had a wind-up. What a wind-up! Two minutes frantic effort for about 30 seconds pale glow. Wretched thing didn't even maintain a charge so every time I wanted to use it, I had to wind it up. Maybe I just had a naff one.

Now I have two LED torches one of which is 600 lumen (think car headlight). both of which are on rechargeable AA's. With a back-up set of batteries, charged and waiting, I'm never left in the dark.  If one goes dim I can use the other one until I sort it out. OK, more than a couple of quid initial investment, but worth it. (IMO)

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I've got a wind up torch in the caravan. I bought it in Aldi or Lidl, (can't remember which). It's complete with a radio, (not used). When we go to the caravan at the start of the season, April or May for us, it's still holding a charge from the previous year. Great piece of kit in an emergency. We also have a large battery torch and an LED headband to leave hands free when the toilet cassette needs changing after dark, (always).

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I bought my caravan through an executor and it came complete with everything. .. :o  In one of the drawers was a windup torch.       It's made by Nauticalia and has an aluminium and rubber body with an LED behind a thick lens.     Even after my nine years of ownership it still works well.

 

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5 hours ago, Cliff&Jackie said:

Thanks for the replies.

I take your points about batteries but at SOME point they will fail and leave you in the dark.

If a wind up goes out, you stop for a few seconds and wind again.

In these days of not throwing things away (and batteries have a lot of nasties), a wind up is more

environmentally friendly.

Cliff 

Take your point but batteries are easily replaced in minutes and the torch is working again whilst a broken winder requires a whole new torch which isn't environmentally friendly as it too contains nasties.  Batteries are recyclable.

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As said buy a couple of LED torches for £1 each and no issues.   :D

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I was given a wind up torch.  

After lots of winding the light only stayed for a very few seconds.  I chucked it, waste of time.

As everyone says - you cant beat the led torches.

 

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10 hours ago, Cliff&Jackie said:

Thanks for the replies.

I take your points about batteries but at SOME point they will fail and leave you in the dark.

If a wind up goes out, you stop for a few seconds and wind again.

In these days of not throwing things away (and batteries have a lot of nasties), a wind up is more

environmentally friendly.

Cliff 

I get what you are saying! But it amuses me when you say "when the batteries go your in the dark". You are here asking about a replacement wind up, simply because the winder handle broke. The batteries can be replaced, but the winder handle not🤔

I have a new wind up, in its blister, never used. It's yours free, if you want it, just pm me to sort things out?

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I was so pleased with my first wind up torch from Wilkinson that I bought another, identical one for the car.  

The first works well and holds it's charge. The second is rough when winding and doesn't hold charge for long.  

 

I also have an led lamp and it still uses the same batteries it came with 4yrs ago.  

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