Shake & charge torches - are they any good

Submitted: Monday, Jan 31, 2005 at 23:59
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Has anyone had any first hand experience with those shake & charge type torches? Just wondering if they are any good. How much shaking is needed to get them charged, how long does the charge last and is the light any good? Looking at one for $19.95 in Dick Smiths today.

:o) Melissa
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Reply By: DukeAtty - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 07:37

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 07:37
I have had two.... First one lasted 2 hours... Second one still works... Seems to work long enough between shakes to leave the tent for a squirt and come back...
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 09:11

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 09:11
Just be careful of what your mates will think if you shake it in your swag!
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Follow Up By: Member - bushfix - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 13:43

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 13:43
how did you get your name?

sorry, just had to ask :)
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 14:33

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 14:33
Ouch! deserved that!
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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 20:29

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 20:29
ROFLMAO
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Reply By: Utemad - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 09:33

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 09:33
I've got one that lives in my camping box. Great as a back up but wouldn't have it as my main torch. The light it puts out is a nice white light thanks to the LED but it is just one concentrated pencil beam not a spread beam so it can be a little hazardous to walk around with at night.

I think the box said 30 secs of shaking is 5 mins of light but not with mine it isn't. Unless it means a very dull useless light for the final 4 minutes or so.

If you have an ABN check out Electus. It's Jaycar wholesale basically.
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Reply By: Member - Bradley- Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 11:41

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 11:41
they are ok as a last resort backup in the glovebox, they only have a single led globe and a very small battery to hold the charge. Probably as much novelty value as usefullness.

But saying that ive only seen the small one , the larger size might be better.

Oh and if you buy from electus i think you have to spend a $100 minimum at a time. Otherwise jaycar do price/quantity breaks on all stock.
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Follow Up By: Utemad - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 12:31

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 12:31
You can buy any $ value you like from Electus but if the order is under $100 they charge you $10p&h. Over $100 is free p&h. I just ask a few mates if they want anything if I want something under $100. Electus has the same price/quantity breaks as Jaycar but are cheaper again.

Unless of course you live near the warehouse as then you can just pick it up yourself. Can't remember where the warehouse is but it is down South somewhere.

You can get a trade card for Jaycar too but I think Electus is still cheaper.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bradley- Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 13:35

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 13:35
sweet, thanks for clearing that up, ill have to set up an account with my abn.
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Reply By: Member - Russell B (SA) - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 17:31

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 17:31
I had a look at one and decided to buy one of those dynamo jobs with 1 or three LEDs last 20-30mins on 90secs of winding. Can recommend them whole heartedly.

Bought the companion dynamo radio on the weekend and am impressed so far.

Regards

Russell
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Follow Up By: Member - Melissa - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 22:25

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 22:25
Russell, tell me more please. I haven't heard of these before. Basically I thought the shake'n charge torch might be suitable for our 4 year old who takes a small, single AA battery torch to bed with him each night when camping. Trouble is he often falls asleep with it on so we have to change and recharge the battery every day which becomes a bit tiresome. But based on comments made here I don't think the shake'n charge is the way to go. Where do we get a dynamo torch and how much?

:o) Melissa
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Follow Up By: Member - Russell B (SA) - Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 07:23

Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 07:23
I got mine from JAYCAR, but I/ve seen them at various camping shops etc. $29

Regards

Russell
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Reply By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 20:35

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 20:35
For cheap portable light you can buy a rechargeable spotlight from Supercheap for anything from $6 to $15 depending on the specials. It throws a hell of a beam and charges off your battery with the plug supplied.

Cheap, no effort, light.

Best value "torch" ever made.

Cheers,

Jim.
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Follow Up By: Member - Melissa - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 22:29

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 22:29
Jimbo, we already have a rechargable spottie (yes, geat light) but don't think I want our nearly 4 yr old shining one of these around the camper from his bed ;-). Thought the shake'n charge type torch might replace his little single AA torch which he takes to bed with him when camping. Because he tends to fall asleep with it on we are having to recharge the battery daily which becomes a bit tedious.

:o) Melissa
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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 07:38

Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 07:38
Melissa,

In that case it sounds like a great idea for the nipper.

Cheers,

Jim.
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Reply By: Member - Bradley- Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 10:32

Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 10:32
Hi again melissa, for what you want for the little tyke, try one of the normal LED torches, ive got a 3 led job that comes with a headstrap etc. and runs on 3 AAA batts. it will run for about 3 weeks non stop, so would be perfect for what you want, or even one of the single led torches which would last longer again. Mine came from Jaycar and cost me $28. Its an awesome litle torch just bigger than a c cell battery.

see ya, Brad
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Follow Up By: Member - Melissa - Thursday, Feb 03, 2005 at 00:30

Thursday, Feb 03, 2005 at 00:30
Hi Brad,

One of those single led torches from Jaycar certainly sounds like a good option. Matty's happy with what the little torch he's got know because its a good size for his little hands and we're happy because he can shine it around the camper and spotlight the roof without disturbing the baby. Really it's just we parents who are seeking some relief from the daily hassle of having to recharge it (just something else among the multitude of things we have to remember to do). So I think the little led torch you mentioned is the way to go. Thanks heaps.

:o) Melissa
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Reply By: Member - Russell B (SA) - Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 17:21

Reply By: rb30s - Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 17:40

Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 17:40
Melissa,

Another option is an L.E.D. tent light. We have one that came from Warehouse. It was less then $12, has 3 L.E.D.s, a magnetic back(as well as velcro), a bracket. It has a nice gentle but broad spread(has a wide angle diffuser) of white light, it runs on 3 AAA's that last for ages.....We have really taken to L.E.D.s lately...'cause of such low power consumption!

Adrian
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