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Piece of Junk
on December 5, 2010
[ Note added 2011-09-08: this light is *not* rechargeable! ] I got this a few weeks ago and, though it seemed pretty flimsy, I thought it was a good enough idea and inexpensive enough that it might be worth having a couple more around. But before buying any more, I wanted to try it out a bit.
It was very bright when I got it, but it was impossible to tell how effective the generator was since the battery was fully-charged. So, I drained the battery by leaving the light on. This took awhile, a couple days, since LEDs are efficient, and this is no exception. After draining the battery, what I find is that the light is completely useless.
When cranking it with the power switch on, it lights as the handle is squeezed, and then quickly fades. Full intensity is never reached.
When cranking with the power off, even for a couple vigorous minutes, when the power switch is closed, there is no light emitted. None. The battery holds zero charge. All along I expected that the battery was a cheap NiCad, but now I suspect it's not even rechargeable.
My guess is that the positive reviews are from people who just got the light and haven't yet had to concern themselves with recharging it. If you want a nice little overpriced disposable flashlight (the design makes no provisions for replacing the battery), go ahead and get it. If you want a human-powered flashlight, try one of those that you shake up and down, but I'd try it out in person before buying. This particular light is a piece of junk, and, at least in the case of the one I got, not hand-powered in any realistic sense.