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Overall pretty good, some annoyances
on January 25, 2014
The good: Looks really cool! Light flickers fairly realistically, plastic exterior design looks pretty snazzy. The plastic is not hard or sharp edged; it is smooth and feels good to the touch. I LOVE the automatic shutoff feature (the kids leave it on all the time, of course). The price was very reasonable. The hook to hang the torch is a nice touch.
The bad: Turning it on and off is done by twisting the top/flame portion. This would not be a problem except that if you twist too far when turning it off, you open it up (as you would do to change the batteries). The kids open it on accident like this all the time (resulting in calls of, "Daaaaad!!"). A simple on/off switch would have been much less prone to error. Also, the connection with the batteries is starting to short out - probably because of the twisting on and off so much.
The OK: The light given off by the torch is fairly dim. Really, it is impressive considering being powered by only 2 AA batteries and having to shine through a semi-opaque layer of yellow-orange plastic, but don't expect to use this as any sort of flashlight.
If I could, I would rate this 3.5 stars.