|Item Weight||14.4 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||10 x 1.8 x 3.5 inches|
|Item model number||90110|
|Batteries||2 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Average Battery Life||48 hours|
|Warranty Description||1 year, repair or replace|
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Goal Zero Torch 250 Flashlight with Integrated Solar Panel
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- Built-in solar panel, USB charging cable, and hand-crank for light anywhere
- Multiple light options that allow to use as a 250 total lumen output flashlight, floodlight or red emergency light
- Save on power with bright and half-bright modes
- Long-lasting, advanced lithium 4400mAh battery and integrated USB port charges phones and boosts tablets to stay connected
- Run Time: 7 - 48 Hours
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Torch 250 Flashlight with Integrated Solar Panel
Get the most reliable emergency LED light for any situation with the Torch 250 Flashlight. Built-in USB charging cable, solar panel, and hand crank for bright light anywhere. The Torch 250 also features a red light for emergencies and a USB port to charge your phone.
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Integrated USB port charges phones and boosts tablets to stay connected.
Long-lasting, advanced lithium battery.
Built-in USB charging cable, solar panel and hand-crank for light anywhere.
Durable, rugged construction.
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The Torch 250 Power Hub and Flashlight is the most versatile, reliable source of power and light for any situation. Boasting a powerful, 4,400 mAh lithium battery, 250 total lumen output, a 1.5A USB port to charge your gear, as well as a built-in solar panel and hand crank, this multi-function flashlight is the only piece of gear you'll need in an emergency. Built-in USB charging cable, solar panel and hand crank for bright light anywhere. Red light for emergencies, USB port to charge your phone.
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The spotlight, floodlight, and red light can be turned on in any combination, including all lights on at the same time. Note that having the red light and the spotlight on at the same time is rather pointless, since spotlight completely drowns out the red light.
Running time according to the documentation : Spotlight low for 15 hours, high for 7 hours. Flood light low for 48 hours, high for 22 hours. It probably can run for days on the red light, as it is very dim. The red light is useful in situations where you need to preserve your night vision - like when you're out star gazing, for example.
It's main claim to fame is that it can be recharged by USB, hand crank, or solar. Cranking for 1 minute at 120 rpm will provide 10 minutes of light according to the documentation. They did not mention what light, so I'm assuming flood light at low. Hand crank is held in place out of the way when not in use by a magnet.
Don't get too excited about the possibilities, however. According to the documentation, the hand crank generates 2.2W when turned at 120 rpm. That's 2 revolutions per second, on a short (6 inch) handle. It's not hard work, but because of the small radius and rapid RPM, your arms will probably tire very soon. Assuming 100% efficiency (which never happens), it takes 7 1/2 hours of cranking at this speed to fully recharge the light. Charging a medium end cell phone from empty to full takes about half of the light's 4400 mAh capacity, or about 4 solid hours of cranking. Not going to happen. Count on the hand crank as a tool of last resort - your battery is completely depleted, it's late at night, you absolutely must have some light. Crank it.
Edit : according to Joshua in the comments below, cranking this for hours will NOT recharge the battery fully. He (with the help of friends) was not able to get the battery indicator beyond the first indicator, and only gives about 10 minutes of light after A LOT of cranking. So don't waste your time cranking - just crank it for a few minutes for a minute or two of light,
The solar panel can recharge the light fully in 24 hours. That's 24 hours of bright sunlight. If the day is sunny, you may get 6 hours of bright sunlight, and a few more hours of less direct light. It will take 3 to 4 days to fully charge the light by its built in solar panel. Documentation says "add additional panels for faster charging time". I believe they're referring to using other Goal Zero panels with USB output.
Charging from USB takes up to 7 hours. The USB charging cable is built in - a nice touch. It can draw up to 1A. I measured it drawing 0.9A from my 2.1A charger when the battery is approximately 75% full.
For emergency use, charge this by USB, and recharge it once every 3 months (it says that right on the light itself). That way, in an emergency, you'll have an almost fully recharged light to use, that you can top up using solar during the day, and with a hand crank at night.
It has an interesting integrated hanger that allows you hang the light on a cord or thin (~1/2" diameter) rod / branch. I think the hanger mechanism is designed such that the light will not easily fall off - there is one hook facing left, another facing right, and when both are together, they form a ring.
There are 4 blue LEDs where the switches are indicating the charge level of the internal battery. They are rather bright, and remain on whenever the device is in use (or is being recharged). This can be irritating when using the red light - a small piece of electrical tape to cover those lights will be extremely helpful in those situations.
The light is not exactly comfortable to carry around in the hand, even if you have fairly large hands. It can be made to stand on the end where the switches are located, but not the end where the spotlight (and red light) is.
The USB port can be used to recharge or power any USB devices. It can supply up to 1.5A. I thought it was amusing that the built in cable is deliberately short enough that it cannot be plugged into that USB port. There is no integrated micro USB or Lightning cable, so make sure you have a set attached to the light if you intend to use it to recharge your devices in an emergency.
The case is held together with 8 screws. Four of them require an Allen key (5/64") and the other 4 are Philips (#00). It's fairly easy to open - undo the 8 screws, slide the top cover out under the lip of the spotlight.
Inside, things look neat and clean. Parts are held in place with screws and not just glued in place, meaning they are much more repairable. The only bad news - the gears of the hand crank is plastic. However, considering how tiring it is to charge this by cranking, it is fairly unlikely that you would wear this out. But something to keep in mind - be gentle when cranking.
The battery pack is connected to the circuit board by a removable connector. Removing the battery pack requires unscrewing some other components - mainly the light panels for the flood light - to get to it. It looks like it could be user replaceable - if you can find the correct battery pack. Guessing here : it looks like two balanced 18650 Lithium Ion batteries in parallel, in a package end to end, with a 2 pin JST connector. To be sure I'd have to cut open the pack and I'm not prepared to sacrifice the light in the name of Amazon :) I did a quick search online and did not see anything similar.
In summary, it's pricey, the battery capacity is not large, but it is well built and handy to have around in case of an emergency, or for when you go camping. It has some minor flaws but none of them serious. It would be nice if it were waterproof, or if a micro USB cable is integrated into the unit in addition to the USB port. If price is not taken into consideration, or if the minor flaws were addressed, I'd rate this 5 stars. In its current state, I'd rate it between 4 and 5 stars and think it is a great addition to an emergency bag.
There is also the cool fact you can charge other items (such as smart phones) with it.
So I picked up this Goal Zero flash light type of thing.
After using it a few times I kinda feel like it was a spur of the moment purchase because I don't use it as often as I would like.
Some of my problems with it are the fact:
If you use the crank, you need to crank on it pretty fast and a long time in order to build any electricity. This will only be helpful if your stuck somewhere like in a car waiting for help you can charge it up while constantly spinning the crank.
The solar panel on it is a bit small, and if you live in a place that doesn't get as much sun (like North Dakota) as lets say Hawaii or Texas or something you might find that after keeping it in a place that gets sun for a few days barely charged it as much as you thought it was. Though this is also mainly just a solar panel limit. They still haven't perfected or improved solar panels these days to well so unless you have a lot of them you wont get as much of a charge out of them.
The device also only is able to charge a cell phone from about empty to full about twice before needing to be charged again. You can technically plug the USB into a wall plug and charge it that way but then your kinda defeating the purpose of the solar panel and crank.
I still have it and will continue to use it when I can but the fact is, Goal Zero offers products like this at kinda high prices. I have come across other devices such as just solar panels similar to Goal Zero's and they tend to be cheaper. But if your looking for something like this then maybe this is the device for you.
1. Has a crank to charge the device if you have no other ways (or sun)
2. Has a solar panel to charge the device
3. Can plug the USB into a device and charge it at least twice from empty to full
4. Has more then one light on the device to light your way
1. The crank will take a lot of work to get any amount of charge out of it
2. The solar panel doesn't work to well unless you maybe live in place that get lots of sun like Texas, or California
3. The prices for Goal Zero products seem to be higher then competitors
4. Can only charge up a device about twice before needing to be charged itself (not a huge problem but a con to some)
So there you go. Hope my review helped.