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Why Do You Need Wind Up Flashlight for Your Home?

Updated on January 9, 2016

There is nothing more annoying than the power going out and you getting out your trusty flashlight to discover that the batteries in it have went down as well. So you are left in the dark groping for matches, or batteries, or candles, and stubbing toes, and possibly knocking things over. All of this could have been prevented if in the drawer where you had that alkaline battery powered source of light you had place a wind up flashlight instead.

What is the Wind-Up Flashlight?

A wind up flashlight is operated just like the ones that run off of the power of alkaline batteries. These devices do indeed have batteries contained within them. The big difference is these batteries never need replacing and they are ready to go when you are. You simply turn a crank that will be conveniently located on the handle of the device and the motion powers the battery so the device produces light.

These devices are dependable and can stay in the drawer, or wherever you decide to keep them for long periods of time without you using them, and they will still function when you do need them. It is handy to have a wind up flashlight placed in several different locations around your house. Place one in the garage, the basement, in your bedside table, and definitely in the kitchen. Then you will always have one at the ready when you need it.

It is also a good idea to keep one of these useful items in the glove compartment of your car. You never know when you may need a handy flashlight in a car. The problem is the alkaline batteries generally lose their power because it is so long between the times you need to use the light. Having a wind up flashlight in your car will eliminate that problem for you.

The only real drawback that you can say these items have are the fact that they do not generally produce as many lumens of light as other types of lights powered by alkaline batteries. They do produce enough light for you to see, but they are not as powerful as a spotlight.

The wind up flashlight is a very handy tool if you use it for nothing more than to locate your other light source and the batteries that power it. It is recommended that you do not leave the batteries in something like this indefinitely, so you take them out, then when there is no electricity you have difficulty locating and installing the batteries. You can use the slightly less powerful version to find the necessary components to operate your more powerful lamp.


The wind up light is a good choice to give a child who is going to go camping, or going to sleep over somewhere they are unfamiliar with. The batteries will not run down so the child will always have the comfort of a light source all through the night. Camping out can be very scary even to a child that is not afraid of the dark, so giving them a way to light up the dark will eliminate some of their fears and make their trip more fun.


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