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Wind up Flashlights - Don't Use Batteries!

Updated on November 22, 2021
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Let's do a bit more to help with Climate Change. Use wind-up flashlights.


Wind up Flashlight - take one camping with you

I have been looking into wind-up flashlights because I'm sick of buying and using batteries, especially when I'm out on a camping trip.

I want to cut back on the amount of batteries we use. I started putting my spent batteries in a bag to dispose of 'properly'. However, because I keep forgetting to take the bag with me when I go shopping, I keep adding more and more batteries to it, and it's becoming rather big! I just don't want to accept that I have to use so many things that need batteries.

This page is the result of what I have learned about wind-up flashlights and about how and why we should dispose of batteries properly.

I am an adventure travel enthusiast and wind-up flashlights are very useful when I'm camping or when I'm in places where batteries may not be easy available to buy.

I would never travel without a wind-up flashlight in my bag and I have one in my car at all times too.

Why Change from Batteries to Wind Up or Solar Powered Flashlights?

I like the idea of getting something for nothing! Wind-up stuff is excellent in this respect because once you've paid for the flashlight the energy is free! In the UK we don't get enough sun to really be able to trust solar power, but there are flashlights that have both these ways of being powered up.

Also, I really like the idea of not having to buy all those expensive batteries because it seems that every time I need to use a flashlight the batteries are dead! Or I find that my son has taken them out to use on something else. That's infuriating!

Wind-up flashlights are great for emergencies and some even come with radios. It seems that people are more and more concerned about safety and worry about emergency situations. where you have to be sure that you have every thing you need for your survival. This kind of flashlight is ideal. As well as a radio, they can charge up phones with USBs devices.

Midnight Sun in Scotland - We didn't Really Need a Flashlight!


Wind Up Flashlights and Solar Lights

As long as we cut back on batteries, then what we use instead matters little! Here are wind up and solar powered flashlights that have all received excellent reviews in Amazon. I have done the leg work for you to looking into this and I have selected the following.

This flashlight is designed to be used in cars. It has a built-in hand crank LED flashlight, a seat belt cutter, an emergency hammer, a USB cell phone charger, AM FM Radio, a compass , siren and a magnet. It doesn't have any reviews but I think it's a great tool.

A spectacular light show

HY-88E Emergency Dynamo Solar Self Powered AM/FM/WB(NOAA) Radio w/ LED Flashlight, Cell Phone Charger w/ USB adaptors and cords
HY-88E Emergency Dynamo Solar Self Powered AM/FM/WB(NOAA) Radio w/ LED Flashlight, Cell Phone Charger w/ USB adaptors and cords
This is a very good size for keeping in a handbag or glove compartment. It is compact but has everything you'd expect from an emergency or survival kit. The toolkit radio comes with a AM/FM/WB(NOAA) weather band radio, Dynamo hand crank, cell phone charger with cables, a powerful 3 LED flashlight, and jack accessories, Solar Power, and USB power/charging of radio. The radio is powerful and the light is strong.

Benefits of Non Battery Flashlights

Why I bought a wind up flashlight

The eco aspect of this whole topic is very important as doing something for the planet is everyone's responsibility. Recycling is better than nothing, but the best way is not buying them in the first place.

Rechargeable batteries are better, but they are not cheap and I keep losing mine!

My son is going camping for 8 days, and this will save me having to buy him extra sets of batteries. I figure that a 12 year old would certainly forget to turn the flashlight off, and so a set of batteries would be used up in one evening! How many would he have to carry around with him? Also, he loved winding-up the torch it gives him a sense of power over everyone!

I have had the very unpleasant experience of unscrewing a flashlight with spent batteries only to find that they had leaked and corroded everything. I didn't want to put my son at that kind of risk.

I also figure that a wind up flashlight would be very useful when we go camping as a family, as it will never let us down. I have found myself searching for batteries in the darkness of a tent because I wasn't prepared for the flashlight running out of power. They would be great backup too, and we'll aim to stop using the other ones altogether.

It's also very reassuring to know that you always have a torchlight that works when you are driving any distance. I have needed a flashlight many times when driving to Scotland through the night flashlights are a vital piece of equipment for any traveler. So imagine the peace of mind that comes with having one that will never run out of power!

I was quite surprised to find that there is a wide choice of hand crank light appliances, including those with very loud alarms - these are intended for survival purposes. There are also those that you wear on your head, which are very useful for cycling in the dark or reading in your tent. I already have one of those and I swear by it because it is powerful and lasts for a very long time with just a minute of winding.

You can also buy very handy larger lanterns that you can hand crank - these are also very handy for camping because they light up the entire tent.

Finally if you take a wind up flashlight with you on your holiday you will never have to worry about finding a power source to charge it up or the problem of where to buy your batteries won't apply.

It just makes sense to me!

Wind Up Head Lamp - Highly Recommended

I use this head lamp every evening to read when I am in bed. I love it because it lights up the whole page and so it doesn't have a light spot in the middle of the page surrounded by dark shadows. I wind it up for about 2 minutes, and then click it twice and it lasts for a couple of night's reading. So eco friendly.

Another reason why these make such good reading companions is that they don't disturb your partner who may be trying to sleep while you are reading.

I've got one in the car too -you never know when you may need a light and the batteries won't run out will they!

Alkaline Batteries can be thrown in your trash can! - Did you know that?

Energizer Weather-Ready Wind-up Flashlight Review

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Round and Round Patterns from a Falshlight


A Light At the End of the Tunnel

Have you ever experienced pitch darkness? I'm talking about being in a place where there is no light source whatsoever. I read about a restaurant in London that serves food in darkness so you don't see what's on your plate. You smell and taste the food and you don't know what they serve you either. I'm not sure that I would enjoy that very much - i am quite a fussy eater - and I'd find it very hard to trust the waiters - wouldn't you?!

I experienced total darkness when I went on an amazing activity holiday in Wales many years ago. We took a group of teenagers on an outward-bound course. There were all sorts of things to keep us occupied and active, but one activity really struck a cord with us all. It was a walk through a disused railway tunnel.

The reason it had such an impact on us was because we walked for about 30 minutes without any source of light. All our flashlights were left at base camp and none of us were allowed to carry one with us even if it wasn't on. We knew that if we got lost we would be completely alone in pitch darkness and knowing this made the experience even more scary and memorable.

The tunnel was extremely long. The feeling of walking away from the source of light at the tunnel's entrance was strange. I started to feel panicky quite soon after I saw that the light behind us was completely gone and experienced the pitch darkness all around me. There was a current of strong wind blowing through the tunnel and it was very cold indeed but I felt breathless nontheless. The sounds became louder too, I was very concerned for the kids I was with!

We must have been in complete darkness for at least 15 minutes. I had to really dig deep to see that walk to the end, and when we at last saw the light at the end of the tunnel our eyes took a very long time to get used to it, it almost hurt to see the glare get bigger and bigger as we walked gratefully towards it.

This experience really had an enormous impact on us all. It's hard to describe, but when we got out we were emotionally moved. Some of us were crying and we all really appreciated seeing the light.

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Not sure how they made this but I love the effect!


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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Giovanna


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