Energizer Solar Carabiner Crank Light - Linterna (LED, 80mAh NiMH, Naranja, Color blanco, Blister)
Descripción del producto
Altura: 5 cm
Ancho: 13 cm
Cantidad de lámparas: 3
Color del producto: Naranja, Color blanco
Número de productos incluidos: 1 pieza(s)
Peso: 125 g
Pilas incluidas: Si
Profundidad: 3,5 cm
Tipo de batería: 80mAh NiMH
Tipo de embalaje: Blister
Tipo de lámpara: LED
USB con suministro de corriente: No
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I've had this light for about four months now, and while I tried to EDC it there were a few issues. I'll break it down into the Pros/Cons for those who like that format of info.
-Rechargable, both by dynamo hand crank or by solar.
-Availability (walmart, home depot, etc)
-Easily locatable orange color (ninjas don't need lights, so why go for boring black :P)
-This is a pro and a con-it gives off about 27 lumens? That's enough for not tripping over stuff in the forest, but not bright enough to put a good spot in the distance if you really need detail. On the other hand if there are others you will ruin their night vision with lumens like 100.
-The light is a good mix of spot and flood, but mostly spot.
-The on button prevents accidental turning on or off.
-Recharging takes a long time.
-You might be able to hack it, but Energizer does not support changing out the batteries.
-The hand crack is small for my medium/large hands, and cranking it smoothly is a little inefficient
-Carabiner is small, and can only hook into small areas. But, it is large enough to hook into a belt loop and be the right direction for charging.
-I don't know what kind of battery it is. I don't know about Ni-Ca or Ni-Mh, but I know with lithium heat is bad and decreases service life of battery. The sun is hot.
-If the battery is a poor quality, the charge it can hold will eventually be nil, and you'll have to buy a new light. That is unless I hack it, and come up with another review :D
-No defense features, but this is your average light
Tips: There was a gentleman who said his white rubber got cracked after charging in the hot sun. Try removing the rubber bit, there is nothing holding it in place.
That's all I can think of, thanks for reading, and hope this helps.
Now to get started...
The crank does a good job at powering the flashlight. And you don't need to turn it too fast to get it to charge the battery. Additionally, while the flashlight is on, you can crank the handle to get an extra boost of light if you want.
The carabiner is strong and built solid. I never have issues of the flashlight coming off of a ring or anything I have it attached to (such as a belt loop on pants).
The button to turn the flashlight on is very nice. There is a clear click noise when you push it in. You can also feel when the button has been pushed far enough down.
Charging the flashlight using the solar panel is very easy. If you are at home, just put it on the window sill with the solar panel facing up of course. It does charge slowly this way (several days for a full charge), but it's nice if the battery is already fully charged and you wanna keep it that way.
It has 3 individual LED bulbs that produce the light. Every time you turn the flashlight on, all three lights turn on. There is no intermediate setting where only 1 or 2 lights are on instead of all three. It's all three or nothing.
Over the course of about 2 years, This flashlight has never let me down. I can fully recommend this if you are looking to buy.
I loved this glight so much we purchased it for home as well and use it for camping - the light is so bright! My kids and the neighbor kids fight over it!
Great product, keep making it!
The Bad: The crank is not robust, mine broke.
Overall a good design, bus a weak crank is its Achilles heel. Once the crank breaks, you're left with solar, and that is less than wonderful. You can crank this thing from nearly exhausted battery power to strong light in a minute, crank longer and you'll have light for an hour or two. Solar charging is nice but not all that practical. The whole thing gets really hot, not great for batteries, and it takes forever to charge. If Energizer would just add a little more plastic to the crank where it pivots on the steel pin, this would be a five star flashlight. But with the crank disabled - its main source of recharging power - it's not that useful. Come on, Energizer, you can do better. Give us something that doesn't break so easily.