Totes Crank Flashlight Review

Darn those displays in the middle of store aisles packed with countless inexpensive ‘gadgets’.  I get suckered every time.  Light bulb filament replacement kit; yeah, got one of those.  Nose hair weed-wacker; my brother got suckered into that one.  Tell me you’ve never been in one of those As Seen on TV stores…

Anyway, once in a while you find a diamond in the rough.  I have owned countless flashlights since I have had children and ONE of them presently works.  It’s the one I hide that recharges by plugging in to an outlet.  Any flashlight that used batteries is always dead; not sometimes, always! What kids need a flashlight for in the middle of the day outside is beyond me.

Enter the totes crank flashlight! 

A flashlight that you can crank!  I snatched one right up.  The package says one minute of cranking gives up to 30 minutes of light.  I haven’t had 30 minutes of flashlight light total in the past 8 years.  So I cranked it for a minute and turned it on.  30 minutes later I still had light that hadn’t seemed to diminish at all in strength.

Here is a picture of my eight year old holding the palm sized light.  This was taken after the light being on for over 30 minutes.  (I told him this would be the only time this flashlight would be in his hand!)

At an hour the light seemed to be dimming a bit but was still strong enough to use.

(In the holiday spirit I took the photos on the holiday tablecloth- covering the gravy stain…)

The retail price for the light is $14.99, but I was able to get one for $9.99.  I’m going to use the  $5  I saved to buy batteries for my other flashlights….

 

Product Information

Price:$14.99
Manufacturer:Totes
Pros:
  • NO BATTERIES included OR NEEDED!
  • Long lasting light
  • Lightweight and inexpensive
Cons:
  • None
Posted in: Gear, Reviews

4 comments… add one

  • philpalm December 27, 2009, 3:56 pm

    And now they have a rechargeable crank flashligh with a port to recharge you IPod or cell phone. Adaptors cost extra though….

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  • Frank Mitchell December 28, 2009, 10:53 am

    Their website does not show it even after search. There are many, many crank flashlights on the market if you google search for them and some less expensive. What makes the Tote any better than any of the others?

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  • manderson December 28, 2009, 4:32 pm

    i would like to purchase two of these flashlights. how do i find where i can find them??? (i own one of the first models ,,,have used it for two years…it just broke. i miss it….it is small enough to fit where others do not.

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  • FT Admin December 29, 2009, 4:12 pm

    While you may not desire to have a hand-cranked flashlight as your primary source of illumination, it would indeed be useful to keep one handy for the unexpected emergency. By the way, you may have to cough up a little more cash to purchase a decent set of rechargeables for your other lights.

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