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A lovely item, but could be better...
on 27 January 2012
I purchased this item for myself, so I'm not at all concerned with the 'gift' style packaging or presentation. In all honesty, I quite like the idea that at least there's somewhere to keep the instructions (not that you really need them) and 'bits' together.
The torch is certainly the smallest that I can remember owning. Initial impressions are that it appears to be very well made, is lightweight and the black finish gives it that air of a 'quality' product.
The adjustable beam pattern might be a bit of a gimmick for some, but I've found it very handy for navigating my way through the local shortcuts. The operation really couldn't be much simpler or more intuitive.
There are two small niggles that I hope could be addressed, without compromising the design. These are:
1. The small 'keyring' where it's attached to the torch is very weak. I suppose there's a physical limitation, given the rest of the torch, but the real issue is that there's not a large enough loop / hole to put a better keyring through.
I may try to make my own wire loop, just to ensure that this stays secured to the keyring.
2. When I first setup the torch, it involved getting the four (x4) cells into the body. I should've noted that there was a label affixed to the inside of the body, showing the correct orientation (+/-) of the cells. The batteries really are a snug fit as I was soon to discover, as the label (remember, the thickness of a piece of paper) was enough to wedge the cells into place and stop them from being easily removed.
Having eventually gotten the batteries out, I was able to fish the label out of the torch and there's been not more problems.
Could a simple mark not be made on the inside of the body, rather than attaching a label? Perhaps even redesigning the torch to use a standard triple-A (AAA) battery would be a better idea?
Anyways, I'm still pretty pleased with my purchase and there's a certain feel good factor from something that's from the UK.