LEOPARD DYNAMO LED TORCH



Leopard Dynamo LED Torch, retail 39.00 ($49.54)* (www.benex.ch)
Manufactured by Benex (www.benex.ch)
Last updated 06-15-05


* IMPORTANT: Pricing is accurate as of 11-02-04. Please visit the Currency Calculator for the latest currency conversion rates from Euros to US dollars.





This is a large LED flashlight that you never have to buy batteries for or find an outlet to plug a charger into. You just flip out the handy dandy handle, and wind it for about one minute; this is said to provide you with 30 minutes of light.

A built-in LIR2032 cell (3.6 volts - should be similar in size and shape to a standard CR2032 lithium coin cell) provides power to the LEDs. You can select one or all three LEDs, depending on how bright you need the light.

The wind-up rechargeable flashlight comes in an attractive plastic body, with rubber grips on the sides and a rubber piece on the top to help aid in retention when you're using or recharging the flashlight.

Above, the top photograph shows the product as it would normally appear during use or storage; the bottom photograph shows it with the charging handle folded out.


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This flashlight came to me ready to use. When you receive yours, remove it from the package the best way you see fit, unfold the crank, and wind it at two revolutions per second (120RPM) for ten minutes. This is to ensure the internal battery is fully charged and ready to go.

Once this is done, you only need to crank it for one minute to obtain 30 minutes of light.

Press the button on the top of the flashlight until it clicks and then release it to turn all three LEDs on. Press & release it again to turn them all off. Press & release it a third time to turn the center LED on, press & release the button a fourth time to turn the flashlight off.
Just like it reads on the back of many shampoo bottles, "lather, rinse, repeat". In other words, pressing & releasing the button again turns all three LEDs on again.



This product does not use disposable batteries, so this section really isn't needed.

To charge the built-in rechargeable cell when necessary, unfold the crank and wind it (in either direction) at 120RPM (two revolutions per second) for one minute, then fold the crank back onto the bottom of the flashlight body; this should provide you with ~30 minutes of light.

According to the package, the internal battery can be recharged 500 times "in proper use".



Because there are a number of moving mechanical parts inside this flashlight, the "smack test" really isn't that appropriate here.

Same with The Toilet Test. The packaging does state the product is water-resistant, but not to drop it in water. So I would not have performed The Toilet Test anyway.

So this section of the page will seem more bare than this section of the page on a page about a battery-operated (using disposable batteries or batteries that are externally recharged) flashlight.

The flashlight has grippy rubber pieces on each side, so retention (the ability to hold the flashlight when your hands are cold, oily, or wet) should not be an issue.

The handle on the end of the charging crank is rubber, and it's on a swivel, so it is easy to hang onto while charging the flashlight.

The flashlight is in a very attractive body; with black and chrome highlights. As a whole, it looks a lot like a small starship. Well, a very, very, very, VERY tiny starship.



Beam photo ("high") at ~12".
Measures 29,300mcd.



Beam photo ("low") at ~12".
Measures 13,300mcd.

Both measurements were taken on a Meterman LM631 light meter, after ten
full minutes of winding (yes, I timed it on a clock with a second hand on it).



TEST NOTES:
Test sample was provided by Benex, and was received on 11-02-04.
Note that the Benex website is in Swiss or German, so please use the translation matrix of your choosing if you do not understand the language.


UPDATE: 06-15-05
I purchased something called "The Illuminator" at Wallgreens yesterday for just under $20.00, and I just now discovered it is a Leopard Dynamo LED Torch, only it has been rebadged with the new name.
According to the package, this flashlight was made in China.


PROS:
Never have to buy disposable batteries for it
Never have to change the bulb
Futuristic, ultra-modern design


CONS:
Not waterproof or submersible
A bit on the large side for the amount of light it generates
Potential fragile construction - but all dynamo lights are. Will not figure too much into rating


    MANUFACTURER: Benex
    PRODUCT TYPE: Handheld rechargeable/self-powered flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 3
    BEAM TYPE: Wide spot; hotspot with dimmer corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Rubberised pushbutton on/mode change/off on top of flashlight
    BEZEL: LEDs and reflectors protected by curved clear plastic window
    BATTERY: Rechargeable LIR2032 cell (3.6 volts)
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Splash-resistant
    SUBMERSIBLE: No
    ACCESSORIES: None
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated

    PRODUCT RATING:

    Star Rating





Leopard Dynamo LED Torch * www.benex.ch







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