source for power-cut torches ...

Discussion in 'UK DIY' started by Jethro, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. Jethro

    Jethro Guest

    anyone suggest a reasonable torch, which is rechargeable from mains,
    and which comes on when power is cut ? I'm sure I used to see them
    around, but googling just turns up very expensive varieties ...
    Jethro, Feb 1, 2010
    #1
  2. On Mon, 1 Feb 2010 08:23:41 -0800 (PST), Jethro wrote:

    > anyone suggest a reasonable torch, which is rechargeable from mains,
    > and which comes on when power is cut ? I'm sure I used to see them
    > around, but googling just turns up very expensive varieties ...


    CostCo normally have largish twin tube flourescent lantern available,
    in the region of around £20 to £30 IIRC.

    --
    Cheers
    Dave.
    Dave Liquorice, Feb 1, 2010
    #2
  3. Jethro

    Andy Dingley Guest

    On 1 Feb, 16:23, Jethro <> wrote:
    > anyone suggest a reasonable torch, which is rechargeable from mains,
    > and which comes on when power is cut ? I'm sure I used to see them
    > around, but googling just turns up very expensive varieties ...


    LED torch, Ever-ready lithiums, keep it somewhere you can find it in
    the dark. Simpler. Shelf life in decades.
    Andy Dingley, Feb 1, 2010
    #3
  4. Jethro

    Clint Sharp Guest

    In message
    <>,
    Jethro <> writes
    >anyone suggest a reasonable torch, which is rechargeable from mains,
    >and which comes on when power is cut ? I'm sure I used to see them
    >around, but googling just turns up very expensive varieties ...

    Energizer Emergency torch. Can be had for around 14 quid and that's
    only the first page of hits from Google. Lights up when power fails and
    comes with wall bracket.
    --
    Clint Sharp
    Clint Sharp, Feb 1, 2010
    #4
  5. On Mon, 1 Feb 2010 08:40:55 -0800 (PST), Andy Dingley wrote:

    > LED torch, Ever-ready lithiums, keep it somewhere you can find it in
    > the dark. Simpler. Shelf life in decades.


    But still with batteries that may or may not have any life left in
    'em. I have a shaker torch next to the bed. No not a plain angular
    wooden torch but one you shake to charge a capacitor and thence power
    an LED. Not the brightest of devices but more than enough to avoid
    stubbing your toe or falling over something in the pitch black.
    Almost guaranteed to work.

    --
    Cheers
    Dave.
    Dave Liquorice, Feb 1, 2010
    #5
  6. Jethro

    Andy Dingley Guest

    On 1 Feb, 23:05, "Dave Liquorice" <>
    wrote:

    > But still with batteries that may or may not have any life left in


    Primary lithiums. They're good for 10 years
    Andy Dingley, Feb 1, 2010
    #6
  7. On Mon, 1 Feb 2010 15:15:26 -0800 (PST), Andy Dingley wrote:

    >> But still with batteries that may or may not have any life left in

    >
    > Primary lithiums. They're good for 10 years


    True enough but will you be able to remember how much use they have
    had in that ten years? Is there 95%, 50% or 5% left?

    --
    Cheers
    Dave.
    Dave Liquorice, Feb 1, 2010
    #7
  8. Jethro

    JimK Guest

    On Feb 1, 6:51 pm, Clint Sharp <> wrote:
    > In message
    > <>,
    > Jethro <> writes>anyone suggest a reasonable torch, which is rechargeable from mains,
    > >and which comes on when power is cut ? I'm sure I used to see them
    > >around, but googling just turns up very expensive varieties ...

    >
    > Energizer Emergency torch. Can be had for around 14 quid and that's
    > only the first page of hits from Google. Lights up when power fails and
    > comes with wall bracket.
    > --
    > Clint Sharp


    erm what if the power fails during the day then? do you come home to
    a flat rechargeable torch - that you can't recharge? or is this for an
    ingenious alternative use OP? if not fag lighter and some candles -
    will last for centuries :>)

    JimK
    JimK, Feb 2, 2010
    #8
  9. Jethro

    chris French Guest

    In message
    <>,
    JimK <> writes
    >On Feb 1, 6:51 pm, Clint Sharp <> wrote:
    >> In message
    >> <>,
    >> Jethro <> writes>anyone suggest a reasonable
    >>torch, which is rechargeable from mains,
    >> >and which comes on when power is cut ? I'm sure I used to see them
    >> >around, but googling just turns up very expensive varieties ...

    >>
    >> Energizer Emergency torch. Can be had for around 14 quid and that's
    >> only the first page of hits from Google. Lights up when power fails and
    >> comes with wall bracket.
    >> --
    >> Clint Sharp

    >
    >erm what if the power fails during the day then? do you come home to
    >a flat rechargeable torch - that you can't recharge?


    Looking it up it sems that it has a LED locator which lights up if the
    power fails, rather than the torch itself

    --
    Chris French
    chris French, Feb 2, 2010
    #9
  10. Jethro

    Andy Dingley Guest

    On 1 Feb, 23:52, "Dave Liquorice" <>
    wrote:
    > On Mon, 1 Feb 2010 15:15:26 -0800 (PST), Andy Dingley wrote:
    > >> But still with batteries that may or may not have any life left in

    >
    > > Primary lithiums. They're good for 10 years

    >
    > True enough but will you be able to remember how much use they have
    > had in that ten years? Is there 95%, 50% or 5% left?


    You keep your emergency torches separate and don't use them.

    When you've used them (or after maybe 5 years), you replace their
    batteries and put the old ones into the general use pool for other
    torches.

    Adjust total number of torches in the system until it all works out.
    Andy Dingley, Feb 2, 2010
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  11. Jethro

    Andy Dingley Guest

    On 2 Feb, 14:33, Mark <> wrote:

    > Or use a non-maintained emergency light?


    But where do I get a non-maintained light? I've acquired any number
    of maintained ones from fire exit signs, but a non-maintained is a bit
    harder. (...and obviously I'm not going to _buy_ one!)
    Andy Dingley, Feb 2, 2010
    #11
  12. Jethro

    jgharston Guest

    Jethro wrote:
    > anyone suggest a reasonable torch, which is rechargeable from mains,
    > and which comes on when power is cut ? I'm sure I used to see them
    > around, but googling just turns up very expensive varieties ...


    Wind-up torch. Five quid from Netto-equivalents.

    JGH
    jgharston, Feb 2, 2010
    #12
  13. Jethro

    JimK Guest

    On Feb 2, 3:38 pm, chris French <>
    wrote:
    > In message
    > <>,
    > JimK <> writes
    >
    >
    >
    > >On Feb 1, 6:51 pm, Clint Sharp <> wrote:
    > >> In message
    > >> <>,
    > >> Jethro <> writes>anyone suggest a reasonable
    > >>torch, which is rechargeable from mains,
    > >> >and which comes on when power is cut ? I'm sure I used to see them
    > >> >around, but googling just turns up very expensive varieties ...

    >
    > >> Energizer Emergency torch. Can be had for around 14 quid and that's
    > >> only the first page of hits from Google. Lights up when power fails and
    > >> comes with wall bracket.
    > >> --
    > >> Clint Sharp

    >
    > >erm what if the power fails during the day then? do you come home to
    > >a flat rechargeable torch - that you can't recharge?

    >
    > Looking it up it sems that it has a LED locator which lights up if the
    > power fails, rather than the torch itself
    >
    > --
    > Chris French


    now that's the way I'd design it :>)

    tho I expect after seeing it hanging on a wall for X years you;d
    remember where it was anyway - then break your leg falling over the
    feckin dog trying to reach it.

    Cheers
    JimK
    JimK, Feb 2, 2010
    #13
  14. Jethro

    dennis@home Guest

    "jgharston" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Jethro wrote:
    >> anyone suggest a reasonable torch, which is rechargeable from mains,
    >> and which comes on when power is cut ? I'm sure I used to see them
    >> around, but googling just turns up very expensive varieties ...

    >
    > Wind-up torch. Five quid from Netto-equivalents.


    No use, they have rechargeable cells in them.
    dennis@home, Feb 2, 2010
    #14
  15. On Tue, 2 Feb 2010 07:46:32 -0800 (PST), Andy Dingley wrote:

    >> Or use a non-maintained emergency light?

    >
    > But where do I get a non-maintained light? I've acquired any number
    > of maintained ones from fire exit signs, but a non-maintained is a bit
    > harder.


    Terminology:

    Maintained = Always on, mains power available or not.

    Non-maintained = Off until power fails then they come on. Though some
    do have provision to be switched manually.

    --
    Cheers
    Dave.
    Dave Liquorice, Feb 3, 2010
    #15

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