Draper 45943 3 LED Waterproof Wind-up Torch

Rating 4.5/5 ★★★★½ 

For years I’ve carried a small battery powered torch in the car in case something goes wrong at night. Torches with LEDs stretch a battery for a long time, but not forever. I forget to change the batteries and the torch is useless when I need it.

At least, that’s how it has been up to now. Not any more!

This is small enough to keep in the car. It runs long enough on a one-minute wind-up session (about 40 minutes) to get me through the crisis of the evening. It’s waterproof, which is essential in Britain.

“Jonathan C” says:

Since I purchased one back in November last year (and a second in January) it has illuminated my journey home from work through a couple of heavy snow blizzards and 5-metre visibility fog – on muddy paths through woodland in pitch black darkness, no street lights anywhere near. I normally wind it for about 15-20 seconds before each use and it’s never faded on me yet, even when used continuously for up to an hour. The beam isn’t focused enough for close-up work, but then there are other torches designed for that use.

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  • Compact
  • Produces enough light, for long enough, to deal with nighttime emergencies
  • Don’t need to keep it charged, just wind it for a minute before using it
  • Works in the rain (and I understand it’s even submersible)
  • Has three operating modes: dim, bright or flashing (handy for getting traffic to go around a broken-down car)


  • Not terribly bright so get a different model if you need more light
  • Has a bluish tint

Like it already? Amazon is carrying it at a nicely discounted price.

If you’re concerned that winding it might be hard for you to do, “J Morris” says:

Used by a handicapped child whilst on a weeks school holiday.Was easy for him to use and met all his needs, also made him poplar with the others as no-one else had bought spare batteries for their torches. Brilliant

That said, it will only take a reasonable amount of abuse. Drop it a lot or mash the switch like you’re The Terminator and you can break it. If you’re hard on your torches, look at the alternatives Amazon suggests–but you’ll have to pay more to get something better. I think this is good value for money.

It’s eligible for inclusion in free Super Saver shipping. Click here to see it at Amazon UK.