Kythri writes: “These nifty dynamo flashlights have been out for a while, but this latest from Dorcy is awesome. I bought a simple 3 LED 2-pack at Costco a couple years ago, but all mine does is switch between constant light and blink modes.
“About a year later, again at Costco, I bought a 2-pack of the upgraded ones (you can never have too many flashlights, especially ones that don’t need batteries!). The upgraded model adds a alert siren and AM/FM radio, complete with a hidden telescopic antenna. Niftier and niftier!
“At Sears about a month ago, I saw the Dorcy model. It does everything above, but it also has a Cigarette Lighter-style adaptor that plugs into the flashlight, and gives a 12VDC output. Obviously, I wouldn’t expect it to power much more than a cellphone, like they advertise, but it’s definitely a great addition. I’ll undoubtedly be picking up some of these for my wanna-be ‘survival’ pack.”
I actually received a three-LED for Christmas in 2005. After I unwrapped it, I wound the thing up for 30 seconds, ran it for a bit, then put it in my nightstand drawer. I’ve used it a few times since, but I’d bet I haven’t cranked it more than a few times since — and it’s always charged in the drawer. Slick stuff.
Looks like they go for around $25.
3-LED Dynamo Flashlight, Radio, and DC Universal Adapter [Dorcy]
Street Pricing [Froogle]