View Full Version : Shake Flashlight. Anybody have one they recommend.

Greg Bell
September 27, 2005, 12:28 AM

I think one of those "shake" flashlights I see on TV might be great for SHTF/general emergency/hiking. I understand they aren't super-bright. Has anybody had good luck with them?

September 27, 2005, 12:43 AM
Make sure you get what you think you are getting. MANY of them have a small battery and become useless with only a little use. They have no charging system and are fakes. Not all but some.


September 27, 2005, 04:17 AM
Yes Beware the fakes! Make sure that it charges a capacitor, instead of a battery. If they have batteries involved in anyway you can bet it won't be useful after sitting in a drawer or box for several years. The capacitor has no chemicals to break down, and can be recharged millions of times, if not indefinately.

Greg Bell
September 27, 2005, 08:31 AM
Do you guys have any reccomendations?

September 27, 2005, 08:51 AM
Don't buy the $14 ones that we sell at Wal-Mart. They are fakes. :mad: We even tell the customers that they are.

Double Naught Spy
September 27, 2005, 09:36 AM
Not bright and the light doesn't last very long for the amount of shaking.

September 27, 2005, 10:39 AM

They are pretty good

I could do a group buy if there wwas enough interest


September 27, 2005, 02:36 PM
Check out the wind up flashlights made by the company that makes the wind up radio. www.ccrane.com

September 27, 2005, 02:41 PM
Bought a two-pack at costco for $20. They have LED and are very bright but distance is limited to about 30' outside. Great for inside illumination. They have a crank that you windup for 1 minute and the charge lasts 45 minutes. I don't recall the brand. If they ever fail, Costco will always take them back.

October 2, 2005, 05:14 AM
Not bright and the light doesn't last very long for the amount of shaking.

Ditto, at least with my experience. I had the large expensive LED model and while it was pretty cool, it was nearly useless from a practical sense. I say just stock up on batteries or maybe try the hand crank one.

October 2, 2005, 07:42 AM
They are primarily intended to help you find your way to your other lights,and equipment. Not as a stand alone instrument.

October 4, 2005, 08:35 PM
Bravo25, they don't even do that well. I have an LED one from E.Bauer that I bought for my young nephew (who loves flashlights), and it isn't worth the trouble to shake up. Definitely go with the cranked model if you want something you can use in a realworld situation.