We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I bought a couple of similar Dorcy units about two years ago. They were marginal when new, but now you have to crank like crazy for three or four minutes to get one minute of decent light. Hope the ones you bought work better than mine.
I've changed over to mini LED flashlights with Energizer Lithium batteries. Far better shelf life than regular alkaline batteries.
Bird Dog, my friend ... I thought that you had bought a whole house generator last year. In fact, it was your sterling example, plus the intransigent attitude of our electric company, which set us on the road to buying and having installed our own whole house generator. Reliant Energy, our electricity supplier, insisted that we sign an agreement to have at least 20% of our power supplied by wind. Initially I suggested that we make an agreement together; I would not tell them how to generate the electricity that they had contracted to sell me, and in turn they would not tell me how to write my books and articles.
They did not agree to this eminently sensible suggestion. So we went ahead and ordered our generator, which is natural gas, and automatic, and kicks in after three minutes of power outage, and in addition after the power is restored checks itself over to make sure everything is ready to go again when necessary.
Now, when the power goes out, we wait three minutes until the generator kicks in, and giggle a little to ourselves as the other houses in the neighborhood remain dark and filled with angry people.
It's good, very good, to outfox the powers that be. Next, if we were still flying, we would take on the TSA and its idiotic boss, Big Sis.
My duty flashlight is a Streamlight LED Stinger. Gadzooks, but that rascal is bright! I also carry a Streamlight LED Scorpion, or a SureFire G3 LED in my pocket, because you never know when you might need a light.
One thing that helps is to keep the battery at least slightly charged...we keep one of these in each vehicle, and they require about a minute of winding each week to keep a small charge on them.
I've had one that I let go for months without charging, and it will barely hold a charge for 10 minutes now...ready to toss it. But the others, with regular winding, are still good for a half-hour to hour of light after 2 minutes of cranking. Not bad if you really need a light.