23 February 2010

Mighty Bright Light

Mighty Bright XtraFlex2 Clip-On Light (Kindle Version) Black [Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging]
Mighty Bright XtraFlex2 Clip-On Light (Kindle Version) Black

- Batteries. It takes 3 AAA batteries (not included). For me using AAAs was a selling point as some of the other lights geared toward Kindles used batteries that I'm not likely to have around the house. Which type lasts longer? Who knows. But for me, I'd rather have a device that uses batteries I'll have easy access to.

- People worry about glare in such lights. Yes -- if you position in certain ways, there's a heck of a glare. However, I'm using it with a flip case. I just clipped on the side on the case, then angled the light itself in such a way that there is no glare at all. It's all about how you position it. Obviously if you angle the bulb right over the screen, it's going to reflect -- don't do that and you'll be fine.

- Is there enough coverage for my screen? Is it light enough? I can't speak for others, obviously -- but for me? Yes and yes. I have a K2. It lights up my entire screen and it's light enough even with just one bulb lit. My Mighty Bright arrived just as the sun was setting, I'd not yet turned on lights inside so it was nowhere near bright enough to read in here. I was quite pleased. The room I read in has very little light and so to only need to turn on one of the bulbs, that tells me it's bright enough. Would it be bright enough or wide enough for a DX? I can't say as I don't have access to one, I suspect it could be cutting it close, but for the K2 it's perfect. Maybe if you angled it just right with both bulbs on, maybe.

- The clip. It's as small as it can be given that it holds 3 AAA batteries. The bulk is, of course, on the back where the batteries are. The front of the clip is, I suppose, just the right size to fit on the upper side of your kindle. How awkward it would be on a bare Kindle, I don't know. I leave mine in a case, and prefer not to clip things on the Kindle itself. I suspect it works best with cases, but I am sure if you leave your Kindle naked it would work just fine though it would obviously leave you a lot less options about where you could clip it and therefore how many place you can angle the light from.

- The on / off button. Yes, it's easy to turn on and off. Just a light touch. This could be an issue if you pack it up to travel etc. However, I set it up against my leg while sitting in a chair and pressed up against it. Despite how easy it is to turn on, given the way the button sits, it wasn't quite as easy to just lean up against it to turn it on as it is to press it to turn it on. So assuming you were to pack it properly, the odds of it being turned on / off while traveling are slim. Plus, just remove the batteries in such situations and you're set.

I haven't had it long enough to see how well it holds up long term or to determine battery life. Guess we'll see. But, it's perfect so far for what I needed it for -- a light that really lights up my Kindle. Assuming it doesn't fall apart anytime soon, it'll keep it's 5/5 rating.



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