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207 of 207 people found the following review helpful
This product (AmerTac 71134CC Slim Power Failure Lite) is simple and works well as a power failure emergency light. Basically you just switch it on in torchlight mode (two LEDs on top) or lantern mode (three LEDs on the side) and plug it into your wall outlet. The light goes out as the internal battery pack is being recharged. Once power goes out or when you unplug the unit, its light comes on automatically.

Some good points about this product:
- It does NOT cover both AC outlets when plugged in to the wall.
- It can be mounted in either up or down position.

On the other hand, there are two improvements I like to see in this product:
1. It has no nightlight mode. That means you cannot leave the LEDs on when the battery is being recharged. It would be great if I can use it as a nightlight as well.

2. The internal battery pack consists of three AAA NiMH cells with capacity of just 200mAh. This is sufficient to power the unit in flashlight mode for about 5 hours only. It would be better if the manufacturer choose the standard 800mAh AAA cells, because then it can provide four times longer runtime.
(Note that the unit consumes 40mA in torchlight mode, 51mA in lantern mode)

Incidentally, Hurricane Sandy is passing by New Hampshire as of this evening. Just a short while ago my neighborhood suffered a 30-minute power outage. As luck would have it, I was in the shower when the blackout hit. Fortunately I have this unit plugged in the bathroom outlet. It came right up and provided sufficient area illumination for me. Without it, I could have broken my neck trying to get out of the bathtub in total darkness... Well, maybe not, but I'm thankful for it anyway. Added 1 star for that.

[Update on 11/16/12]
I have uploaded a picture to the 'Customer Image' section. It shows the size comparison between this product and three other emergency power failure lights I own.
Garrity LED Rechargeable Flashlight (GARKE200GST06N)
Energizer Weather Ready Compact Rechargeable LED Light
Globe Electric 8420401 3 in 1 LED Night Light, White
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74 of 74 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2013
I ordered several, got them quickly, charged up over night, (longer). Then did a test. I read a previous review that said theirs stayed on for 27.5 hours! Well mine didn't.
I unplugged it, left it on in the 'torch' (2 lights) mode. And 12 hours later it was still on! The last 2ish hours it definitely had lost some of its brightness. BUT was still bright enough in our small bathroom to see the 'throne', and the sink and reflection from the mirror helped light the room.
I discovered, hanging it up higher lit the whole bathroom. And same in other rooms I tried in it.
For under $8, and rechargeable, and comes on when the electric goes out, how can you go wrong?
I came back and ordered more. One for every room in the house and a couple of spares...
I hope they don't quit making or selling these!
Update--
I actually ended up ordering these 3 times! Now I have backups to the backups!
Yes, they are that good.

UPDATE:
I have had these for months and months. Been through several power outages. Have not had one problem in any way whatsoever. No bulbs have burned out, the on/off switch is fine, comes on automatically when the power goes out, so I am not stumbling around, scared, in the dark. These are awesome!
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2011
Outstanding product ! Multi purpose, a must have for a power outage. I bought six for throughout the house, they work fantastic ! highly recommend. These will keep you from stumbling around in the dark looking for a flashlight , a Safety must !!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2010
Good to have in the event of an emergency -- and while you're waiting for an emergency to come along, this light also has an attractive appearance. Much better than the blocky, ugly ones I replaced. Handy as a flashlight too.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2012
These units are less expensive than a couple of the competing emergency lights, one reason I purchased 2 of them. I received (on 8/7/12) model #71134 (without "CC" at the end, which is what was advertised here and that other reviewers mention). I don't know what the difference is with the "CC", but mine do seem to work well and have good illumination (there are only 2 or 3 LEDs, keep in mind) in the dark. Both had a charge when I received them. Both come on at power failure (tested in a power strip) with either the front light or the flashlight function as selected. There is no "night light" except a red LED (on all the time when plugged in) which would be an aid in finding the device in the dark but provides virtually no light on its own (the selected main light comes on of course if the power goes off or if you unplug the device).

I opened one device up (4 Phillips screws) to check the battery type and there are 3 "AAA" batteries enclosed in a green plastic-wrapped pack (stamped "Ni-MH AAA 200mAh 3.6V"), which is soldered to the device circuit board (unfortunately.) So it will be possible to replace the batteries if needed, but it'll probably require some light soldering (or maybe my favorite, heaving taping!) of the wires to the battery pack. I hate throwing things like this away just because the batteries stop working. The good news is, they are labeled as Ni-MH, not Ni-Cad batteries, which should perform better.

For the low price, this is a simple and effective emergency light that will help me find the door or the lanterns and other gear in an emergency or power outage.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2010
This review is of the item, SlimLine Power Failure Light. I've been through many power failure lights over the years, and this one is the best I've seen yet. There are 3 LEDs on the side which are very bright and my preference for outage lighting. If you need it, there is also a built in flashlight to guide you around. I have several of these lights and they are sleek, reliable, and do a fantastic job for lighting up a room during a power failure. And they last (illuminate) for a long time when needed. They are made in China, so the instructions are a little rough but all you do is plug them in to charge and that's it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2013
Bought these for emergency outage situations. They are bright when unplugged, and "feel like" flashlights if it needs to be used that way. This particular model does NOT have a nightlight feature to it, but it does have a red LED light on the front of it that isn't bright enough to be a nightlight but is bright enough to be annoying. I'd say this is a great product for use in bedrooms that don't need a nightlight, if you cover that little red LED with a bit of tape. And due to them "feeling like a flashlight" in the hand, they aren't very sleek on the wall; they're somewhat rounded. Another random pro is that the plug is NOT polarized (therefore both prongs are the same size) so you can put this in the socket "right-side up" or upside down. I also bought the American Red Cross Blackout Buddy, and it DOES have a nightlight feature (perfect for hallways) and is much more flush with the wall/socket.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2012
As of me writing this review, there are four pictures for this light. The first is not as received. The other three show what I received. I ordered from Amazon.com directly, not one of the marketplace sellers. Neither the packaging nor the item itself shows the "CC" that is referred to in the description. It is simply model number 71134. It is made in China and listed as using 0.6 watts. The guide light (also stated as night light on packaging) is just a red LED that doesn't put out any ambient light, at least not enough to see by in the dark as a night light. It doesn't look red in the packaging, only when it is plugged in. For further info, I trust NLee the Engineer's review and recommend you read it and the others linked to it.

I will elaborate more on the brightness of the unit compared with the Energizer NLee mentions in his review. Both the nightlight and full beam mode of the Energizer are brighter than either mode of the AmerTac, but I find the lantern mode (3-LED side mode) is overall brighter in that it covers a much larger area with diffused light. I expected to see three beams of light and a little area surrounding each, but what I saw was one soft, diffused light spreading out over the opposite side of the room which was surprising since the cover is crystal-clear plastic and not diffused. I was a little disappointed in the brightness, but it is easier to see throughout the room with this in lantern mode than with the Energizer reflecting light off the ceiling or floor (the Energizer only shines a beam up or down, not out into the room). So as a power-failure light, it puts the most light where you need it, which is into the room. Don't expect to be able to read by it, though, unless holding it in your hand. It also doesn't stick out from the wall as much as the Energizer. As a flashlight, it is barely better than the Globe mentioned in NLee's review, but good enough considering the dual purpose. I too would have preferred a nighlight mode, especially since I gave a few of these as gifts (and sure enough, someone said "it's not a nightlight"). I think these are best in bathrooms, kitchens and entryways which is why a nightlight would have been appreciated. Overall, based on the three different ones I have, I think this is the best value and usefulness, but the Energizer is better as a flashlight and the Globe has a sensored nightlight function, although it comes on in too bright a room (and don't forget the Globe model covers both outlets). The other items mentioned in the review are listed below.

Energizer Weather Ready Compact Rechargeable LED Light
Globe Electric 8420401 3 in 1 LED Night Light, White
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2013
Got two of these to put around the house, basment and bathroom. We have numerous power outages and I wanted lights that would come on so I would not kill myself trying to find a light in the dark. ( Losing power while in the shower was fun) We haven't had a power outage since I got these, maybe that's a good sign.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2011
My husband purchased our first LED unit Model 71134 from Home Depot on 12/10/09 and it failed on 12/20/10, only days after he had purchased 3 more units on 12/9/10 (because the LED lights were brighter than the our old Amerelle incandescent bulb type units he purchased in 2008, note, NiCd batteries lasted 3-years and units are no longer sold. He purchased & installed two new 2/3AA batteries [$0.57 each) purchased from Batteries In A Flash. Two new LED units failed within 6 months and the last LED unit just failed in 5/11. Troubleshooting showed that the charging and the auto turn-on circuity failed, not the two NiCd batteries. RECOMMEND YOU DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT, BUT IF YOU DO, SAME THE RECIPT & PACKAGING SO YOU CAN RETURN THE DEFECTIVE UNITS TO HOME DEPOT WITHIN 90 DAYS. NOTE, THE MODEL 71134CC MODEL OFERED AT AMAZON MAY HAVE FIXED OUR MODEL 71134 PROBLEMS.
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