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cute toy flashlight
on November 14, 2010
I got this for my two year old so he could "read" at night. He likes to take his books to bed, so I thought he'd love it. He likes to play with it in a dark hallway, but refuses to have it in bed with him! Of course, that's no fault of the toy. :)
As for the flashlight itself, it's really cute. Bigger than I expected. I thought it'd be something like a small maglight, but it's a big handful for a toddler. Not a complaint, just an observation. The button is easy for my son to find and use, which is good. A light push is all you need. The light is bright enough without being blinding. I wouldn't go staring into it, but I'm comfortable leaving it with him knowing he can't burn out the eyeballs of his baby brother who shares his room.
Note that this is a TOY flashlight. It's not all that bright. I wouldn't recommend it for situations where you are dependent on an actual flashlight, like camping.
The only downside was that mine arrived broken. The bulb was tilted, and there is no access to the bulb so I couldn't try to fix it. The light flickered and wouldn't stay on. I called the company and they sent me out a replacement. They said it'd take two weeks, but it arrived in one. The second flashlight came in a huge box with TONS of bubble wrap. The packaging was opened too, so I'm thinking they opened it up to make sure it worked! Of course, it worked just fine. :) I really appreciated the care. And the guy on the phone was friendly, polite and efficient.
The flashlight does feel a little flimsy. And like I said, you can't access the bulb to change it. So when it burns out or if it breaks the flashlight is history. But it's an inexpensive toy, which is just fine. I'm very happy with it!
UPDATE: We've had this for several months now and it still works great. My son has developed a fear of the dark and takes it to bed with him now. He falls asleep with it on often. And I still haven't had to change the batteries! This really is a neat little light.
UPDATE: It's March 2011. Still haven't had to change the batteries. Light still works and looks brand new. It HAS to be on all night almost every night with my son. He also takes it into the dark hall to play. His baby brother plays with it and bangs it against the hard wood floor. This light is amazing! Even if (when) it does break, I will definitely buy a new one. Upped my review to a full 5 stars.
UPDATE: Ok, this thing is starting to scare me. It STILL works. I'll find it under the bed buried in stuffed animals, on, so it's likely been on for a several days. I haven't changed the batteries once. It's the end of July 2011, so it's been nearly 9 months and still going strong (though maybe a tad dimmer).