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ReLight Rechargeable Book Light Book Supplement – November 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Misc. Supplies
  • Publisher: Great Point Light (November 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599850168
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599850160
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 3 x 3.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,945,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Relight's clip is very narrow such that you are able to fit very few pages into it.
Bryan
The lights are in a semicircle, so it illuminates a large area, either the whole Kindle or both pages of my book.
DeniMarie
So, not only is the design pretty but nonfunctional, but the build quality is terribly bad.
F. Kostella

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Ira Abrams on October 4, 2007
Format: Misc. Supplies
Essentially, booklights fall into three categories: ones that require batteries, ones that are rechargebale as long as you can connect it to your computer via a USB cable, and ones that have a cord and adapter or that you can recharge in a cradle. If you read in bed the first two kinds are useless. The batteries are so costly and last so little time--especially if you fall asleep with the light still on--that you might as well flush your money down the toilet instead of wasting it on a battery-operated booklight. Option B is not a booklight, it's a laptop light. I don't know why those things are marketed as booklights. In addition, all the products I looked at have startlingly short times between charges.

So that leaves us with option 3. I spent a long time looking at every product available (turns out there are two: Relight and IttyBitty Booklight both of which are very costly compared to battery and USB lights). In the end I opted for the Relight because it is the only product on the market that can be recharged in a cradle. It has a very long charge life and a short recharge time. The Itty Bitty light has bulb-life issues and the cord/adadpter model is now very difficult to get. I decided I didn't want to get involved with a cord in bed.

An earlier reviewer--a fan of the battery-powered Itty Bitty booklight, mentions some problems with the Relight that I have not encountered. The light has a bendable arm that can be lifted up or lowered. It is very bright while being confined to the page. It doesn't shine in your eyes unless you aim it at your eyes. It covers the whole spread of a book with its arcing light source. It has one of the drawbacks mentioned--the clip only allows you to slide a few pages of paper in, but I haven't really had a big problem with that. It stays firm and doesn't damage the books. Given the balance of +/- there is still no other reasonable choice.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Bryan on July 27, 2007
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I give them credit for a great idea, but it is poorly executed. For one, the clip is very difficult to manage. I've been using the Itty Bitty Book Light (original and Vol. 2) for almost 25 years, so I'm used to being able to easily clip my light onto a book. Relight's clip is very narrow such that you are able to fit very few pages into it. This makes it somewhat unstable. Also, the clip doesn't slide down far enough, so the whole unit sits too high up -- more instability. You can't rotate the tip of the light left and right (like with Itty Bitty), so you need to physically move the entire unit if you need more light in a particular area. Finally, and most annoying of all: for some reason, they designed this so that the light also shines directly into your eyes. If you look at the picture, you'll notice that there is clear plastic along the side of the light too, not just on the part that faces the book. As a result, the LEDs end up shining into your eyes. The Itty Bitty completely cuts off any direct line of sight between the lights and your eyes -- the way it should be. Of course, the Itty Bitty has its own set of drawbacks, but on balance, I would stick with the I/B for now.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By George on May 6, 2007
Format: Misc. Supplies
Pros:
1. Rechargeable
2. Bright
3. High quality
4. Two brightness levels
5. Not as heavy as others
Cons:
1. Plastic clip is designed to attach to several book pages rather than the book cover. It can damage these pages.
2. Instructions warn against leaving light on charger all the time.

Update. After using this light for several months, it would not retain its adjustment. Rather, it kept falling onto the book. A temporary fix was to put fingernail polish on the hinge parts. However, the light is no longer holding a charge so I have replaced it with a different model. If it were possible, I would lower my rating for this item.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jason Packham on March 5, 2007
Format: Misc. Supplies
I was tired of replacing batteries or bulbs. As batteries were dying I'd suffer through poor lighting. I love not having to worry about that. This is a sleek booklight that provides plenty of light. It adjusts well for most book sizes. Only complaint is that the clip that hooks to the book is hard to open and doesn't open very far. Just enough to fit over the cover of a book. But the clip is tight and keeps the light in place.

Love that it recharges...will never have to replace batteries or bulbs again or suffer through fading lights.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Francis Christopher Hall on August 10, 2007
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I work nights outside in very limited lighting. I have to read copious material for a certification exam. This light has been a lifesaver as far as allowing me to read my books and not interfere with other activities in the area.

The light will function as promised and more as long as the charging instructions are adhered to. The rechargeable batteries are easily replaceable.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Bills on February 2, 2008
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I have owned many booklights. They fall in two types: Battery operated and Plug-in. The battery operated ones eat up batteries like crazy. The plug-in ones invariably have a skinny little cord running to the light that after time invariably shorts out and stops working (some of the battery ones do too, with similar failures due to the wires over time). My solution had been to use rechargable AA batteries, but the fast drain on the batteries meant that I was recharging more than once a week.

This booklight is different: small and seemingly well-built. The light is whiter and brighter than most booklights. It has two brightness settings and the lower setting is brighter than most booklights I have tried, and a pleasure to read by. On the lower setting the time between recharges is said to be 36 hours, and I am finding it lasts several weeks before a recharge is needed. One downside is that the instructions suggest not doing a lot of partial recharges but to run the rechargable battery all the way down, so while it would be convenient to put it back in the stand/recharger each day, I can't do that as it would partially recharge.

The page clip is a bit awkward but I adjusted easily to it.

Time will tell how long it lasts, but I am very optimistic based on the apparent quality and my experience so far.

UPDATE 8/1/09: One of the things I was looking for was reliability -- a booklight that would last a long time without trouble. From my iniial impression, I thought I had it. Unfortunately, within the first year it developed an occasional flicker. Not enough to make it unusable, but enough to be annoying. It can go for a week or two with no flicker, but then it starts again. It seems to as if something must be loose.
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