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Ozeri Kandle LED Reading Light Designed for Books and Ereaders, White
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- New patent-pending "WideLip" grip that does not block the screen on the Kindle, Sony Reader and other eBook readers.
- Newly updated in December 2010 with increased brightness, Kandle by Ozeri is powered by two lifetime X2 LEDs optimized to distribute uniform light without creating glare or eyestrain (batteries included).
- Double pivoting arms allows for easy positioning and adjustment for tailored screen illumination.
- Exclusively warrantied by Ozeri to original purchaser. There are no factory authorized resellers.
- Ships with 2 CR2032 batteries installed, a bonus set of batteries, and a protective pouch included. Warrantied by Ozeri to original purchaser only.
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The Kandle by Ozeri is more than adequate for my needs, but then, reading in dim light has never bothered me. IMO, the Kandle sufficiently lights up entire reading pane on the Kindle 3 without disturbing my light-sensitive sleeping husband (in our small double bed). Contrary to other reviewers (who may have been using an older, dimmer version), I have very rarely had issues reading the bottom of the screen; and these rare instances were only due to me bumping the Kandle or the Kindle affecting the light angle, an issue quickly rectified in seconds by the ease with which one can reposition this light. I definitely prefer the Kandle's easy-to-position pivoting head/arm design to the bendable "snake-like" arm found on so many other eReader lights; I move a lot when I read, and the Kandle usually stays in place and provides a consistent lighting angle in any position I choose. If/when repositioning of the Kandle is needed, it's much easier to re-position it quickly and at a consistent angle to reduce eye strain than a bendable arm with infinite possible positions/angles.
The clip opens wide enough to grab onto the Kindle 3 and perhaps the back flap of a thin kindle case or cover (I have not personally tried this, but looks like it would work on some of the thinner cases I have seen in stores and online). For a naked Kindle (which is how I use it), the Kandle clip could (should) be improved to be a smidge stronger/tighter (maybe even add more rubberized padding with better friction?). Also, for some reason, the "throat" of the clip opening is "deeper" than frame of Kindle 3 (WHY?!?!), which leaves it prone to occasionally slipping off or sliding down when bumped so that it clips to the screen (covering the WORDS you are trying to READ), not just the edge. This will also inevitably happen if you leave the Kandle clipped to your Kindle and throw it in your bag or suitcase; it will either fall off (most likely, because you've got it loosely clipped to the outer edge) or slide down and end end up clipped to the screen. IMO, this is VERY POOR design oversight for a supposed Kindle-specific product, especially at this price (over thirty dollars). However, if my Kandle light still HAD a functioning clip, this would not have been a big enough issue to cause me to spend additional $$ and time to get a different light; when my Kandle was still in one piece, I was satisfied with the clip's performance while reading.
Battery Life: Excellent!!! I have used it for well over 100 hours and have yet to replace batteries (it's been left on twice overnight when I fell asleep with it on). I have NOT noticed a loss of light quality with extended use reported by other users.
Weight: The Kandle is made of a very light-weight (and unfortunately brittle and cheap-feeling) plastic housing. Throw in a light-weight button battery and two tiny LEDs and you get an almost undetectable light for the Kindle. The addition of the Kandle doesn't bother me in the slightest when hubby tells me it's time to turn out the overhead lights.
My first impressions upon arrival was that the packaging was fresh and professional; I liked the little slipcase (but I've never used it) and I was SUPER-impressed to see that they threw in the extra button batteries (which I haven't yet needed). But the minute the Kandle hit my hand, I immediately felt let-down. The thin, cheap, plastic housing and pathetic switch was rather disappointing considering the eye-popping cost! It feels more like a 50-cent chip clip than an quality electronic accessory. I'm sure the thin plastic helps to save on overall weight, which is a feature I highly value. But I have been using LED headlamps (like those made by Petzl) for hard-core caving and camping for years, and I know from experience that it's possible to engineer a very sturdy, DURABLE light with minimal weight, especially for a light with only two LEDs and a button battery! To me, it seems the designers chose cheap, flimsy materials to save on weight and cost of materials, but sacrificed quality and durability in the process (and didn't pass on the $$ savings to the consumer).
I bought my Kandle on October 18. Two months later on Christmas Eve, the Kandle took a minor fall off the bed when I fell asleep reading my Kindle (I was trying to stay awake to help out Santa). My Kindle, luckily, did NOT fall off the bed, which means the Kandle slipped/fell off of the Kindle (due to the poor fit of the clip) and then couldn't withstand a minor fall from 2.5 feet (due to the cheap plastic materials). Thus, it is both the weakness of clip design and the cheap plastic materials that brings me back to Amazon two months after purchasing the Kandle to find a new light for my Kindle. It's no doubt this little light has potential (the light itself still works if I hold it), and if I could get it for the price of a value meal at a fast-food joint, then I'd give it 5 stars. But at the going rate, I would encourage you to look elsewhere to get the best bang for your buck. Otherwise, one "bang" and you'll be out all your bucks!!!
I love the way this clips onto either the Kindle or the cover. Most booklights only clip onto the cover. The light is bright, gives full coverage of the Kindle, including keys at the bottom for us ancient kindle 2 users! I like that the LED's were a little farther apart from each other than other lights I've tried. That allowed it to have a broad light range but didn't make it so bright that it was distracting. And after 2-3 years of use it's was still working great until I left in in a hotel.
I wish it plugged in, as I read an hour or so a night, but a set of batteries last me 3-4 weeks so it's only slightly more battery hungry than my other booklight that takes a AAA. Only downside the batteries aren't standard but then again I wouldn't be so small if they were.
All in all this is a great new design and I am glad I gave it a chance and the new packaging and extras make it a perfect choice for any e-reader.
This little light is just about the best thing since sliced bread (so far as book lights go). It is not heavy, it provides plenty of light.
If you seem to have an issue with the bottom of the page/reader screen being a little shadowy, experiment--I personally clamp it to the right side of my Sony PRS-900bc (don't clamp the cover with it) and it works great. It lights to entire screen and would probably do the same for a book page.
I tried some of the "snake" lights and such, none of them work like this one does (even though some of those are quality products also).
Ozeri/Kandle (whomever)designed this very well. It has gripping pads to help it not slip, the light can be positioned just about any way that it would be usable on the page.
If you are looking for a good booklight, this is it; particularly for my eReader.
Packaging was secure and shipping was quite fast for the standard shipping selection.
I really don't think you can go wrong here folks, just remember that it is a piece of electronic equipment and they do occasionally malfunction--if you have never had this happen I would like to know your secret.
P.S. my light came with two sets of batteries, one installed and one set in a little plastic bag.