Skip to content

Kindle light – finally a winner?

February 18, 2010

New Kindle owners—from my own experience as well as that of family and friends—are prone to a “newlywed”-ish experience as they discover either a long-lost or  reinvigorated love of reading.  The result is hours-upon-hours spent on their new Kindles—which does not necessarily end when the lights go out (particularly, the lights of the partner in bed). So, along with a protective cover (note: a future post will discuss these options), the first accessory one is likely to seek out is a small reading light.

And let’s just say that the currently available options are, well, not pleasing to the eye, or more importantly,

A search on Amazon.com yields the following options.

Mighty Bright XtraFlex2

M-Edge e-Luminator2

The leading products are the Mighty Bright XtraFlex2, the M-Edge e-Luminator2, the Great Point Light Flex Neck and the latest offering—the Kandle.  Three of the four entail awkward flexible necks, three clip on the Kindle, one attaches only to its line of

Great Point

Kindle covers.  Some run on normal batteries—allowing the use of simple rechargeable AA’s—while others use CR2032 (watch-type) batteries. All use long-lasting LED lights.

Kandle

But, again, these do not feel like true Kindle-accessories (the same way that IPod accessories typically “fit like a glove”).  Even the cleverly-named “Kandle”—as indicated in its product description and evidenced by customers who note its non-custom-fit—is not a true to the Kindle.

But for those who have waited, or those willing to purchase another, for the perfect light, the answer may be just around the corner.

Introducing the Octovo Kindle light:

This accessory has received positive, albeit limited, reviews (see here and here). But the key known features that should place this light at the top of the heap is the single AA battery, perfect fit for Kindle 2 and DX, 25 hr battery life, and compatibility with most covers.  The real aluminum-casing is also a nice touch—especially for those of us who pridefully enjoy reading (and displaying) our Kindle in public.

The unit is expected to list for $29.95 and could be available by the end of March.  I hope to acquire one soon and post a first-hand review.

UPDATE – I will be receiving the Octovo shortly and will post my hands-on review at once.

Advertisements
5 Comments leave one →
  1. Pam Brusegaard permalink
    March 18, 2010 2:31 pm

    Did you receive your Octovo Kindle light and if so, do you love it?

  2. November 15, 2010 7:58 am

    I’m guessing that these are a victim of their own success – they don’t seem to be available anywhere! Hoping they are going to reveal a K3 verison this side of Christmas in the UK. If anyone has any news on this – please let me know!

  3. October 28, 2012 8:56 am

    May I just say what a relief to uncover a person that actually understands what they are talking about on the web.
    You actually understand how to bring a problem to light and make it important.
    More people ought to read this and understand this side of the story.
    I can’t believe you are not more popular given that you certainly have the gift.

Trackbacks

  1. New Octovo Kindle light – perfect « Kindlelove or: How I Learned to Stop Dawdling and Love the eReader

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: