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Kandle by Ozeri LED Book Light for the Amazon Kindle (1st and latest generation), and other eBook readers - in Black
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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 Dec 2010 with increased brightness, the 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.
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New patent-pending "Wide Lip" grip that does not block the screen on the Kindle, Sony Reader and other eBook readers. Ozeri Kandle LED Book Light for eReaders. Double pivoting arms allows for easy positioning and adjustment for tailored screen illumination.
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- Very lightweight (partly because of the button batteries).
- Compact, stores nicely.
- Great for a bare Kindle - fits perfectly on the top edge and provides adequate illumination for the screen.
- Substantial falloff of light on the bottom half of the Kindle. Sufficient for reading, but a noticeable difference in intensity and could be a strain on old or tired eyes; really noticeable when clipped to a cover.
- Won't work (very well) on a Kindle with a cover that uses straps. I have several M-Edge covers currently, and all are too thick to attach the clip with any stability over cover and Kindle together. Clipping on the folded back puts it too far away to adequately illuminate even the top half of the screen, and clipping it on the Kindle directly between the cover and Kindle stretches the straps and risks damaging the rear skin if your Kindle has one. It does work on Kindle covers with the Amazon-type covers with just the metal spine clips (and no straps), but I avoid those because of potential damage to the Kindle frame (and you should too). Have an Oberon cover coming*, so could be better suited to this design - we shall see; I expect any cover thick enough to protect the Kindle would be too thick to use this light.
- Don't have one, so this is a guess, but based on the K2 results I would think would be marginally (if that ) adequate for a DX - just too much difference in light at the bottom of the screen.
Neutral: Battery life currently unknown, but the button 2032 batteries are more expensive than AAAs and are not rechargeable
For neat, light weight, trim design and compactness, I give the Kandle a thumbs-up. For practical use and good screen illumination on covered Kindles (which I suspect is the majority), the Mighty Bright and M-Edge e-Luminator lights are superior Kindle lights, although not as cool looking!
*Addendum: The light DOES fit on the top (1/4") edge of the Oberon cover over the Kindle, so it is usable, but light falloff on the lower half of the screen is significant. Much less illumination that even the M-Edge light, which is just adequate. Great design, marginal functionality.
Anyway, great product!
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!!!