Friday, August 6, 2010
I wandered by the Target electronics section this weekend to see if they had sold out of the Kindle 2 and announced the Kindle 3. Yes to the former, no to the latter. But they did have three new e-Book device accessories - a charger kit for the Kindle, and two e-Book lights. One was the Belkin eBook Light, but I had never seen or heard of the other one, which was labeled eBook-Lite, with no clear branding. None of these items was clearly visible - they were all were locked in the case underneath the Sony Reader display.
I thought about buying both, but my pockets aren't that deep :) So I picked up the mysterious eBook-Lite, since it was $19.99 (vs. $24.99 for the Belkin), only required 2 AAA batteries, and felt quite light in the clear packaging. And although it is pictured on a Kindle, I couldn't tell from the picture whether it would fit other devices. Here is the picture from the back of the packaging, which also didn't give much of a view of the clip:
So I bought it anyway :) And was pleasantly surprised. It is quite similar to the Kandle, but with a different clip mechanism. Here it is on my Nook:
It's made of a matte, rubberized plastic that feels soft in the hand, the color is a slightly off-white like the Kindle. There are two settings: Low and Hi - there isn't much difference between them, but I prefer the low setting. The clip on the back is entirely adjustable, so it can fit a super-slim device like the Kindle 3, or a thicker device like the Nook, and it potentially goes even wider. And the inner wall of the clip is lined with foam cushioning to prevent scratching.
And best of all, it fits my Bookeen Cybook Opus perfectly, and adds almost no weight.
The clip is as wide as the light, so it grabs onto the device firmly, and doesn't wiggle. Because there are 3 LEDs, it is quite bright, but the light is even across the whole screen, from top to bottom. Because you can adjust the angle of the light, you can avoid hotspots pretty easily. There is just the slightest hotspot at the very top, usually in the title bar, not over actual text. It is a bit overpowering in a dark room, so I may add a piece of Scotch tape over the LED section.
It comes with 2 AAA batteries and a velvet pouch for travel. The manufacturerer is Capstone Industries, which sells a variety of paper book lights, but I couldn't find the eBook-Lite on their website.
EDIT 9/2: Capstone added the eBook-Lite to their website:
and pictured on a Sony reader here
And they also emailed me that they are releasing a black version in October or November, presumably to match the graphite Kindles, or maybe the black Sony Readers.