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  • Good output, good batt, great switch

    posted by NotTheOnlyOne on 10/24/2012
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:more than 1 month

    Pros:

    1.Heavy base, very stable.

    2. Good battery life, rechargeable with mini usb. looks like could use a solar trickle panel on it easily. Lots of space to hack with in bottom section.

    3. A good quality switch. (for once)

    4. Bright light output, decent white balance, but not warm, by any means.

    5. Articulating arm has good tension, seems to stay where you put it.

    6. Good fit and finish on mine, no rough edges.

    7. Good light output from LED's. Pretty well balanced reflectors. Don't see many hotspots when up at full extension. Lens protector very clear, not cloudy at all.

    Cons:

    1. Large size, folded, it's still thick as a brick.

    2. won't flip light around to back, so doesn't reach over books or motherboards. Have to angle the light head somewhat to get over both pages of a hardcover title.

    3. tries to look like an apple product, so it is white and can show grime if you are using it at dinner table.

    4. that heavy base makes it too big and heavy for travel. Look instead for the flexible neck version w the solar panel in the base, and the round body. Wont fold down much smaller, but still has a charging port, and can charge enough in a window, that can use it at full power for a couple hours at night too.

    OtherThoughts:

    Would have been nice to have a small cloth pouch with it, but will trade a good switch for that anytime.

    Don't remember if it came with a charging cable, but wasn't a proprietary fitting anyway, or i would have remembered, and had to have gotten out the whiteout pen, again....

    Bottomline:

    Over all, one of the best tabletop LED lanterns i have come across, and the best fit and finish of any lamp i have purchased on DX or it's competitors.

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