As you may have guessed from previous posts, I love my Kindle. I often read late into the night, which either means keeping a light on and annoying my wife – or using a book light. Normally, I’d be happy just annoying her – but I can’t resist the allure of buying new technology!
I tried a few generic book lights but they were either too dim, didn’t fit correctly, used obscure batteries or – as with the official booklight case – ensconced in vegetarian unfriendly leather.
- Small and light
- Rechargeable via micro-USB
- Fits other eBooks
Before I get into the specs – here’s a demo of how it works.
The movement on the light is slightly odd. I like the way it gently slides out – but it does make it feel a little flimsy.
I looked at a number of ebook lights and their either required batteries – which may be hard to find if you’re on holiday – or a proprietary charger.
Lightwedge have done the smart thing and made the Arc Light rechargeable via the same connector as the Kindle. That means when I go away I only need to take one cable to charge my Kindle, light, phone, and BlueTooth. Viva USB!
Bonus – it even has a charging light to let you know it’s charging and when it is completely charged.
It took a few hours to fully charge, but you can charge it a little at a time. It will even charge and light at the same time.
At 15 hours of light on a full charge – you shouldn’t need to plug it in too often.
As well as coming with a standard micro-USB cable (no US plug – just the cable) there are two adapters to make the light fit other ebooks – they specifically mention Kindle 1,2,3,DX, Sony PRS-300 & PRS-600, Kobo and nook.
I found that the fit was snug, even with a gel-case on my Kindle.
It’s unlikely to fall off unless you give it a sustained shake.
It’s padded, so it won’t scratch or mark your device.
The Arc Light retails online for US$40 (~£25) – and that’s before shipping from the USA.
Luckily, I found a dealer in Ireland selling the Verso Arc Light on eBay. Total cost including shipping was €25 (~£22) and was delivered within a week.
Let There Be Light!
The light is bright and covers the whole screen. Naturally, it’s slightly darker towards the bottom of the page – but still bright enough to read easily.
As I said, it feels a little flimsy. Others have complained about build quality – but mine seems all right so far.
I would have liked a little carry case or pouch to keep it insulated from knocks and bumps while it isn’t in use – but that’s a minor niggle.
The USB cable it came with was fine for charging – but didn’t seem to support data transfer from my phone. As cables are ten-a-penny, it’s not much of an issue.
Overall, a great accessory and a must-buy for any Kindle owner with a partner who needs their beauty sleep!