View Full Version : Accessories But what about the Kindle's Reading Light?


NatCh
11-26-2007, 04:28 PM
I haven't seen anyone comment on it, but I could easily have missed it in the furor. I recall that the leaked documents that we had a year ago included details of a clip on reading light, but I don't see any mention of it on the current Amazon page for Kindle. :headscratch:

Does there appear to be a connection point for it on the Kindles that folks have now? Is there any mention of it in the documentation that comes with the Kindle, or perhaps it has just been designed out?

This has been such a big concern for the various e-ink devices we've had so far, I'm just wondering where we are on it with the Kindle. :shrug:

groch
11-26-2007, 04:53 PM
I see no connections for a light, and there is no mention of one in the documentation.

Too Bad, I got a cheap Fulcrum clip on light, and it does not want to clip on...the top of the Kindle is too narrow. Anyone have success with a light for these things

SanAntone
11-26-2007, 04:54 PM
There's a recommended light on the Kindle page from Amazon. I bought it...it has 2 leds (you can choose one or both) and it clips onto the case nicely.

zartemis
11-26-2007, 04:58 PM
Not only does there appear to be no custom light, but Amazon is promoting this generic one for the kindle:

Mighty Bright XtraFlex2 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000TXZIDM)

It even appeared in my Gold Box yesterday at an extra 5% discount. It is now out of stock.

NatCh
11-26-2007, 05:17 PM
Might Bright (http://www.mightybright.com/Book_Lights/79/ProductDetail.html) still has them, in multiple colors yet! They also have a passel of other lights that might be of interest to folks. :nice:

Bummer that the connect on one seems to have been designed out. :sad:

zartemis
11-26-2007, 05:53 PM
Might Bright (http://www.mightybright.com/Book_Lights/79/ProductDetail.html) still has them, in multiple colors yet! They also have a passel of other lights that might be of interest to folks. :nice:

Yeah, that double-headed one (http://www.mightybright.com/Music_Lights/78/ProductDetail.html) looks good -- as did past reviews/photos on it here (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=12668&page=3)! But I got in on the Gold Box deal for the single headed one so will see if that suffices for the limited low light reading I do.

NatCh
11-26-2007, 05:57 PM
Isn't that the one we dubbed the Bug Light? Or was it Alien Light ...? I can't remember, but yeah, several people really liked that one. :nice:

groch
11-26-2007, 08:59 PM
The Fulcrum Multiflex light I bought from Amazon looks nearly like a clone for the Might Bright Ultraflex2, but it will not clip to the Kindle, or maybe I am just too ignorant to know how. I try to clip it too the top, but it only has rubbery no skid stuff on the bottom of the clip, hard plastic on the top clip, so it slips.


Can anyone confirm this clips solidly to a Kindle before I order....and where do you clip it?

George

drgnbear
11-27-2007, 03:32 PM
Get the Mighty Bright Full Spectrum. Trust me it's the most uniform and easy on the eyes.

groch
11-28-2007, 09:23 AM
Apparently the clip type book lights are designed to clip to the leather cover, NOT the Kindle itself. If you fold the cover backwards and secure it with the elastic band, then the booklight clips solidly to the back of the cover. The description for the Xtraflex 2 now describes it in the Amazon blurb.

I have no problem with that, as I do not think the Kindle is uncomfortable to hold in the cover, but others have felt it was not comfortable or secure.

A light designed to clip to the Kindle itself would be nice, and perhaps they will come up with one if strong sales continue.

TallMomof2
11-28-2007, 06:03 PM
I bought the light and you definitely have to clip it to the cover. I fold the front cover all the way back, securing it with the elastic band and then clip the light on the folded back front cover. It's possible to actually clip it to the Kindle in upper right hand corner but the light makes the Kindle awkward to hold that way.

vagelis
12-03-2007, 12:28 AM
I bought the Amazon light as well.
Not Impressed; the LEDs will not illuminate evenly.

I ended up buying this:
http://www.verilux.com/full-spectrum-booklights/travel-book-light (Travel Book Light)

Full spectrum Light, with 2AA that can be recharged via USB.
(You supply your own rechargeables, USB cable and case included)

Much better full spectrum light coverage; my Kindle and Eyes love it :)

suzyq
12-03-2007, 08:29 AM
Vagelis,

Does the verilux clip on to the Kindle or to the cover? How heavy is it?

NatCh
12-03-2007, 11:22 AM
Hey, suzyq! Welcome to MobileRead from a fellow (ex-pat) Texan. :welcome: My wife almost took a job at ACU a few years ago, but she's ended us up in Tennessee, which is working out quite well for us so far. :nice:

The Verilux would pretty much have to clip to the Kindle's cover, its clip is pretty narrow. However, I heartily agree about those Full-Spectrum CCFL lights for e-ink, they're simply the best game in town, in my opinion.

The Verilux is fairly heavy because of its battery load, AA's just aren't all that light. :shrug:

I have the Mighty-Bright full spectrum CCFL light which I like. It's at least as heavy as the Verilux, using 4 AA batteries, but I found that if I clip it to the lower right edge of the cover so that it lies along the bottom edge of my Sony Reader the weight helps hold it up-right when I'm reading. The Mighty-Bright puts its CCFL bulb on a swiveling arm, so it's easy to position the light well from that unlikely location. :pleased:

I don't know how much of that would transfer to the Kindle, but nearly as I can tell from the pix, it looks like it'd be pretty close. :beam:

vagelis
12-07-2007, 02:36 AM
Vagelis,

Does the verilux clip on to the Kindle or to the cover? How heavy is it?

It ends up not being that heavy. It is easier to fold the top kindle cover backwards and attach the Verilux on the (now) back cover.
This way the Verilux clip does not push the Kindle upward and the little grey plastic piece of the Kindle cover can still hold the Kindle's back in place.

Much more even light and perfect for reading with all other lights off.

suzyq
12-07-2007, 11:02 AM
I went ahead and ordered the Verilux. It's on its way. Unfortunately, I sort of broke off the little plastic thingy on the cover. I was trying to bend it up a bit so it stuck out more and *snap* there it went. It's only attached by a centimeter wide plastic tab. I may try gluing it in, but I'm hoping for vaja or someone to make a better cover soon.

Suzyq

groch
12-12-2007, 10:08 AM
I was holding out to find a rechargeable model on sale...and see the National Geographic store has the Relight 4 LED lithium Ion rechargeable model that everyone sells for $35 on sale at $20.. plus there is a free ship code 07BB02


The light is under their Sale listing in the travel and outdoors section.

You put the free ship code where it asks for a catalog code.

I am not in any way affiliated with NG, nor have I ordered from them before, but this looks like a great light from the Amazon reviews, and it is the only one with a rechargeable dock base and advertises 30 hours of light between charges.

I already ordered, but if anyone has experience with this light I would like to hear.

George

TallMomof2
12-12-2007, 11:00 AM
The Vellux light comes with a charger, you provide the rechargable batteries.

Sage
01-08-2008, 07:12 PM
It's been tough to find LED book lights that do illuminate evenly. Maybe seeing the LED word makes people assume it will be bright and even, but there's a lot of junk in newer light forms, too.

Just4Fun
01-09-2008, 09:19 PM
"Unfortunately, I sort of broke off the little plastic thingy on the cover. I was trying to bend it up a bit so it stuck out more and *snap* there it went."

Same thing happened to me about the second or third time that I tried to seat the unit within the cover. :-(

kindlemehappy
01-18-2008, 12:45 AM
Hi there, first time posting here! I thought I'd let you know that apparently they had to scrap the reading light last minute because it was attached via magnets, which interfered with the EVDO access. Incidentally that it is the same reason why they had to scrap the original cover design for it as well (it had a magnetic clasp). My Kindle is not quite here yet:rolleyes:but as I understand it from what others have said, there is still a depression where the original light was to attach. Someone found the original manual that was to go with the Kindle before the changes... which is how I came about all this info!

Have fun all!!:thumbsup:

rationalbiker
01-19-2008, 12:42 AM
I posted this in another thread, but here is another alternative "reading light". The i-Sight EarLight has other purposes as well.

http://www.botachtactical.com/earlight.html

I have used this with glasses and it works fine for me.

Kingston
02-16-2008, 12:45 PM
I haven't seen anyone comment on it, but I could easily have missed it in the furor. I recall that the leaked documents that we had a year ago included details of a clip on reading light, but I don't see any mention of it on the current Amazon page for Kindle. :headscratch:

Does there appear to be a connection point for it on the Kindles that folks have now? Is there any mention of it in the documentation that comes with the Kindle, or perhaps it has just been designed out?

This has been such a big concern for the various e-ink devices we've had so far, I'm just wondering where we are on it with the Kindle. :shrug:

On pages 18-20 of this document
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=5464&d=1189621444
The 'included' reading light is shown and described.

It was held in place by a magnet and I have read that the magnet interfered with the wireless modem reception and was ditched for that reason.

Also, the original name for the Kindle was 'Fiona'. If you even now go to the 'Manage Your Kindle' page on Amazon it says 'digital/fiona' amongst the gobblegook of the url.

igorsk
02-16-2008, 05:27 PM
Fiona Hackworth is the daughter of the Illustrated Primer's designer (from Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Diamond_Age)). If you've read the book you'll see the connection.
Some people said you can see the name in one of Amazon's videos on Kindle.

adfleisher
02-17-2008, 04:05 PM
Diamond Age is always the first book I load on any ebook device I give to family and friends, as it has a way of getting them excited about the possibilities of technology in relation to books and learning.

HiTech
04-02-2008, 03:20 PM
I use one that I picked up free at a conference. It aint pretty, but it works for now.