- Consumer Electronics & Personal Gadgets
Kindle Lights and Covers
On the same day, I endeavored to contact two different companies, Microsoft and Ozeri, a company that makes, among other things, an Ebook reader light called “The Kandle” I was able to compare and contrast the customer service of each company when they did get back with me. Microsoft lost.
As an owner of the Kingle 2 and now the Kindle 3, I am a Kindle cover and Kindle light collector of sorts. I own many different brands. I’m quite anal retentive about the keep and care of my electronic gadgets be they Ereaders or PC’s or Macs. I believe covers is one way to protect these gadgets.
One of the first lights I bought for my Kindle was The Kandle. Pictured on the right here, is the Kandle II. The Kandle resembles the Kandle II almost exactly. I do include a photo of the original Kandle in the box. I owned actually three of the first generation Kandle. The first, despite my usual careful care of all my electronics, the Kandle stopped working. Amazon replaced the first one for me at no charge but said they would not do it again should I decide to replace it for the same thing.
I love this reading light so much, I took my chances, but it too stopped working very soon after Amazon replaced it. Stubborn about this particular light due to the fact it lit up the entire Kindle screen as well as made it so easy to travel with, something I do often, I bought a third one. You guessed it, that too stopped working. So this time I called Ozeri. It was the same day I called Microsoft about a customer service problem, both companies I had to leave a message with.
Microsoft called me back with the snottiest, snippiest female – using an oxymoron here – “customer service” representative I have had the displeasure of speaking to in a long time.
Quite in contrast, later on that day, someone from Ozeri called me back. I gave him the whole story and remarkably, not only was this very polite man going to replace my Kandle, but he also insisted I take “for my trouble” two more of their Kandles. They have a generation two Kandle, the one pictured, as well as a new type of goose=necked Kandle he wanted me to have due to all the trouble I went through. This all at no cost to me.
The problem in the original was due to what they believed to be a wire that seemed to come loose when the arm of the light extended after continual use.
I’m estatic. I cam giving the boxed orginal away and I’m now using the Kandle II as well as the goose-necked newer version.
Here is my Kindle 3rd generation with one of the newest styles of Kandle. I spied this before on Amazon and was tempted to buy it but wasn’t sure how well it would stay on my Kindle. Without one of the covers, it stays very secure and the light has two settings low and high. Both settings easily light up the entire screen. This is also very good for travel as it comes with its own pouch and Ozeri even includes two spare batteries as well.
I have also included other lights that I am using, one I bought in Target the other I also bought on Amazon that goes with most M-Edge product Kindle covers. Most I say as I found the two M-Edge covers I custom ordered here by making the covers with my own photo, do not easily stow away the M-Edge light.
I found a great Kindle cover for a woman on Etsy and this cover, made with the fabric of your choosing, incorporates a space to put your M-Edge light if you use this light. While I am very fond of this adjustable light that can actually swivel on it’s axes, and can come off of the flattened portion that slides between your Kindle and your Kindle cover of choice – the gooseneck eventually seems to lose its flexibility.
As none of these lights are very cheap, that is something to consider before buying this one.
Last but not least are the plethora of covers I have for my Kindle. My favorites tend to be covers that also double as stands. However I like to change them up so a favorite one day might not be a favorite another. Usually though, a cover/stand is the best to travel with so usually ends up adorning my Kindle.
There’s M-Edge, Tuff Luv and Dura Gadget. My favorite for a woman is the pink patent leather Tuff Love Kindle cover that also doubles as an adjustable stand. I take this when I travel and other than the fact there aren’t any Kindle lights that fit it perfectly, it’s a great cover. I have to remove the tab that you see at the top in order to put any of the Kandle clip lights on it, but that’s really no big deal for me and still allows for ease of use.
The Dura Gadget is actually the best constructed cover for Kandle or other light use, however I was unable to find any colors for females that suited me. There is no hindrance on the top for the Kandle so once open, it’s very easy to clip any of the Kandles on top.
The covers retail for anywhere between $25.00 - $35.00 or more dollars.
The Kandles retail for about $19.00 and the goosenecked Kandle for about $25.00. The M-Edge goes for $19.99 at Amazon while the Target light (only bought in store, not on-line) went for almost $30.00.