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Brilliant (literally), and ideal for a tent,
This review is from: Rolson Tools 60702 24 LED Magnetic Lamp with Hook (DIY & Tools)This light is bordering on too good to be true.
It is surprisingly bright. Put it this way, we had it in our tent with a full-size camping lamp - this tiny light lit up more of the tent, and was brighter, than the camping lamp.
The first time I turned it on, I looked straight at the LEDs as I thought the light would be wimpy - it actually hurt my eyes.
One of these lights up and entire room in our family tent - it is good at short-range, bright illumination. Perfect for inside a tent.
One incidental but great feature is that the hook fits into that little hole in the zip tab (that you pull to open & close the zip) on the door of a tent bedroom (well, it fits ours and I assume that they are all a standard size. If it doesn't fit yours, you could just put some string through the hole and make a loop). Firstly, this means no more waking in the night and wondering where the torch is. Secondly, you have an adjustable reading lamp (move zip to adjust position). Thirdly, you have a massive tab to open and close the zip.
Using the hook, the lamp shines at a 90 degree angle to the vertical (hence why it can be used to read a book). The hook is attached to the lamp by a ball-and-socket joint - as a result the light beam can be pointed in any direction (i.e. if hanging it from the ceiling of a tent, you could point it at any of the 4 walls or anywhere in-between).
The hook folds into a recessed area in the rear of the light. To get it out, just flick the light (I couldn't lever the hook out with my finger). The hook then pops out enough to pull out fully with your finger.
These lights are sold under a variety of names (IOSSS, Rolson, Uni-Com) but all appear to be identical, save the Uni-Com one which has the bonus of a second hook (allowing the light to point at 180 degrees to the vertical, i.e. straight down, in addition to 90 degrees).
Having bought one of these lights for a camping trip, I bought more - one for each bedroom of our tent & the lounge.
Since returning from camping, we use this to double up as a reading light on our bed when needed (it is made from steel, so the magnet sticks to the headboard).
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Initial post: 14 Apr 2011 20:02:38 BDT
Mr. A. Hay says:
I found this review helpful. Keep at it!
Posted on 11 May 2011 04:14:42 BDT
D. DAVIES says:
Seconded. Keep writing, especially reviews as in depth as this. Very helpful!
Posted on 6 Jun 2011 20:18:49 BDT
Ditto ! Excellent review
Posted on 28 Jun 2011 10:22:03 BDT
Mr. P. L. Mann says:
Very helpful review - I like your style !
Posted on 7 Sep 2011 22:05:03 BDT
This is the best, most helpful review I think I've ever read! And amusing too! It had me smiling AND it convinced me to buy some!!
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Apr 2012 18:17:50 BDT
Thank you to everyone for your kind comments. Immediately after writing the review and before posting it, I wondered why I had bothered writing such a detailed review regarding an item costing so little - it seemed pointless and disproportionate. I then didn't look at my review for ages - when I finally did I was astounded by the number of votes. Thank you.
Posted on 25 Feb 2013 19:42:08 GMT
Great review. Could you please give me an idea of battery life with one of these? With e.g. Duracell, or nnnmAh rechargeables or whatever you use. Thanks.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Mar 2013 19:25:51 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Mar 2013 08:57:33 GMT
I used mainstream supermarket own-brand alkaline batteries and it lasted for ages - e.g. I used it camping on 4 weekends over 2 summers, plus at home, and it lasted all that time.
I made the mistake of swapping the batteries for NiMH rechargeables. I found that the lamp dimmed after not much use. Likewise, I used NiMH D cells in my large Maglite torch and they were awful - the colour of the light was yellow, not white, from the start due to the fact that the voltage of rechargeables is slightly lower. In other words, I put new NiMH batteries in my Maglite and from the moment I turned the torch on, the colour of the light was as if the batteries were dying.
So, my suggestion is buy a multipack of supermarket or other disposable alkaline batteries and take the spares with you just in case.
The Gadget Show did a comparison of different AA batteries. Some last far longer than others. So the answer to your question depends massively on the brand you buy.
Having said all of that, I later bought the "Rolson 61770 72 LED Camping Light" and found it better in some respects but it does a very different job. It throws out more light (as it has 72 LEDs instead of 24 - so triple the brightness) and the batteries last longer as it is powered by AAs instead of AAAs (AAs last longer than AAAs but cost roughly the same) - the batteries seem to last longer despite the torch being brighter. The disadvantage: it's heavier and more bulky - you can't use it as a tab on your tent door. And you don't want to turn on something that bright in the middle of the night in a tent when others are asleep.
Different lamps do different jobs. As a result I now have the 24 LED, 72 LED, a head torch and a camp lantern.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Mar 2013 19:39:33 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Mar 2013 08:43:46 GMT
That was quick! I have edited the above comment since you wrote your reply.
Apparently one of the best batteries in the Gadget Show test was Morrisons Extra Long Life 4 pack @ approx. £1.75. I seem to remember that Maplin throwaway alkaline cells did well too - far better than a supermarket own brand that they tested.