The Ergohacks Verdict
Lighting is one of those little things that can make a big difference. My first thought as I unpacked this small light was that would be perfect for camping. It’s waterproof, portable, dimmable, drop proof and has an integrated hook and carabiner included so it can be hung up in a tent, on a tree or just placed on a table. We don’t camp this time of year, but I still found multiple uses for it.
It travels very well. It fits in a suitcase and being drop proof its also quite squash proof. It offers a useful alternative to a hotel’s harsh, bright lights. We didn’t have to skulk around in the dark after Cass went to bed before us, as on its dimmer settings she could sleep with it on and it provided enough light to gently illuminate the room. It was also excellent to place in the bathroom overnight as again, it’s a dim but useful touch lamp and my eyes loved not having to flick on the super bright bathroom light.
At home we’ve also found multiple uses for it. It’s not an elegant choice of lighting, but it’s a practical light. We used it in the dining room on the table to provide some extra light for tabletop board games in the evenings and with 5 hours of use on its brightest setting, the colour changing setting was a cool edition for a children’s party room. It makes an excellent evening light, bridging the time between the light turning off and children falling asleep. Placed near the door, it staved off the darkness for a while and then we could turn it off later in the evening.
It also turned out to be very useful for Diabetes. It’s just the light for middle-of-the-night finger prick tests as it’s portable and dimmable I could make it bright enough for me to see, but not so bright it disturbed her. As someone with a dust mite allergy, I also appreciated it’s dustproof design. It’s sealed and smooth, easy to keep dust free all the time.
I usually expect to pay more for things that really work well for us. My only disappointment was that wasn’t possible to set it to a particular colour – red would’ve been nice as it doesn’t destroy night vision but still provides enough light to see by when skulking around a seven-year-old’s room looking for glucotabs and lancets, but the dimmest setting of warm light in end worked out just as well for me and after a week I was quite happy with the features it has.
I was pleasantly surprised that a budget product could deliver this well. It’s only been two weeks, but it’s been dropped, splashed and tapped an awful lot and hasn’t shown any wear or tear. Last night, we used it in a demonstration with a globe to demonstrate why days are longer and shorter and it made quite a lovely small sun. On its brightest setting, it does look a little bit like a ball of burning gas. I love it.
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Price: ± € £17
Included: UKEY Mini RGB Light, Micro-USB Cable, Two Circular Metal Plates, Carabiner, User Manual, 24-Month Product Replacement Warranty
Product dimensions: 9.5 x 6 x 7.6 cm
Item Weight: 259g
Colour: White and beige
Batteries: Integrated Lithium 2200mAh battery
Waterproof: Yes – IP65 which translates as able to handle a high-pressure hose for 15 minutes. Specifically designed to float.
Warranty; 24 Months
Aukey is a Chinese manufacturer based in Shenzhen that produces a range of products. They’re best known for their batteries and charging solutions but also make speakers, some car products, cables and a few other more odd products such as a mini-drone and Android-based projector.
We based our Ergohacks Verdict on 2 weeks of testing and lighting. This product is still in regular use today. It was provided by Aukey in October 2017. This article was first published on 11 November 2017.