Yesterday, I got myself a rechargeable lamp by CD-R King. It costs Php 250.00, affordable and cheap, but what do you expect, it’s made up of pure plastic. There was another model I was eyeing to buy, a much bigger one, unfortunately, there wasn’t any stock available at this branch. This model has 32 pieces of bright white LED lights and a small fan at the center. Both the torchlight and the fan can operate on a “low” or “high” mode by simply pressing the buttons located near the center.
When it’s dark and the power is out, the LED lights will prove themselves very useful. They’re so bright, you don’t want to look at them directly or you’ll have the afterimage for a long time. Despite the fan’s minute plastic blades (there’s 3 of them), it does provide a good stream of wind but the sound coming from its motor just annoys the hell out of me.
CD-R King did not provide any instructions how long this torchlight be plugged in while charging. There’s nothing on its box either except that it’s powered by a lead-acid battery. Research tells me that the initial charging for this type of battery should be around 10-12 hours, so that’s what I’m doing right now.
A red LED light at the back will lit when it’s charging, I doubt it will turn itself off or turn into something green when it’s fully charged. You’ll have to watch the time yourself, so don’t leave it plugged in while you’re away. By the way, I can’t tell you right now how long it will last between charges but I shall update this post as soon as I’ve done it.
Without a doubt, this is a nifty, cute little tool for Php 250. However, like any other cheap units, I don’t expect it to last for a long long time, you know, you get what you paid for. If you’re looking for a sturdy and lasting rechargeable lamp, try Omni. I had mine retired after 6 years of service.