My university flat is on the first floor, and it is part of a house which has been converted into three separate flats. Being a converted flat means that the stairway leading up to my flat is quite narrow. The stairway used to have a lighting but over the years the switch broke down. Even though we asked the landlord to fix it, it took quite a long time to get our lighting back in the stairway. This mean for about 3 months, we didn't have light in the stairway, which isn't a problem in the daytime. However, during winter when I come back from university, the stairway would be pitch-black and I had to find my way using my spatial senses. Therefore, I thought enough is enough and I need to find some quick solution to this before something bad happens. The quickest and cheapest solution turns out to be this Micro Cyba-Lite LED Keyring.
I went online to look for a LED keyring and this Micro Cyba-Lite LED Keyring got a lot of good reviews so I decided to purchase this using gift vouchers I received from dooyoo. It normally costs £5.99 on amazon.co.uk with free delivery but I kinda got it for free using gift vouchers. The LED keyring comes in a selection of colours, and the one I purchased is a clear blue colour.
The keyring itself is quite light, which is very ideal since I don't want to be adding anymore weight to my uni bag. On the product description, it says the keyring weighs 18 grams, which is alright for a LED keyring. It is not too bulky but it does take up some space, so I just tend to carry it in the inside pocket of my bag rather than my trouser pockets. The LED part of the key ring is oval-shaped and it has a rubber ON button in the centre. It needs 2 x 3v (Part No: CR2016) Lithium batteries to function; the batteries are included when I first purchased this keyring.
As for the durability, the batteries are replaceable which is good news. Everytime I need to open the door, I would leave the light on for about 2 minutes at maximum, so from my approximate calculation, these batteries should last for at least 6 months. I don't use this keyring when I'm on holiday back home, and I just checked the light and it is still working. I've had this keyring for about 9 months by now. I just checked amazon for the batteries, and for a pack of 2x 3v lithium batteries, it costs a quid so it is not expensive to replace the batteries either.
The product description also says that this LED keyring is water resistant but I haven't had the chance to test this out and I don't really want to risk destroying the keyring by leaving it out in the rain. Since I tend to leave my keyring in the inside pocket of my leather book bag with a zip, there's very little chance for keyring to get wet even if it rains. However, this water resistant feature might come in handy for those who likes to keep their keys in the jeans pockets etc.
Overall, this LED keyring is a nice solution to my darkened stairway, which has been fixed now. However, this keyring still comes in handy when I need to find something in the dark or under the furniture. The light isn't the brightest but for a LED torch light, it is pretty reliable. I would recommend this product.
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There were two reasons for buying this funny looking gadget
1. to locate the keyhole of my house in the dark winter afternoon.
2. to make my keys a bit more interesting as I had lost my previous keys.
The torch is not what you would use to find your way around dark empty woods, but no credit is taken for the brightness of this torch as I can see any thing at close range at very high brightness thanks to the smart LED used for this torch. The LED also consumes very little energy as it releases virtually no heat energy. The battery life is estimated at around 12.5 hours of constant use (as in pressing the button non-stop for 12.5 hours). I would say this is good as I only use this torch for around 1 minute a day. So according to my estimates this torch should last around 720 days. But realistically I would say it might last a year and a half. The batteries do come in the torch so there is no need to go searching for suitable batteries. The batteries are easy to replace as you only need a knife to open the battery compartment + plus the batteries are easily found in all shops.
The torch is very small as it only has a length of about 4 centimetres so it will not make your keys unbelievably bulky. The keys ring is also of very good quality.
In conclusion I would recommend this to anyone who is afraid of the dark or just wants to open his car door with ease :-) For around £3 you will not be regretting buying this torch.
This Micro Cyba-Lite LED torch was a great buy for me as not only do I love useful gadgets, but I'm also often out on the town, and for me that means drunkenly dropping things, or fumbling around in the dark for my mobile, wallet, keys, or friends similar belongings. There's nothing better than a light for when all other lights go out, Galadriel taught us that a long time ago!
The product has two elements: the LED torch its self (with encased battery and on/off button), and the key-ring clip and chain. Both parts are small, light-weight and basic - anyone can use this product! Simply clip the ring to your keys, belt, or wallet and press the button to emit light. The light only emits when the button is pressed down, and you can't press it and walk off, you have to keep your finger down (applying a low amount of continual pressure) for the device to work - This means you won't go leaving it on accidentally in your pocket!
Lord Give Us Light!
The light is very powerful for its size, but despite this, the low energy consumption of the LED bulb means it lasts for a long time - it doesn't say exactly how long, but I'd guess at at least a few hours. The casing encloses 2 x 3 volt Lithium batteries (included) to give the LED its power supply. In a darkened room you experience the full power of the product, seeing how the light spreads 180 degrees from its origin, hitting each corner of the room with (albeit) increasingly minimal, but defiantly evident shards of light. Although the light seems to penetrate objects in front of it most, the wide 'flood-like' effect it yields is very impressive indeed. The light is plenty strong enough to illuminate the murky underbelly of a compacted crowd in a club (where all light fades, and not even the air-supply is safe to indulge), leading you to your (now trampled) possessions.
Although rather thin and dainty, the metal clip is (believe it or not) metal and clamps shut nicely, with minimal chance of the thing slipping off its adjoined key-ring or fabric. The good quality controls continue onto the torch casing which is a hard, resistance, seemingly scratch-proof 3 or 4 piece plastic unit. Grippy, grooved rubber bits line the sides for a better hold, and the button thuds into place neatly and effortlessly when pressed. There are bits of logo: 'Cyba-Lite' blah blah on the casing too but this doesn't really spoil the look or feel of the product.
And Lord Give Us Ignorance!
Remember, this is a throw-away product - like so many things are these days despite what a destructive concept 'throw-away culture' is. When the battery finally dies, there's no point replacing it, as the product its self probably costs less than the replacement battery - so hey ho, let's just buy another one, what's a little more toxic chemical to the friendly landfill!?
And Finally, Rest.
I've just had a quick look on amazon, and they're currently selling (new) for just £5.99 down from £6.84 - A bargain in my book. In all seriousness, this is a great product for the price, and for something that's interesting, useful, and nothing short of a technical marvel (if you think back 20 years to how light technology was then), you've just got to give it a go, surely! From me to you, my rating must rest firmly on the 5 star mark. One for all the family!
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This is another one of those inconspicuous gadgets that initially seems like nothing, but actually does serve a real and very useful purpose. There have been numerous occasions over the years when I've needed some form of light in the evening to either find something that I've dropped, or just to find which way round to put a key in a key hole, and this little micro light has perfectly solved those dilemmas.
For around £4 from Amazon, what you get is a very small stylish LED light that attaches to your key ring, which is housed in a water resistant casing that is about the size of a large oval shaped thick coin. A small chain comes off the back of the casing and leads to a key ring, allowing you to attach it to other items (eg car key ring) or to attach other things to it.
Looking at the casing itself, there is a small rubber covered button in the centre of the top cover, which is matched by another button in the centre of the bottom panel. Interesting, whereas most micro lights only have the one switch, this Cyba-Lite version actually has two, where both switches have a positive firm clicking connection when pressed. What you have with this version is that one switch works as the on switch, whilst the other works as the off switch, which is unusual because often you see these sorts of lights with just the one push switch where you have to keep the switch pressed in order to operate the light. Not a problem, but it does mean that one of your hands is then tied up to operate the light. However, in the case of this Cyba-Lite, you can switch the light on and it stays on because of that positive clicking action, meaning that you then have both hands free to do whatever you need to do.
At the front of this device you have the important bit with the LED light, which is what they call an ultra bright LED. To understand what this is about, LEDs are commonly used to provide a bright light source because they only consume a little power. Hence, their small size allows them to be fitted into small lights such as this, and their low power consumption means that they don't need big batteries to be installed in to the device to power them, again ensuring that the overall size of the device can be kept to a minimum.
Key with this is the low power consumption of the LED which the manufacturers claim to be able to give up to 12 hours of continuous light from the small battery pack, which should be more than enough to cater for most peoples needs for many months, if not years. However, when the batteries do finally get exhausted (and I have still yet to reach that stage after a year of use) they are changeable (2 x CR2016 flat batteries suffice), meaning that you can continue to have many more years of use from this device, without the need to just throw it away when exhausted.
In terms of the light produced, in my opinion this is a light that provides a very decent amount of light, especially credible when you consider how small it is with just the one LED. Forget about trying to find the key hole in a door, this light will light entire paths, large portions of your driveway and most of your room. So when you consider size, price and weight, this micro light is a winner al round.
In summary, as I said at the start this is one of those gadgets that initially seems like nothing special, but actually turns out to be something that serves a very real and useful purpose, and for the cheap price and small size, it is something that is totally unobtrusive and there when you need it. Hence, a 5* recommendation
Finding a decent keyring torch is a tricky thing to do - firstly, they usually produce only a limited amount of light, and secondly, their fiddly nature can make them tricky to use. Arguably the best current keyring torch on the market is the 'Ring Micro Cyba-Lite', a mini-LED wonder which weighs only fifteen grams, and measures only 4 x 3 centimetres. Costing £4.69 from Amazon, the device is oval in shape, and predominantly constructed from black plastic (other colours are available).
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The sides of the Cyba-Lite feature a strip of ridged rubber, which makes the torch especially easy to grip. The large 'On' button is also made from rubber, and is placed centrally on the device. Unusually, rather than pressing the On button again to turn the device off, there's a separate 'Off' switch which is found on the Cyba-Lite's reverse. Both the On and Off buttons require a firm press to activate, which means that the torch won't be turning itself on all the time when in your pocket. A common fault with the Cyba-Lite is the fact that the switch can fail over a long period of time - meaning that eventually you may need to hold the button continuously down for the light to stay on - whether this will happen to your version or not is a bit of a lottery - but it's gamble that you should perhaps be willing to take due to the torch's overall quality.
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One of the great features of the Cyba-Lite is the fact that it's water resistant - something which is rare for a keyring torch. My version has been drenched on many occasions and survived to tell the tale - very impressive, although the device should never be completely submerged. The light that the torch produces is very bright considering its small scale - it's a high intensity beam with a very slight blue tint, which competes with some of the cheaper handhold torches that i've used in the past. Actually, the light will actually fill a small room, ad is much more than you need to find a key-hole on the dark.
The Cybe-Lita requires two lithium cell batteries to operate (CR2016), and these last a long time before they need replacing (a year and counting...). Changing the batteries is a little fiddly - but only because you need to remove four small screws in order to get to the battery compartment. In terms of the product's negative aspects - the keychain *is* a little flimsy, and the very small loop which attaches from the chain to the plastic can work its way loose over an extended period of time. My advice would be to remove the torch from the chain from the start, and put it instead on a regular thin keyring loop without a chain.
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Overall, despite the fact that the on switch can fail, the Ring Cyba-Lite is an awesome little torch which punches well above its weight in regards to the light that it produces. It's a really handy little item to have with you at all times on your keyring (you never know when you'll need it), and is robust enough to survive being dropped, sat on, and dropped in a puddle. Due to the fact that the Cyba-Lite is simple to use, and great value for money at under five pounds, I would personally say that it's the best keyring torch which is currently available - go get yourself one!
They say the best things in life are free.... Well actually they are probably not but every now and then you get something for nothing that's well worth having.
In my case back in cold dark January, I and several other folk at my place of employment were issued with a micro cyba lite LED key ring torch, as the lighting in our car park is notoriously poor. I have to say, it has been a very handy little gadget to have attached to my car keys. In fact, so impressed was I, that I actually forked out some of my hard earned for two more, one for my teenage son and one for my wife. I know, I know.. I'm all heart.
So, let me tell you a little about this illuminating miniature marvel.
It has a single white LED light that is powered by 2 x 3v Lithium batteries that come included (nice!). It's extremely lightweight and approx 5cm in length, so it isn't too obtrusive on a key ring or in your pocket.
The light generated is surprisingly powerful and compared to other cheap and nasty key ring torches that I have possessed, this one is certainly the daddy. It is like using a good quality small torch where as the cheap ones are only a little more powerful than the backlights on the early digital watches.
Another bonus is that the whole unit is water resistant, making it a step up from splash proof. I have tested this claim by falling in the garden pond with it in my pocket (the things I do in the name of research!) and it still functioned perfectly!
The on/off mechanism is very robust and it takes a little pressure to switch it on, the benefit of this of course is that you don't waste your batteries by accidentally illuminating the inside of your trouser pockets.
The whole unit is actually very solid and I've dropped mine in the car park a few times and sat on it and it still lives on.
All in all, I think this is a handy gadget to own and if you're not lucky enough to get one for free then in my opinion it's worth spending a little under a fiver, as it is robust, reliable and should last you a good few years.
Thanks for reading.
When I first stumbled upon the Ring Micro Cyba-lite Keyring Torch I just saw it as a basic LED light on a keyring that would come in useful on those winter afternoons when it is generally pitch black by around 6pm. For me, paying around the £4 mark for such a gadget wasn't a real issue so I bought it as an impulse buy more than anything. The use I have had from this keyring justifies the pricetag but there is much more to this product than first meets the eye.
The LED is an extra bright white LED with a very low power consumption that is powered by tiny batteries which are simple to replace. Positives to be noted are the compact design and the weight is just right as you don't want to be lugging around anything too bulky/heavy all the time. The casing allows the product to be water resistant which is reassuring in the wet weather and it is available in black aswell as red, green and blue. The packaging claims that the battery life is around 12 hours of continuous use, which is plenty long enough providing you dont sit on the torch for long periods of time!
The overall length of the keyring is under 5cm, which gives you some idea of the overall dimensions. The LED torch comes in useful when I am trying to unlock my car door in the dark, and there are other uses in and around the car that this product would be useful. The little black pad on the top centre of the keyring is the on/off switch and the batteries come supplied with the product which is always nice to see.
The simplicity of the product is clear to see, and for just £4 if you shop around online you too will prevent scratching your car door to find the lock in the dark! The simple locking device on the keyring ring itself makes it simple to move between the different sets of keys in your household.
The Cyba-lite Micro LED is a little super-bright torch intended to hang off a key-ring. It's an attractive flat, oval-shape in translucent plastic, about an inch long, and comes in a range of colours. There's a rubbery-feeling, big, flat, round grey silicone-plastic button on either side, so you can switch it on by squeezing it no matter which way up it is. The same button(s) work(s) to turn it off again, and there are two narrow, grooved similarly rubbery-feeling strips down either side of the light to provide 'grip'. A short chain attaches the light part of the key-ring to a push-open clasp style fob that you use to connect it to your keys. The weight of the key-ring pretty much negligible, and the rounded shape means it fits easily onto your bunch of keys without seeming too obstructive.
I've carried one of these LED lights about for years, since I used to have a job that involved a certain amount of blundering about in the dark. I have to say that the light from the single-bulb LED on this torch is surprisingly powerful - so much so that even when I was using it while crossing uneven terrain (fields, etc.) at night I was able to use it to find my way: held at about waist or even chest height the light it casts down to ground level is enough to see by. The lights aren't designed to be waterproof, but are in practice 'splashproof' - I've dropped mine in the sink before, and with quick fishing-out and immediate drying, it's been fine.
The great advantage of this type of light is, of course that the bulb is of the LED-type: since LEDs draw less power in general than old-style radiant bulbs, these key-ring lights last for ages without needing the batteries to be replaced. In fact, my first one lasted a couple of years and the casing wore out before the batteries did, so I just bought a whole new replacement. They do tend to get scuffed by the keys they're kept with, if you keep yours on a key-ring. In the independent camping shop where I generally purcahse these mini-lights, they currently cost around the £10 mark, which is slightly more than they were two years ago when I bought my most recent one.
Online however, from amazon.co.uk for example, the RRP is substantially less - at slightly under £7, and they actually sell for less than a fiver, which is a bit more like it.
I find it surprisingly useful to have a light on my keys, eg. when I'm at the cinema, for finding my way once the lights are off, and on more than one occasion in the past, I've found myself underground while visiting a show-cave on a day trip - another situation in which it's handy to find you have a portable light with you - like one of these. They're brilliant.