Mighty Bright MiniFlex – travel gadget review

In my first travel gadgets review blog, I will be reviewing the Mighty Bright Miniflex book light. Specifically, I test its suitability as a travel gadget.

I did hours and hours of research to find the best product. (yes, I love to do investigative research and analysis to make sure I buy the right product – I hate wasting money).

The two main complaints I read was that the battery didn’t last long and that they easily broke.

The important factors I was looking for was:

  • Small enough to take travelling.
  • Sturdy enough to not break in my bag.
  • Bright enough that I could actually read my book or write in my travel diary.

The best brand

The brand that won hands down was Mighty Bright. I found that they had the least amount of negative review comments. Not one review I read mentioned anything about the product breaking on them. 

The model I chose is the Mini Flex rather than their Travel Flex model. The features I like about Mini Flex are:

  • Has a wide sturdy base clip to grip a wider part of the book cover or page. It was for this reason alone that I chose this model instead of their Travel Flex model. The Travel Flex has a narrower base but the overall size of the book light is smaller than the Mini Flex. Choose what is more important to you.
  • You can place the base of the clip on a table and acts like a lamp if you wish to write. In contrast, you're not able to do this with the Travel Flex.
  • Flexible but strong gooseneck.
  • One LED light.

Mighty Bright offer other models that have 2, 3 or 5 LED lights. However, bear in mind, it increases the size and weight of the product (requires more batteries). The aim is to always pack as light as possible.

Plus a few of the reviewers stated that there wasn’t any difference in light emitted between 1 and 2 LED lights.

My Analysis of the Mighty Bright Miniflex

I used the product for 6 months, for approximately one week a month in which I used it nightly for that week.

Pros

  • The amount of light that it emitted impressed me. It virtually lit up my whole crossword book (A4 size). 
  • Batteries lasted longer than I thought (compared to the reviews I read on other brands). The strength of the light is still the same after 6 months.
  • The goose-neck is easily adjustable and after some use it stays in the required position.
  • Sits and balances perfectly when perched on the table.
  • The quality is strong. I carried it in a plastic folder in my day pack, with water bottles and lunch boxes. Nothing broke or fell apart.

Cons

  • It took a short while for the goose-neck to loosen up. To eventually sit in desired position and avoid creeping back up. Works perfectly now.

TG Tip:  Always keep your books and diaries in a plastic bag or folder. It protects them from leaking water bottles!

VERDICT:  
big thumbs up

To show you how bright one LED is, in the video at the top of this page I do three tests. A hard cover book, soft cover book and A4 sized crossword book/magazine. See the results for yourself.
I'm impressed with this product. I highly recommend it. So click on the Amazon link below to check out further details, colours and pricing. Buy one....you won't regret it.

Which colour will you choose - silver, black, purple???

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About the Author Lisa

A travel gypsy by heart, having already been to over 70 countries and still counting. Founder of Travel Groove, to share travel tips, tricks and knowledge with other travellers.

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