MicroBrite from Bell & Howell claims their product turns an ordinary 9-volt battery into a powerful flashlight. They insist microBrite fits in your pocket and if you combine it with a battery, you will instantly have brilliant white light wherever you may need it from LEDs that last more than 100,000 hours.
How MicroBrite Works
MicroBrite appears to be a minimalist flashlight, half the size of a 9-volt battery, with 6 LED lights of unknown brightness and 2 modes. To use microBrite, they instruct you to snap on the end of your 9-volt, and voila! They claim you now have a tiny flashlight at your dispersal.
They state you can use the 2-LED mode for reading, or switch it to the 6-LED mode for a “powerful” flashlight, but they don’t give you its brightness (lumens). They add you can take it with you in your purse or pocket and you’ll have a light whenever you need it.
$26.94 ($19.99 plus $6.95 S&H) for 4 MicroBrites. If you buy MicroBrites and decide you don’t like how bright it is, you can return within 30 days for a refund of the $19.99 but they’ll keep the shipping and handling and you’ll have to pay to send it back yourself.
Bottom Line: Is MicroBrite a “Bright” Idea?
Whether you’re looking for your keys or reading 50 Shades of Grey under the covers, sometimes it’s nice to have a little flashlight handy, so MicroBrite sounds like a good idea. However, we’d just like to remind you of a couple of things.
First, how bright is it? Other than saying it’s “powerful” and “brilliantly bright” they don’t specifically say in the infomercial and customer service didn’t have any info. FYI, most flashlights list their brightness in lumens, with 200 lumens being the being the average for a decent flashlight. Odds are, because of its size and power source, it’s considerably less than that.
It also should be noted that although it lists the name Bell & Howell, a company founded in 1907 and a name familiar to many Americans, this trademark is merely licensed by an unknown party to sell you this flashlight.
Reviews of MicroBrite are not yet in and it may indeed be both convenient and bright enough for certain situations. However, we’d like to point out that if you own a smartphone (especially an iPhone) you probably have a flashlight built in or can add one as an app for free that also fits in your pocket and is certainly brilliantly bright.
Let us know your experience with MicroBrite below.