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magellan's card size led travel lightThere’s not much that can take the place of a good book when I’m trying to kill time on a long-haul flight, but airplane reading lamps never quite give me enough light. Enter Magellan’s Card Size LED Travel Light. It claims to charge itself in one hour via a USB cable and provide up to two hours of light.

So, did it work? The short answer is yes, but there are caveats. Read on for the pros and cons.

What We Didn’t Like
Although this little baby only takes one hour to charge, it’s done by USB cable, which means it’s not super-convenient if you’re traveling without a laptop or an adapter for a regular wall outlet. We also found that, once charged, the light started to die out after only 90 minutes — 30 minutes shy of the two-hour usage time the packaging promises.

What We Liked
The travel light charges rapidly (assuming you have a proper place to charge it), and it’s definitely compact — the width and height of a standard credit card, to be exact. It’s a space-saving plus for someone like me who opposes e-readers on principle and travels with at least two bulky novels at all times. It easily turns on and off with the push of a button, and it’s got three different light strengths, so you can conserve battery power if you find that the highest settings are too bright. The USB cord also wraps right around the base for easy storage, and the bendable stem allows you to position the light wherever you need it.

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All things considered, this product is a win, especially at the affordable price of $20. Want one of your very own? Leave a comment below for a chance to win the travel light. Enter by 11:59 p.m. ET on February 17, 2014. We’ll pick one winner at random. This giveaway is open only to residents of the Lower 48 United States and the District of Columbia. To read the full contest rules, click here.

Editor’s Note: This contest has ended. The winner is Diane Lieberman. Congratulations! Please check back in the future for other chances to win great travel products.

— written by Ashley Kosciolek

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34 Responses to “A Travel Light the Size of a Credit Card”

  1. Dorinda says:

    a little light would be great to have

  2. BlairH says:

    I really wish i had seen this at Christmas time.. my wife would have loved it!
    her Birthday is just around the corner though!
    what happens to the other cables during storage though?

  3. Tom K says:

    My wife and daughter are walking the Camino in Spain this year and this would be perfect since size and weight are key in their packing

  4. Michele Hayes says:

    Looks like a great travel gadget.

  5. Herb Nadler says:

    I would love this light. I always read before I sleep but do not want to wake my wife. this one sounds good

  6. ChristineM says:

    I’m heading on a long overseas flight in March. This sound like a great little take-along!

  7. Carol Telsey says:

    I like that it can be angled towards the user and away from the eyes of other people. On a plane I could angle it towards my knitting but not bother the person next to me with an overhead.

  8. Dan says:

    sounds perfect!

  9. Andrea H. says:

    Very cool, so slim Love it.

  10. Joseph Coleman says:

    Go ahead lite up my life

  11. Irina says:

    I like the size of this travel light

  12. Elizabeth A says:

    Would love to have this little light!

  13. Jeannine D says:

    I’d still prefer this over the plane lights which never seem to land quite in the right spot and bother other passengers who are trying to sleep.

  14. Patrick says:

    I like the USB connection — very practical.

  15. prashant patel says:

    cool invention , easy to carry and worth while investmrnt. MANNING motrole

  16. Paul P says:

    Looks like a handy lite when my wife is sleeping and I am an early bird reading.

  17. Terri E. says:

    This little light of mine – I’m gonna let it shine!

  18. linda says:

    I love reading, but hate disturbing others around me. This would be nice to use on a plane, at a hostel or in a tent on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro!

  19. Diane Lieberman says:

    This is a useful little tool for travel. It probably weighs next to nothing, so it won’t affect your luggage weight. Leave it to Magellan’s to come up with such a great gadget for travelers!

  20. Linda Spates says:

    Don’t like battery powered lights which always die at the wrong time; this one sounds great!

  21. D. Blake says:

    My husband would love it if I used something like this instead of a regular size lamp to read in bed.

  22. LInda Conner says:

    Like this- even with the cons

  23. jm chauran says:

    very sleek looking.

  24. Mike says:

    This looks like it would be a good travel light. I have a couple of USB lights that I use to light up my keyboards and they work great.

  25. John Schmill says:

    It looks like it would be great for a flight or use for a quick book read before going to sleep.

  26. Anna53 says:

    You are so right about the airplane reading light,

  27. Kathleen says:

    Would love to win this light – perfect for thos late night reading sessions that I so frequently have! Yes! I still read and hold real books ~

  28. Jennifer Essad says:

    I would love to try this light-I’ve gone through so many for my reading in the dark – thanks for a chance to win

  29. Betty Zamost says:

    Book lights are very convenient for reading in bed and not waking your companion. In looking at this item, would not be surprised to be able to use with regular current, not just via computer. Which would make it even more usable.

  30. MargaretM says:

    Invariably, I will be the one person awake on a long flight and my reading light will be burned out.
    This would come in handy. I have the seat adapter for wall plug and cigarette plug via USB so no prob there!

  31. Pam C says:

    Looks like a handy little gadget.

  32. Breeze Y. says:

    I am always looking for a small light, this would be perfect!

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