I hope no one thought we’d let October slip by without repeatedly highlighting the fact that it’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We’re helping to raise awareness in a couple of ways. One of these is just mentioning it. If that reminds women about the importance of exams and early detection, then we’re doing our part. If it opens a dialogue about the subject, that’s good too. But it shouldn’t be a once a year topic, so we try to come up with reminders that last all year long. And what better way than to give away something pink?
Got your attention, right? Well, we already reviewed a few of the different rechargeable LED flashlights from Spotlight, and anyone who’s been following the site for a while should be familiar with the brand by now, so we’ll just cut to the chase. The Turbo is a compact LED light sporting a 0.5 watt bulb, with an output of about 35 lumens. That translates to a light that shines for up to 150 feet, although the useful range is much less. More importantly, it can run for over 180 minutes on a single charge. It’s also quite water resistant, since it’s completely submersible.
So what’s the gimmick? What outstanding features does the Turbo have that makes it different from other LED lights? There are a couple, actually. First, it’s recharged via the 12V accessory outlet in your vehicle. So plug it in and leave it to charge while you drive wherever it is you drive to. As long as you can remember that part, it’s always ready when you need it. But what we really like is that with the addition of the “Barkeep” accessory, you can mount the Turbo on your bicycle handlebars. Although it’s not super-bright, it’s certainly bright enough to light the roadway in front of you, or add to your overall visibility. If you don’t have a car (more power to you!), it can be recharged via an A/C adaptor, or even the USB adaptor. Both are optional accessories, and well worth it, in my opinion. Other available accessories include a keychain and lanyard, to wear it around your neck or clipped to a belt loop. There’s even a headband, which holds the turbo at about eye level, but off to one side of your head. Want to preserve your night vision? The Color Caps option includes a red lens cover. Spotlight has a whole page of accessories for the Turbo.
Yes, it’s a fun and handy little light. But we don’t think you should take our word for it. So we’re going to send out a couple to our readers, and let them offer a “guest opinion”. If you think you’re up to the task, just comment and let us know why we should send you one. There are two Pink Caddy Turbo lights available, but if we get enough compelling entries, we may send out more than two. A Barkeep (our choice of color) will be included as well. Rules are simple enough – must be a resident of the continental US, and comments must be posted no later than Midnight, MST, on Sunday, October 21st. We’ll pick a winner later in the week, and announce them after they have been notified. Good luck!