So, I was cruising around those fancy interwebz looking for other flashlights to review. I dropped in a search to see what NEBO was up to. I’ve owned several and they make a great midline series of lights. They also seem to be good about bringing useful options and accessories to market before many of the bigger names. A NEBO was the first light I owned with a magnetic tail. That’s a fabulous feature that I’ve grown to love.
As I searched though the current lineup from NEBO I came across the the Casebrite. I was a little indifferent, at first. I found some pictures that helped make up my mind. I have 2 basic requirements for a phone case:
1. The ports MUST be accessible. The mute switch, the headphone jack, the sleep and volume buttons… The all must be easy to access.
2. The front of the case must sit above the surface of the screen. Meaning; if you place the phone on a table, screen side down, the screen must be kept off the table. It should rest on the lip of the case.
The Casebrite appeared to fit my requirements and adds a new layer to my EDC…an additional flashlight. I usually carry 2 anyway but this allows me to leave one behind. Now, some of you might be saying, “…but the phone already has a flashlight!” No, it really doesn’t. The built in light on an iPhone, and most cell phones, is a joke. Compared to the Casebrite, the iPhone flashlight is abysmal at best. The Casebrite, on low, is easily 3-4 times brighter. On high? Heck, the Casebrite makes a decent floodlight. It’ll illuminate several hundred square feet of area with a usable amount light. Try that with your phone.
The Casebrite uses a COB LED;
-COB (Chips on Board) , is a new technology of LEDpackaging for LED light engine. Multi LED chips are packaged together as one lighting module. When it light up, it looks like a lighting panel.. LED(light emitting diode) is new technology with advantage of saving energy and very long lifespan.-
What this means is that there is a cluster of 8 LEDs on a plastic coated circuit board. It’s designed to give an even wash of light without a noticeable center spot or artifacts in the light. It works very well for the task at hand. What you sacrifice is “throw”. It is a very shallow setup. It has no reflector. Therefore, you don’t get that flashlight “beam”. You get a nice warm flood of light. One thing not mentioned in the manufacturer’s description below, but I hinted to, is that the Casebrite is dimmable. Turn it on by pressing the power button. Then release and depress the power button and hold it down. It will dim or brighten all the way up, or down, and then “blink” when it reaches that limit. I use it on low 90% of the time. It also has a strobe function, making it useful for defensive distraction and disorientation. Just double click the power button. It doesn’t matter if the Casebrite is on or off. Just double click to activate the strobe. That’s a very nice addition from NEBO. I’m glad to see it. That was a good design choice.
High – 3.25 hrs
Low -31 hrs
this meets my EDC flashlight requirements of 24 hours minimum on low. This would allow for 8 hours of light, per night, over a 72 hr period.
The case is just a little grippy. The plastic isn’t slippery. The backside has a golfball like dimpled surface.
The Casebrite is completely independent from the phone. It doesn’t connect to the phone charging port. It doesn’t draw power from the phone (the trade off is that it doesn’t charge the phone either). This does 2 things; you don’t have to worry about killing your phone battery while using it and it would allow you to remove it from the phone and use it separately.
Charging is done with the included micro USB cable. There are 4 blue LEDs on the back to indicate the battery level.
One cool use that I’ve used more than I ever thought I would;
A photo light!
I’m not sure about you but I’ve found the camera flash on the iPhone to be nearly useless. This light is warmer in color (more natural/neutral) and more predictable than using the flash. If you’ve followed us on FB for the last couple months, most of our product photos were taken using the Casebrite lighting. Give it a try!
Word, directly from NEBO, is that they are working on versions for Android phones
From the manufacturer:
The NEBO® CaseBrite™ offers more than just protection for your mobile device. The CaseBrite features a high-power, 200-lumen C•O•B flashlight that is up to 12x brighter than a standard smart phone light. Designed specifically to not draw from your phone’s battery, each CaseBrite is independently powered by an internal, rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
• High-power 200 lumen C•O•B LED
DESIGN • Impact-resistant, non-slip rubber case • Screen protection lip • Fully dimmable • Slim 15mm profile • Battery life indicator • Fits iPhone 6/6S
OPERATION • Rear-positioned, ON/OFF button ACCESSORIES • USB to Micro USB charging cable (included) BATTERIES • Internal, rechargeable lithium-ion battery (Recharge time – up to 3 hours) SPECS • Length: 5.5” • Width: 2.75” • Depth: .6” • 0.35 lbs.
U.S. PATENT PENDING