The short, pretty blonde who lives with us isn’t much on accessorizing. Except for a dog collar, she’s almost always naked, so it’s sometimes hard to buy presents for her. After all, shoes and handbags are out of the question (though she did inherit a backpack). Her favorite stocking-stuffer from this past Christmas, though, is her Nite Ize Spotlit. Regardless of the text-generation spelling, this has proven a nifty gift.
At a glance, the Spotlit looks pretty blah: it’s a whitish disk 1-1//4 inches in diameter and about a half inch thick. Two flattened plastic hemispheres are sandwiched around a steel plate that extends on one side to form a small hook, which is closed carabiner-style by a spring-loaded wire loop. On one side there’s a raised button. The Spotlit weighs a bit over half an ounce (17g).
The magic begins when you press the button. Press once, and the LED light begins to glow. It cycles among red, yellow, green, white, and blue. Press it twice in quick succession, and it flashes red about twice per second. When clipped onto the little lady’s collar, the light is visible for hundreds of feet, and the changing colors (or flash) are sufficient to capture the attention of local drivers. Fellow dog-walkers in the neighborhood are jealous…
The Spotlit contains two replaceable CR2016 batteries, which are a tad pricey but last three or four months. The only other downside I’ve seen is that the ON-OFF switch is pretty stiff, but given the spelling (and the Boulder, CO, location of Nite Ize), I’m guessing that the designers come from the generation with overdeveloped thumbs.
A great gift for any dog or dog-lover, especially those who walk their fur-people in the darkness. Highly recommended.