Flashlight Friends are a combination of flashlight and stuffed animal. Sounds like a winner that most kids would really enjoy playing with, but of course there’s no guarantee they’ll love it, so let’s see how it’s faring in the real world.
As a kid it’s fun to play with a flashlight, and of course to play with stuffed animals, so it’s not surprising that they’ve combined the two here. The concept is solid, but what we’ve noticed is that sometimes a company will have a good idea but not be able to follow through on the execution of it and bring to market a poor product. That’s why we check to see what buyers are saying to see how they really work in an actual setting.
The makers of Flashlight Friends say that it’s great to have for playing games at night, having sleepovers, or nightly story time. They claim that it will automatically turn itself off after 10 minutes which helps the battery to last longer, and prevents it from overheating. They also say it’s easy enough to turn it on and off yourself by simply tapping it. They say that there isn’t an age limit for it, and that you only have to clean up individual stains on it and let it air dry.
The infomercial that goes with this product is obviously trying to put it in its best light and show kids having fun with it. It’s good to set your expectations at reasonable levels, and then be pleasantly surprised when your child likes it as much as they did on the TV ad. You might be disappointed if you think your child is going to go bananas for it, and then they only like it a little bit. It’s also something that will grow on your child after repeated use, and it may take about a week for it to become their new favorite thing.
Flashlight Friends come out to a total of $28 which includes shipping. If you buy three at once they’ll ship them free so you’d pay $60 for three of them and effectively save $24. It might be a good idea to buddy up with another parent or two in order to take advantage of the free shipping offer. Getting an $8 savings per item makes it a pretty good deal, and worth teaming up to get. Or maybe you can get one or two for your own child or children, and give the third one as a gift if there’s a birthday coming up.
There aren’t really a lot of good alternatives that fill all of the roles this does. It’s not as if an ordinary flashlight would be as fun and cute, so your child will not bond with it. Also, it wouldn’t shut off on its own when not in use, it would just stay on until the batteries wore out. They say that the LED lights these use will last for hundreds of hours on one set of batteries.
You can choose between a unicorn, dragon, puppy, panda, turtle, or penguin, so there are several characters available to cater to what your child likes. The way Flashlight Friends tap on and off is a pretty cool feature, and makes it easy for kids to operate. They say that this is recommended for ages 4 and up and that seems about right. There really are some good uses your child can find for these, including reading books in the car during a drive at night, reading books in their room after lights out, and making trips to the bathroom at night. All of these would require some sort of lighting, and having it as part of a stuffed animal just works.
The handle on the back of it is a smart addition to the product, allowing your child to grab it and use it like a flashlight without detracting from its stuffed animal nature too much. They do a good job of blending function and form here. Overall, this is one As Seen on TV offer that doesn’t hype up the product too much, it basically just shows how it works and shows kids using it, it doesn’t try to get you on a Buy One Just Pay Shipping set-up to inflate the price, and it seems to be delivering on its depiction of its features.
Final Flashlight Friends Review
Overall, Flashlight Friends is getting our Solid Try rating. Initial user feedback has been positive, and they have the price set at a reasonable level so you can try it out. With the 30 day guarantee in place if your child doesn’t like it it would only cost you $8 plus return shipping costs. But it’s likely that they will like it just fine, maybe not as much as the kids shown in the infomercial, but worth keeping.
If your child saw the ad on TV and wanted it, or you saw it and thought they might like it, they probably will. If you’ve noticed that your child is afraid of the dark this would be especially comforting to them, and since it shuts off automatically you don’t have to worry that it will be left on all night. This seems like a small price to pay to add comfort to your child at bedtime, as well as other crucial times when they might feel less than secure.