Do Flashlight Friends Really Work?

Does it realy work?

Do Flashlight Friends work?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.

Overview
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 Claim
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 Hype
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.


The Cost
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.

The Alternatives
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.

Evaluation
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.

Our Recommendation
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.

What do you think? Does Flashlight Friends work or not?


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Allison July 23, 2013 at 8:16 pm

I have a little brother who was just terrified of the dark when he was younger and I wish they had invented this product at the time. He had a little night light, and while he liked it, he also enjoyed having a stuffed animal to cuddle and ease his fears. Getting him to bed was sometimes a chore, even with the night light and stuffed animal. Had the two things been combined I’m sure he would have gone to bed much easier. And if a child is willingly going to bed, I will pay whatever it takes to make sure they feel safe.

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Kaila Braley July 24, 2013 at 8:44 pm

This is a really cool toy! It’s fun that it’s a stuffed animal, so you can cuddle with it, and still use it for staying up and reading, or at a sleepover chatting and not being in the pitch dark. Even, like Allison said, for kids who are afraid of the dark, this is a cute way of making them feel safe and be a night light. I really love the idea of this. I almost wouldn’t mind buying one now because I usually stay up late reading, and it would be a cute reading light. But I am 20 years old, so maybe that would be embarrassing. lol I would have really loved this as a kid, though. I imagine kids feeling like the stuffed animal has like super powers or something, to explain why they have lights. They would be really fun to play with. This is a great idea, in my mind.

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Rhonda August 3, 2013 at 10:26 am

I purchased a Flashlight Friend for my niece’s baby. I thought this would be an excellent gift for a young child getting ready to start sleeping in her big girl bed. I purchased the puppy. It arrived soft and cute. I gave it to my niece’s baby and she absolutely loves it. They turn it on when it’s time for naps or bedtime and she lays right down without any fuss. This is a perfect gift and kids love it. It may be a little pricey, but makes a great gift.

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Andres Vargas August 12, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Winner! This is a great idea. Not that kids are i dire need of more user friendly flashlights or anything, but simply because this hasn’t been seen before and it is a fun and novel idea, and selling this kind of things to kids is always going to be a winner. This is from the same school of thought as the stuffed animals that are also storage units, that are to encourage kids to put there things away. Alright, so it’s not anything like that, because unless your kid lives in perpetual darkness yet refuses to use her designated flash light, then this is just another superfluous item that will be discarded quickly. Still cute and fun though.

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Joe February 9, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Junk…bought 1 returned it 2 times for a total of three different flashlight friends. None of them ever lit up. Yes, I did read the instructions and know you have to tap twice and all used new batteries that were tested as well. Not sure if I just got lucky, but we are done with it. Getting our money back.

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becky December 26, 2015 at 4:22 pm

My son just got one yesterday for christmas. It doesnt work. Ive troubleshooted over and over. It is junk. Very disappointed.

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J Linz July 27, 2014 at 5:52 am

My niece is 3 and is a sucker for anything dog-related. When she first saw the commercial, she wanted one immediately. My mother gave her the blue puppy Flashlight Friend for her birthday. She loves it. The flashlight portion works pretty well; it illuminates decently for her use. The problem isn’t with the product but with her! The only time she uses the flashlight function is to show others that her Flashlight Friend has that ability; other than that, she has her nightlight to provide her with light and treats this toy as one of her “babies”.

I don’t know how much my mother paid for it; possibly twenty dollars in Walmart? So, it’s a slightly expensive addition to her stuffed animal friends collection!

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