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by Ellen Blake
Akron Rechargeable LED Clip-On Selfie Ring Light
For most of 2020, I wondered why other people seemed to look so much better than I did on zoom calls. At first I thought it was the background, so I created a nice zoom background for myself. That helped, but mostly to lessen any distractions behind me. And of course, that didn’t help with facetime calls. A friend suggested that lighting might be the cause of the problem. I looked at different options, but ultimately decided I didn’t need an elaborate setup with a tripod or to spend a lot of money. After doing some research, I decided to order the Arkon Rechargeable LED Clip On Selfie Ring Light for Live Streaming on Amazon.
This inexpensive little gadget, which is about 3.5 inches in diameter clicks onto both my cell-phone and laptop screen securely. It provides different types of light filters, which are easily changed with the touch of a button depending on what’s needed at the time. The warm/cool filters really improve the quality of the video (and works when you take pictures too). The lighting provides a birght and natural look.
For the price, I’m very impressed with this selfie ring. Actually, I would pay more than $17.50 for it. The simple clean lightweight design works well. The built-in rechargeable battery is a great bonus and the charge lasts a long time. Another plus is the small velvet bag that comes with the ring light that makes it very easy to carry around without worrying it may break. One more thing – it doesn’t turn on by accident when bumped, which is a pet peeve of mine. The only change I might suggest might be to include a screw mount to allow the ring light to easily attach to the light/accessory arm of my phone mount.