About Accordion Light
By extending from 10” to 2’, Accordion Light is an expandable flashlight that flexes into any shape you need. This means you can hang it around your neck or wrap it around a ladder, keeping your hands free and making it ideal for any size job.
You can also use Accordion Light’s built-in clamp to attach it to a shelf, or the flashlight’s powerful magnetic base to attach it to a metal surface. The manufacturer even claims Accordion Light is the “last flashlight you’ll ever need!”
There’s no denying that Accordion Light features a cool design that could come in handy in many different situations. But does this mean that it’s actually worth the money?
We first need to talk about how these types of flashlights work.
How Do Flexible Flashlights Work?
Flexible (also known as “snake”) flashlights are nothing new. Type the phrase into your favorite search engine, and you’ll receive thousands of results from dozens of manufacturers.
While each can work slightly differently, most of these flashlights feature a hollow inner rod made up of cylindrical segments. Each of these segments has a limited amount of movement, but when taken together, they can be bent into just about any shape.
But here’s where Accordion Light differs from much of the competition.
Is There Anything Unique about Accordion Light?
What’s different with Accordion Light is that it doesn’t just flex, but it also telescopes from 10” to 2’. Some of the competition might feature a small amount of telescoping or limited flexibility, but it appears Accordion Light provides the best of both worlds (full telescoping and flexing).
This means that Accordion Light might be able to fit into a standard toolbox, but then extend and flex when you need it. This way, you might get many of the benefits, without worrying about where you’ll store it.
Accordion Light also features a magnet and clamp on one end, so that it can attach to something solid in many different scenarios. Again, other flashlights seem to offer magnets or clamps, but rarely both.
Despite these seeming advantages, is Accordion Light worth your money? First, you’ll need to know how much it costs.
What’s the Price for Accordion Light?
One Accordion Light is priced at $10 plus $6.99 S&H. You’ll also be able to purchase a second flashlight at checkout for an additional $6.99 S&H.
Regardless of the number you purchase, your Accordion Light will come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. Did you buy the BOGO offer? This means you could lose twice as much in S&H as you’ll ultimately receive as a refund.
In order to request a refund, you’ll need to contact Accordion Light’s manufacturer at 855-668-1655.
Speaking of which, the second part of the “value equation” is quality. So, is Accordion Light a good quality product?
Accordion Light’s Manufacturer
Accordion Light is manufactured by “As Seen on TV” giant Telebrands. This company has been in business for more than three decades, and makes dozens of popular ASOTV products, including Trusty Cane, Pocket Hose Ultra, Wow Cup, and many more.
How did these products rank with consumers? Here at HighYa, they had an average rating of 2 stars. Why? Common complaints appeared to revolve around failure to work as advertised, poor quality, and frustrating customer service experiences (e.g. obtaining refunds).
Will you experience the same with Accordion Light? It’s difficult to say, but all of this is certainly worth keeping in mind.
At the time of our research, Telebrands held a D- rating with the Better Business Bureau, based on 1,180 closed complaints. Most of these referenced the same concerns noted above.
Telebrands was even investigated by the NJ Attorney General’s office in 2014 for violating the Consumer Fraud Act, which was eventually settled for $550K, and also includes “extensive changes to its marketing, ordering and payment practices.”
The Bottom Line about Accordion Light? Check Local Options
Yes, Accordion Light does feature a unique design that you likely won’t find anywhere else. But you will almost certainly be able to find similar options locally.
Sure, they might not telescope exactly like Accordion Light, but they will bend into numerous shapes, and will often have a magnet or a clamp on one end.
The best part though? These flexible flashlights can be found nearby at hardware stores or big box retailers, which means 1) you won’t have to order it online and wait for it to arrive, and 2) you won’t lose a ton of money in S&H charges if you don’t like it.
You’ll also be able to hold the flashlight in your hand and gauge its quality in the store, unlike with Accordion Light, which you’ll have to buy sight unseen!