Up till a couple of months ago, I shared the same sentiments with some fellow WUS'ers about the dim EL light of the Solar models. So I went on a hunt (with vengeance) for battery operated EL lights.
Then I came across the "mother-of-all" backlights..... the DOUBLE LED lit GD-100! Promptly ordered it and got in my mailbox without much delay. And my GOD was it sooper bright! The LED was white and really was like a torch light!
I enjoyed playing with it for a couple of weeks. The GD-100 came with an "Auto" back light, little did I realise the difference between that and "Full Auto", no matter. As it turns out when I have the auto back light function on, it will switch off automatically after 6 hours, thereby saving the battery power. Still I was really chuffed about that sooper bright LED.
By the 3rd week into the GD-100, I realised it was really too bright. You see, my young son has a habit of waking in the wee hours of the night when I'm already in dream land. So when he wakes me (am on night duty, whilst wifey takes a much needed rest), I promptly flicked my wrist to see what time it is only to be "blinded" by the brightness.
I'm getting on with age, so on top of getting long sighted, my sleepy eye balls get dazzled by the LEDs and I get blinded momentarily. I decided to switch back to my G-6900/G-5600 solar powered G's and my Protrek. The Protrek has a distinct advantage because of the big numerals.
It was only then did I realise, due to the "weakness" of the EL light, I could read it relatively easily. My groggy eyeballs could adapt to the light much easier.
I say "relative" because I cannot adjust the duration of the back light function (for all 3 models), so I have to flick my wrist twice (quite a feat if you have to carry your son with both arms).
Hence my quest for the G-9100 battery powered. True the auto light seems clearer and I could adjust the duration of that function. Unfortunately, when compared to the solar powered G's EL lights, it was still a tad too bright. May be because it's a "Dual Illuminator" like the Mudman. Hence my further quest for a single illuminator EL, battery powered - The G-7900 (it's on the way, and will post updates later).
Anyone else have this experience?