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At $25.45, this is probably one of the least expensive Snap-on tools you’ll ever buy.  Seriously, though, what a great idea: You simply pop your “C” battery-powered flashlight into the clip, attach the magnetic base to the car you’re working on, your toolbox, or whatever other ferrous metal you might find in the area, then swivel the light to face your work.

The magnetic base swivels 360 degrees and pivots 70 degrees, so you can point the thing in just about any direction.  I can see numerous uses for it in the shop and car, especially since I’ve got a couple of “C” cell MagLites around.

Here’s the big question, though: Have any of you seen something like this on the market for less?  I know there are other solutions to the problem — like many of the new flashlights that come with cordless kits, complete with rotarty lens and such — but have you seen anything just like this for less dough?

ECFH3 Magnetic Flashlight Holder [Snap-on, Warning: PDF Link]

 

3 Responses to Finds: Snap-on’s Cool Magnetic Flashlight Holder

  1. Myself says:

    I’ve been using the Nite-Ize version for AA mini-Mags and it’s far from perfect.

    The top is open like you might be expected to snap it onto the light, but it cracks if you do that. You’re supposed to slide it on from the end. It ships with velcro pads, and the package describes putting them over the magnet, but the magnet’s not strong enough to grip anything once you’ve spaced it out with velcro. I put the velcro on the sides of the holder, but they’re not flat and obviously not intended for that, so it doesn’t stick very well.

    I tried wedging the end of the light into the holder so it would hang straight down from an overhead steel shelf, and it’s obviously not made for that either. For $3 it’s not terrible, but I can think of a few improvements that wouldn’t make it any more expensive. One of these days I’ll find a block of delrin or other suitable plastic, and machine my own. Until then, I’ll whine about the Nite-Ize. 🙂

    I actually ended up using my Fluke LVD1 last night, instead of the mini-mag, because its clip was able to grab the shelf and point the light right where I needed it. It’s only a single LED, but in the right position, it’s all the light I usually need. Huge improvement over the BK SenseLite it replaced.

  2. Kai says:

    My solution generally involves (as any good hack usually does) gaffer/duct tape and the strongest magnets I can find.
    Tape the magnets to the torch in appropriate places, making sure that the cloth tape covers all the metal on the magnets and then there’s no worry of the magnets scratching whatever you stick them to…
    Can be a bit tricky sometimes to get the angle of the torch right, but if you’re using strong rare-earth magnets (like those from a computer hard drive) they once it’s in place, it doesn’t move very far =)

  3. Steve Thompson says:

    Get a headband light. I know, you may look like a coal miner – but a good one – with wide dispersion and powerful LEDs – works wonders. If you look around, they can be had for less than 20 bucks. I feel goofy wearing it, until I realize that I can actually see what I’m doing.

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