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I know.  Most Toolmongers hate the “extreme” moniker.  But hey — don’t you think it’s fair to call any handheld flashlight wih 30 LEDs just a bit extreme, considering that one to four generally gets the job done?

Besides the 30 LEDs, this light also features a rechargeable Ni-MH battery pack, which makes me just a little bit wary of the EZ-Red’s “Will not overcharge!!” claim.  On the other hand, I like the idea of an LED-based floodlight for the shop.  I’ve broken a couple of the old bulb-in-a-cage type lights and one fluorescent type.  This light looks more durable.

The charging “port” is a standard plug in the bottom.  You’d think at a street price of just under $100 you’d at least get a charging stand of some kind, but they’re probably afraid you’ll leave it in the stand and nuke the Ni-MH battery.  There is, however, a cool little red LED on the side that illuminates when you’re under the 4-hour-runtime mark.  (EZ-Red claims 10 hours on a charge, which doesn’t seem unlikely considering the low, steady draw of the LEDs.)

If this was Li-Ion powered so I didn’t have to sweat burning out the battery with funky charge schedules and could reasonably expect it to hold a charge in the drawer for a few months — and it came with a cool charging stand — I think I might be willing to ante up the $100 for it.

YMMV.

The xTreme Light [EZ-Red]
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7 Responses to Finds: The EZ-Red eXtreme Light

  1. Henry says:

    Sorry, 30 LEDs is not really extreme.

    This: http://elektrolumens.com/K2-Stunner/K2-Stunner.html is extreme.

    Those thirty LEDs combined are less than a quarter as bright as a single one of the twelve super LEDs in the aformentioned flashlight.

  2. Toolaremia says:

    Henry beat me to the punch: The number of LED’s is almost meaningless. The brightness matters more. More LED’s might be good for spreading the light more cheaply than with optics. In any case, this looks like something we’ll see at Harbor Fright [sic] for $19.95 (on sale!) before long. 😉

    Another thing often overlooked on worklights is color spectrum. Many of these LED lights, and some “daylight” flourescents, have too narrow a spectrum. They are often deep into the blue end. Without enough red, it can be difficult to distinguish wire colors, especially if you have borderline color-blindness (or are just plain old and need lots of full-spectrum light to see well). It would be so simple to solve by just replacing say three of the “white” LEDs with red ones…

  3. Myself says:

    White LEDs will have nearly the same spectral output as cheap fluorescents, since they’re both a UV source covered in phosphor. (Yes, that’s why white LEDs have such a high forward voltage: They’re actually UV LEDs!) This has an annoying side-effect: Bugs LOVE them. While doing some after-dark tabletop gaming at a campground last fall, our group was inundated with winged invaders. All our lights were either fluorescent or LED-based, except for my million-candlepower spotlight. Luckily, said spotlight has a tiny incandescent “area light” in the handle, for when the main beam’s not required. (It’s a Vector VEC127C, the only Vector product I’ve owned that hasn’t melted yet! I replaced the switch a few years back and it’s been good since.) We perched the light overhead and turned off all the LEDs, and moments later the bugs seemed to lose interest. Food for thought.

    Anyway, it’s fairly easy to keep a NiMH from overcharging. Most decent chargers include “-dV/t” charge termination, which measures the characteristic voltage sag (negative delta) over time as the charge state approaches 100%. If your charger shuts off or switches to trickle mode when it notices this, you’re good and you never have to worry about leaving it plugged in. For $100, this thing had damn well better include that, and since they advertise 1000 charge cycles and 10 hours of runtime per charge, I think you’d have a good claim if it fell to less than 8 hours by the 1000th cycle. (Cycles to 80% capacity is the industry standard battery aging measurement.)

    However, for $100 I can build a hell of an LED-head mod for the incandescent worklight that came with my power drill and shares the same battery. I stirred the waters over on Candlepower Forums, but nobody seems to already be making a drop-in LED module that’ll handle the 18-volt and higher packs we’re seeing in cordless tool sets now. Maybe there’s a market here…

  4. John Schira says:

    Here is an example at http://www.maxxeon.com of a true tradesman quality work light – it only needs 1 LED to produce a large amount of light. Also, the light head swivels so you can stick it (it has 2 floating magnets) or hang it (it has a retractible hook) and then point the light head so you can have the light where it is needed.

  5. For inspection lighting in close quarters, here is something new – http://www.led-worklight.com/product/MXN00440

  6. Jesse says:

    Im a mechanic n this is the best light ill owned

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