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.