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If you’ve been jonesin’ for a multi-LED flashlight — but aren’t willing to shell out $40 for one — Harbor Freight may have your ticket with this nine-LED light selling for a whopping $5 right now

It runs on three AAA batteries, and should feature many of the same features you’ll find in higher dollar units — like long battery life, extremely long lamp life (a claimed 100,000 hours, which is about 10 times longer than the time it’ll take you to lose it), and a cool form factor.

Maybe it’s crap, but it only takes $5 to find out.  Let the first one to HF comment and let us know how it works.

4″ Nine LED Mini-Flashlight [Harbor Freight]

 

9 Responses to Cheap-Ass Tools: Harbor Freight’s 9-LED Mini-Flashlight

  1. sam says:

    i have one of these. the battery contacts are a little substandard and required that i pad the battery compartment with gaffer’s tape, but other than that it’s a dynamite flashlight. i have stopped carrying my mini mag because of it.

  2. nrChris says:

    I have the identical one–$3 at Ocean State Job Lot. I had to go through a box of 20 to find one that consistently switches on. I went back for one for my wife and out of two mostly-complete boxes there were no working ones. Now, this is from a real discount store, so you never know. So far so good with mine–it is in my glove box waiting to save me someday when I need it. (By that time, hopefully I will have forgotten that it is even there!)

  3. Blake West says:

    I recently bought a similar flashlight online from a store in Hong Kong. I haven’t used it much, so I can’t say how long it will last. But I had no problems getting the batteries to fit. Surprisingly, it arrived in about a week after I placed the order. Also $3, free shipping. http://ledshoppe.com/Product/ledp/LP1043.htm

  4. Randy says:

    I read some reviews of these and the main complaint was the battery connection at the head. It seems to be a small blob of solder. The most common solution was adding a little solder to the blob to raise the contact point up. The next most common was adding a small piece of metal (brass nut or other) and melting it into the blob to raise the contact point up. I don’t normally buy tools to work on them, but sometimes it’s worth a few minutes of effort.

  5. Bruce says:

    I wouldn’t waste my money.

  6. Mike says:

    FWIW a sinlge LED Luxeon is going to blow away the average multi-LED light. They do cost a little more though. HD had 3AA MiniMAG LEDs on sale recently for $15. I’d look for those, or…

    Here is a cheap Luxeon AA light from a reliable vendor (no affiliation, I’ve shopped here before). Can use CR2 camera batteries too.

    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.1087

    The new Cree lights are even better than the Luxeon (brighter with longer runtimes). This one takes less common CR123 or 18650 batteries. Best deal on a Cree LED light you’ll find though

    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.1284

  7. rama says:

    I’ve picked one up, no problems with the contacts or switches. It looks to be similar in brightness as my Petzl Tikka headlamp, which is to say its sufficient for most things, but certainly not super bright.

  8. Jesse says:

    I got one of these for 5€ at a street market and I don’t use it anymore…
    one of the led’s stopped working minutes after I bought it, and it’s not very bright at all, im actually using this light right now:
    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.1100
    Its a lot brighter and you get 10 for the same price.

  9. tj90 says:

    Dont waste your money I had 3 of them and took them all back. They dont tolerate drops well and that is true after modifying with extra solder. I found a 6 pack of these types of lights (they are lighter plastic bodies) at costco for $12 last summer. THOSE are good. Not eh cheap solder blob at the bottom and can be abused and keep going.

    BTW, I saw lowes is discounting their luxeon flashlights. Seems the 1w luxeons that put out more light then these array types are getting blown out. I guess many of the new flashlights that are being released are 3 w luxeon… 1 w luxeons can be had for $12 each now – gerat value.

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