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Mike R. writes, “Since cheap LED flashlights have been popular, here are 10 for $4.70 shipped from a reliable webstie.  They’re very bright for their size, and at less than $0.50 each, they’re basically disposable.  Black and clear are available at the site.  The only downside is that the shipping time is about two weeks.”

Well, it looks like we’ve finally hit bottom in terms of LED light pricing — unless anyone out there finds someone who’ll pay us a few bucks to take a dozen.

White Flashlight Keychain 10-Pack [DealXTreme]


4 Responses to Cheap-Ass Tools: REALLY Cheap LED Lights

  1. nrChris says:

    Those things really annoy me, but at the price you can buy them with the intention of stripping the LEDs from them.

    I bet they would be halfway useful to have all over the workshop, particularly when you need to peer into the guts of a band saw or into a cabinet saw.

  2. Chris says:

    Now they need the ones with the blue bulbs that cheap so I can strip them and build a moonlight for my aquarium

  3. Stuey says:


    There are a lot of sources for bright blue LEDs. There are a few overseas suppliers (ledshoppe.com) and a few domestic supplies. Computer modding sites tend to have large selections.

    Jab-Tech.com has 10 3000mcd blue LEDs, $5 shipped. Performance-pcs.com has 12000 mcd blue LEDs sold individually, 10 for $4.20, but shipping is a bit high.

    Slap in an appropriate resistor, and voila, you’ve got your basic LED circuit. I doubt that these keychain lights have anything more sophisticated than an LED, resistor, & switch in there.

    I hope this helps!

  4. RedOregon says:

    As a geek-for-a-living, this is really interesting… might just have to buy a bunch and give them away to co-workers. Look to be just the right size for those under-desk mining expeditions looking to plug that network cable back in to that jack in that far back dark corner.

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