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Van Helsing must have wet dreams about the Black and Decker V-3 Million Power Series rechargeable spotlight.  We’re not kidding.  We shouted, “The power of Christ compels you!” every time this thing lit off the first week it was in the shop.  Yes, it really is that bright.  However, if you have no vampires to destroy, it’s also a super-handy work light.

Dubbed ‘The Vampire Light’ around the Toolmonger shop, the V-3 has amply lit up any situation in which its twin halogen beams have been brought to bear.  Along with the twin beams of doom the V-3 also features a pair of LED area lights and a 12V DC accessory outlet.

To charge the light, just plug it into a regular old household extension cord.  It takes a little while to charge, but once it’s full you have 38 minutes of rock-and-roll, twin-light fury on a leash.

A few words of warning: do not under any circumstances point the business end anywhere near someone’s eyes.  It won’t be funny, and it’ll do damage — a lot of damage.  They put the trigger lock on this thing for a reason.  You really don’t want it going off in anyone’s face.

That said, we can’t imagine the shop before we had the V-3, but it must’ve been a very dark place indeed. From grilling in the dark to emergency auto work, this light has proved King of the Handhelds this year.

Street pricing starts around $60.

V-3 Million Power Series Rechargeable Spotlight [Black & Decker]
Street Pricing [Google]
Via Amazon [What’s This?]


3 Responses to TM’s 2008 Favorites: Black & Decker V-3 Light

  1. Carl says:

    Not to dis Van Helsing, but “The power of Christ compels you” is from The Exorcist. That light repels devils, not vampires.

  2. Sean O'Hara says:

    I knew I was mixing genres but goofing around in the shop doesn’t often make much sense either – especially when you have toys to play with.

  3. Jim K. says:

    Hmm… I had less than stellar success with this model. Bought one, found that it just wouldn’t keep a charge, returned it and replaced with a second one. Found the charging jack to be broken on opening the package. Returned that one as well and decided that I didn’t really need it. Maybe I’ll revisit that decision. Still don’t know if I’d go the B&D route though as I found myself feeling burnt by the second trip to the big box.

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