What’s a modern mini-Li-Ion cordless tool kit without a flashlight to let those awesome little batteries go to work brightening up the dark spots? Nothing, that’s what. So we’re glad that Craftsman’s NEXTEC set includes one. But rather than heading down the single-bright-LED path, Craftsman hung a left, opting instead for 24 (!) individual light sources.
Admittedly, the rotating head is kinda cool. There’s something nice about being able to stand the light on end (or wherever you can stably cram it) then bend the light to point where you need it. But I’m a little concerned on a few counts:
First, does it actually stand well on the battery? We haven’t laid hands on one of these yet, but we do have a couple of other NEXTEC tools around the shop, and I suspect that that large, rotating head might unbalance this light — especially if you’ve got the head bent at an angle. Also, will its massive array of LEDs provide a truly wide field of light, bright enough to justify the battery drain?
We’ll see when we get a chance to check one out in person. One bright light: If you already own some NEXTEC tools, you’ll only pay $16 for the light.
NEXTEC 12V LED Worklight [Craftsman]