It’s a rare day when we pass up cheap tools. In the case of cheap light, we’re very similar to a moth to a, well, you know. I saw this one in the discount bin at the local drug store for $2. In this case that’s roughly six-and-a-half cents per LED (31 total).
With the whole side panel and front bulb cluster wrapped in a 10″ aluminium frame, these LEDs are light and sturdy. The light packs are bright and work well for either close work or general lighting, considering the power plant is three AAA batteries coiled in a cylinder at the butt of the unit.
It’s brand X, it won’t survive like a Maglite, and the plastic light bar cover on the handle will break quickly, but at $2, who really cares? Get one, throw it in a drawer or tool bag, and forget about it for a few months — or use it all the time and beat the living tar out of it. Either way, you’re getting your money’s worth. Keep your eye out for ones that interest you and take it home.