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MAKITA 18-VOLT LXT LITHIUM-ION CORDLESS 12 LED FLASHLIGHT

You may or may not know, I love lighting solutions. The amount of different flashlights I own is borderline shameful. Who am I kidding it’s awesome! Today we are looking at the Makita Cordless 12 LED Flashlight! Also paired with 18v 2.0AH Battery and Charger Starter Pack if you need batteries and a charger.

Disclaimer ~ This post is a paid partnership with The Home Depot. The tools were provided to Humble Mechanic at no charge. Links to products included in this post are affiliate links to The Home Depot. The information listed in product description is either my personal experience, or information provided by tool manufacturer or The Home Depot

MAKITA 18-VOLT LXT LITHIUM-ION CORDLESS 12 LED FLASHLIGHT

 

When it comes to lighting today, LED technology gives us amazing output in a small space. This light will put out 240 lumens from 12LEDs. You can also dim it down to 120 lumens if the situation requires it. People often forget how much better good lighting can make a job. It’s not as fun working on a project when you can’t see what you are doing. One great thing about making Youtube videos, you learn really fast about good lighting. I love that we have so many different lighting options today.

This light reminds me a lot of the first inspection light I ever bought. The options you have with how you set this light up are almost endless. As you see above, it’s nicely balanced on the intake manifold of my Passat. It stayed nicely right there while I was removing the spark plugs. It’s also great that the LED head rotates and folds to help get the light were you want it. So if you are working under the hood, or under the dash, you can probably get the light right where you need it.

MAKITA 18-VOLT LXT LITHIUM-ION CORDLESS 12 LED FLASHLIGHT

Because the LED head folds, and rotates, you get tons of options. Now the light broadcasts rather wide. This can be a good thing if you are inspecting a larger area. Sometimes the issue you are looking for lives just beyond the drop off of light when using a pen light. This also means you can rest it on something, like the engine bay, use it as a hand held, or use the hook to hang the light from something like a coilover.

When it comes to batteries, the light will run on Makita 18v batteries. If you are already running 18v Makita tools, this is a simple add to the fleet. For tools like this, I am not as picky about the battery I use. I would be happy to run the bigger batteries on this verse something like an impact tool that will be in my hand more. The batteries I tested this light with were the 2.0ah batteries. Makita says the light will run 22hr on a fully charged battery, but they don’t list which battery that was tested with. Here is a little cheat code from some Makita battery chargers. A little bit of useless info, but its fun to play with

Pros of the MAKITA 18-VOLT LXT LITHIUM-ION CORDLESS 12 LED FLASHLIGHT

  • Bright light with lots of adjustability
  • Long run time
  • Available as bare tool

Cons of the MAKITA 18-VOLT LXT LITHIUM-ION CORDLESS 12 LED FLASHLIGHT

  • Not as bright as some lights of similar size
  • Can be expensive if you have to buy batteries

Overall this is a cool light to have. It wouldn’t replace my pocket light, but makes a great inspection light. I would say if you are running Makita 18v tools it can be a great addition to the box. If you had to buy the light and the batteries, you are spending a lot of money on one light. That being said, it could be a gateway to getting on the Makita platform. When it comes to buying any battery power tools, I try to consider the tool I am interested in, as well as some of the other tools available on the platform. And of course it’s always recommended to head to the local Home Depot aka HomeDepot Motorsports and put the tool in your hands as see if it fits your needs.

I-view headlamp review

I-view headlamp reviewAs you guys know, I LOVE flashlights. Headlamps have always been one of those tools I love the idea of. Heck even my dentist uses a headlamp. Today we are going to be checking out the I-View Headlamp from SCANGRIP.

There are always a lot of things to consider when reviewing a light. But when reviewing a headlamp we add an additional element. That element is comfort. While wearing a headlamp remaining comfortable is very important. Not just in the forehead but in the back strap as well.

Join me today as we review:

  • What is in the box?
  • About the I-View
    ~2w Cob LED
    ~2 brightness settings
    ~Low ~ 80l 6hr run time
    ~High ~ 160l 3hr run time
    ~4hr charge time
  • Comfort of theI-View
  • Construction of the I-View
  • I-View Demo
  • I-View Pros
  • I-View Cons
  • Buy the I-View
  • and more

Trouble viewing? Watch “SCANGRIP I-VIEW Headlamp ~ REVIEW” on YouTube.

More on the ScanGrip I-View
The I-View comes with a wall charger, and a proprietary charging cable. The good thing is, the other end is Usb. That will allow you to use your own wall or 12v outlet to charge your light.
I-view headlamp review

Pros

  • Wide light beam
  • 2 brightness settings
  • Very durable
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Run on lithium

Cons

  • Light feedback when using handsfree mode
  • Proprietary charging plug.

As always I love to hear your thoughts. Please post them in the comments section below. If there is a tool you would like to see reviewed, or you have an idea for a show you can email me, or use the contact me form! Don’t forget to follow me at:

Coast Hp3rToday we are checking out the Coast HP3R Rechargeable Focusing Pen Light. As many of you know I am a flashlight snob. Having a good quality light is a vital part of being a mechanic. In addition to that, I carry a flashlight everywhere I go. I asked the folks at Coast if they had a great quality rechargeable pen light, and the HP3R is the light they recommended.

I have been using the HP3R as my daily light for about 3 months. I feel like I really put the light through hell for this review. The big question is, will it replace my Streetlight Stylus Pro as a daily light?

Join me today as we breakdown the HP3R:

  • What is included with the HP3R
  • Specs of the Hp3r ~ More about the Hp3R from Coast.
  • Lighting test and demo
  • Pros of the Hp3R
  • Cons of the Hp3r
  • Why the light in the video looks brand new
  • Buy the HP3r on Amazon.
  • Non-Rechargeable HP3 LED (only about $23)
  • It may be cheaper, but buyer beware
  • Final thoughts
  • and more

Trouble viewing? Watch “Coast HP3R Rechargeable Pen Light ~ Review” on YouTube.

More on the Coast HP3R
The Coast HP3R comes with all the cables you will need including, a USB cable, a wall charger, and a 12v outlet charger for your car. This is a well designed, and well built light. The HP3R is incredibly bright, has a focusable beam, and is rechargeable.

ProsCoast HP3R

  • insane bright for the size
  • 2 brightness settings
  • easy press button
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Run on lithium or AAA batteries

Cons

  • Pocket clip sits high on light
  • Can not charge battery pack out of light.

As always I love to hear your thoughts. Please post them in the comments section below. If there is a tool you would like to see reviewed, or you have an idea for a show you can email me, or use the contact me form! Don’t forget to follow me at:

Coast HP7R Review

Hey everyone. Today we are going to be looking at the Coast Products HP7R Rechargeable Flashlight. I am a huge fan of flashlights. There is at least 1 in every room of my house. I also carry one with me every where I go. In this review we will look at some of specs of the light. You will also see an “in the dark” demo of the the HP7R. All and all I think this is a great little flashlight.

Join me today as we check out and demo the Coast HP7R:Coast HP7R Review

  • What is in the box (it’s a lot)
  • Lighting modes
  • Specs for HP7R on full bright mode
  • Specs for Hp7R on low bright mode
  • Demo in the garage
  • Lighting up the engine bay
  • What I love
  • 2 things I would change
  • Get the HP7R
  • The other Coast Lights that I have reviewed
  • and more

Trouble viewing? Watch “Coast HP7R Review ~ Video” on YouTube.

Thanks to the folks at Coast for letting me test out this light. As always, post your comments below. If you have a tool or product you would like for me to review, use the contact me form. Or email me Charles(at)HumbleMechanic(dot)com, and put TOOL REVIEW in the subject.Coast HP7R Review

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Coast Headlamp Review

Happy tool review Thursday everyone! Today we look at the Coast HL7 Focusing Headlamp. A headlamp is something that I always thought was kind of weird. I mean it makes sense that it would be handy, but I never jumped on that trolley. The folks at Coast Products sent me this light to check out. I found myself really liking it. I will also be using it at the shop, and doing a follow up review for you guys.

Join me as we check out this Coast Headlamp:

  • Pure Beam Focusing Optic
  • Twist focusCoast HL7 Headlamp Review
  • 285 lumen light output
  • 1 hour 30 minute runtime
  • 119 meter (390 ft) beam distance
  • 3 X AAA batteries (included)
  • Z Cord in headband for added durability
  • Adjustable elastic straps
  • Easy to operate front power switch
  • Hinged beam adjustment to position light where you need it
  • Weight: 4.4 ounces (including batteries)
  • Buy this Coast Headlamp
  • Other cool Coast Products
  • and more

Trouble Viewing? Watch “Coast HL7 Headlamp Review ~ Video” on YouTube.

As always, post your comments below. If you have a tool or product you would like for me to review, use the contact me form. Or email me Charles(at)HumbleMechanic(dot)com, and put TOOL REVIEW in the subject.

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Streamlight Stylus Pro ~ Tool Review

Happy Thursday everyone. As you know, today is tool review day. We are going to take a look at the Streamlight Stylus Pro flashlight. As you will see in the video review, I really like this little light. I think it is perfect for keeping in a shirt pocket.

Join me as we break down the Streamlight Stylus Pro

Having trouble viewing? Watch “Streamlight Stylus Pro ~ Video Review” on YouTube.

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Flashlight and Magnet

Flashlight and Magnet

You guys may know that I am a big time flashlight guy. I carry one with me where ever I go. So when the folks at HAYDEN Industrial Supply asked me to do a tool review for them, I jumped on the chance. One thing to remember about my reviews. These are my opinions based on experience.

Today we have the Catspaw Flexible Light and Pickup Tool. It combines 2 things I use all the time, a flashlight and a magnetic pick up tool. It is a pretty cool idea, but it can withstand the abuse I put flashlights through. Normally I like to give a tool a few weeks of real world use. In this case that was not really necessary.

About the tool
Like I said, the light is a great concept. It houses 3 LEDs, has a magnetic ring, and telescopes up to about 22.5 inches. It is a really cool orangey/copper finish that seems to hold up well. The button for turning the light on has both a hard on/off and a momentary on. That means you can just slightly push and hold the button and the light will stay on while you hold the button.

The Light
Right out of the gate I didn’t have good luck with the light. The battery pack was finicky and took some adjustment to get set properly. Once I got the batteries set, I found the light to be nice and bright. I did find the button to function rather poor. even a slight touch would turn the light off. As I sit here writing this, I still have to fiddle with the button to get the light to come on.

The Magnetstrong magnet
The magnet pickup is very strong. I was able to pick up and hold 4 sockets. That is much stronger than most pickup tools. The fact that the light extends out makes the magnetic pickup even better. The bad part about a strong magnet, it catches on everything metal. This causes the button to get pressed unintentionally.

Overall
I think this tool is a “C-” at best. The light is finicky and inconsistent. It can be the brightest light, but what good is that when it will not turn on. It also uses little watch type batteries. That is not practical for changing batteries. Plus the overall size of the light makes it too big for carrying on your person. For me this tool does not fit the bill.

This may have been one of the more harsh reviews I have done. But I owe it to you all to give you my honest thoughts about a product.

One more thing
The folks at Hayden were awesome and gave me a coupon code to pass on to you guys. Head on over to Haydenhasit.com and use the coupon code “humble-hayden” for 10% off your order of $25 or more. But hurry up because this code will expire 8/24/14