Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Useful Headlights - For YOUR Head!

    I like flashlights. I like low power consumption LED flashlights even more. Today while doing some shopping at Wally world I stumbled upon a cool 3 LED light that you can wear on your head or place on a surface. It came with batteries and was only ONE dollar! I don't know how they manage that, but I bought two. This little thing is awesome. I've used it twice already. OK, so maybe it doesn't take all that much to get me revved about something like this, but it really is amazing. Sure it's plastic, and may or may not be waterproof. But, for the really cannot go wrong.

So Nice, I Bought Two!
In case you were wondering, it is available in lots of colors, I just preferred the grey ones. They are about the size of a thick matchbox and have three "Cree" style LEDs. On the front is a large rubberized button that turns the flashlight on and off with a good solid "click." Behind the LEDs is a shiny metalized reflector. Attached to the light itself, via a hinge, is a flat plate which holds the elastic strap that you can wear around your head (or whatever else you can get it around.) The strap is fully adjustable. Once you are wearing it, you can use the hinge to aim the light downwards to illuminate anything you are working on or up to shine outwards like a flashlight. It's bright! There is no way to dim the light and it's always on in high power mode. I would guess a few hours of light before the batteries are exhausted.

This Photo Doesn't DO The Brightness Level Justice.
There are no tools required to replace the batteries. Simply unfold the aiming platform and pull on the two tabs on either side of the light itself. It takes VERY little force to pop them open. Be careful, this is the weakest link on this light. But, for only a dollar each, they can almost be considered disposable! Inside you will find two CR2032 batteries. I've found these for around .78 cents each, so two would be $1.56! The batteries cost more than the light! If you buy them in bulk, likely you can get the price down. They are very easy to replace, the old ones pop right out and the new ones snap right in. No muss, no fuss. Inside, there is a label that reads "Ozark Trail" -- probably the manufacturer.

For such a small amount of $$$ it's a great little light. Very useful for lots of projects. There have been so many times I wish I had one of these while working in the deep recesses of my RV. Would have saved me much cursing and fuming, not to mention I really hate holding a flashlight in my mouth! Try it, you'll like it!

Be Seeing You...Down The Road,

Rich "The Wanderman"

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