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Old 04-06-2009, 01:55 PM   #1
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Suggestion needed: Flashlight-style with flexible handle?

Anyone on this board who does alot of work on their auto or their home that uses a flashlight/floodlight with a flexible style handle that you can wrap around a pipe or stand on a floor? I really liked this one from DeWalt, but the reviews are just so-so, and it's pretty pricey at almost $100 including the battery (DW908 at $60) and shipping:
Amazon.com: DEWALT DW919 18 Volt Flexible Floodlight, No Battery: Home Improvement

I've already gone thru the Craftsman Tool website, but saw nothing like this floodlight from DeWalt.
Any suggestions at all as to where I can find something similar--but works better than the so-so reviews I read on Amazon?
This is supposed to be a surprise birthday gift to my son who loves to work on his car when he can. Plus, someday he'll have his own house and can use it.
And I'll pay the $100 if it's worth it and works well (plus, it has lasting power).
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I have an older version of this
Black & Decker Power Tools
The newer version may be brighter. It is wonderful for those tight spots and awkward angles.
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all the gimmicky flashlights - flex, magnetic, pop out stand, etc. have been just that for me. Bright and good batteries trumps the lot, though i have enjoyed a $2 4" LED light from TrueValue hardware - currently on sale. Has the added advantage of fitting in a pocket. $100 is wasted money IMO - and i do plenty of underhouse or sink work and did make my living twisting wrenches on cars.
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I have a fluorescent work light exactly like this:



It's nice because it doesn't get hot. Also, I have had it for maybe 15 years, and haven't had to replace the "bulb." I did have to put duct tape on the back so that the shines only in one direction. I'm usually able to find a place to prop it so that it shines on my work.
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I got a 'snake light' years ago for Christmas, but was always wasting time adjusting it, pointing it, etc., so I'm still a 'flashlight in the mouth guy' (always able to point it exactly where I want it).
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When I converted to presbyopianism I found that headlights are an essential tool.

I like any multi-LED model from Lowes or Home Depot. I especially enjoy the models with multiple pushbutton settings for a narrow beam white (*click*) narrow beam red (*click*) wide beam white (*click*) wide beam red.
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When I converted to presbyopianism I found that headlights are an essential tool.

I like any multi-LED model from Lowes or Home Depot. I especially enjoy the models with multiple pushbutton settings for a narrow beam white (*click*) narrow beam red (*click*) wide beam white (*click*) wide beam red.
+1 on the headlights,i use one similar to this one Google Image Result for http://www.made-in-china.com/image/2f0j00aMDTZckfHLqOM/8-LEDs-Headlamp-Headlight-T3017-A-.jpg
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Nords, what is presbyopianism? I can't even find that word in Webster's.
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I have a couple of Snakelight knockoffs that I think I bought for around $5, back when. I wrap one around my neck so they point where I'm looking.
My latest gadget flashlight is an LED one that clips to the brim of a ballcap. Works great for this nearsighted guy!
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I must be deprived cause I have used an old fashioned work light for years. It works for me. I think I paid $7 for it.

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Nords, what is presbyopianism? I can't even find that word in Webster's.
Delete nism from the end of the word, try again.

I have at least a 8 different flashlights, drop lights, 600W halogen, to LED penlight. For different types of search and destroy find and repair tasks.

Finding them when needed is a different story.
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Guess I go to True Value or Sears and just shop for strong flashlights then. Thanks for all the suggestions. They all seem to be in the same vein, and no need to spend much money then. Thanks all!
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Nords, what is presbyopianism? I can't even find that word in Webster's.
Sorry, I don't deal with this condition very well and I try to joke my way through it:

Main Entry: pres·by·o·pia
: a visual condition which becomes apparent especially in middle age and in which loss of elasticity of the lens of the eye causes defective accommodation and inability to focus sharply for near vision.

In other words, it's not just the reading glasses-- it's the need for high-intensity contrast lighting.
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Thank goodness it's only a medical condition. I was afraid that you were referring to some sort of weird lifestyle - protestant drug addition or something.
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I did look up the word and the meaning. Never heard of it before, so thanks for teaching it, guys!!!
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Thank goodness it's only a medical condition. I was afraid that you were referring to some sort of weird lifestyle - protestant drug addition or something.
If there was a drug addiction that'd eliminate my need for reading glasses and/or contact lenses, I'd be buying it...

I'm traumatized enough to snivel & whine about it, but not yet to the point where I'd go for guinea pig flexible lens implants.
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Good thing you're not a woman, Nords, or you'd have some real problems putting on makeup with that eye condition...
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