September 6, 2012

Spotlight Shifter 1.0 and 2.0 Flashlights - Review


We're starting to get into this flahslight thing. We were just wrapping up our review of the fantastic Coast HP7 flashlight when Spotlight came out of nowhere and said, "hey, wanna check out some of our flashlights. "Sure do." we said. And the verdict is....

The two Spotlights that we've been playing with are of the smaller pen light style. These are really small actually, about the diameter of a Sharpie. They each have a belt clip and a rear mounted button switch. The head of the light twists to change the intensity of the spot light. The smaller 1.0 takes 1 AAA battery (included) and the larger 2.0 takes 2 AAA batteries, also included.

They are constructed with a very durable aluminum casing and there is also a "proprietary reflector lens system." We're not sure exactly what that is, but the result is a very bright light coming from a very small object.


And what's the overall scoop with the lights? Well, we think they're are winners. They can't really be compared with the Coast light we just got done with because their size puts them in another class, but they still have their uses. The Coast HP7 is a "I'm lost on an island and this is the only flashlight I need," and the Shifters are more along the lines of, "are my keys under the couch?" "Where's that damned fusebox?" and "did you say there were rats in this crawl space?"

The Spotlights, particularly the smaller one, is actually a perfect tool bag flashlight. Like we said, it's hardly bigger than a pencil and it's very bright, especially considering its size. It's no work light, but it's great for crawl space inspections or peeking in walls, that sort of thing. If you work construction, you can probably think of a thousand times when you could have used a flashlight. A home inspector would probably love it. The lights are also tiny enough for a purse and easily fit into a pants pocket, so we'd happily recommend them for just general usage as well.

We also should mention that it's a stylish little number. All black and sleek and stuff. Available in other colors too.

So if you're looking for something that is compact on the flashlight spectrum, check these out. 3-1/2 year old Tool Snob Jr. thinks they're great and took the small one out to the back yard today to, "hunt for bears."

The lights are costly...$40 for the small one and $45 for the larger one. So....well...that's a lot of money. But if you take care of one of these, it should last. And like we said, it's really bright.


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Posted by Doug Mahoney at September 6, 2012 7:49 AM
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