2018 November 5    Tools

Updated 2019 January

Introduction


There are all kinds of LED lighting gadgets out there, including some pretty good headlamps.

Sometimes you just want a traditionally styled flashlight for all-around use.

This is a quick mini-review of the Craftsman 700-lumen LED flashlight.



Reader-Supported Site

Readers like you make this site possible when you use any of the links on here to purchase your stuff.  It doesn't add anything to your cost, and it lets me keep adding helpful articles to this site. 

Thank you!



In This Article


Batteries and Lumens

Pricing

The Good

The Bad

Other Stuff

Overall / Conclusion


Batteries and Lumens


Takes six AA batteries.  They were included with the test unit that I got.


Shown with the included batteries.


The batteries fit inside a holder that seems to engage positively.  So, that part of the electrical path seems pretty reliable.  Some thought went into the design.

The lamp is a 700-lumen XP-G LED.  This is a single-die, super-bright LED.


Table of Contents


Pricing


It's about a $25 to $30 flashlight.  Made in China.

Update:  In January 2019 this flashlight is available through this link


Table of Contents


The Good


The flashlight is made of aluminum.  The build quality seems quite solid, much finer than some of the cheaper aluminum flashlights out there.  The battery cap and the knurling are a nice, grayish, anodized aluminum.



The overall size and balance of this flashlight are very good, especially if you're looking for a traditional style.  It's also weather-resistant.

And, of course, it says "CRAFTSMAN" on it. 

Finally, the bright mode is powerful and illuminates for quite a distance.


Table of Contents


The Bad


This light has a blinking or flashing mode. 

It uses a single button to cycle through all three modes (bright, dim, and blinker). 

This has become almost unavoidable on flashlights today.  Many corporate types seem to think that because a new technology exists, it has to be implemented.  Can't we have a flashlight that's just on or off? 

With this flashlight you can't skip past a mode;  you have to cycle through it. 

It takes six presses of the button to get back to the same mode.  Or, five presses to get it ready for that mode next time.

Yes, some people want their flashlight to have a blinking mode.  Many do not.  For chores, repair work, and that sort of thing, blinkers and multi-modes waste time and add frustration.  We want a light that's either fully off or fully on, immediately.  That's why I like the Makita.  It just works.


Table of Contents


Other Stuff


When I was writing this review in 2018, the flashlight was on Amazon, then it wasn't... then it was again.

In January 2019, it's available on Amazon.  Last I checked, price was about the same as it is locally.  (Try this link.)

If I didn't say it before, this flashlight is just right in terms of dimensions, balance, and handling. 


Table of Contents


Conclusion


The "multi-modes" are something I could do without.  A total of 6 presses to get back to the same mode!  My Makita flashlight requires only two:  "off", then "on" again. 

To have service life comparable to that, the switch on the Craftsman would have to last for three times the number of cycles.  It's always possible the switches are designed for many thousands of cycles, but then again... on a $30 light, who knows?

That said, somehow this flashlight has become the household favorite.  The ergonomics and balance are great;  the bright mode is fantastic.  I also like that they used metal, instead of all plastic.  So it's worthwhile.

Still, for no-frills practicality I would look at a couple of these single-mode flashlights.  Also, perhaps consider a decent headlamp, which draws less current (runs on AAA batteries). 

For something that has to stand by itself while you work, however, I'd get this Makita flashlight.  You'd also need a battery and charger for it, but I think it's very much worth it.  (Full review here).  Makita is also still making that light and the whole line of LXT tools.



If you found this article helpful or entertaining, please help me out by using any of these links to purchase your stuff.    Thank you for helping to keep this website on-line!

         


Thanks for visiting this page!





    


Contact me:

3 p o.t o . 1 2 0 s t u d i o.. c o m


This won't directly copy and paste.  Please manually type it into your mail program.
No spaces between letters.





Home Page


Site Map

What's New!




Disclaimer

Copyright 2018










Back to Top of Page