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Ryobi P721 Hybrid 20 Watt LED Work Light is Fantastic!!

I finally gave up trying to keep my old Ryobi 18 volt flashlights working or converting them to LED.  Ryobi sells a 20 watt LED worklight, model # P721 that is really slick and uses their 18 volt batteries.  I bought one at my local Home Depot and used it all summer while working on cars, plumbing and electrical work.  I must say that I am impressed.

The light has two settings, low and high.  When I was working in a room or under a car, the high setting was great.  Inside a bathroom vanity it was way too bright and the low setting worked much better.  They say the high setting is 2,400 lumen — let me tell you, it’s bright.

The problem I used to run into with incandescent bulbs is that the filament would burn out and I would need to install a new bulb.  LED lights do not have that problem.  Ryobi estimates the bulb will last 50,000 hours.  To put that in perspective, if you ran the light for one year, it would run for 8,760 hours non-stop.  Of course you would drain the battery over and over but the point is that it will be a long time before the LED gives out.

The legs are an interesting design and can hang on a two by lumber such as framing or a floor joist.

They claim 34 hours on one of the big Lithium Ion batteries and I suspect that is the low setting.  When I was doing plumbing and electrical work at my mother-in-law’s house, I killed a big battery in less time than that on full power.

All in all, it is a great light.  Since I have Ryobi tools and batteries, this purchase was a no-brainer and I plan to buy a second one for ever better coverage while working and the occasional power outage.


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Ryobi One+ P721 18V 20-W LED Work Light Dual Power Hybrid 20WATT NISB(NOT P720)!

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RYOBI P720/P721 RYOBI 18V 18-Volt ONE+ Dual Power Hybrid 20-Watt LED Work Light

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Ryobi P721 One+ 1,800 Lumen 18V Hybrid Flat Standing LED Work Light

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Ryobi 18V ONE+ Hybrid 20-Watts LED Work Light (Tool-Only)

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NEW RYOBI ONE+ PLUS 18 V / 120 V VOLT DUAL POWER HYBRID WORK LIGHT P721

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Ryobi 18 Volt ONE Hybrid 20 Watts LED Work Light Tool Only Indoor Electric

$79.99
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RYOBI Hybrid LED Work Light 18 Volt 20W Handheld Clamp Standup Jobsite Lighting

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Ryobi 18v 20w Hybrid Dual Power Mountable Tripod Indoor LED Work Light Tool-Only

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LED Work-light 18-V 20-Watts Portable Multi-function Torch Compact Cordless New

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6.0Ah 18 VOLT P108 for 18V RYOBI ONE PLUS Lithium-Ion High Capacity Battery NEW

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18 Volt P102 Lithium-Ion Battery For Ryobi 18V One Plus P103 P108 Power Tool NEW

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2X P102 For 18V Max Lithium Battery Ryobi ONE Plus P103 P104 P108 P105 P107 P109

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2Pcs For 18V Lithium Battery Ryobi ONE Plus P102 P103 P104 P108 P105 P107 4.0Ah

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2XFor Ryobi P108 18V 4.0Ah Lithium Ion Battery Pack Replaces P107 P105 P103 P102

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2x NEW! For P108 Ryobi 18V One Plus Lithium High Capacity Battery p104 p105 4.Ah

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New RYOBI P191 18-Volt 18V Lithium ONE+ 3.0Ah Battery, Upgrade from P102, P107

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2x NEW Max Lithium Battery For P108 Ryobi 18V One Plus P104 P105 High Capacity

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4.0Ah For P108 Ryobi 18V One Plus Lithium High Capacity Battery P104 P105 P102

$29.45
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NEW OEM RYOBI P108 18V ONE+ LITHIUM-ION HIGH CAPACITY 4.0Ah BATTERY PACK W/ LEDS

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Not Happy with Jomitop P13.5S LED Replacement Bulb for Ryobi 18 volt Work Light

Okay, some guys sneer at the Ryobi power tools but I have gotten my money’s worth from their 18 volt drills.  I bought one of their 18 volt sets years ago and have two drills, an impact driver and a hammer drill that I use all the time.  One drill has done 3-4 decks and the other at least two.  I burned out one hammer drill a year ago and replaced it and the others are going strong.

Along with the tools came an 18 volt work light that I have used a ton especially while working on cars.  I’ve replace the incandescent bulb probably at least three times over the years.  As luck would have it, I dropped the light the other day and busted the bulb.  Rather than buy another replacement bulb, I decided to move to an LED unit.

I did some digging and bought a Jomitop P13.5S from Amazon – two of them actually as I have two of the work lights.  Now I wish I could say the upgrade went great but the resulting light is a weird crescent shape – even when it is just the LED by itself with no lens or reflector.  Both LEDs did this.

I plan on returning these two units as defective and have ordered two more models from other sellers on Amazon.  So, for now, pass on the Jomitop P13.5S model.  I’ll post on what works later but wanted to get the honest review out.

I hope this helps you out!


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Streamlight Microstream and Stylus Pro Lights – Quality Brilliance in Small Packages

I recently needed to find new small LED lights that had four key characteristics – reliable, acceptable brightness, decent battery life, and small size.  Let me explain the reason for them:

  • Reliable – to be honest, a lot of the “miracle” lights that are advertised are total pieces of crap.  Everything from poor switches, low quality soldering and, believe it or not, weak springs that break down with use and no longer make reliable contact with the battery.  When I need a light, I need a light.
  • Acceptable Brightness – there is a trade-off between brightness and battery life.  There always has been and always will be.  Now LEDs have really helped push that envelope but even they have trade offs.  For most use, you’d be surprised just how bright 45-100 lumens really is and the cheap lights are misrepresenting about what they put out anyways.  Americans especially seem to think that brighter is better.  Well, for me, I really need to figure out the balance.  I’ve found that 45-100 lumens is pretty darned good for stuff within 100 feet.  No scientific studies were done – I just walked outside and shined different lights around.
  • Decent battery life – I needed a light where the battery would give me at least two hours of light per battery set.  This magical number is based on having easy access to replacement batteries.  Out in the Styx, you may find decent priced AAA batteries but not CR123As for example.
  • Small Size – I need a flashlight that fits in my pocket and does not weigh a ton.

So, armed with this, I started digging around.  I have no affiliation with Streamlight so when I tell you I like their stuff, I actually like their stuff.  I have been using their TLR weapons lights for a number of years now and never had one fail.  Armed with that, I started looking at their small lights and decided to get both the Microstream (single AAA battery) and the Stylus Pro (two AAA batteries) to try out.

Now the specs are pretty good for both.  Look at the battery life relative to Lumens:

So, I installed the supplied Duracel AAA batteries and spent some time playing with both.  The switches are solid, no rattles, and the light is pretty good.  This is me running the lights side by side at a fence about 30 feet away.  The Microstream did surprisingly well compared to the bigger light – it seems to be a tighter beam vs. more of a flood from the Stylus Pro.  The Microstream is on the left and the Stylus Pro is on the right.

Bottom line, both seem like they will meet my needs.  I’m going to carry the Microstream for regular use and the Stylus Pro when more light is needed for a longer time.

2/22/2018 Update:  These lights have held up great.  I even accidentally put one through the clothes washer without any problem -nothing happened to the finish and no water got inside!  I actually have four of the little single battery Microstreams and they are pretty much my every day carry when working in the shop, travelling, etc.


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Streamlight 75613 Blue LED Piggyback Stinger AC/DC Kit

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Streamlight Stylus Pro LED Light Red 66120

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Streamlight ProTac HL-X Rifle Rail Mount Dedicated Fix Mount LED

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Streamlight Coyote MicroStream USB Rechargeable Flashlight Lithium Ion 66608

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Streamlight ProTac HL 5-X Rechargeable USB LED Flashlight 3500 Lumens - 88081

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Streamlight TLR-1 HL 800 Lumens Tactical LED Light with Strobe and Rail Mounts

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Streamlight Microstream LED 45 Lumen Flashlight w/ Lanyard, Black - 66318

$17.95
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Streamlight ProTac 2L-X Handheld 500 Lumen LED Flashlight, Black - 88062

$45.63
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Streamlight ProTac 2L-X 500 Lumens Flashlight BlackBox 88063

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Streamlight MicroStream Emergency Light # 66318 45 "New" Lumens Fast shipping

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Streamlight Stylus Pro Penlight High-Intensity LED Flashlight AAA Batteries

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Streamlight TLR-1 HL 800 Lumens Tactical LED Light with Strobe and Rail Mounts

$96.49
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Streamlight Stinger LED HL Rechargeable Flashlight, 800 Lumens, Black - 75429

$92.94
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Streamlight Stylus Pro Penlight High-Intensity LED Flashlight AAA Batteries

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Streamlight Black Microstream LED 250 Lumen Flashlight w/ Usb Cord + Lanyard

$30.05
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Streamlight ProTac HL-X 1000 Lumen LED Handheld Flashlight, Black - 88065

$67.95
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Streamlight Bandit USB Rechargeable Headlamp 180 Lumen LED, Black - 61702

$18.95
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Streamlight ProTac HL-X Handheld 1000 Lumen LED Flashlight, Black - 88064

$68.39
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Streamlight Strion LED 260 Lumen Rechargeable Handheld Flashlight, Black - 74300

$68.93
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Streamlight MicroStream C4 LED Compact Pen Flashlight-Black-66318

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Streamlight 66118 Stylus Pro LED PenLight with Holster, Black – 100 Lumens (Tools & Home Improvement)

Streamlight’s Stylus Pro black LED penlight flashlight with holster features a super bright, high flux, 1/2 watt LED, and has a lifetime of up to 30,000 hours. It consists of a micro optical system which facilitates optimized output and run time. This flashlight is corrosion proof and has waterproof construction with an unbreakable polycarbonate lens as well as a pocket clip.

Features: 

  • White C4 LED delivers 90 lumens; 860 candela; 58m beam; runs 6.5 hours; 5.3-Inch (134mm); 1.64 oz (46.9 g)
  • Push button tail switch – momentary or constant on operation; Includes two “AAA” alkaline batteries and tear-resistant nylon holster
  • Type II MIL-SPEC abrasion and corrosion-resistant anodized aircraft aluminum construction with unbreakable, scratch-resistant polycarbonate lens
  • IPX4 water-resistant; 1m impact resistance tested
  • About the size of a marker, it conveniently fits in your pocket and a removable pocket clip ensures it stays in place

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How to upgrade Surefire M951 Weapons Light with a $10-20 LED Reflector

I really like Surefire weapons lights but they can be very expensive.  If you haven’t noticed it, there are some great deals on new in the box Surefire M951 weapons lights on eBay.  Now hear’s the thing – they are new old stock – they have the old Xenon bulbs with them but these things are often unused or lightly used and include the picatinny rail mount and pressure pad.  You can upgrade them to an LED for often less than $20 for both a brighter and longer lasting light.

To find the Surefire M951, the trick I found is to search for one of the many “kit” packages that are for sale.  The light I purchased was a “Surefire M951 Kit02” to be exact.

The M951, and a number of other Surefire lights used the P60 Xenon bulb.  There are a ton of LED upgrades out there and I opted for one from Amazon.  Here is the LED reflector I used – I just had to remove the external spring (it pulls right off) and put it in my M951.

It was incredibly bright!



Surefire sells replacement heads for the M951 but they are pricey – $45 and up.  It held up fine on both a 9mm and 5.56 AR.  It was a fun conversion project and my buddy has it on his AR now.

 

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Here is an automated real-time search of eBay for “Surefire M951 Kit” be sure to check what they are selling and that the seller is reputable.  You’ll notice some sellers get sneaky with putting words in their listing so stuff that is not legit shows up such as cheap third-party flashlights, accessories, etc.

SureFire M951-KIT02, Millennium Universal Incandescent WeaponLight with FM63 ...

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SureFire M951 KIT02 Weapon Light with FM63 IR Filter & M93 Mount

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CHEAP!!! Used Surefire M951 Kit02 Weapon Light

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Surefire M951 KIT02 Tactical Rail Mounted Flashlight

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New SureFire M951Kit02 Millennium Universal Light System Kit w/ IR Filter

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SureFire M951-KIT02, Millennium Universal Incandescent WeaponLight with FM63 ...

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SureFire Millennium Universal WeaponLight Kit M951 Kit02 M951XM107 / FM63KIT

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Surefire Universal Light System M951 X With Bag Blue Red Filters Batteries Kit

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Surefire M951 WeaponLight Weapon Light w/ XM Switch, FM63 IR Filter, P60 Bulb

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Lot of 2x Copper Conductive 6" Kits For Surefire LED Upgrade Bulbs 6P,Z2,G2,9P

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4pcs TrustFire 6V Xenon Bulb 180 lumens Lamp Reflector for Surefire P60 P61 Lamp

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CREE V6 LED 1200LM 3.6V-8.4V Bulb 1-Mode LED Flashlight Lamp for SureFire 6P G2

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6V Xenon Bulb 180 Lumens for SureFire 6P G2 C2 Z2 P60 P61 Flashlight Lamp Torch

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Impact Weapons Components SureFire M620 M952, M951, M961, M962 : IMPLKEYMIL620

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CREE XML-2-T6 1 mode 1000 Lumens LED conversion for Surefire 6Z M2 Z2 Bright Kit

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TrustFire 1000 Lumens 3.7V XML2 T6 LED Bulb Lamp for Surefire 6P G2 M951 M952

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TrustFire 1000 Lumens 8.4V LED Bulb Lamp for Surefire G2 G2X M951 M952

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