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This Rechargeable LED Worklight is Bright, Long-Lasting and Very Affordable

This is a pretty slick little light. It’s compact, doesn’t weigh much and can kick out quite a bit of light for at least eight hours.  Because it LED, you don’t need to worry about the bulbs burning out plus it runs cool vs. the scorching hot halogen worklights.

It does have one weird feature that I would tell you not to use – it has a red and blue light emergency situation flasher. In Michigan anyways, red is fine but the blue light is reserved for police. I didn’t buy this light for that feature and simply will not use it.

As small rechargeable worklights go, this is a great deal.  I bought mine because over 1,100 reviewers on Amazon gave this 4.3 out of 5 stars. You can’t have a rating like that unless your product is solid.

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

$69.99
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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 Hybrid LED Work Light 18V 2400 Lumens Handheld Stand-up (Tool-Only) *NEW*

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Ryobi One+ P721 18v 20-Watt LED Work Light Dual Power Hybrid 2-Level NEW IN PKG!

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

$99.99
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RYOBI 18-Volt ONE+ Hybrid 25-Watts LED Work Light P721 & 18V Battery P107

$54.99
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Ryobi P721 18V ONE+ 20W Hybrid LED Work Light

$99.99
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New RYOBI P721 18-Volt ONE+ Hybrid 20-Watt LED Work Light (Tool-Only)

$59.95
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RYOBI 18-Volt ONE+ Hybrid 20-Watts LED Work Light Tool

$84.15
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Ryobi 18V ONE+ Hybrid 20-Watts LED Work Light (Tool-Only)

$79.00
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2X3600mAh Replace for Ryobi 18V Battery P100 P101 ONE+ ABP1801 ABP1803 BPP1820

$29.78
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3.6AH Replace for Ryobi 18V Battery NiMh ONE P100 P101 Plus ABP1801 ABP1803

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2 Pack New 18V 5.0Ah P108 Lithium Battery for Ryobi 18V ONE+ Plus Battery Tool

$60.99
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Ryobi P102 Genuine One + 18V Lithium-Ion Li-Ion Battery Compact - Reconditioned

$26.90
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5.0AH 18V Lithium Battery for Ryobi One Plus P108 P105 RB18L40 P104 P103 P107

$29.99
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18V NiCad Lithium Battery For Ryobi ONE+ PLUS P100 P101 BPP-1815 BPP-1820 18Volt

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2 Pack New 18V 4.0Ah P108 Li-ion Replacement Battery for Ryobi 18V ONE+ Tool

$56.99
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4.0Ah for Ryobi 18V Lithium Battery Replacement Ryobi ONE+ Plus P102 P103 P104

$27.99
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New RYOBI P191 18-Volt 18V Lithium ONE+ 3.0Ah Battery, Upgrade from P102, P107

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2x for Ryobi One+ P102 P103 P108 P107 P104 P105 2.0AH 18V MAX Lithium Battery

$38.99
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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.

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[amazonjs asin=”B0015UC17E” locale=”US” title=”Streamlight 66118 Stylus Pro LED PenLight with Holster, Black – 100 Lumens”]

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 88074 ProTac HL 5-X Handheld LED Flashlight 3500 Lumens, Black

$68.95
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Streamlight 66608 Microstream Rechargeable USB LED 250 Lumen Flashlight, Tan

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Streamlight 88066 ProTac HL-X Rifle Rail Mount Dedicated Fix Mount LED Light

$89.23
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Streamlight 69260 TLR-I HL Rail Mount LED White 800 Lumens Tactical Light

$95.67
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Streamlight Stylus Pro C4 Black LED Pen Flashlight With Holster 66118

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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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SureFire M951 KIT02 Weapon Light with FM63 IR Filter, Brand New in Package

$187.50 (14 Bids)
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Surefire Universal Light System M951 X With Bag Blue Red Filters Batteries Kit

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SureFire Millennium Universal Weapon Light Kit, M952 KIT01

$190.00
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Lot of 2x Copper Conductive 6" Kits For Surefire LED Upgrade Bulbs 6P,Z2,G2,9P

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Surefire G2X-C-BK 600 Lumen Flashlight + "1,000 LUMEN CREE Upgrade" + MUCH MORE

$94.95
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TrustFire 1000 Lumens XML2 LED 4.2V Bulb Lamp Replacement for Surefire M951 M952

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1200 Lumens XP-L V6 LED 8.4V Blub Lamp Replacement for Surefire M951 M952 Light

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TrustFire 1300 Lumens XM-L U3 LED 4.2V Bulb Lamp for Surefire 6P G2 M951 M952

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