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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 66118 Stylus Pro Alkaline Battery-Powered LED Pen Light, Metal, 5.3″ x 0.6″ x 0.6″, Black (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: Push button tail switch – momentary or constant on operation; Includes two trial “AAA” alkaline batteries and tear-resistant nylon holster. Best with Polaroid AAA Batteries

List Price: $34.00 USD
New From: $19.52 USD In Stock

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

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SureFire M951Kit02 Millennium Universal Light System Kit w/ IR Filter

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

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

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Tactical Remote Pressure Switch for SureFire 6P 6PX G2X Flashlight Weapon Light

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XML-2-T6 LED 26.5mm Diameter 1000 Lumens 3.7V-8.4V Bulb Lamp for SureFire 6P G2

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Tactical Remote Pressure Switch for SureFire 6P 6PX G2X Flashlight Weapon Light

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

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4pcs TrustFire 180 Lumens 6V Xenon Bulb for Surefire P60 P61 6P G2 Z2 Flashlight

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3pcs 6V Xenon Bulb 180 lumens Lamp Reflector for Surefire P60 P61 Flashlight

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Tactical Remote Pressure Switch for SureFire 6P G2 P2X C2 C3 M2 M3 Flashlight

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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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3pcs Xenon Bulb 6V 180lumen Lamp Reflector for Surefire 6P G2 P60 P61 Flashlight

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180 Lumens 6V Xenon Bulb Lamp Yellow Light for Surefire P60/P61 Flashlight Torch

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

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