I’ve got a silly riddle for you. It’s silly because you already know the answer, but for a second let’s pretend you don’t. Oh, here goes:
What’s compact, lightweight, built with an anti-roll shape out of lightweight aluminum, covered with a textured grip material, equipped with a push button tail cap and multi-mode emitter, and throws up to 160 lumens of LED light output?
It’s also said to be waterproof up to 1 meter (3.3 feet), and able to endure drops of up to 5 feet.
Do you give up yet? It’s this Ryobi LED flashlight, RFL905, that’s now available in a 2-pack for $20!
Update: A single flashlight is also now available, for just under $10. Maybe that 2-pack will drop in price for the holidays?
Each Ryobi flashlight is powered by 3x AAA batteries, with a max runtime of 24 hours on the low setting. The flashlight is said to have 4 “positions” – low, high, strobe, and off. So… it’s a 3-mode flashlight.
It’s got a push-button switch, suggesting the positions are figurative. When I think “position,” I think rotary switch, but the image of the tail cap suggests it’s just a button.
That’s… pretty much it.
Ryobi came out with a 2-pack of LED flashlights, each capable of delivering up to 160 lumens of light. 160 lumens? That’s quite bright. And it’s surprisingly inexpensive, at $20 for 2.
Price: $20 for 2, $10 for 1
When did Ryobi start making AAA LED flashlights? *Shrug*
I’m in for a pack the first time I see ’em at Home Depot. Equipped with lithium batteries, which I’ll have to supply on my own, it might be a good glove box flashlight. Right now I’ve got a tough Rayovac 2x AA LED flashlight in my center console, of course equipped with lithium batteries, and I’ve sometimes wished for something a little more compact.
And while I’m at Home Depot, I’ll likely pick up some more Husky LED flashlights too. Husky? Yep. They sent over some test samples, and the build quality impresses me. At a holiday season preview a few months ago, they showed off a waterproof model that was kept submerged in a tub of water.
If you’re strolling down the holiday tools section in a few weeks, you’ll see lots of super cheap “how can they pull so many lumens out of flashlights so cheap” models. I am severely distrustful of those types of flashlights. Maybe you’ve had good experiences with them, but I’ll continue to steer clear.
Ryobi, on the other hand, and Husky too, are brands I trust. I’ve had good experiences with Husky flashlights, and I trust Ryobi enough to where I’d be willing to give this one a try.
Sorry for the somewhat goofy tone at the start of the post. But, c’mon, let’s face it. This new Ryobi LED flashlight looks like a cheap no-name model, but a little more refined and with a trusted brand emblazoned on the side.
Without the Ryobi name on it, or other trusted label, it’s completely and utterly unremarkable. For the price, it’s awfully tempting, but only because of that Ryobi branding – that alone is how it caught my eye. Allowing myself to be a little goofy helped stave my boredom away, and hopefully yours to.
Buy Now(via Home Depot)
P.S. Do you find it more convenient or more of a nuisance to have “buy now” links in more than one place in a post? I find I usually introduce a tool, post a price and purchase link option or two, and then I sometimes go into a more opinion-oriented discussion. Is it helpful to repeat the link after this section too, as I did just here?