Dewalt has come out with a new LED-lighted tool backpack, model DGL523. It features 48 internal and 9 outside-facing tool pockets, for organizing and storing all sizes of tools, accessories, and parts.
According to Dewalt, the tool bag can hold a drill, extension cords, pliers screwdrivers, wrench sets, drill bits, electrical testers, and other types of tools.
The back is padded for increased user comfort, as are the carrying handles and shoulder straps. The bottom is padded as well, for reduced abrasion and better wear resistance.
As for the LED, it’s powered by (2) AAA batteries and can be aimed at a work area, or into the backpack itself to help you identify and retrieve tools and other contents. There are 3 light output levels.
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Surprisingly, this isn’t the first lighted tool bag we’ve seen – that honor goes to one of Klein’s newish tool bags.
Having an LED worklight attached to a tool bag can be convenient, but I also see it as needless expense. You can get an inexpensive headlamp – such as this Energizer model – for as little as $15, or even less if you go for a no-name import brand. A good flashlight can be had for under $20 as well.
One could always say that it’s better to have the built-in light and not need it than need it and not have it.
From the looks of it, this bag has a large inner compartment for holding bigger and bulkier tools, unlike Milwaukee’s tool backpack which has a larger outer compartment.
Right now the pre-order price is $100 at Amazon, but at least one independent dealer shows a price of $80. Once the backpack is released and in-stock, its price will likely be closer to $80 everywhere.