Here at ToolGuyd we use different LED flashlights, worklights, and headlamps, depending on the tasks at hand. But we realize that not everyone wants or needs multiple lighting options. The Energizer 3-in-1 LED flashlight seems to be a good choice for this type of user.
With the legs folded up, the 3-in-1 can be used as an ordinary LED flashlight. Sounds simple enough.
Tripod Worklight Mode
Fold the two legs down, and the light can be used in tripod mode. A pivoting head allows for easier aiming of the spotlight beam.
Area Floodlight Mode
Switch on the side light instead of the front, and you have a nice broad floodlight beam.
You can hold the flashlight in your hand with this mode, but standing it up might be more convenient. There’s also a loop at the top of the flashlight that you can use with some paracord or thin rope to hang it from above.
Features and ANSI FL1 Ratings
- Dimmable light output control
- Front spotlight: 100 lumens, up to 10 hours runtime
- Side floodlight: up to 150 lumens, up to 100 hours runtime
- 1-meter impact resistance
- Water resistant
- Powered by 4x AA batteries (included)
This looks like a decent multi-function LED light design, and the price is reasonable at about $26 shipped. I find the pivoting head to be an especially appealing feature.
100+ lumens can be a bit too bright for close up lighting tasks, so it’s great to see that the 3-in-1 has a dimmer control for adjusting the output.
I wish there was an IP rating so we knew how water resistant the case is, but at the least it should endure a few stray droplets of water here and there.
I consider this to be more of a hands-free worklight than a flashlight, but in the end what you call it doesn’t matter. It’s a compact and highly versatile LED light that will only set you back about $26.
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Energizer also offers a ~$21 2-in-1 model that has a fixed-angle spotlight (75 lumens) and a side floodlight (150 lumens). The 2-in-1 lacks the pivoting head and tripod legs of the 3-in-1 and has no impact resistance rating, but should perform just as well as a mainly handheld flashlight.
Looks like a good light to keep in the vehicles for emergencies. I’ll probably pick up a couple when they show up at the local BigBox hardware stores in a few weeks.
That fake beamshot from the flood mode is a little off-putting.
I agree, although I have yet to see a digital mock-beam that wasn’t.
Not much to look at and a bit ugly but for the features and price it seems to be a winner. I wouldnt mind one of these.
The design and colors totaly remind me of an old energizer flashlight I had in the 80’s. Large grey and orange plastic, squarish head.
Sure the one in the 80’s had a weak yellow bulb and no kickstand but pretend this was powered by the old style incandecent bulbs and tell me it doesn’t scream 1985
These have been at Target B&M for a couple months. I have the one above and a couple lanterns. On Memorial Day weekend camping, it was used to illuminate campfire grill for hours and hours. I use it @ work to look at equipment in cabinets, its bright enough for task work and good for close in, with either the head or the lantern. From the head, the light is diffuse with a fuzzy hotspot good for 20-30 ft, and the lantern is an ok area light for within 6 feet or so. I like it a lot, and it does well for its intended purpose. But if i want blindingly bright won’t reach for this, i’d reach for my Nitecore EA4 Pioneer.