Home Depot has a somewhat overwhelming number of LED flashlights in their holiday tool gift center display area.
As you could probably see from my Home Depot Holiday Gift Center Tool Deals Haul, I bought a wide variety of lights to test out, including some of the super cheap ones I’ve been so critical of in the past.
It’s taking me longer than anticipated to work through everything, but so far there are 3 certainties:
1) Maglite is always a safe bet. While I might not like every model, their quality and customer service has earned my favor.
2) Husky LED flashlights are usually safe bets. They sent a few over, and I bought a couple from the holiday display section. They’re inexpensive without being cheaply made – from what I can tell.
3) I’ve had great experiences with Coast LED flashlights.
I own a few D-cell Maglites and love them dearly. I quickly dismissed the idea of using C-cell batteries, but I couldn’t help myself from buying one of these combo packs anyways.
The last time I kept a Maglite in the car, it leaked. Maglite has an agreement where they’ll replace the flashlight if brand-name batteries leak, but I didn’t feel like paying to ship it back to them. So I cleaned it up, and it’s still working perfectly. I just don’t keep it in the car anymore.
In the car, I keep a Rayovac LED flashlight from a previous Home Depot holiday season, loaded with Energizer Lithium batteries.
Duracell flashlights? Okay, I bought these too. Will report back as soon as I can.
The Ryobi LED flashlight looked better in person than in its product images, so I nearly bought 2. But let’s see how well this 1 flashlight holds up.
There are several Husky LED flashlights on display, plus several combinations of lights. I bought enough of the combos that I think I have one of every flashlight style.
The 165-lumen light looked basic, but decent, and the penlights are priced really low.
No, I won’t be benching my FourSevens Preon 2 anytime soon. But at $5 each, these Husky penlights are a strong value.
These combo packs give you a good sampling.
My father would LOVE these lights for when he takes the dog out for a walk. Well, maybe the 500 lumen light, the 1000 lumen one looks too large.
Hmm. What’s in the display doesn’t seem to match up with the sign, but they did have these combo packs somewhere.
I picked up one of these combos before finding the larger combo that has one of each.
Coast flashlights are all pretty decent, but I haven’t tried these out yet.
It frustrates me that the brightness is the primary selling factor, but they’re just catering to how people shop. The same goes for all the brands of flashlights in the gift center display area.
I bought a pack of these LED glowstick packs. As for the marker band, maybe if they had different colors, other than red.
Defiant is Home Depot’s “cheaper than Husky” flashlight brand.
I don’t have any trust in the brand, but I bought a few of these flashlights to either start building that trust, or to cement my hesitation towards cheap LED flashlights.
Don’t look at the lumens, look at the form factor.
Here are some Defiant combo packs.
The mini cable penlight looks like it could be good. Probably no competition for my Streamlight, but it’s hard to argue with the price.
2 penlights for $6? I’d consider these disposable.
850 lumens for $13.
It’s hard to imagine how these could be made bright, cheap, and durable.
These metallic flashlights look real cheap, but I picked up a pack to see if I’m being unfairly judgemental.
8 LED flashlights for $10. These are going to be throwaways, but maybe they’re not that bad? If they are, maybe I can use the housings for my own contraptions.
Atomic Beam Tactical Flashlight by Atomic Beam USA.
If I rolled my eyes any harder, they’d fall out.
The Defiant LED lantern looked interesting, but…
The “don’t look into the light” warning had me hesitant.
Yes, never look straight into any high powered LED light source. But if these are THAT bright, they might not be very good lanterns.