Shown here is the Milwaukee Rover LED worklight, model 2108, which is currently 33% off at Tool Nut and Home Depot. It’s regularly $30, but is now on sale for $20.
- Fairly bright (300 lumens max)
- Multiple LEDs give it a flood-style beam of wide illumination
- Magnetic mounting on the top and back, and they’re strong magnets, too
- Low and high output modes
- Adjustable pocket clip doubles as a base
- Uses widely available AA batteries
- No rechargeable Li-ion battery (
although you can use Eneloop NiMH batteries or similar)
- Not as bright as its big brother
Update: The cons weren’t really negative aspects, so I retitled that part as compromises, which seems a little more accurate if not fairer.
Update 2: You lose one of the brightness modes if using rechargeable AA batteries.
If you need a lot more than this compact LED worklight could provide, consider its big brother, the Milwaukee RedLithium USB Rover LED pocket flood light.
Tool Nut says that the deal is good thru 6/20/19.
Update: If Home Depot is showing you a $30 price, put in your zip code (or another) and select a different store. It might take a few tries. What you want to see is a $19.97 price and “free shipping on $45+ orders,” or in-store pickup. If the store you select is out of stock, it’ll show you the full price, and if a store has limited supplies you might see a “standard delivery” option instead of “free shipping on $45+ orders.”
Talking about the review sample I have in-hand, this is a very nice flashlight. The magnets are stronger than on the larger rechargeable version, at least the magnet on the back, but to be fair it’s also a lighter-weight worklight. Also, to be honest, I completely forgot about the magnet on the back. I don’t use the rear magnet on the larger Rover LED worklight, and on this smaller one I typically have the pocket clip centered and covering it up.
While some might scoff at the “only 300 lumens” that this worklight puts out, 300 lumens is actually a lot, especially given that this is more of an up-close personal floodlight type of lighting product. To put things in context, the Surefire LED flashlight I bought maybe a decade ago output just 80 lumens.
The pocket clip swivels, but stays where you position it, and can serve as an adjustable stand.
I remember seeing a couple of online reviews complaining about the battery cap popping off. The battery cap secures using an eighth-turn bayonet-style lock, but I haven’t experienced it coming loose or popping off unintentionally yet. It’s worth being aware of, but has not been isn’t a problem for me.
$20 is a good deal for this light, but you’re probably going to want to either buy it as part of a larger order so you get free shipping, or with in-store pickup.
If You Want the Milwaukee Rechargeable Rover LED Worklight…
There’s a very noteworthy bundle on the Milwaukee RedLithium USB Rover LED worklight right now, 2112-21P, where you get the flashlight, (2) RedLithium USB batteries, and a separate charger, for $60. So, for the same price as the regular kit, which only comes with the flashlight, battery, and USB charging cable, you get all than plus an extra battery and a standalone charger.
You can also use the flashlight to charge the battery, but this kit only gives you one USB charging cable. Add in another off-the-shelf cable, and you can charge both batteries at the same time, one in the flashlight, and the other in the charger.
This is a fantastic worklight too. While I complain about the magnet on the back being weak when used on thin materials (such as the back panel on a refrigerator) or coated sheet metal (such as a powdercoated tool box), everything else about it is excellent.