Like many things in life, there’s a great difference in what you can pay for a similar item. A quick search for penlights on Amazon gives a range from around $1.50 each with shipping to around $20. The Coast HP3, also available from Amazon, is $32.47 as of this writing.
Based on price alone, you might be a little skeptical of this light, but the reviews on Amazon give it a full 5 stars, with a few people giving it “only” a 4. I generally don’t write about work on this blog, but using a flashlight isn’t exactly a trade secret, and after a very grueling preventive maintenance operation as an engineer, I can say that I had, by far, the best light.
Other small/pen lights didn’t compare in brightness while snaking around the machine to tighten obscure bolts, and the fact that the beam could be focused to a point or to a wide angle was really helpful. At a wide angle, the light could be put down and set to shine on a piece of equipment, freeing up my hands for other tasks. If there’s one drawback to this light, Read more »