Rechargeable Work Light, retail $39.97 (
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Sportsman's Guide (
Last updated 08-27-07

(In reference to the box I received from Sportsman's Guide at ~2:55pm PDT on 08-14-07):
{sung like the Foreigner song "Feels Like the First Time"}

This is the Rechargeable Work Light. It is is a rechargeable LED "trouble light". There are no cords to fuss with, and no hot, dangerous, and fragile incandescent light bulbs to deal with. It comes in a sturdy ABS plastic body, and has two hooks on it to allow you to hang it anywhere you might hang a traditional incandescent trouble light. The hooks are at the top and bottom of the unit, so you can hang it with the illuminator head either at the top or at the bottom.

It has a rechargeable NiMH battery inside, and there are no cords to fuss with or trip over...o wait, I just said that.

It has a slightly curved ("natural, douche-like") shape; although the degree of curve is slight, it *IS* noticeable, as you can see in the photograph above and the two "in use" photographs below. The curved shape isn't the result of breakage caused by my testing; it came like that right out of the package. My best guess as to the reason it is slightly curved is that the curved shape would make it a bit easier for you to remove the work light from a flat surface when you used the magnet to attach it to that surface.

Its light source is 78 T1ū (5mm) white LEDs.

The website states "78 solid-state 15,000 mcd (micro candlepower) LED bulbs..." - this is the reason I purchased the unit; it isn't "micro candlepower", it's "millicandela". I even emailed them in (I believe) mid-May 2007 about this boo-boo, but the message I sent with the correction has since (as of 08-15-07) gone unanswered and the error remains uncorrected.


To use your spiffy new Rechargeable Work Light, charge it first (see directly below), and then you can go fix that car motor.

At the base of the illuminator head, on the back of the product, there is a rocker switch. Rock this switch forward (toward the LEDs) to turn it on at full intensity (all 78 LEDs on). Rock this switch backward (away from the LEDs) to run it with half the LEDs (39 LEDs). Rock this switch toward the center to turn it off.

The Rechargeable Work Light comes with two plastic hooks on swivels (already affixed to the product); you may hang the light from any surface this hook can "grab" having a maximum diameter of ~1.4" (assuming it is a cylindrical horizontal "pole" or pipe) or with a hole with an opening of no less than ~0.10" in diameter.
So you can hang it from the "catch" on automobile hoods if you're working on the motor, etc.

These hooks are on swivels, so they can easily be positioned in any way you see fit, and neatly fold flat against the back of the product when they are not needed.

The Rechargeable Work Light also comes with a magnet attachment; just clip it to that skinnier place near the center of the product, and stick the magnet onto any ferrous (magnetic; iron, mild steel, nickel, cobalt, or gadolinium) surface.

Here it is shown mounted to a magnetic metal surface - the side of a fan in this case, as it was the only thing handy at the moment.

And here it is hanging from one of its hooks from the front of a dresser drawer.

There are no disposable batteries to change in the Extreme Light; so I don't have to tell you which part to dash to the floor or ground and stomp on with old or used bowling shoes or which part to kick in the garden so the hungry praying mantids will think it's something to eat and subsequently strike at.

Simply plug the small end of the supplied transformer's cord into the charging receptacle on the bottom of the product's handle, and plug the large end into any standard (in north America anyway) 110 to 130 volts AC 60Hz receptacle.

There is no indication whatsoever of how long the charge cycle should last before unplugging the unit; nor does it state how long it will provide light per charge. The website states "up to 5 hours per charge" - the "up to" part tells me that this is with only half the LEDs illuminated.

Photograph of the 78 white LEDs in the illuminator head.

The unit is made from a sturdy ABS plastic with what I believe is a polycarbonate plastic window protecting the LEDs.

This is a work light, not a flashlight meant to be carried around, thrashed, trashed, and abused; so I won't throw it against the wall, try to drown it in the {vulgar term for feces}bowl or the cistern, run over it, bash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoņata (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piņata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout or with a handheld wand), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or inflict upon it punishments that regular flashlights might have to go through. So this section of the web page will be significantly more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight that was born to be a flashlight.

I will however, be performing "The Smack Test" on it, because it might be dropped like an incandescent trouble light might be.

So I did just that (smacked it ten times against the concrete floor of a patio; five times against the side of the illuminator head and five times against the back of the tail), and found no damage whatsoever. I also stomped on it, and again, no damage was found.

There are two advisories printed on a label on the back of the work light that would seem to be rather important:



Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 393,000mcd (low) and 567,000mcd (high) on a Meterman LM631 light meter.
The source is fairly large; the intensity values here are almost certainly on the low side.

Beam photograph on a wall at ~10'.

Those rectangular graphic things in the upper left quadrant of this photograph are marquees from:
Nintendo ''R-Type''
Super ''Super Cobra''
Midway ''Omega Race''
Sega ''Star Trek''
Williams ''Joust''
Venture Line ''Looping''
Universal ''Mr. Do!'s Castle''
Jaleco ''Exerion''
Gremlin/Sega ''Astro Blaster''
Atari ''Tempest''
Gottlieb ''Q*bert''

upright coin-op arcade video games from the 1980s.

That graphic toward the right is:
A "BIG SCARY LASER" poster sent by

And that clock to the right of the "Big Scary Laser" poster is an Infinity Optics Clock.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this light.
USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis.
Image made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.

Test unit was purchased from the Sportsman's Guide website on 07-27-07, and was received on the afternoon of 08-14-07.

The charger is labelled to output 9.0 volts DC at 500mA.
Center of plug is (+) positive, outer can is (-) negative.

Product was made in China.
A product's country of origin really does matter to some people, which is why I published it on this web page.

UPDATE: 08-16-07
After ~2 hours, the AC charger temperature was measured at 157°F (69.4°C), and the temperature of the barrel of the product itself was 114°F (45.5°C).
This is a bit warmer than I'd like to see - especially that AC charger.



    MANUFACTURER: Unknown/not stated
    PRODUCT TYPE: Rechargeable LED "trouble light"
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 78
    BEAM TYPE: Wide spot w/soft fall-off to extinction
    SWITCH TYPE: Rocker switch on/mode change/off
    CASE MATERIAL: ABS plastic
    BEZEL: Plastic; LEDs protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: NiMH battery; voltage & capacity unknown
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND PEE-RESISTANT: Splatter-resistant at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: AC charger, magnet clamp
    SIZE: 14 1/2" L, 3 3/8" D
    WEIGHT: 1 lb, 6 ozs
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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