@Kerig3 wow ok i better take your word for it or i'll never have a good flashlight from any other brand in the history of existence ever again. EVER. i better buy everything cree makes to help support them and their best in class flashlights
@tlampe38 I was stating my OPINION, so please don't get your shorts all in a bunch! Geez. 😛 I'm not married to Cree as a brand, but to the emitter type that's now being cloned all over the place in flashlights from China. Regular LED bulbs are ok, but you need so many of them in order to produce the same amount of light in a heavier, more energy consuming flashlight.
@Kerig3 I used a cree single led flashlight and few other flashlights on a mountain hike the last couple of nights. With the Cree I could see my car from halfway up the mountain and spotlight other hikers anywhere on my side of the mountain. Not good to let the kids use them though because they can be blinding. I'm sure these lights are as good as any other cheap flashlights and I'll probably buy them anyway.
@Pufferfishy I have one of those, as well as 5 other styles, all purchased direct-from-china for somewhat less $. The bottom line, and as @bruno187 stated, these things are extremely bright. (not for kids) Not too long ago it used to be that if you wanted that kind of lumen output from a flashlight, it would come from a monster spotlight type that weighs several lbs and costs 3x as much. Once I got my cree clones, my standard LED flashlights went in a box for a future garage sale. 😁
Well here we fucking go again. We round the corner of impulsivity and temptation as we near that janky ass pawn shop on the wrong end of town. The normally dark and dreary alley is suddenly bright. So bright in fact that you are almost blinded by the intensity. As you approach you realize that Twofer Tuesday has used soo many lights that it's nearly impossible to see her hideous figure. Dodging quite the mental bullet, you thank Twofer Tuesday and simply buy a few lights...not to many though. We need that fucking buffer because aint nobody wanna see that shit.
Don't let Ideaworks lights go out on me. Although I'd hold it myself, the magnet does it for me I'd just use the stand and keep my hands all freeeeee But without 3 triple a batteries, its like the sun going out on me.
I was just thinking I need a good light when connecting all my meh USB stuff to the USB slots on the back of my computer. Hey, am I the only one that tries to plug in a USB upside down, EVERY-SINGLE-TIME?
OH GOD NO! I just saw the Amazon review that says this is sold under the "Bell + Howell" name LOL. That reminded me of their HORRIBLE infomercial where they demo this thing. Watch from about 0:13-0:21 they CLEARLY use TWO beams that come on at TWO different times and are pointed at TWO DIFFERENT PLACES! They start in the same spot but someone neglected to tell the actors to keep them pointed there LOL.
Sigh but the Amazon reviews are good (even though there are only 9), it might be worth the risk. Is there anyone who has actual experience using these??
On the fence due to flashlight oversupply spousal guilt.
A couple thoughts: (1) Good or bad, these might be bigger than you think. At 8.5 x 2.25 x 1.25" they're about the size of a typical TV remote. (2) If you're thinking of stowing them in a tool box or glove box for emergency/infrequent use, don't install batteries. Keep the batteries with it but in a zip lock bag. (Leakage, everyone eventually gets it.)
if you happen to live near one. three words, Harbor Freight Tools, they usually have their 27led worklight free with coupon several times a year. usually free with any purchase, but sometimes free no purchase necessary.
@Pufferfishy If you ever look at the weekend newspaper, they frequently (almost every Sunday) have an ad with a 20% off coupon, and one for a free item with purchase (usually a 25' tape measure, 9 led flashlight, utility scissors, cheap screwdriver set or 5x7 tarp, and occasionally the above mentioned 27 LED - which does have a magnet and hanger hook but does not articulate -, leather work gloves, or a multi-meter). You can use both coupons at the same time, even using the discount coupon on top of their sale item prices. I keep a dozen fliers in my car and I stop in almost every time I go into town and get a pair of rubber palm work gloves for the garden (1.49 after 20% 0ff coupon) or 2 part epoxy glue (0.79 after discount) etc and a free item... I have lots of flashlights (and tape measures, multi-meters, tarps etc) consequently, but I am still going to pull the trigger on this one. My favorite use for a similar one (36 LED) I already own is to put it on the side table of the BBQ (thanks to the magnetic base) when darkness falls before I am done grilling. These will be gifted at Christmas. Damn you meh and your VMP!
@mehod i have a few of these HF 27led lights. They are about the only LED flashlight that's been dead when I go to use it without me noticing them getting dimmer first. I get that flashlights use batteries, but these HF lights seem to use them when turned off.
I've purchased these in Walmart $10@ and Amazon $17/2 several times. "Why?" you cry insidiousky.... Because each time a washer / plumbing / irritating, know-it-all neighbor repair guy or a friend's teenager calls to whisper, "I lost the cobra's baby somewhere when I was vacuuming, i was balancing it on my head! Help before Mom find's out!" loved this incredibly simple yet useful light and "wished I had one when..." So... Another one bites the dust. Just bout 6, maybe I should get more? But how many incidents of people who may need one can I know? Batteries last long time (yeah, I throw those in, too).
@stuartpb You've got us. It was fishy enough that we hid it. Googling makes me think it's some source (like a private forum) that's scrambling what info they send out as their actual url. Or possibly it's scrambling non-English characters.
what the hell, guys... I went to sleep last night EXPECTING the allure of these cheap, crappy lights to cause you suckers to buy them all, saving me the embarrassment of spending my hard earned cash in the morning.
But NOOOO, apparently something that simple was an impossible task for you folks.
@bill0x NO!!!! And what? Take the batteries out and put then in a charger when they need to recharge? What are we, friggin' cavemen? I want to be able to plug the worklight itself in or set in on a dock or something so I know it's always charged and ready to go. I don't want to have to swap out batteries like some battery changer guy or something. Dumb!
I bought two. They showed up today. Both are broken. With the first one, it's the button. The yellow rubber button is missing. You have to stick your finger inside the flashlight to trigger the button mechanism soldered onto the circuit board. With the second one, the second light, at the top of the flashlight, doesn't work. It's supposed to be like this: CLICK-big light; CLICK-off; CLICK-top light; CLICK-off. Instead, this one goes like this: CLICK-big light; CLICK-off; CLICK-off; CLICK-off. This is my first real disappointment from Meh. Honeymoon's over, I guess...
@AttyVette Good idea. I am wondering about how the ones I have that are ok will be after a few uses. The buttons are really crappy ( if you see how they are if you get one that is broken. ) Other than that they are a great light and I like all the functions of how it can be put in place -- hook, magnet, stand and of course easy to hold.
@ceagee two of my LED lights are broken as well...... :( some of the led lights never light up and the clip on the back of one of the battery backs that holds the back in place, has been broken off. Sigh..I just sent an email to meh about these defective/ broken led lights but I am wondering about giving these lights as stocking stuffers gifts now..makes me wonder if these LED lights will last until the proverbial water gets hot!
@AttyVette The way the switch is mounted is the worst weak point in the design. Although, consistently damaging the wires during assembly doesn't lead to much confidence in the durability either.
This made me wonder: While holding a flashlight in just one hand, could I break the switch off just by pressing the button with my thumb? The answer was yes. It took only 3 overly enthusiastic switch on/switch off cycles.
I was mimicking an energetic child, or frustrated adult. I was pressing harder than needed, but not insanely hard.
These would be good stocking stuffers for the twelve year old version of me. I liked to take apart broken electronics back then, too. Most people aren't like me. So these are not great stocking stuffers for most people.
UPDATE: I pulled the yellow switch cover out of the flashlight, and the yellow ring. (They weren't mounted all that well to begin with.) I see I cracked the board, but didn't break it all the way through. Without the yellow parts in the way, the switch still works. I can't easily work it with my thumb, but I can with my little finger, or with a cheap pen. I still wouldn't recommend these as gifts for the average person.
I received my meh.com lights today. Definitely NOT meh. These are not anything like the free Harbor Freight lights. Very bright, strong magnet. Solid build, 7.6 ounces without batteries. Not flimsy like HF. ll four arrived in perfect condition.
@gnext2 I had exactly the same thing happen to the first one I used (bought 4, some as gifts). So I opened the others and they SEEM to be fine and work correctly. But time will tell. I did send CS a note that the first one is defective. We'll see what happens.
Mine work perfectly - expected them to be crap and instead they are really nice, decent lights for the money. Please bring them back prior to that day in December when I have to visit distant relatives I don't know nor give a shit about but am expected to exchange gifts with and eat their food and trust that I won't die of salmonellosis.
I ordered 2 two-packs for a total of 4. The first one broke the first time we tried it, the on/off button just snapped off when we turned it on, just like @gnext2. The second one has been fine - so far.
@gnext2 unfortunately, replacements aren't a common thing around here. They have a small/set number of items and once they're gone - that's all she wrote. Glad you got refunded for the busted one(s) though!
Hi @rockitman - when did you write in? Did you use meh.com/support to contact meh's support? Or did you email? Support can take a business day or 2 to respond - especially since one of the team isn't in the office this week.
Hello I wrote two times telling about the lights that were not good from day one. Please give me a update on the status. They are just sitting here. Both broke the first time I tried them. The button is broken. Thanks
Posting this here too in case someone else's breaks and they come looking at the original thread. Here's how I fixed my buttons:
I bought 4, 3 of them had broken buttons. There's an empty space behind the circuit board so it flexes and lets the button slip off of the switch inside. I cut some scrap wood to fit those voids and hot glued them in place. Buttons haven't slipped off again since.
@rockitman hey - you keep posting, but not answering? Please write in to meh.com/support - that's the only way you can get your issue addressed. These forums are just user chat and not for contacting support.