A flashlight is an invaluable tool. We often need, however, both hands to do something else while using one. We sometimes solve the problem by: holding the flashlight with our teeth; sticking the flashlight under an arm; or trying to prop up the flashlight with whatever is close at hand. The above "solutions" often mean that the light is not pointed exactly where we would like or need.
And then we came across the BlackFire Clamplight. The Clamplight has a few ingenious features which make it a lot easier to direct the light to exactly where it is needed. More on that in detail later.
First, let's take a quick look at the what powers the Clamplight. The unit requires three AAA batteries for power. Unlike traditional designs, the Clamplight does not have a central tube. A tab in the back releases the cover to reveal the battery compartment cleverly molded into the side of the handle. We, of course, will be using the Eneloop rechargeable batteries to power the Clamplight.
What makes the Clamplight different from other flashlights is the Clamplight's impressive array of pointing and positioning options. Because of its tilt/swivel head and clamp/free-standing legs, the light can almost always be positioned exactly where needed while freeing the user's other hand for the task.
When straight, it functions like a typical flashlight. If both hands are needed, the legs can be used as a clamp to affix the light to a pipe or a shelf. The clamps can also be locked in the "flat" position so the light can stand. This is not the Clamplight's most stable configuration, but is a nice option when no suitable clamping surfaces are available.
Since the bulb is an LED it is much more efficient than/does not get as hot as/will last much longer than a typical filament-type bulb. At 64 Lumens, the Clamplight's output is super bright and will be useful even in the daytime. The one drawback is that the LED is not replaceable, but BlackFire does back it with a 2-yr guarantee. If you are looking for a versatile emergency flashlight for the toolbox, home or car, this BlackFire Clamplight should definitely be on the short list. [Permalink] - BlackFire Clamplight