I first bought them at Frye's (Calif) for $4, then for about a buck last Christmas. The Harbor Freight one looks exactly the same. The problem is that I have several where the push button or inside spring went out of alignment, and brightness would be variable. I probably threw out a lot of AAA batteries not knowing whether the batteries were dead or some contact was out of alignment causing low bightness. They have 9 LED's.
Originally Posted by dj1
Frye's 16 LED (also 3 AAA) light is nice & compact and the switch seems more reliable (for $2 during Christmas).
If only someone would take these cheap LED light boards and merge them with a nice machined tube body, Mag-Lite would need to be worried about competition.
When Duracell was known as Mallory Coppertop,and before Ray-o-Vac & Everready were bought & sold 10-times by private equity, they had a leak guaranty -- any device damaged by leaking batteries was to be replaced.
PS Speaking of China -- I remember paying $15-$20 for an enclosed CFL 20 years ago; it was the only way to get white light (EVERYTHING was warm 2700k). GE & Philips made FL40 and 22/32 circulines in the US, but the CFL's were mostly made in Japan as a high end product. Some guy in China found a cheaper way to make spiral glass and the rest is history. But I'm sure too many of their workers are getting exposed to mercury to pay for the $3 CFL's.
Last edited by t_manero; 08-07-2012 at 02:38 PM.