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Very impressive, i would enjoy having those outlets!
I wonder what that GPS within a 1/2 mile thing is called, if it has an official name, i would want it in my next GPS

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it is a feature in iGo8. That is the GPS program that is shipped with most generic Chinese GPS units. It is also probably the most feature rich of any of the programs out there.

http://marketing.igomyway.com/USER_MANUALS/iGO_8/iGO8_R3_PDA_UserManual_...

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Hi DChomak,

Thankyou for posting this.

Do you happen to know what kind of Led that last Defiant flashlight set for $16 has in it?

I also notice the build quality of this year’s Defiant/Lowes flashlight’s use some of the same tailcaps/head’s/button’s I wonder whom the flashlight builder might be for these stores?

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Very interesting.  Thanks for posting.  I'll be swinging by HD in my near future anyway, though I might skip HD's offerings and run across the street for another Lowes 2D XP-G2.

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tarpon31 wrote:
Hi DChomak, Thankyou for posting this.

Do you happen to know what kind of Led that last Defiant flashlight set for $16 has in it?

I also notice the build quality of this year’s Defiant/Lowes flashlight’s use some of the same tailcaps/head’s/button’s I wonder whom the flashlight builder might be for these stores?

I believe the package said 350 lumen. I looked and I think I remember an XP-G2

Those 2 lights for $16 seems pretty good.

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garrybunk wrote:

Very interesting.  Thanks for posting.  I’ll be swinging by HD in my near future anyway, though I might skip HD’s offerings and run across the street for another Lowes 2D XP-G2.

-Garry

Why not 1 of each? Smile

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dchomak wrote:
garrybunk wrote:

Very interesting.  Thanks for posting.  I'll be swinging by HD in my near future anyway, though I might skip HD's offerings and run across the street for another Lowes 2D XP-G2.

-Garry

Why not 1 of each? Smile

Play money around the holidays is much tighter Sad .

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garrybunk wrote:

dchomak wrote:
garrybunk wrote:

Very interesting.  Thanks for posting.  I’ll be swinging by HD in my near future anyway, though I might skip HD’s offerings and run across the street for another Lowes 2D XP-G2.

-Garry

Why not 1 of each? Smile

Play money around the holidays is much tighter Sad .

-Garry


What I do To get around that is think, I’ll just gift it. That works pretty well, but then come Christmas, everybody ends up getting 5 flashlights LOL
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Thanks dchomak.  Guess Black Friday must have been a bust.  I looked at the 2 pack that is now $16.  They just don't do anything for me as I have several lights like them.  Maybe someone will do a tear down and change my mind.

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tarpon31 wrote:
Hi DChomak, Thankyou for posting this. Do you happen to know what kind of Led that last Defiant flashlight set for $16 has in it? I also notice the build quality of this year's Defiant/Lowes flashlight's use some of the same tailcaps/head's/button's I wonder whom the flashlight builder might be for these stores?

Yes, XP-G2 but there's no driver. There's a rectangular pcb with the switch and 2 smd resistors on it. The Lux-Pro 2D is brighter stock and I think much easier to mod unless you just want to direct drive it.

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ImA4Wheelr wrote:

Thanks dchomak.  Guess Black Friday must have been a bust.  I looked at the 2 pack that is now $16.  They just don’t do anything for me as I have several lights like them.  Maybe someone will do a tear down and change my mind.

I recommend the big 1500 lumen 3X XM-L2 they have.

This has turned into my bedside light.

Only problem is it has a plastic lens so I ordered a 60mm lens from here—> http://www.flashlightlens.com/index.php?app=ecom&ns=prodshow&ref=UCLp_AR

This light remind’s me a lot of my Trustfire J-19 but this light stay’s by my side door as one of my animal watching light’s. Smile

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tarpon31 wrote:
Hi DChomak, Thankyou for posting this. Do you happen to know what kind of Led that last Defiant flashlight set for $16 has in it? I also notice the build quality of this year’s Defiant/Lowes flashlight’s use some of the same tailcaps/head’s/button’s I wonder whom the flashlight builder might be for these stores?

Yes, XP-G2 but there’s no driver. There’s a rectangular pcb with the switch and 2 smd resistors on it. The Lux-Pro 2D is brighter stock and I think much easier to mod unless you just want to direct drive it.

Thankyou Gj for letting me know about that flashlight.

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That’s a 3c Cell 700 lumen zoomie for $16.00. The only flashlights of mine I can compare it with are my 2c Cell Costco Duracell 500 lumen zoomie, and my 5c Cell Defiant thrower — and the 700 lumen Defiant is noticeably better for the focus & extended zoom than the Duracell & a bit brighter than the 493 lumen Defiant.

The button is on the handle of the 3C which I prefer. Both the end cap and head of that light are crenelated and sharp: a bit too sharp so I took some fine sandpaper & toned then down. I prefer the 3c cell longer handle over the Duracell for those times when whacking moles may be necessary. The shaft of the 3C is nicely stippled for a great grip. This is a no brainier for $16. I bought it in Livermore, CA.

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I picked up a 2-pack of the 350 lumen Defiants. No, they are definitely NOT high quality but for the price of $8 a piece WITH batteries, I think most non-flashaholics would be more than impressed. Fairly tight hotspot, decent amount of spill and good throw. You could do a lot worse with $16.

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I picked up a 2-pack of the 350 lumen Defiants. No, they are definitely NOT high quality but for the price of $8 a piece WITH batteries, I think most non-flashaholics would be more than impressed. Fairly tight hotspot, decent amount of spill and good throw. You could do a lot worse with $16.

Thank’s guy’s for your impression’s on these flashlights.

As for the double pack of 350 lumen defiant’s it appear’s they use C batteries….if that’s the case it’s good to have a few of those around as here in Florida when we had the hurricanes hit us hard we were out of power for week’s and the only batteries you could ever find on the shelf were C batteries….this is why I picked up two of the utilitech 3C battery XM-L2 flashlight’s in case that mess happen’s again but like you said Badger4715 these light’s are not realy impressive to flashoholic’s but as flashoholic’s we know what light’s to have and when is best to use them. Smile

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Hope dchomak is ok with me borrowing the below pic.  I picked up the below 2 pack just to see if the tube would fit the legendary DST.  It doesn't.  The tube is too wide to even go into the DST head.

The light is thin and cheaply built. Not even going to bother doing a tear down or review thread on it.    Unprotected King Kongs don't fit diameter wise.  The tube would need to be slightly bored to get them to fit.  Whyyyyyy?  Defiant, please bring back a quality light.  Make an xml2 with 80mm head that holds 4S fat C cells (that way 3 26650's can be made to fit).

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I saw those same (2) for $16 lights at my home depot earlier in the week. They didn't impress me so I didn't get any. Glad I didn't.

-Garry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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They're not bad for what they are, they're just bad for what we would want them to become. Remember they're only $10 at full retail with batteries included, at $8 it's good to  throw in the car trunk with the cells separate in a plastic bag.

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A week ago I left for Ohio from CT. I thought I would test out my theories at the Home Depots along the way. During my trip I would be passing thru New York and Pennsylvania. I set my GPS to include any HD’s that were no more than 1 mile off route, there were 7. What a great way to break up a 550 mile trip!
The first store was in Waterbury, CT. That store is about 35 miles out and I don’t often visit that store as I have no occasion to.

Waterbury, CT
8:43 AM

Too bad I parked so far from the front door! I had to walk all the way back to off load this drill pack I found in the recycle bin

It’s one of the newer Makita 3.0Ah packs with the “star”. That means it has the BMS on board and actually has a lifetime warranty. Why would anyone toss one in the recycle bin?
I found 2 displays with this worklight, they had about 50 pieces in all. These are only 45 lumen and run on 3-AAA cells, not included. It’s a fair light and at $1.52 makes a good stocking stuffer.

I searched around for “penny” items, the only item that could qualify was this Power meter. Functionally it is like the Kill-a-watt meters and can measure the amount of energy used be an appliance or electrical device.

I could tell from the price, on clearance and ends with a “3” that it could be a good candidate. The date of 03/22/14 is certainly old enough, so I brought one up to scan and sure enough it’s a penny. There were 2 so I went back and got the second one too. Got 4 of the work lights also.

From there I traveled on to the Danbury store. At this store I struck out! (maybe jmpaul320 was already there?)
9:50 AM

I am fairly certain my theories hold true in CT, but do they extend beyond my home state borders? Can I find “penny” deals in other States?

Next store is Brewster, NY. I am starting to get a little smarter, parking closer to the front entrance.
10:44 AM

to be continued……………..

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continued

BTW, as I walk into each store I have been checking out the recycle bins for Drill packs. The recycle bins are usually right next to the returns counter just inside the entrance. Occasionally they are behind the return counter so it is impossible to check them. No worthwhile packs in Brewster, but after having walked the store I did find 1 penny item. It was the florescent “Silva” light that I had posted about earlier. It was on a shelf with other odds and ends with no pricing. It was only because I had come across it before at a penny that I figured that it too might be a penny. Also in that pile was another of the propane gauges that I had come across before. I had paid as little as $5 for it. This time I was hoping it would be a penny, but it was still $5. Instead of bringing the propane gauge back, I thought of one more person I could gift it too so I checked out.


On the road again. (Canned Heat, 1967)
Next stop,
Middletown, NY 11:54 AM

At this store the recycle bin outside in the vestibule! But there is a baffle at the top that makes it impossible to reach in.
The rest of the store was a bust also. Sad
But I did come across a table of odds and ends. Nothing of interest except for about 10 – 4 foot, 12 outlet power strips. No prices on them though, but I suspected they could be on clearance so I brought one up to scan. It scanned at $15.06. That means that it could be on that price spiral. An item like that usually goes for about $40, so $15.06 is a good price. I was tempted to get the one, but I brought it back.
On to Monticello N.Y. 1:04 PM

As always, I first checked the recycle bin, nothing, then on into the store.
First thing I ran into was a display for the very same 12 outlet power strips as the last store. This time they were hanging in electrical and were priced at the scanned price of $15.06. The date on the tag was 06/09/14, just days away from another price reduction!, maybe. I would be coming back this way in a week, I made a mental note (more like a mental obsession) to stop by. That new price, when it comes will end with an “03”


I turned the corner and came upon this display.
LED Madness CLEARANCE, check it out.

I didn’t need to check it out, I instantly recognized a couple of the penny lights in the lower right hand corner.

Scanned them and sure enough a penny. I also saw this one on the regular light shelf and I also recognized it as a “penny light” but it scanned at $16.97, not the penny or even the displayed price of $20.97.


Now it’s about 1:30PM and according to my GPS there is only 1 more HD until Ohio, about 6 hours further in Erie, PA. Up until now, I have been hitting a HD once about every hour or so.
What am I going to do for the next 6 hours, just drive???? How boring.
My GPS has “an along the way” function that will find “points of interest” locations that are no more than a mile or so out of the way. I used my HD app on my smart phone and found 1 HD that was along the way, about 3 hours out and not too far out of the way. So I set course for that one. Nice way to break up that 6 hours of deprivation.
Painted Post, N.Y. 4:47 PM

I walked the store and found no penny deals, but I did find this. I have never noticed these before and wouldn’t even have given it a second look except for the fact that I found those 5 USB outlets in an earlier post about a week ago. These were 16.88 and are reduced to $4.32. Not a bad price for what it is. It screws into an existing outlet and gives you 4 swivel outlets AND 2 USB charging ports.

They were displayed in 2 different places and they had about 20 of them. Like I said, I have never noticed them before in any HD store.

The date on the tag is 10/27/14, so I wouldn’t expect them to be reduced further anytime soon?
On the other hand, I have seen prices that end with a “2” go to a penny before.
I also saw these again. So I bought another.


After I went outside, I thought that rotating swivel outlet was just too cool, so I went back in for another.

Days later, after I had arrived in Ohio, I saw those units in a Radio Shack. I had already decided that I blew it, I should have gotten more as Christmas gifts. What I saw in Radio Shack only confirmed what I had already concluded. These units were well worth the price at $4.32!
Radio Shack asks $24.99! (No wonder they probably won’t be around after Christmas)

Well, on to the last HD during my trip to Ohio.
Erie, PA 8:24PM

Usually when I make this trip and arrive in Erie I make a bee line for my FAVORITE restaurant, GOLDEN CORRAL. All you can eat, just my kind of place. But THIS time I went straight to HD across the street. It’s 8:30PM and HD closes at 9. No time to do both. I struck out in the store but I found a new old stock Ryobi Drill pack in the recycle bin. Instead of all I could eat steak, I had a hamburger at BK. ECK.

Well I must conclude that my penny hunt didn’t go as well as I had hoped. I did prove that these penny deals are wide spread, I believe my lack of GREAT success was more of a matter of timing than anything else. I am quite sure that if I was at those same stores a month ago when all those penny deals were first taking place, I would have been MUCH more successful.

On the return trip I made it a point to stop at the Painted Post store for a few more of those $4.32 swivel outlets, but they were all gone! I was sick about that, did they go to a penny and I missed out? Or did someone else buy them all?
I also stopped back at Monticello to check on those 12 outlet power strips that were $15.06. When I got there, the display was still as I had left it a week earlier, price tag still at $15.06. I grabbed one and brought it up to scan anyway.
I was right!, they reduced the price again while I was gone. They scanned for $5.03
I bought all 7 that they had. The only reason they were still there is they neglected to change the price tag.
Not only that, but I found 3 of the swivel outlet devices that were sold out of the other store. There they were, hanging nearby marked at $16.88, but I knew they would scan at $4.32, so I grabbed the last 3. Once again, the only reason they were still there is they neglected to change the price tag.
A happy ending to a very long story.

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If you check with a instore price checker, will it register them as 1 cent or only on checkout?

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If you check with a instore price checker, will it register them as 1 cent or only on checkout?

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Bort wrote:
If you check with a instore price checker, will it register them as 1 cent or only on checkout?

Price scan at the self checkout will show a penny. The HD app on my phone will either show “Oops, not found” or full list price when an item has been reduced to a penny. Those are clues that it could scan for a penny.
Just today I found this deal at my hometown HD, but I passed. I could never have gotten it scanned in the checkout lane as the box was too huge to hold up and pass over the scanner. It would have required assistance from an employee with a hand scanner. I took the down the tag and scanned the tag.

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will employees often refuse to sell you 1 cent items if you go to a regular register?

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That 1 cent chandelier though! 

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Price scan at the self checkout will show a penny.
So that means you’ve bought it before you know for sure?

Or can you scan at the self checkout to find out the price and decide at that point?

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hank wrote:
Price scan at the self checkout will show a penny. So that means you've bought it before you know for sure? Or can you scan at the self checkout to find out the price and decide at that point?

HD self-checkouts have a 'Price-check' button, you can check and then either cancel or add it to the transaction. I wish Lowes had it.

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Thanks dchomak that’s nice information to know. Next time I’m at HD I’ll have a look around.

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I finished up the tale of my Home Depot Trek in post 200

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dchomak wrote:
BTW, as I walk into each store I have been checking out the recycle bins for Drill packs. The recycle bins are usually right next to the returns counter just inside the entrance. Occasionally they are behind the return counter so it is impossible to check them.

Don’t they give you a hard time about fishing around in these recycle bin? Have they ever confronted you?

Our son wanted to look at the new computer at Best Buy. They have these bins in the lobby for recycling various things and one was even overstuffed with chargers. I was tempted to have a look but my wife though it was not a good idea since they watch people like a hawk. She’s probably right.

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