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The Defiant 500-Lumen Utility LED Light is $9.97 at Home Depot. It runs on four AA batteries which are included. Actually the batteries provided are Defiant alkaline batteries with a 2023 expiration date.

The light is cool white and the beam is very homogeneous over about a 160 degree cone. The advertised 500 lumens looks accurate. Since I'm going to store it in the trunk of my car, I replaced the alkaleaks with AmazonBasics High Capacity Ni-MH AA batteries. Plenty of room is provided in the battery compartment for these slightly over-sized high capacity batteries. The overall build quality of this utility light is actually quite good.

This Home Depot special has been posted on BensBargains.com off-and on for a week, but I haven't noticed it in this thread. Pardon if I've double posted.


Edit:  If anyone is interested in some limited test data on AmazonBasics High Capacity Batteries, check out this post. << Conclusion, you may be better off with Eneloop batteries for longevity.  Edited.>>

 

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Nice work light. I might have to check it out.

Costco had a deal recently on a pack of 2 CAT 500lm work lights for $9.97, and they had 2 brightness levels, but that deal seems to have expired now.

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After watching some youtube reviews, I ended up picking one up. The main complaint about it is fairly short runtime – realistically about 2 hours, but with plenty of NiMH cells on hand, I’m not too worried. Otherwise, it seems like a pretty good utility light. I like it. Thanks ActiveAl for heads up!

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Pete, thank you for the photos, the YouTube tip, and helpful info about the run time.  I looked at several of the YouTube videos, and this one was my favorite. In it, the guy disassembles the Defiant utility light, puts in a tripod mount, adds a stick-on heat sink to some very hot resistors on the circuit board, and reassembles. It is a little long (35 min) but was entertaining. 

 

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I thought I’d verify runtime on this Defiant 500 utility light. This is using AmazonBasics High Capacity NiMH cells and ceilingbounce app:

Attempt #1:

As you can see, the light flatlined after about 24 minutes and it would not turn back on. The cells were at 1.27V when I pulled them out and were fairly warm. I put in another set of cells, and the light still would not turn on. I waited half an hour. Still no signs of life. I opened it up, but did not see any burned elements and nothing smelled burnt. I put the light back together and it started working again. Weird. I’m currently recharging my NiMH cells so that I can redo the test and see what happens this time.

Wondering if it’s some kind of overheat protection mechanism that shut it down? Maybe this light wasn’t designed to run on as much current as NiMH cells can deliver? I haven’t come across anything that would suggest that…

Anyone else care to do a runtime test on theirs?



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Attempt #2:

This time I had the light standing vertically up on its long side. The previous run where it failed, I had it standing on its shorter side – maybe it did not like that?

The light was still on when I ended the run at about 120 minutes, but the light was fairly dim at that point. Cells were down to around 0.9V after I pulled them out.

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 My question is how badly does having the tweeter in front of the woofer affect the bass?

 

i bought these instead .... Baby said..  bump bump 

 

καὶ τὸ φῶς ἐν τῇ σκοτίᾳ φαίνει καὶ ἡ σκοτία αὐτὸ οὐ κατέλαβεν

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“ My question is how badly does having the tweeter in front of the woofer affect the bass?”

If you play Electric Light Orchestra tunes it really rocks otherwise it sounds like Barry Manilow kicked in the nuts.

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