By April 20, 2010

Gordon Harbor Freight Tools 9 LED Flash Light Review

Sometimes you get what you pay for. Sometimes you need high quality gear that won’t fail on you when you need it the most.

And sometimes you can get by with the bare minimum because something is better than nothing at all.

The 9 LED flash light from Harbor Freight Tools is cheap, inexpensive, and pretty damn useful. Oh yeah, it can be had for as little as $3.99 for a pair.

Normally retailing at about $7.99, the 9 LED flashlight (part number 97036-3VGA) is sold in a 2-pack. A quick feature run down:

  • The flash light is about 3 1/2 inches long and comes with a very short lanyard.
  • The housing is a thin aluminum. It seems tough enough for use in a vehicle glove compartment.
  • The flashlight cannot be focused.
  • The 9 LEDs are bright enough to see things out to about twenty feet or so. Good enough if your car breaks down or the power goes out in your house.
  • The flash light is activated by a rubberized push-button on the back. One click turns it on, the next click turns it off.
  • The Gordon flashlight comes with batteries for both lights. It takes three AAAs.

I wouldn’t use (or depend on) this flashlight as my primary light in case of prolonged usage, but it is a great value for a backup or “just in case” light. I put one in my FJR1300A. If it dies due to heat or from being knocked around, a replacement can be acquired for about $2.
No complicated twist, click, double-click, rotate, click-click-click to operate this Gordon brand flashlight. One push on, one push off.

Sometimes you don’t need a flash light that will blind a bear at 100 yards. Sometimes you just need to get to your hand-held Bat Signal. Sometimes you just need a flash light to find your keys, or to escort you to the curb when you wheel your trash can out.

The Gordon 9 LED flash light sold at Harbor Freight Tools is a pretty damn good deal. I suggest you pick up a fistful of them for about the same price as an entry level “duty” LED flashlight.

Strongly recommended.

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