Are Stanley products supposed to be reliable?
May 19, 2011
Review by Patrick Walker
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Inexpensive, LED, bright, rechargeable, waterproof, adjustable dimmer.
Cons:Same problems with both items.
The Bottom Line: This was a complete surprise, especially from Stanley. They're just a name now with goods imported from China.
Would you buy a flashlight that had a warning stamped on it saying "Risk of fire or injury to persons" It is dangerously bright but I see no risk of fire.
Recommend this product?
This was another impulse buy at Sam's Club, I just had to have one. I figured since my old "1 million candle power" spotlight had a cracked lens and couldn't stay lit for more than 10 minutes, I'm due for a new one. What first impressed me was the small size then all the claims on the packaging. For under $40 and 500 lumens, this is the brightest light I've ever owned. On the downside and after less than 30 days each, there's a high probability you're going to be disappointed. What are the odds of having both fail with the same symptom, a faulty switch perhaps?
It does have its pros:
The FL5W10 is extremely bright and could cause temporary blindness or harm someone. Very compact, lightweight and rechargeable. The beam is a solid stream of light which can light up a hillside or object as far as the eye can see. The thick plastic lens is fixed (non-adjustable) and does not get hot to the touch as would the bulkier 100 watt incandescent models. The 30-40% low setting is sufficient however I run mine at full power. The dimmer selector is handy and an easy to use feature which incorporates a "beep" indicating that you're at the minimal or maximum setting. This adjustment can be performed with one hand, with the tip of your index finger. The on/off switch is like a small twist cap which must be turned 180 degrees in either direction.
The manufacturer claims "up to 10 hours" of runtime but I've never ran either of the lights more than 5 minutes at a time, a couple times in a week. After 7 or 8 days the light will not come on because the battery is low or discharges. I left it on the AC charger overnight, got the green light this morning and nothing. Maybe it's my fault? The manual says "recharge after each use until the charge status light turns green". I don't have time to babysit a flashlight. They should be like any other rechargeable device.
· Adjustable high/low dimmer for light output up to 500 lumens
· Waterproof and submersible up to 6 ft
· Up to 10 hours of continuous runtime (not true)
· Rechargeable and includes both AC and a 12 VDC car charger
As of this writing I am on my 2nd dud. The first one started acting up by not turning off now both would not turn on but indicated they were fully charge with a green LED charge status indicator light. Needless to say this is frustrating and not expected from a Stanley product. I called Stanley only to discover this is not their product but instead manufactured by Baccus Global.
I called Baccus Global's tech support (561-361-4900) but I have to send the light back and absorb the cost of shipping. I kept my receipt and will be returning #2 to Sam's for a refund. I don't want another replacement.
I depend on my flashlights and cannot see myself buying a third. Another "Made in China" product that you should avoid. I was really counting on this one, very impressed but was let down twice.
Here's something from the product manual I found of interest:
On a single charge, the spotlight will provide steady illumination for approximately 10 hours on its minimum (dimmest) setting; approximately 50 minutes on its maximum (brightest) setting.
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