Last year I reviewed the Coast LED Lenser Auto LED (TT7575), a nifty little LED flashlight specifically designed to fit in your car’s 12V power port (cigarette lighter socket). Like anything that is new and useful, imitations start to appear. Today I want to show you the Spotlight LED flashlight from Weiguo Solutions. Let’s see if this little flashlight is either a lame copy of the original, or a much better version.
The first thing going for the Spotlight is the fact that it is available in 10 different colors, that include Red, Blue, Silver, Orange, Pink, Yellow, Purple, Black, Green and Titanium. For this review, I was sent a Blue, Purple and Orange Spotlight.
Light type: LED
Bulb: .5 watt/28 Lumens
Lens: Glass (“Moon” lens)
Reflector: Crystal Reflector Tube System
Beam type: Circular
Case type: Anodized aluminum
Powered by: Rechargeable 3.6-volt 80 milliamp-hour (mAh) Ni-MH battery
Water resistant?: Yes
Size: 2in length and 0.85 diameter (51 x 21.5mm)
The barrel of this tiny flashlight has a gnarled grip that allows you to keep a firm grasp on it. The top twists clockwise to turn on the light, and counter clockwise to turn it off and put it in charging mode.
The end opposite the bulb is the charging contact for a 12V power port in your car, boat, etc. Seven hours of charge will allow you to burn the light for about 120 minutes. The Spotlight isn’t designed to enable you to replace the batteries, but it should last for a couple of years without that need.
I tested the Spotlight in my 2006 Mazda 3 and my 1991 older-than-dirt GMC Sonoma pickup truck. It worked perfectly in the Mazda and not at all in the GMC. The cigarette lighter socket in the GMC is just too large for the flashlight to keep contact for charging.
In the image above, you see the Spotlight plugged into the power port in my Mazda. As soon as you start the car, a secondary LED starts glowing Red to let you know that the flashlight’s batteries are charging. The light is designed so that you can leave it plugged into the power port all the time, so that the battery will be charged and ready to go anytime you need to use the flashlight. And the cool thing is that this Red LED matches the Mazda’s other Red LEDs. :o)
When you need to use the light, you just remove it from the socket, twist the top clockwise and enjoy. What could be more simple? The beam on this little light is quite impressive. It’s brighter than the Coast LED Lenser Auto LED for sure. Perfect for aiding you in changing a tire, reading a map, finding your keys or whatever.
The Spotlight won’t replace a full-sized flashlight, but it is a perfect little tool to have in your car for those times when you need a quick beam of light. At $15, it won’t break the bank and makes a great gift for all the drivers in your family. My verdict is that the Spotlight is a worthy replacement for the Coast LED Lenser Auto LED. It’s brighter, easier to use due to the gnarled grip and comes in 10 different colors.