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Maxxeon WorkStar 2000 Technician’s Floodlight Review

Make no mistake.  We’re suckers for flashlights at The Gadgeteer!  I thought I’d seen it all, but this odd duck grabbed my attention.  The WorkStar 2000 Technician’s Floodlight from Maxxeon has a swiveling head, magnets, a hook and a rechargeable battery?  Let’s take a look!

You get a wall charger, car charger, belt clip and instructions.

The Maxxeon WorkStar 2000 Technician’s Floodlight’s most notable feature is the rotating head, which rotates 360 degrees and tilts 180.

LED Brightness (Luminous Flux) High > 300 emitter lumens, Low > 75 emitter lumens
LED, Color, Power Cree XP-G, Cool White, 5 W
Heat sink LED and lens are mounted in a sealed aluminum heat sink assembly, which protects the LED from dirt and fluids
ON/OFF HI/LO Power/Brightness Switch Recessed ON/OFF push button switch also controls 2 brightness levels
Favorite Brightness Level Memory Turns ON and OFF to your favorite brightness level, yet easy to change to the other level
Batteries Included
6 AA rechargeable NiMH battery pack. Pack is user replaceable.
Run time per charge
High > 2 hours, Low > 8 hours
Recharge Time
About 3 hours
Regulator Circuit
High efficiency constant current circuit to maximize brightness and runtime
Charge/discharge Indicator
A bicolor LED charge/discharge level indicator flashes green and red to help you estimate the remaining runtime and recharge time
Lens
Unique “fresnel-like” lens provides a smooth beam of light with no hot spots
Glass Lens
Tempered glass with a shock absorbing rubber gasket
Material
High impact PC, except neck and hook, which are glass reinforced ABS
Flared Base
Stable when standing upright thanks to the wide flared base
Hand Grip
Comfortable ergonomic hand grip
Head Rotation
Head rotates 360 degrees with smooth stop-notch action
Head Tilt
Tilts 180 degrees and has a tension adjustment screw that prevents head from flopping
Retractable Hook length 3 inches (7.5 cm) when extended; retracts into body
Hook diameter 1 inch (2.5 cm)
Magnets 2 powerful, co-planar, nickel-plated, neodymium rare-earth magnets
Belt Clip Better than holster, this belt clip lets you use the light while clipped to your belt. It quickly clips onto the light and slips off just as easily, but sticks securely while in use.
Tripod Standard camera tripod socket in base
Overall length
10 1/4 inches (26 cm)
Body Dimensions
6 3/4 x 2 x 2 inches (17 x 5 x 5 cm), anti-roll surfaces
Head Dimensions
3 x 1.5 x 1.5 inches (7.5 x 3.8 x 3.8 cm)
AC Power Supply 100-220 VAC 50/60 Hz UL-Approved North American power supply with standard “Type A”, two prong plug
Car Charger 12 VDC car adapter
What’s Included WorkStar 2000 with rechargeable NiMH batteries, 100-220 VAC power supply, 12 VDC car adapter, belt clip
Weight
1 lb (0.5 kg)
Warranty
1 year

The two silver discs are a pair of very, very strong magnets.  This light measures just over 10 inches long.

The red button is the on/off switch.  It also toggles the brightness level between hi (300 lumens) and low (75 lumens).

Feeding time!  The internal NiMH pack, which the manufacturer says is replaceable, charges in about three hours.

The belt clip stays put via the magnets.  I thought this would never hold, but there are two posts that slide into the body that keep it from just popping off.  I wouldn’t go mountain climbing or engage in extreme sports with this on my belt, but it works!

The bottom has a tripod screw and a pull-out hook that extends out 3 inches.  I nearly missed this feature, but the hook has proven very useful.

This is the business-end of the light.  A Cree XP-G, Cool White, 5 W LED really shines, literally.

And how does it look?  Well, I was pleasantly surprised to see how “crisp” the edges of the light was.  No hotspots in the center.  Very uniform throughout. And boy is it bright!  I found that the “low” setting (75 lumens) was plenty bright for most close-up work.

Light on "LOW" (about 75 lumens)

Light on "HIGH" (300 lumens)

I attempted to take snapshots of the two brightness settings.  It’s difficult to tell the difference in these photos, but “high” is definitely brighter, but it’s a little hard to tell what mode you’re in as you toggle between them.  Some kind of visual indicator like on the status LED (which only blinks once every few seconds when in use) would have been nice.

The hook, combined with the swivel head, is my favorite feature.  I like to have some extra light when I’m working on some project in the car.  Here, the hook is hanging off the sunroof opening.

I can’t say enough good things about this light.  I’ve used it nearly every day for a few weeks now, and the battery shows no sign of letting up.  I suppose it helps I always use it on the “low” setting, which I find perfectly adequate for close-up work.

 

Product Information

Price:$119.75
Manufacturer:Maxxeon
Pros:
  • Swivels and tilts
  • Rechargable (home and car chargers included)
  • "Low" setting is plenty bright
  • Pull-out hook is a handy touch
Cons:
  • Slightly expensive

{ 1 comment… add one }

  • Mark Adkins January 22, 2012, 3:31 pm

    What a cool light! I really want to get one for use in th… wait- is that the real price? Ahhh…

    I may have to stick with my other lights for now, even if I have to hold them in my teeth. Dang!

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