For mechanics, home inspectors, firefighters and police, a professional use LED flashlight is part of the everyday work uniform. Firefighters use LED lights to see their way through burning buildings. Police officers use LED flashlights during roadside inspections and arrests. And mechanics and inspectors use LED lights to peer far into the crevices and crannies of engine blocks and crawl spaces.
Today we’re focusing on two LED flashlights that were designed for professional use: the A9 LED penlight, a favorite among inspectors as it is slim enough to tuck into a shirt pocket, and the HP3 Focusing LED Inspection Light, popular among mechanics as its beam may be focused into a high-power spotlight beam with a surrounding halo of usable light. To help you choose between these two similar LED lights, we’ve compared some of their major characteristics in the handy table below.
|Light Output||35 lumens||80 lumens|
|Run Time||11 hours, 30 minutes||2 hours|
|Batteries||3 AAA batteries (included)||2 AAA batteries (included)|
|Length||7.03 inches||5.9 inches|
|Diameter||Head: .47 inches; body: .365 inches.||.56 inches|
|Casing Material||Stainless steel||Lightweight aluminum|
|Beam Distance||85 feet||341 feet|
|Pocket Clip||Yes; rubberized stainless steel clip is removable; when in use, clip stays firmly in place for easy carrying.||Yes; no-slip pocket clip included.|
|Focusing Optic System||No; Max Beam Optic™ system provides one light setting: the perfect white inspection beam.||Yes; Pure Beam™ Focusing Optic System shifts from floodlight to spotlight via twisting focusing bezel.|
|Backed by Coast’s Lifetime Guarantee||Yes; guaranteed against defects in materials and workmanship.||Yes; guaranteed against defects in materials and workmanship.|
|Rubberized O-ring for water resistance||Yes||Yes|