Kincrome K10204 LED Penlight review - SMD, magnetic, super bright
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Good lighting while you're working is a must, and little portable lights can be invaluable when it comes to seeing what you're doing in a tight space. Kincrome's K10204 unit is a fairly small but extremely bright torch which we're reviewing today. The aluminium bodied torch in question:
On the bottom end there's a round magnet that, if it has a solid hold, can easily hold up the weight of the torch. It works both vertically and horizontally given that solid hold; if you try and attach it to a curved surface or something similar it doesn't hold particularly well. The magnetic aspect of it certainly does make it a much more versatile tool, as there's often something
steel around the engine bay or on the bike to attach it to.
The top end has a little rubberised button for turning the light on and off. It has a fairly positive click and isn't hard to use with gloves on. It's also firm enough that it's hard to accidentally knock.
There's a pocket clip at the back which is also magnetic; it doesn't have the same strength of hold as the bottom magnet, though.
In use the light is surprisingly
bright. Best not to look into the LEDs when you turn it on! The light is cast in a fairly broad arc, which is good for strong lighting if you're within a couple of feet but means that the light falls off fairly quickly beyond that. This is fairly appropriate for something you're likely to be using in an engine bay or similar situation.
The end unscrews to allow access to the battery compartment:
Three AAA batteries are included. I haven't heard of this brand personally, but once they die they'll be replaced with rechargeables anyhow. So far we have at least 10 hours of use out of this set of batteries so they're not awful.
Note the O-ring around the end to seal the battery compartment:
Positive end of the batteries face outwards:
Now, we accidentally put the sealing of the torch to the test when we dropped it into a drain pan full of warm oil during an oil change. Through the murky fluid we could see that it was still running:
Don't try that at home... Kincrome certainly don't advertise that they warrant any kind of liquid exposure. Once fished out it was still working just fine, and that's still the case some weeks later.
Overall it's a great little torch - really handy when you need bright light in a tight space and for the price it's a great buy. You can find them on eBay
for under $30 delivered at the time of writing (early 2016). There's also a rechargeable version which is less commonly found - model number K10204R (click here to search specifically for the rechargeable version