PDB Tested: Stanley Spotlight

May 2012 News Brady L. Kay

It's probably just the kid in me, but when I hear about a waterproof spotlight that will "float" if it goes overboard, I just have to try it myself. Being able to get it wet is one thing, but I loved the idea of tossing it off my boat just to see what would happen-so I did.

For $59.99 you can purchase the Ultra Bright five-watt LED Waterproof Spotlight from Stanley Products, which is a company that knows a thing or two about quality tools. You don't need batteries since a rechargeable 7.2-volt NiMH battery is built inside and the spotlight includes both AC and DC charging cords.

The big claim from Stanley was that it was up to two times brighter than other LED spotlights and delivers up to 200 lumens and will run for up to 10 hours on a single charge. I have no way of measuring candle power, but I can tell you that this Stanley spotlight is bright and truly does last a long time.

As for my overboard test, I dropped it over the side just to see if it would really float. To be funny I tossed it to a fellow boater but purposely shorted my throw and all he could do was just stare at it in the water. It not only floated, but it floats pointing up so it was easy to spot. And since it is submersible in water up to six feet I was able to take it underwater, giving it endless possibilities.

It feels good in your hand so it earned a high rating for design and I liked the style of it as well. For the price you get a solid and durable spotlight that I really think gives pontoon or deck boat owners a lot of value. I'd recommend this spotlight; if nothing else it's fun to get a reaction out of people when it goes into the water.    

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