GEN5X™ 18V LED Flash Light – Complete Review
Editor Rating: 4.4/5
GEN5X™ 18V LED Flash Light Review
Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson
Spending a lot of time doing home improvement jobs around the house is a hobby for many handymen around the world. If you are one of them, you know that some jobs are harder to finish than others. For example, working in a dark basement or an attic is much more difficult than working in a garage that has plenty of light.
When you have to go down to a moldy, damp and dark basement, you sure need a light to keep your work area illuminated so you can work safely. Well, if you find yourself working in poorly lit areas, you need to get a work light. There are many different brands and models to choose from but the GEN5X LED flashlight by Ridgid is one of the best you can get these days. What sets it apart from all the others is the ergonomic design, a rotating head, and 100 lumens of light.
The model works on the same 18V batteries used on other GEN5X cordless tools, so you won’t have to get another cell if you already own some of these tools. The flashlight is a must for all handymen because it increases safety and makes sure you get perfect results every time you go to work. In fact, this model is a part of almost every Ridgid combo kit. So, keep reading and find out all the details of this great tool.
- Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Power: Battery powered 18V (not included)
- Run-time: 40 hours
- Warranty: Lifetime service agreement
GEN5X™ 18V LED Flash Light – The Basics
Like we said before, having a work light at hand is always the safest way to do repairs. It will not only help you keep an eye on what you are working on, but it will also increase safety. A work light is always better to have on hand than being unprepared. This light is very compact and easy to use, and it has a couple of handy features that will make working in low-light areas much more comfortable.
First of all, we have to talk about the runtime. This flashlight surpasses most others in that category with 40 hours of light on a single charge. That’s great for all those who don’t like to think about batteries because they won’t need to recharge it for days if not weeks at a time. Then, we have the handy belt clip that makes it easy to attach this flashlight to any type of workable. Again, a small but very welcomed feature that allows you to keep the work light at hand’s reach at all times.
If that’s not enough, know that the head of the light has a 180-degree rotating motion so that you can illuminate your work area from any angle. So, you get a handy and affordable light designed to help you work in the dark. You should know that safety is the first thing to keep in mind when working with power tools, and that’s the reason why getting one of these products is a good idea.
Like other GEN5X tools made by Ridgit, this one is also designed to last. The recognizable orange and black colors and nice overall design are what they are recognizable for. The comfort grip handle is notched with rubber runs entirely. They provide you with a firm grip and increase comfort and stability when working in wet and slippery conditions.
Another handy feature is the 180-degree rotating head. Instead of losing time to set your work light exactly where you need it, you just have to rotate the head to the angle that works for the task at hand, and you’re ready to proceed. The rotating head is a real time-saver as you’ll be able to correct the angle of the light without stopping your work. It may not sound as much, but it makes all the difference when you’re working on ladders. The belt clip allows you to keep it close by when you work.
Since this is a part of the GEN5X line of products, it works with the same 18V batteries. Even though it doesn’t come with a battery included upon purchase, when you get one -you will have a lot of work hours. One 4aH battery provides 40 hours of light on a single charge. That means that you’ll have to recharge it only once or twice a month, so that’s a pretty nice feature. If you want to get even more out of a single charge, getting a 6aHor 9aH battery will do the trick.
Compared to many other similar products on the market, this one is also easy to use and useful. The most significant difference is in the Lumens. Most other similar flashlights offer 70 lumens, and this one has 100. In practice, that means that you will have a bright light that will be more than enough in low-light areas but also complete darkness. If you use it in combination with other GEN5X tools that have built-in LED lights, you will be just fine.
Doesn’t come with batteries
Things we liked about it
We like this flashlight more than most others because of its durable design and power of the bulb. With 100 lumens, it is powerful enough to illuminate your work area and provide with a safe working environment. Also, a single charge of the batteries keeps the light going for more than 40 hours, which is always good. It’s the ideal work light every handyman could use.
Things we didn’t like
We don’t like the fact that you have to buy batteries separately. The affordable price of this flashlight becomes a little steep when you add the cost of the battery. But, if you already own GEN5X 18V batteries, you won’t have that problem.
General User Impressions
You will only find positive reviews about this product online. Over 90% of reviews on Amazon have given it 5 out of 5 stars. That says enough about the quality and appliance of this device.
If you spend a lot of time working with power tools, you must know that a useful work light makes all the difference. Well, the GEN5X LED flashlight is sturdy, lightweight, easy to use, and can provide hours of runtime on a single charge. When you add the affordable price, it’s just what you need to complete your GEN5X toolset.