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  1. Vitesse
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    As the title says I am looking for one that will last more than a couple of hours. I have one that I bought from Screwfix a couple of years ago but it's battery life is only a couple of hours. It's the yellow one that sits on two little horizontal feet about 6 inches long.

    Always use it for doing board changes in dark areas under the stairs etc... or when the power is off and I am up in a loft.

    It nearly always gives me a heart attack when I am working on a CU and I am suddenly plunged into darkness, initially thinking it's something I have done on the CU and forgetting I am relying on the worklight!
     
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    Rpa07 2000 posts - only 46379 behind Telectrix! Electrician's Arms

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    Best off looking at different reviews on Amazon for the different types available. I guess the more you spend initially the better and longer lasting.
    Every tool in this trade is an investment and you don't make investments to lose out!
     
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  3. anthonybragg
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    anthonybragg Electrician's Arms

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    What battery tools do you have as it may be worth getting a work light in that range so if it goes flat you can swop batteries.
     
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  4. Vitesse
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    Good idea I didn't think of that. I am a Bosch Professional man, so I will have a Google around.
     
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    Rpa07 2000 posts - only 46379 behind Telectrix! Electrician's Arms

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    I am a Bosch professional man!

    Like the idea of the swap out battery except - you'd have to have some premonition when in a loft to think of taking that spare battery with you BUT I like the idea. Now, which button do I press for Amazon!
     
  6. Vitesse
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    Yeah I had a quick look earlier but you get your average DIY'er reviews, which in the real world when you are using them on a day to day basis are pretty irrelevant. Thought I would ask the fellow sparks for their experiences?
     
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    I would probably have a head torch with me as well but we all know what's it like in the burning inferno of a loft with your head torch acting as a sweat band
     
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    Rpa07 2000 posts - only 46379 behind Telectrix! Electrician's Arms

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    I've been wearing a hard hat on site all day for 5 days a week and my leather sweat band now has a hint of cider vinegar (trouble is I like the smell but feign complaining about it - I was the kid in school that constantly smelt his watch strap!) anyhoooo! I was going to shelve out on an LED Lenser head torch 'cause I wanted one but ended up buying two Aldi camping head torches for £2.49 each including batteries. I'll have t'other one one day.
     
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    sparkdog sparkdog Electrician's Arms

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    Met a very nasty hornet in a loft a while back. Good if you have another light so you can switch the head torch off so he doesn't dive bomb it.
     
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  10. Vitesse
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    I bought the LED lenser and paid silly money for it after my old one I bought of eBay for a fiver gave up the ghost. It's another heart attack job, you are working away and all off a sudden it switches to some lower lumen mode and everything starts to go dim.

    I found another one, same make as my original one, on EBay for £5.95 from China. Didn't realise at the time it didn't have batteries in it but as it was the same make the original batteries fitted. Had it for over a year and still waiting for it to burst into flames on my head! But if it does at least I will be able to see what I am doing still.
     
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  11. Vitesse
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    Oh and the one from China is so bright you could use it for landing lights on a runway!
     
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  12. static zap
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    static zap Regular EF Member

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    The LEDs have got brighter and cheaper in the last few years !
    ( I have a small one that flashes super fast in dull mode !)
     
  13. anthonybragg
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    anthonybragg Electrician's Arms

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    You'll going to get that risk whatever you use standard batteries or any rechargeable battery ,the work light is not going to take a lot of current so even a 3Ah battery should last a good amount of time.
     
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    rolyberkin Electrician's Arms

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    What about getting a small silent generator, having no power is a pain in the butt! Enough to power lights and recharge or power some 240v tools. I think this is the way i will be going in the near future.
     
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    anthonybragg Electrician's Arms

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    I know that it will not be for every situation but as posted on here before and what we used to do is have a garage C.U. with rcbo's with a double socket on a wooden board 16mm tails into supply.
     
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    123 Electrician's Arms

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    I have Makita LED Torch. When Battery is close to dead it turns off, but turning it back on gives you a good 5-10 mins more time
     
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    what Ah is it and how long does it last fully charged?.
     
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    I use the makitaDML184 gets about 5 hours on a 4ah battery.
     
  19. Andy78
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    I love my LED Lenser headtorch. It gives me a flashy warning when the battery is on its way out, then I can dial it down to low so it uses about 10% of full power and gives you a few minutes to extract yourself from wherever you are.

    I also have a Milwaukee LED standing torch that uses my tool batteries. I would say that a 3Ah will probably only use a quarter of a battery being left on all day so no chance of getting caught out.
     
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  21. 123
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    123 Electrician's Arms

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    Makita DML801
    It uses any batteries from the power tools, 1.5Ah would last all day long
     
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    I have the Makita LED torch, love it! So handy.
     
  23. anthonybragg
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    anthonybragg Electrician's Arms

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    You need to get in the habit of when a battery goes flat you put it on charge.
     
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