Blackfire BBM888-2 Green/Black Clamp Light
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- Two axis swivel head directs light to any position
- Brilliant 100 lumen CREE LED
- Clamps securely allowing hands free operation
- No bulb replacement ever
- Converts to a stand light by swiveling feet and locking in place
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A unique handle design allows you to clip the Backfire BBM888-2 Green/Black Clamp Light anywhere you need it. Once it is clipped in place, simply pivot the light and set to completing your task. Dimensions: 5.75W x 2.75D x 11.75H in.. Powered by 4 AAA batteries (not included). LED light with 100 lumens output. Collapsible clamp built into handle. Feet of clamp serve as a stand. Adjustable swivel head.
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I have used the small ones (wound up buying about half a dozen) to light up some display areas I wanted, and I love that they can be angled in so many different positions, plus the clamp feature, and they throw a nice, even spread of light, not to mention that they can double, of course, as a handheld flashlight, with enough light for emergency use, in addition to being a great stationary light. They are terrific! It honestly seemed the big version of this idea would be the ideal flashlight, to keep in the car or for use with projects, or in a power outage or wherever...BUT...then came the bad news, once testing out this light.
First, the clamp is not as strong as would be ideal, and the rubber feet are actually somewhat slippery, so, depending on where you are trying to clamp it, the light may, or may not, stay in place. It tends mostly to droop, and then the light is no longer on point for where it was aimed. So, that's a frustration and makes the clamp feature a bit useless. The fact that it can stand by itself is actually more of a help, since that seems to work reliably, and it doesn't fall over, no matter how the head is positioned, so I do like that aspect of it. However, next came the bigger problem, which really eliminates this as a useful light.
That problem? Well, the big let down for me is the spread of light, which, as others have noted, is a "hot spot" meaning it casts a rather dim outer circle of light, with a piercing white center area that is somewhat blinding, especially when it reflects off of a shiny surface, back into your eyes. The Mini Clamps, as I said, have a terrifically even wash of white light, but this one winds up being too dim and too bright, at the same time, because of the concentration of light in the center of the beam, with its much dimmer outer area at the edges of the beam.
Compared to a regular Energizer flashlight, of only 75 Lumens, the Energizer far outshines this one, despite putting out less light, overall, simply because it puts out the beam in an even spread. But, this one, with the glaring center eye, is just annoying. Using it under the hood of my car, for example, the dim areas don't light up what I'm trying to see, and then the center point catches a remotely reflective surface and you can't see anything but a blaze of white light.
Apparently, there is a slightly more expensive model of this, with 190 Lumens, but I don't see any beam spread adjustment on that one either, and I can only imagine how annoying a hot spot style light would be, with nearly twice the center brightness.
A sad fail here, because I really did think this would be a great line of lights to explore, based on the very affordable Mini Clamp version. I do have high end tactical flashlights, and love all of them, but I just thought this, with the clamp and stand, would be a good addition to have in the car and house, but, honestly, the way the beam is set up, let alone the clamp issues, it just isn't what I had hoped. I will likely toss it in a drawer, for a back up flashlight, but it will not be in regular use.
I can't recommend this as a practical flashlight, and about the only redeeming quality is that it will stand up, hands free, so, it could have a use there, if it could be aimed such that the lack of beam spread isn't a problematic issue. Of course it would also serve as a basic emergency spare flashlight, but, at this price, there are far better options, for the same, or even less money.
Another use it would have would be more as a low power spotlight, for camping, or even to scan the back yard at night, for example, since, at greater distances, the concentrated center spot gets spread out more, and there the 100 Lumen power does provide a spotlight area a few feet wide, that will give good visibility within that narrow area.
Two stars deducted for the hot spot beam having no adjustment
One star deducted for the slightly weak clamp
Pros: Free standing, light does function reliably, could be used for an outdoor spotlight
Cons: Not good at near distances due to blinding center spot and dim outer ring, clamp not so great
Thanks for reading, and I hope this was helpful!
But if you need a standing light, you simply re-position the clamps,and then turn into feet instead, and the flashlight will stand on any flat surface. The head rotates, and the lens rotates in a second dimension, so you can position this light in almost infinite directions. THe light is bright enough to read by, or to work on an engine or horse's harness, without any other light. THis is one of the most useful things I've purchased for under $20 in a long, long time.