DeWALT 12V MAX LED Worklight Review

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The most underrated tool in the DeWALT 12V MAX cordless lineup is the
DeWALT DCL510 12V MAX LED Worklight.
We’ve been using it for about 3 months now and here’s why we love it.
Hits: lightweight, free-standing, 12V MAX battery, super bright LED
Misses: awkward shape, light unit seems fragile if dropped
Uses: under sinks, as flashlight, camping, automotive
Power
For such a small light it produces an intense light. 130 lumens to be exact. That’s the LED advantage. The beam is more of a spotlight than flood and has tremendous range. You can easily light up a neighbors house a block away and spot anything outdoors.
Size
The battery takes up the most volume on this light but it’s also lightweight and DeWALT has included an easy to use belt clip. You can throw this light into your glove box and you’d almost never notice its there. The light also fits nicely in your hands and with the swivel head can give you a variety of lighting options.


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Compatibility
The DeWALT LED runs off the same 12V MAX cordless battery that powers the rest of their 12V MAX tools so no need to fiddle with buying extra batteries.
Battery
We’ve only charged this battery once through intermittent use and because it’s rechargeable we are never concerned with spending a lot for new batteries.
Durability
We don’t wish to drop this light but it does feel solid. Since the bulk of this light is the battery, we suspect it would take the brunt of any damage. The swivel head is probably the weakest part of the battery and if abused would probably break off but it does seem secure.
Uses
As a spotlight this light shines but as a flood it suffers. The beam is tightly focused so if you need to illuminate a larger area you should look elsewhere. The kickstand and magnet does allow you to place the light in a variety of positions and is perfect for using in tight dark spaces such as under a sink or in an attic or crawlspace.
More photos of the DeWALT 12V MAX LED Worklight
This has become our go to around the house light and we plan in adding a few more as soon as we can.

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Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
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  • http://simplysarahshaw.com/ sarah shaw

    great check list! i think we all have to check our selves sometimes!

    • Stacey Karl

      I know – we totally do. I don’t think we hoard but sometimes we can’t see our floors with all the junk laying around.

  • http://www.themacdougallfamily.blogspot.com/ Laurel

    I love this post – do you mind if I quote you on my blog?

    • http://www.charlesandhudson.com Charles & Hudson

      Thanks for the link love Laurel!

  • Meranda

    Great article. All those things are so true! Great Job

  • Allison

    We have a neighbr with a garage like that. Luckily he keeps the door closed most of the time. When in doubt….throw it out!

  • Lexii434

    AWESOME CHECKLIST !!! 10 out of 10

  • Guest

    Useful list, thank a lot. My mum is a hoarder and I just can’t stand it. I am determined not to be like her. Having a list like this helps me to see how things should be and test if any are areas are problem areas.
    Thanks again. :)

  • R.

    The only thing that applies to me is #1 (though I usually read my magazines or use them as part of a craft project). #2 applied to an extent, but as I got older and the recession continued, I started wearing some of my old clothes that I hadn’t worn much, and anything that didn’t fit either went to my sister-in-law, Goodwill, or a secondhand store. My dad, on the other hand, exhibits most, if not all, the signs of a hoarder. However, like many hoarders, he doesn’t see his hoarding as a problem.

  • Pam_Osgood1947

    I wish my mom would have had time to teach me how to sort and organize ! My mom ran a store all by herself while my dad worked on the railroad. From the time I was 6 until got married at 20. I never got to stay over and see how anyone else lived or took care of there stuff. I always put everyone else first. My stuff comes last. I had 2 wounderful boys and a very demanding husband. I love him dearly, but I always spoiled him and waited on him hand and foot. Then 13 years later the 2 boys came along. So I kept on doing everything for them. Now I’m 63 and tired! I have one grandson 3 years old and awsome! They are divorced and i end up having him here so my son can see him. My house is so cluttered that I can’t see the floors in most of the rooms! It’svery hard to have him here. I want to clean it up, but by the time I do the things I have to get done everyday I am so tired i don’t feel like doing the extra things to clean up and organize things. Pam

    • jo

      i feel for you, as i’m disabled and its difficult to keep up with whats manditory, let alone ‘extra’! i always had a “pile” of stuff by my bed, of things i didnt quite know what to dop with, even while i was married, raising 3 and a ‘soccer mom’. that later spread, and i found later i was able to keep things a better, & under control, as my children stayed on top of some general housekeeping chores. but i always had a spare room that was out of control. now i’m single, older, more isolated, and as before, still disabled. so, i understand. it is not an easy circunstance. jo

  • Unicorniasara

    I just found out that i am a grade A hoarder. And I’m only 13! I keep stuff in car and garage, (mom always tries to clean it out) And my room is piled high with my so called “collectibles”

  • http://twitter.com/cab2012 cory billeaud

    This is for people to prevent themselves from a hoarding cycle? This list is not for someone in full-blown hoard mode. My parents were hoarders, and you can clean up after them and a week later it was like it was never done.  Someone that is a hoarder is not aware they are a hoarder.  They will completely ignore the hoard, while being critical of others mess even if it just perceived as one to the hoarder (which is odd when it is the opposite to anyone else nested in reality).  Case in point a couple of t-shirts on teenage boy’s room while the rest of house is only accessible by “goat trails” and only a couple of spots for sitting.  It is a psychological problem that comprises more than just a messy/lazy person. Then advocating to a person with such a psychological problem who can not control themselves that they can remedy the problem by just getting more space?  This is article is in the very least wholly irresponsible, and could possibly be even more damaging to people and their friends/family that suffer from hoarding.

  • Ajamrani

    Cory,
         I don’t think this article is irresponsible simply because it isn’t aimed at people who are deep into hoarding or their friends or their families.  It’s for the rest of us, who may, from time to time, wonder if we or someone we care about is possibly headed in that direction.  Huge difference!

  • guest

    my mother is becoming a hoader, she has reached all 6 except 7, it impacts mine but she doesnt realize its impacted hers.. i am going to read her this list and see if it does something to help her understand what i mean.

  • Laffik

    This is how modern psyhology opens your door to your neighbours or even incidental people. Psyhologically oriented thieves will value your coins, CDs or beer cans collection, and even get the legal order to get rid of it to make you happy. They will sort out your files in the computer and delete your collection of VST plugins or MP3s or even erotic pics. Times of pushy proper-materialists are coming. Throug the violence they will convince us that we don’t need belongings to be happy. We only need fuck and euthanasia instead. That’s my nightmare.

  • Just Me

    Um wow. I found this article because it was referred to on a hoarding support forum.

    I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt that is was meant to be helpful. Hoarding is just being a sort of fad and I guess you wanted to jump on the bandwagon on a hot topic.

    Hoarding is not “apparently a real disease according to Oprah”. It is a medically recognized mental illness which may be genetic or triggered by a severe trauma. I suggest you might want to do a little more research on a subject than apparently watching TV. Hoarder’s brains react differently than a non hoarder.

    Ok, it’s a disease. I think it’s pretty much established that a sin is voluntary. No one chooses to be a hoarder. This just perpetuates the harmful misconception that we have some chose about being a hoarder. It’s a lot like when being an alcoholic was considered a choice and moral weakness.  Hoarding is a debilitating condition in that the person has to have outside help to get better, but the disease actually causes to person to isolate themselves. A hoarder is not lazy. They are overwhelmed  to the extent they can no longer cope and can no longer move forward. Quite often they have a health issues, fibro seems to be very prevalent, and that’s another disorder that was intially considered a moral defect.

    “Just get rid of them!” Um, did Oprah not mention that people with this disease are not capable of that? Not capable of easily reaching out and asking for help?

    I really don’t get the intent of this article. Do you think you can warn people off of being a hoarder? If this is written to help decide if you are a hoarder, it’s completely misinformed. And god help the unsuspecting hoarders that read it. It comes off as really judgemental and superior and every paragraph contains triggers. It trivilizes a very serious medical condition.

    Checking out other articles on this site makes me think you truely intended to be helpful. I am willing to accept you are qualified to fix a spotty lawn and give reviews on knee sugery pre-op preparation. Lookit there, you are actually holding the tool, pictures of your lawn and knee. I’d be more than confident to read your advice on my plumbing problem. But when you write about something you pretty obviously have no personal experience with, please, please, please realize you can actually do harm. I really don’t think you want to do that.