Accessories: torches in the test –

Which stick light is best for the workshop?

A good workshop lamp should not be missing in any hobby workshop: AUTO BILD has tested ten pen lamps for motorists.

NNothing is more depressing than fumbling helplessly with bloody fingers for hidden plugs. That is why we are looking for the best LED flashlight to provide sufficient light when screwing. Regardless of whether you are a hobby mechanic or a car driver – as soon as there are technical problems, perspective is required. In the past, corded flashlights were standard – dependency on a power socket was cumbersome. And even worse: the tubes were sensitive to impact, often a crash was enough and the lamp was gone. Today there are powerful batteries and insensitive LEDs. Practical helpers, especially if they are combined with a rotatable joint and a magnet or hook for placing the light source. The lamps can be hung up or carded directly at the place of use, ensuring that they are lit exactly in the right place. Initially expensive and almost only used by workshop professionals, these practical helpers are becoming increasingly cheaper and are also valued by many hobby mechanics.

Ten flashlights between 14 and 72 euros in the test

AUTO BILD tested ten different models together with the KÜS, at prices between 14 and 72 euros. The most important point is the light source, i.e. how much brightness the lamp brings into the dark. With 1550 lux, test winner Würth has around 7.5 times higher luminosity compared to the last placed KS-Tools with 205 lux. However, the brightness also has its price, at 72 euros the Würth lamp is also the most expensive flashlight in the test. The LED lamp from Kunzer is cheaper with good illumination – with 990 lux for 37.90 euros. The price-performance winner for 14 euros from EECOO LED not only convinces with its lower price, but also with a long battery life and great stability. However, the candidate weakens in terms of illuminance. Not for everyone.

#Flashlights in the test

Würth WLH 1.5

Price *: 72.00 euros

Test result: highly recommended


Hazet 1979-9.0

Price *: 68.99 euros

Test result: highly recommended


Gedore 3108678

Price *: 63.55 euros

Test result: highly recommended


Kunzer PL-081.1

Price *: 37.90 euros

Test result: recommended


Scangrip 03.5612

Price *: 50.71 euros

Test result: recommended


BGS 85321

Price *: 57.99 euros

Test result: recommended


Eecoo LED

Price *: 13.99 euros

Test result: recommended


Brennenstuhl Sansa 400 A

Price *: 30.97 euros

Test result: recommended


Bull 600 9044387

Price *: 30.02 euros

Test result: conditionally recommendable


KS Tools 150.4430

Price *: 45.99 euros

Test result: conditionally recommendable

* Purchase price of the test product

How AUTO BILD tested it

To test the brightness of the ten workshop lamps, one room was completely darkened. A matt black wall served as a projection surface for the cones of light from the lamps. Before the test, the candidates’ batteries were completely discharged and then fully charged. There were two passages, 50 and 100 centimeters apart. The lamps are attached to the tripod and centered on the digital lighting meter. Shock resistance: The lamps had to be made one drop on the front and one on the back from a height of 1.50 meters on a concrete floor. Waterproofness: To check whether the housings of the lamps are waterproof, we sprayed them for 30 seconds with a fine jet of water from a pressure bottle. (Overview: Everything about car accessories)

Lars Busemann’s conclusion: Simple insight: the bigger the lamp, the brighter its light. Würth and Hazet deliver the highest quality and excellent light. The largest and brightest lamp also comes from a premium supplier: Gedore. But it is not as well made as that from Hazet and Würth. Kunzer supplies the best articulated lamp: good light, high quality workmanship.


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