Ryobi Introduces USB Lithium Flashlight To Its Lighting Solution Lineup
Having a reliable flashlight around the house is pretty important, whether it be for emergencies, or looking for that tiny item you dropped under the couch. Ryobi’s latest entry into its lighting lineup has a lot going for it. You may be thinking… how much is there to talk about? It’s just a flashlight. But there’s actually a lot to discuss with the Ryobi USB Lithium LED Flashlight. We got some hands-on experience to show you exactly what to expect.
Using the Ryobi USB Lithium LED Flashlight
This flashlight has a maximum light output of 600 lumens on high and 100 lumens on low. It features three light settings— high, low, and strobe— that let you toggle between the best light configuration for the job. The strobe setting rapidly toggles between high and low settings, although it’s slower than most standard strobe lights on the market.
Click the power button to cycle between high, low, and off, and hold the button to get the strobe function.
This flashlight is part of Ryobi’s USB Lithium lineup, so the battery recharges via the included USB-C power cord. Finding new AA or AAA batteries to power your flashlight is now a thing of the past.
On the low setting, you can expect to get up to 18 hours of continuous runtime. That’s more than enough time to take it on a weekend camping trip or to simply leave it in a drawer at home until you need it.
If you’re using it in high most of the time like we are, the runtime obviously drops. By our watch, we were able to run on high for 2 hours, 11 minutes. At that point, it gave us a low battery blink, dropped into low mode and ran for another 8 minutes before shutting down.
An IP54 rating protects this flashlight against dust and water, so you never have to worry about it quitting on you in dry and dusty or rainy conditions. A gasket below the twist cap ensures dirt and moisture don’t get to the battery compartment.
Roll Over… Or Not
The size and weight of the Ryobi USB Lithium LED Flashlight is perfect for storing in your toolbox, catch-all kitchen drawer, or glove box. It’s just over 5 1/2 inches long and weighs 538 ounces with the battery.
One feature we love about the physical design is that this flashlight’s surfaces all have flat edges to them. If you need to set it down, it’s not going to roll away on you. You can stand it up vertically on the top or the bottom, too
Whether you’re climbing up into the attic or getting low into a crawl space, there’s a belt clip to free up a hand. It’s a stout metal design and doesn’t bend out easily the way some clips do.
Ryobi USB Lithium LED Flashlight Price
This flashlight retails for $39.97 and includes the tool, the USB Lithium battery, and a USB power cord. It will be available exclusively at The Home Depot starting in October 2022. Ryobi backs your purchase with a 2-year warranty.
The Bottom Line
A 600-lumen rechargeable LED flashlight for less than $40? Yeah, we’ll take that. Thanks to its smart design and a battery that’s compatible with an increasing line of helpful household tools, the Ryobi USB Lithium LED Flashlight is an excellent all-around choice for your home, vehicle, boat, or toolbox.
- Model: Ryobi FVL51K
- Length: 5.5 in
- Width: 1.5 in
- Height: 1.5 in
- Battery capacity: 2.0Ah
- USB cable length: 19 in
- Voltage: 4V