Nitecore used to have a T360M, which was a small light with a magnetic base, which would have been ideal for working on autos, especially under the hood or on the underbody. Unfortunately, it has been discontinued, but you still may be able to find one out there.
Other than that, I will go along with the majority that will respond to this and say a headlamp of some kind. You will have to decide for yourself what features and price range you are interested in. I know nitecore alone has at least twenty variants on the theme.
well I had a clip I stole from my Coast stainless AA inspection light, and I yoinked that off the Solitaire and put the small chrome clip that the AAA came with on the Solitaire and gave it to our secretary as a purse light (I have a Surefire Titan + that’s all the 1xAAA I needed although I wanted a Fenix LD02, They’re discontinued and unavailable, I got an E12 instead, it arrives today) and put the Coast clip on the AAA I have to put it on top of the hat but I’m happy. The spill on the AAA is wider than on all my other mags, it works well. The two way Streamlight clips work?! Thanks for the tip!Did you put the hat clip from the Solitaire onto the aaa minimag BB?
BTW a microstream two way clip fits like it was made for it. I got some at Bright Guy a while ago when I ordered another light. I was already paying the S&H on the other light so it ended up not costing more for shipping than the clip costed.
+1 For Nebo Big Larry. Besides my EDC, that's mostly what I use for a mechanic's inspection light (though I have the older version with just the side COB), then break out something larger for the actual work.
I'd rather it took 2x18650 cells for better runtime, but have plenty of Eneloops so it's no biggie.
I've considered a corded LED light but none have peaked my interest either too expensive or look a bit too fragile. I may retrofit my fluorescent one with a COB LED and driver as I could probably do that cheaper than buying one with a retractable cord.I use a headlamp and a few flashlights, but 95% of the time I'm in my garage with access to 120V and use an AC LED light!
I see you've found your light... for now.
I find that I can't have enough light or lights while working on vehicles. I have been using a titanium Mac flashlight for the last 7 years. I have beat the living snot out of it and it still looks new. I have a ton of other lights at my disposal, but have the Ti Mac in my pocket every day.
I have found headlights to not be ideal for me while working on cars. My hands are always filthy and after a week of use I don't want to put that thing on my head anymore. Plus, while trying to sneak under vehicles (I have box trucks that don't fit on my lift) it just gets caught on everything.
How often do you find yourself using a headlight for auto work?