Mailport: November 2013
We have used the Streamlight Waypoint Alkaline spotlight for a while, and it is great, as the September 2013 article suggests. It can be used with a 12-volt power cord, in case batteries are not around. Can the new Rechargeable Waypoint (PSís Best Choice cordless LED spotlight) be used with a power cord, or is the cord just to recharge? If the latter is the case, I think the top pick should go to the Alkaline Waypoint due to power options.
Either way, it's splitting hairs, but what I donít like about rechargeable spotlights is that you never really know the state of the battery or when to recharge them, and then thereís the replacement cost when the battery canít hold a decent charge. With regular alkaline batteries, you can keep extras on board, they take moments to change, and itís cheaper to replace a few batteries than to buy a new rechargeable battery out of warranty. Also, with replaceable alkalines, you get instant full power again, cheaply and quickly.
The new Waypoint Rechargeable does not have a 12-volt power cord, only a charger cord. Testers found it to be a better all-around spotlight, but we know many people prefer having the power cord and/or replaceable battery optionsóit comes down to preferenceóand thatís why we rated the alkaline Waypoint as a Recommended spotlight for those seeking a power cord/alkaline option. The Budget Buy West Marine 337 and the Coleman also use replaceable alkaline batteries.
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