RING AL5 IN­SPEC­TION LAMP

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Product Test -

Price: £54.99 www.ringau­to­mo­tive.com

Ring’s trendy-look­ing in­spec­tion lamp caught the eye of all our me­chan­ics. Per­for­mance-wise, it pro­duces 230-430 lu­mens of light for 3-6 hours from an in-built 7.4-volt 1.3Ah lithium-ion battery that takes around four hours to recharge. The il­lu­mi­na­tion is bright thanks to a 5W COB LED, the body feels solid be­cause it’s con­structed from alu­minium and there’s a mag­netic ad­justable base to help with po­si­tion­ing the lamp and keep­ing it se­cure.

Un­for­tu­nately, while this lamp looks great and pro­duces bright il­lu­mi­na­tion, it’s not that use­ful when try­ing to work in an en­gine bay, un­der­neath a car or in a whee­larch. The weight of the lamp means the mag­netic base often isn’t ca­pa­ble of se­cur­ing it to a metal sur­face. It can be stood up­right in an en­gine bay, but there’s no means of angling the light to help il­lu­mi­nate an ob­ject.

We did find it more use­ful when drain­ing en­gine oil, se­cur­ing it up­side down to a chas­sis leg, plus it’s easy to wipe clean and the rub­ber-coated on/off but­ton is easy to find on the back.

SCORE 7/10

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