The Energizer Hard Case Professional 2 AA Swivel Head Flashlight is a tough and powerful AA handheld flashlight for work or home use that has all the great features of a professional quality LED flashlight.
Ease of Use/Performance: 21/25
How much I enjoy 23/25
The Energizer Hard Case Professional 2 AA Swivel Head Flashlight model number TUFSW21P seems to be geared toward the work and professional use but I have found it great around my home. The Energizer Professional flashlight comes as a simple store package hanging on those hooks with a pair of batteries(Energizer AA Alkaline) and the flashlight with a small instruction page.
While the instructions are this little 1.5 by 3 inch piece of paper I actually found it funny they included anything other than the flashlight and batteries. All the instructions show is how to unscrew the end to install the batteries and a warning to not install them backwards in three languages.
The flashlight is simple to use but with a small twist to the operation in two switches, the flashlight has a single LED for the white light but two settings in a high and low beam. You also have the inspection and night vision LED’s that are green for inspection and red for night light use.
The two switches control the different lights with the switch closer to the flashlights business end being the night light when you first push it and the changing to the green inspection light on the second push. The switch toward the battery installation end has the two white light settings with the first push being the low beam and the second the high beam with both switches the third press turning it off.
Once your used to having two switches you can get used to turning on and off the flashlight by feel alone but it took a few uses to get used to having this type of dual purpose flashlight. I really do not use the green or red lights for anything other than to have my cats stare inquisitively at me as I shine it at them.
I have checked out my plumbing and in a few instances I noticed things I had not seen using the white light such as water on the bright copper which is easier to see with the green light. The green is supposed to make detecting leaks in plumbing easier but the flashlight’s use for night vision and even for an inspection tool is subject to some debate.
I have been using and abusing the flashlight around my house doing work on the cars like alternator replacement and my typical home improvement work. I started the tougher jobs of repairing my sewer line after my neighbors line was removed and I had to install some PVC pieces onto the existing clay pipes.
The work included chunking out some concrete to get a clear path for the new PVC pipe which meant me standing and crouching in a three foot wide hole using a hammer and chisel or angle grinder. Placing a flashlight on the ground was out of the question, this used to be an open sewer with a clay pipe coming from each house and a clay pipe going from the wall of the sewer hole out to the streets sewer line.
A concrete mound in the middle was shaped to funnel sewage toward the main line and this was the concrete I had to get rid of but I was standing and moving around. My solution was a line tied to the handy back loop of the flashlight and leaving the flashlight dangling down into the hole I was also in.
This worked great but what also worked well was a rubber shock cord wrapped around the water supply line that is a foot off the bottom of the sewer hole to secure the flashlight in place. Angling the swivel head meant I could get the flashlight pointing where I wanted while I worked for this project and others like working under sinks and on my car.
I did some repairs on my car and being able to stand the light up while I crawled under made for hands free work and still being able to see what I was doing. The swivel head of the Energizer Hard Case Professional is a fantastic feature and one I really recommend any home owner have in any flashlight they have for around the house.
The Energizer Hard Case makes a great flashlight whether your crawling around in the attic or needing a flashlight to find that earring under the dresser. The swivel head makes it a perfect flashlight to use when you just need to have the light directed at your work and both hands for the job.
I found you could easily use a shock cord as a lanyard and use the shock cord to fasten the light to a suitable structure to hold the flashlight while you work. The swivel head makes the job even easier so you can direct the light where you want when the body of the flashlight is tied down.
The body of the flashlight has some areas of hard rubber coating to help with as a non slip grip and the contoured body helps with this as well. The Hard Case is a nice flashlight for work especially when your hands are slippery with grease or grime and cleans up easily as well.
The belt clip also makes for a handy way to carry the flashlight whether on a belt, tool belt or a tool box and being able to attach the cord or lanyard of your choice is a nice option. The design and overall build of the Hard Case Professional is very good and a nice handy flashlight for tough work situations or simple jobs around the house.
The Hard Case uses the two AA batteries and the switches are easy to use and seem pretty sturdy for continued durability, the batteries are also easy to install and remove quickly. The flashlight is sealed with rubber gaskets to prevent liquids from getting inside and Energizer says it will survive a six foot drop.
It easily handles that as I have dropped it several times from this height and more onto hard packed gravel and my front sidewalk, all on accident, I swear. I was working on my front porch roof and did drop the flashlight onto the sidewalk and then onto the gravel driveway later.
The Energizer Hard Case Professional 2 AA Swivel Head flashlight is a tough and fully featured work or home flashlight that is a great product for any need. I highly recommend the Energizer Hard Case Professional for a great flashlight no matter what tasks you need it for.