Stanley Maxlife 369 Tripod illumination tool
Stanley Maxlife 369 Tripod illumination tool. Click image to enlarge


By Paul Williams

It’s odd to find something that you didn’t know you needed, and then realize you have a fine little problem-solver at hand.

Such is the case with the Stanley MaxLife 369 Tripod “illumination tool.”

What’s an “illumination tool?” Well, yes, it’s a flashlight, but it’s a pretty fancy one as it utilizes a built-in tripod mechanism that can be used for hands-free operation.

And why “369?” Because it runs on three, six or nine “AA” batteries that give you up to 200 hours of continuous use. The batteries – three, six or nine of them – cleverly fit into the legs of the anodized aluminum tripod.

The beam is very bright, as the MaxLife 369 uses light emitting diodes (LED’s) rather than conventional bulbs. This is the same type of low power consumption/high output technology now making its way into headlights and tail lights on vehicles.

Stanley Maxlife 369 Tripod illumination tool
Stanley Maxlife 369 Tripod illumination tool. Click image to enlarge

However, no matter whether you use three, six or nine batteries, you get the same power output. What changes is the length of time the flashlight will operate.

Also adjustable are three settings of brightness and the flashlight head, which pivots.

Final question: Why would you need one? Think of a flat-tire situation at night, and setting this useful little gadget on its tripod base, while pointing its pivoting head toward the work at hand.

It’ll definitely shed some light on the subject.

The Stanley MaxLife 369 tripod flashlight retails for $29.99, and can be purchased at Zellers, Home Depot, Canadian Tire, and RONA.

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