Last Updated on July 11, 2023
Flex 24V Modular Dual Power Tower Light Adds Versatility to Popular Design
We love tower lights. They throw a lot of light from a variety of heights and pivoting heads let us direct the most light where we need it. The Flex 24V Modular Dual Power Tower Light looks like it fits right in with other popular models. We’ve been using it to see if there’s anything that sets it apart from the competition.
- The detachable head effectively makes it two lights in one
- Hybrid power—use AC with an extension cord or a battery
- Shows color accurately
- IP54 rating
- Fast leg deployment
- Integrated USB-C fast charger (2.1A)
- Does not charge Flex batteries
Flex 24V Modular Dual Power Tower Light Performance
Flex doesn’t stray far from the norm in the foundational design of this light. A sliding handle easily extends or retracts the tripod legs. Quick clamps secure two telescoping sections that give the light up to 7 feet of reach.
Three pivoting LED banks offer up to 4000 lumens of light. Compared to other cordless tower lights, the max output is solid, but there are lights that offer more.
The head pivots 270° and rotates a little over 180°. One thing we like about the pivoting range is the ability to point straight down and shower the area directly underneath with light or straight up if you’re working overhead. Additionally, the outside light banks pivot out to cover about 300°—not quite enough to be a full area light, but very close.
The light’s color temperature is just a touch to the yellow side of the spectrum, very similar to Milwaukee’s lights. It’s what we prefer in a work light as opposed to a bright white or slight blue because we can see colors more accurately.
In terms of runtime, Flex says you can expect up to 2.5 hours of runtime with a 5.0Ah battery. We tested the light at full power with a standard 5.0Ah battery and got 2 hours and 36 minutes out of it. That’s on par with what we expect for this level of output.
If one LED on the power indicator begins to flash, the battery pack charge is under 10% capacity and it’s time to recharge.
Flex 24V Modular Dual Power Tower Light Design Notes
First of all, Flex designed this light as a hybrid for power. If you have easy access to an AC outlet, pop your extension cord in, and don’t worry about runtime. When you’re using a battery, charge status indicators on both sides of the control panel make it easy to see how much juice you have left.
Right next to the power and mode buttons on top of the handle, there’s also a helpful USB-C charging port. It’s a 2.1-amp charger, so your devices can fuel up faster than using standard USB ports.
Where it goes in a completely different direction is that the light section is removable. Just hit the release, pop a battery in, and you have a portable work light. It’s a brilliant idea that effectively gives you two lights in one. That light only operates on battery power, though. On the plus side, it has two large extendable hooks that allow you to hang it on something as big as 4x material!
- Compatible with all Flex 24V batteries, including Stacked Lithium packs
- Quick clamps make extension and retraction simple and fast
- 7-foot maximum height
- IP54 rated to resist inclement weather conditions
- 1/4-inch tripod threads make the base laser and camera compatible (verify this)
- 21.5 pounds without a battery
Flex 24V Modular Dual Power Tower Light Price
You can pick up Flex’s tower light at your favorite retailer for $249.99 as a bare tool. Currently, there are no kit options.
The light has a 5-year warranty, but if you register by 12/31/22, you can upgrade to the Flex Founders Warranty that covers it for life.
The Bottom Line
Flex hit nearly all of the best features in the design of its first tower light, with the exception of integrating a battery charger into it. Then they added to it by making the head removable to give it a 2-in-1 design. Combined with excellent output, it’s one of the top cordless tower lights currently available.
- Model: Flex FX5141-Z
- Power Source: Flex 24V battery or 120V AC
- Output: 4000 lumens
- Weight: 21.5 pounds without battery
- Maximum Height: 84 inches
- Price: $249.99 bare
- Warranty: 5 years