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Product Review: MAXXEON WorkStar 220 Pocket Floodlight

220 Pocket Floodlight

When I received the [amazon-product text=”MAXXEON WorkStar 220 Pocket Floodlight” type=”text”]B005MLZ9SA[/amazon-product] (Amazon Affiliate Link) it was immediately commandeered by my children. They were enthralled by the brightness, the easy to click on/off button, and how easy it was to hold and shine in any direction they wanted (including my face).

The 220 Pocket Floodlight is a pen light that is actually about the same length and circumference as a pen. Many pen lights are too thick or stubby. This light is the perfect size for a pen light. The casing is metal and has a raised surface which makes it easy to hold. It also has an easy to click on/off button, again like an actual pen, for turning the light on and off. It also features a metal clip so you can hold it in your pocket.


  • Bright, very very bright – I had this pen shone in my eyes more times than I can remember by my kids
  • Easy to use and store in a shirt or BDU pocket, backpack, or car visor
  • Lightweight yet it still feels durable and up to the challenge of every day use


  • The trade-off to high power brightness is low battery life. The manufacturer specs are for four hours of run-time.
  • No obvious hands-free operation. I am must successful with lights that I can clip to my hat or wear on a head band or even clip to a fixed object to free up my hands.

The 220 Pocket Floodlight runs on 3 AAAA (yes, I meant AAAA) batteries. Which are not easy to find at my local stores. I checked the battery end cap displays at Staples, WalMart, and several grocery stores and didn’t find AAAA batteries. I eventually found [amazon-product text=”AAAA batteries (affiliate link)” type=”text”]B002BKF7HS[/amazon-product] on and realized it is a size more commonly used in digital cameras so I might look for my next set in the camera area.

About the size of a pen

The 220 Pocket Floodlight is only available in black. I need to add some reflective tape or a sticker to it to make it easy to find should I drop it or set it down and not be able to see it in the dark.

I am not sure how to photo brightness, but this light is bright!

Learn more and order your own MAXXEON WorkStart 220 Pocket Floodlight at their website. I know I will find lots of uses for mine.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.