Mcl045 5acd006e8ae27

Tool Review: Mac Tools 20V MAX Hood Light

Dec. 14, 2018
The reviewer appreciated that this light helped improve efficiency when working under the hood.

The Mac Tools 20V MAX Hood Light, No. MCL045, has 600 lumens on low setting and 1350 lumens on high setting. The light offers up to 10.5 hours of runtime on the low setting and up to six hours of runtime on the high setting using the 20V MAX 4Ah battery pack. Motion sensors turn the light off when no movement is detected for three minutes to extend battery life. The light offers 360 degrees of rotating on anti-marring padded hooks that extend to fit most SUV/truck hoods. The light also has replaceable protective lens, a detachable 80 lm flashlight and is fully compatible with all Mac Tools 20V MAX batteries. The light is IP55 rated. Mac Tools also offers the light in a kit, No. MCL045M1, which includes a detachable flashlight, battery and battery charger.

The review

When working in the shop, being able to see what you’re working on is key to maximizing efficiency. Reviewer Ken Elzinga of Hilltop Auto Service in Byron Center, Michigan, appreciated the brightness and utility of the Mac Tools 20V MAX Hood Light.

“Even in a well-lit shop, there are always situations where you need more light,” Elzinga says. “The Mac underhood light made it very easy to keep working with the engine bay fully illuminated.”

Setup was simple—just charge the batteries, and the light was ready to use. The only accessory included was a battery charger. The included manual had clear, easy to understand instructions, but Elzinga says that the light was intuitive and easy to use, so he didn’t use them much.

Elzinga used this light mainly for underhood repairs, such as replacing head gaskets, intake gaskets and completing fuel injector replacements.

 “We used it every time we had a major underhood repair that needed good lighting,” he explains. “It worked great.”

Previously, Elzinga had used a corded underhood light. He appreciated that the MAX Hood Light’s cordless feature made the light easier to use in comparison, and he liked the way the light folded up for convenient storage when not in use.

“It was very easy to use,” Elzinga says. “Just attach [the light] to the underside of the hood and go to work.”

A standout feature of this light was the long battery life, Elzinga notes.

“I like that the light turns off when you walk away from it, and automatically turns back on when you approach it,” he says. “This saves battery life and saves the time of having to switch out a battery in the middle of a job.”

Elzinga had no concerns or suggestions for improvement for this tool.

 “It performs flawlessly in every aspect,” he says. “It gives great underhood light, makes the job easier and faster, and does what it is supposed to do.”

About the Author

Stefanie Von Rueden | Assistant Editor - Vehicle Repair Group

Stefanie Von Rueden is assistant editor for the Vehicle Repair Group.

Von Rueden’s background includes professional writing and publishing. Previously, she worked in the Continuing Education department at UW-Whitewater. She has covered the vehicle maintenance and automotive aftermarket since 2016.

Sponsored Recommendations

Report: The 2024 State of Heavy-Duty Repair

From capitalizing on the latest revenue trends to implementing strategic financial planning—this report serves as a roadmap for navigating the challenges and opportunities of ...

Fleet Industry Benchmarks: How does your fleet stack up?

Discover how your fleet compares to industry benchmarks and gain insights from a 2024 Benchmarking Report on maintenance spend, turnaround time, and more. Join us to identify ...

Reducing CSA Violations & Increasing Safety With Advanced Trailer Telematics

Keep the roads safer with advanced trailer telematics. In this whitepaper, see how you can gain insights that lead to increased safety and reduced roadside incidents—keeping drivers...

80% Fewer Towable Accidents - 10 Key Strategies

After installing grille guards on all of their Class 8 trucks, a major Midwest fleet reported they had reduced their number of towable accidents by 80% post installation – including...