For the past 10 years,we’ve used Wobble Lights as primary lighting. We needed something more portable and we already own a few Milwaukee tools, so I requested to test the new Milwaukee cordless Trueview LED stand light.

This versatile light can be set up from about 40 inches to nearly 7 feet, and its head can be rotated or pivoted. We found that even fully extended, it was stable; the battery, which is located in the base, acts like a counterbalance. The base makes a triangle that measures 26 inches at each side, and it nicely lit up the room when placed in the corner.

With three modes—2,000 lumens at the high setting, 1,300 lumens on medium, and 850 on low—getting the right amount of light is easy. When it’s time to change the battery, the light blinks, so we were never left in the dark.

The stand light sets up in seconds with a couple of clicks and pulls, and it barely takes up any room in our Sprinter van. Using 4-Ah batteries, we get three to four hours of runtime, depending on the mode.

Wobble Lights can take 15 minutes or so to fully light. We often lose power on our jobs and this can be a big time waster. Even stepping on the cord powering the Wobble Light can cause it to blink out. We were able to keep working, though, while waiting for the Wobble Lights to turn back on, because we had this cordless light on hand. The portability, light output, and adjustability made this light extremely useful. It retails online for about $250.

Tim Uhler is lead framer for Pioneer Builders,in Port Orchard, Wash.