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Old 11-01-2013, 07:46 AM   #15
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Hello fellow Streamers. Hello fellow flashlight junkies. Can anyone tell me how to get apart a 5 D call mag lite as the batteries leaked and swelled up so they are stuck. I tried banging it down hard on the open end and I got 2 out but no luck on the rest.
Have ordered some led flashlight from China that use 3.7V lithium rechargable batteries. One of them is a 2 cell 3.7V but it comes with a barrell extension to make it a 3 cell 3.7V, very bright.
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If it's loose duct tape.
If it's stuck WD40

....or possibly Arm & Hammer solution.

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Old 11-01-2013, 04:31 PM   #16
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Anyone try the LED conversion for their older Mag's?

Pretty good reviews.

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Hi, I bought a generic LED bulb for my 5 "D" cell Maglight and it works pretty good; The beam isn't the same as with a regular bulb, but OK. [Generic was much cheaper than Maglight brand LED]
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Old 11-01-2013, 04:34 PM   #17
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Hello fellow Streamers. Hello fellow flashlight junkies. Can anyone tell me how to get apart a 5 D call mag lite as the batteries leaked and swelled up so they are stuck. I tried banging it down hard on the open end and I got 2 out but no luck on the rest.
Hi, I have drilled or punched a hole in the battery and used a small slide hammer to pull some out. Or sometimes a small metal pick with an angled point.
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I have noticed in the last couple of years that I experience lots of leaky batteries. This was something that seemed common in the 70s and early 80s, but I just didn't experience it for 20 years or so.

I wonder if more energy-efficient devices let the batteries hang around longer? I just had to clean some goo out of the indoor unit of my home NIST clock/weather station because one of the batteries puked in there. I also discovered that I need AAs on my Costco list for the weekend! I have plenty of AAAs but I've used all the AAs. The leaky AA had a Mar 2017 "use by" date, by the way.
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Old 11-01-2013, 04:51 PM   #19
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Look for a Light at the End of the Tunnel. That is one that you don't have to change.

My wife has a bazillion small LED reading lights that use 3 AAA's in each. We buy batteries in a brick because of her ability to fall asleep without turning them off. It would be an extreme rare occasion if a battery in our house leaked.
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I sent a pm but should post this response.....

You all know about the candlepower forums right?
Its for the Clark Griswalds of the flashlight world.
How many here use a liquid cooled carbon arc retrofitted maglight?
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I have noticed in the last couple of years that I experience lots of leaky batteries. This was something that seemed common in the 70s and early 80s, but I just didn't experience it for 20 years or so.

I wonder if more energy-efficient devices let the batteries hang around longer? I just had to clean some goo out of the indoor unit of my home NIST clock/weather station because one of the batteries puked in there. I also discovered that I need AAs on my Costco list for the weekend! I have plenty of AAAs but I've used all the AAs. The leaky AA had a Mar 2017 "use by" date, by the way.
I wonder if it is the device draw? I know I have had somethings get turned on the deep draw seems to cause the batteries to leak. I just had to clean up a headlamp that I keep in my tool bag, it had fallen into the bottom and something was sitting on the switch, fortunately the body on it is plastic so it cleaned up pretty well.

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Hello, my name is Jim and I too have a Flashlight Fetish. My last encounter with a Flashlight was about an hour ago. You see, we went camping up in the mountains last weekend to look at the leaves and I misplaced the Maglight somewhere in all the confusion. I searched for two days and finally found it. There it was in the door pocket of the truck, right where I left it. When is the next "AAA" meeting again?

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Hello, my name is Jim and I too have a Flashlight Fetish. My last encounter with a Flashlight was about an hour ago. You see, we went camping up in the mountains last weekend to look at the leaves and I misplaced the Maglight somewhere in all the confusion. I searched for two days and finally found it. There it was in the door pocket of the truck, right where I left it. When is the next "AAA" meeting again?

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I wonder if it is the device draw? I know I have had somethings get turned on the deep draw seems to cause the batteries to leak. I just had to clean up a headlamp that I keep in my tool bag, it had fallen into the bottom and something was sitting on the switch, fortunately the body on it is plastic so it cleaned up pretty well.

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Perhaps the fact that low-current devices like led flashlights and small electronics can continue to function when an incandescent flashlight would be so dim that it's useless? It's happened to 3 different led flashlights and my Lacrosse weather station/atomic clock receiver so far.
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Old 11-02-2013, 05:59 AM   #25
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Perhaps the fact that low-current devices like led flashlights and small electronics can continue to function when an incandescent flashlight would be so dim that it's useless? It's happened to 3 different led flashlights and my Lacrosse weather station/atomic clock receiver so far.
That would make sense, though I have had it happen to a Maglite that is not LED.

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Hi, I know that I'm not the only flashlight junky out there. I have several types and kinds of flashlights all around my house and trailer. This all happened within two days or less. (1.) My nightstand flashlight was weak and needed new "D" batteries. (2.) My Maglight rechargeable got weak and the battery pack started to leak. [had to clean battery chamber] New battery pack on order. (3.) My Streamlight pen light got weak and needed new batteries "AAAA". (4.) My Streamlight Junior got weak and needed new "AA" batteries; It also had leakage and had to be cleaned. (5.) My Maglight "AAA" light stopped working and the batteries were also leaking. I haven't saved that one yet, but working on it. Now I have to check my other dozen or so flashlights for weak and leaking batteries. Never know when I might need them. All of these, except one was a light that I needed as I was working on my projects.
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I was sorry to hear of the power loss from your lighting instruments. As

you are aware, many silver traveling vehicles are equipped with primitive

power management systems. This often results in the need to absorb

power from any available source to maintain operations and continue the

journey. I am currently working on a device to alleviate that issue.

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Anyone try the LED conversion for their older Mag's?

Pretty good reviews.

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I, too, share the FF (flashlight fetish). In the last two weeks, I've upgraded two of my Maglites from incandescent to LED. I even documented it, ha.

Here's the 3 D-cell mag, about 15 yrs old, on incandescent.



Same light, 3 minutes later. I can't believe the difference.



Hitting my neighbor's house, about 40' away.



I was so impressed that I did the conversion on my mini mag as well.



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Thumbs up WOW what a difference, that seals the deal.....but....

...it's a little like choosing from what's available for the AS when your ready to switch to LEDs.

Think I'll try these two to start with...

TerraLUX TLE-6EX MiniStar5 140 Lumens Extreme LED Replacement Bulb for 4-6 C&D Cell MagLites - Amazon.com

TerraLUX TLE-6EXB MiniStar5 140 Lumens, Led Conversion Kit for 2-3 Cell C&D MagLites - Amazon.com

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