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Old 10-31-2013, 06:23 PM   #1
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Flashlight meltdown.

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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Old 10-31-2013, 06:31 PM   #2
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Old 10-31-2013, 06:31 PM   #3
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I'm glad I'm not the only one that collects flashlights, inadvertently or otherwise.
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I probably have enough batteries around here to open up a branch store for Batteries Plus We also have back ups for the back ups... I have a few Aladdin Lamps, and lanterns and...

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Old 10-31-2013, 07:02 PM   #5
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I have 6 cell Maglights in each vehicle, including the Airstream. Woe to the person that honks me off when I'm holding one in my hand...
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Old 10-31-2013, 08:36 PM   #6
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I probably have enough batteries around here to open up a branch store for Batteries Plus We also have back ups for the back ups... I have a few Aladdin Lamps, and lanterns and...

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Hi, I buy my batteries at Costco in large packages. So we have plenty.
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Old 10-31-2013, 08:39 PM   #7
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I have 6 cell Maglights in each vehicle, including the Airstream. Woe to the person that honks me off when I'm holding one in my hand...
Hi, I have a 3 "D" cell in one car and a 5 "D" cell in the other car.
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Old 10-31-2013, 09:05 PM   #8
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I just started using the Sanyo eneloop re-chargeables for AA,AAA.....SFSG, and there're not supposed to leak, we'll see.

Mag's rock...

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Cloudsplitter- I've been using eneloops for 3 years with zero problems. just gotta charge them correctly.
I used to be in the Maglite camp, not so much anymore, they make a useful club.
My current favorite go to light is a Redline,220 lumens @150 yards on 3 AAA envelops for 3 1/2 hours. Yup likes batteries but the beam is remarkable.
My christmas list includes a 600 lumen beauty. under scope mount.
Also have an Alladin table lamp, it's truly a beauty,kerosene powered.
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:35 PM   #10
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Humm.. Sounds very odd all those batteries going bad at the same time. You been playing around with your EMP field generator again? Trying out the fusion generator prototype? Close encounter with NSA black SUV?
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Old 11-01-2013, 04:16 AM   #11
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Cloudsplitter- I've been using eneloops for 3 years with zero problems. just gotta charge them correctly.
I used to be in the Maglite camp, not so much anymore, they make a useful club.
My current favorite go to light is a Redline,220 lumens @150 yards on 3 AAA envelops for 3 1/2 hours. Yup likes batteries but the beam is remarkable.
My christmas list includes a 600 lumen beauty. under scope mount.
Also have an Alladin table lamp, it's truly a beauty,kerosene powered.
Anyone try the LED conversion for their older Mag's?

Pretty good reviews.

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Anyone try the LED conversion for their older Mag's? Pretty good reviews. Bob
Yup, NiteIze one is working well! It is in my 3 D size Mag. Batteries have been in for a year with regular use of a couple times a week. About 3 hours total so far. No leeks.

One difference us beam pattern control is slim. The LED beam is not sending much light toward reflector. This makes the hot spot stay strong with a bit of "bull eye" capability. If that isn't a problem for you, great!

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Old 11-01-2013, 06:33 AM   #13
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Mag Lite.

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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BTW, when I have "leaks" I send whole thing to battery manufacturer. They usually repair/replace device and batteries. I almost always run Duracells.

Like tires, without device they can't know how to diagnose.
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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.
May all your beams be straight and true
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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, 03:31 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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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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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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