Flashlights

Has anyone upgraded their flashlight with the new Xenon bulbs.
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I'm amazed that the CSI guys can spot a sliver of hair half way across a
room and I can't find a 1/4X20 nut that hit the garage floor between my
feet.
Hank
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Hank
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Xenon and halogen bulbs really are an improvement. Especially worth it in lower-priced lights like Maglites.
GTO(John)
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GTO69RA4
The big problem is that rechargable D cells are so crummy!
Somebody at work tossed a dual-lamp emergency light, and they were so kind as to disconnect the battery so it didn't get ruined. I took it apart, and figured out how to put the battery, charger and bulb all in one of the lamp fixtures and chucked the base-mounting bracket. It ends up as a cylinder about 4" diameter and 8" long, with a sort of handle to it. I added a switch so I could turn the lamp off. So, it can be used as an automatic emergency light, or as a flashlight. it has a 7 A-H Gel-Cell type battery, and a 6V sealed beam lamp like a lawn tractor headlight. The thing is fantastic, and I have not been able to run the battery down yet. It seems to give as much light as 60 W bulb, but that doesn't sound possible with a 6 V system. But, it beats the hell out of any "flashlight"! It doesn't fit in a pocket, though.
Jon
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Jon Elson
went to harbor freight and got the 3million candlepower light for $19.95 i think it had a 80 watt halagon bulb in it and a 12 volt battery?? pretty good amount of light from a 80 watt bulb.....
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jim
Most rechargeable D cells are C cells with a big shell on 'em.
Radio Shack used to sell 4Ah true D size NiCads. A good AA NiMH is now about 2.2Ah, so I'd expect true D NiMH cells to be up around 7Ah....
Here, look - 9 Ampere-hours:
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For any use that doesn't require me to get out my carbide lamp, I'm now sold on LED flashlights. For one thing, no catastrophic failure just when it's most needed.
All it takes is a few hours of rehersal time. :-)
Ted
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Ted Edwards
Hank, you have to remember that the serials and movies are all written like they want them to go. It ain't that the guys could actually see the item across the room but rather that the plot has to have it that way to make it look impressive. In truth, those actors are blinder than you are!
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Bob May
Yes, I sort of guessed that, as the ratings are the same.
Yes, but it is $9.75 PER CELL, if you buy ten! That's $19.50 for two D cells in one flashlight! A bit rich for me.
Jon
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Jon Elson
Rechargeable. Even at 50 cents an Alkaline cell you will be ahead at 10% (or possibly less) of the rechargeable's life.
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jt
I have two, a Streamlight, single bulb, uses three AAAA batteries, and a Coast Tools, three LED, three N cells. I am on my second Streamlight, finally dropped it so the LED broke, but can't live without it! Just bought the Coast Tools, so I am unsure of the life of it, but so far so good!
Anyone know of a source for AAAA nickle metal hydride batteries? Greg
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Greg O
I've never heard of AAAA batteries but if you mean AA or AAA, there are lots. Also, you didn't indicate where you are.
In the US, Thomas Distributing is a good one. In Canada, Zellers, Home Hardware, ...
There are lots out there but you do need the right type, i.e. AA or AAA.
Also, you might want to look at Dorcy's new products. I see they have single cell lights now.
Ted
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Ted Edwards
AAAA are like AAA batteries, but a little shorter and thinner.
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Ian Stirling
I got a 12LED unit from Princess Auto that uses 3 D cells, and have ordered the 6 LED unit that takes 3 AA cells. (for less than $5 including batteries) I got a 3LED unit from Radio Shack for $14 that uses 3 aaa batteries as well. Also a 3 led "book lamp" from Princess that uses 3 button cells (5 for a dollar at the dollar store)
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clare
I was not stuttering, I said AAAA, like four A's in a row, all close togather! I can find AAAA alkaline batteries, but would like to go with nickles if anone know where to get them. Fargo, ND area would be great, but the US mail works pretty much anywhere! Greg
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Greg O
Yeah! That is the size!! Greg
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Greg O
Mine is a Dorcy 3 cell, 3 LED headlamp. Nice even light, and it wasn't costly.
Steve R.
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Udie
I have an "Attitude" by
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It uses four AAA cells. Currently I have alkalines in it because that's what it came with. I've had it since summer and the batteries show no signs of giving up. When they do I'll try NiMH's.
Dorcy have a 3 LED flashlight that uses a single AA cell and dc-dc upconverter to power the LEDs. Looks very interesting but I haven't actually used it.
Ted
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Ted Edwards
On Wed, 14 Jan 2004 18:32:46 -0600, "Greg O" brought forth from the murky depths:
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some in the UK.
I'm 50 years old and had never seen reference to "AAAA" sized batteries before tonight. It's apparently an odd size. I have a drawer full of 16-packs of AAA, AA, C, D, and 9v batteries which I use yearround.
And "nickel" is spelled "nickel" worldwide in case you're interested.
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It must be that you are still a youngster(not 71 like me).
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Neil Ellwood
On Thu, 15 Jan 2004 10:39:09 +0000 (UTC), Neil Ellwood brought forth from the murky depths:
(Didn't I just say that, Gramps?) ;)
Yes, they're apparently much more prevalent in the UK, but I've never been there. With the complete hassle it is to fly nowadays, I may never get there, either.
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