Dec. 23rd, 2013 01:29 pm
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I found that old flashlight pictured on the right recently, and I remembered that way back when I bought it, probably over twenty years ago now, that I thought it was a very good light. Sturdy plastic, the switch has a positive action and seems durable, it includes some colored filters, and the reflector is better than average for the old days, producing a beam we wouldn't describe as even these days but at least much more like a source of illumination and less like a projector set up at an abstract art installation to throw a complex pattern of swirls and blotches on the exhibit. But, wow, now it is an enormous, very heavy, clunky device that emits a feeble, poorly-focused yellow glow.

Date: 2013-12-23 07:40 pm (UTC)
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Is the light feeble by comparison to new ones, or due to an aged battery?

Date: 2013-12-23 08:14 pm (UTC)
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The batteries in there right now are surely not at their best, but I don't remember these things being able to do what that little red headlamp does on its brightest setting. Also, I can get dim red out of it by pushing the button, without unscrewing the base and dropping the filters and unscrewing the ring around the light and dropping it and so on.

Date: 2014-01-11 10:41 pm (UTC)
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Thinking that batteries are cheap and it wouldn't hurt to have a few old flashlights stashed in various places in case of some sort of emergency, I bought some fresh D cells. I wasn't expecting too much improvement, but I was surprised at how minimal the improvement was. I'm so spoiled by modernity I was expecting at least a bit more from something so gigantic and heavy! At any rate, they'll stay in their places ready for emergency use, because I'm not likely to take them away to actually use instead of a modern light source.
Edited Date: 2014-01-11 10:43 pm (UTC)


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