I just found the 3AA MiniMaglite that I thought I left in a motel
room over a year ago. (it was under the car seat) Two of the
batteries leaked -- the ones closest to the lamp. The corrosion
doesn't look bad. The bottom battery just dropped out easily, and I
was able to knock the middle battery out by hitting the tailcap with
a deadblow hammer, but the last one won't budge. I don't see any
way to take it apart from the lamp end. Any ideas?
I wonder if some penetrating oil would help?
Are you sure about that? I unscrewed the reflector, but don't see
any way to remove the LED assembly. (I neglected to mention it's an
LED model, not incandescent, can't believe I left that out)
On the filament versions, the bulb pulls out. Then, the "DO
NOT REMOVE" plastic part pulls out. Then, you can use the
flat end of a drill bit to push the other part of the DO NOT
REMOVE. I havn't tried to dissemble a LED version, they may
be totally different.
On the filament bulb mini mag varieties, I often have to
dissemble the switch assembly to clean the contacts. The
light grows dim, even on fresh batteries. I'm part engineer.
I've spent a lot of hours trying to analyze how to clean and
service a $10 flashlight.
On Sun, 29 Nov 2009 18:32:59 -0500, Stormin Mormon wrote:
Yeah, I'm thinking the LED must be different - I've taken the little
AA-cell maglites apart before (admittedly long ago) and I don't remember
there being any gotchas at all.
From memory: unscrew head, remove reflector bowl, bulb, and plastic insert
- from other end, unscrew tail-cap, and you're left with a hollow tube
with (corroded) batteries in it. Insert something into tube body, smack
with a hammer, clean* up afterwards.
* one of my maglites had a Duracell leak inside it. Wish I'd known about
the warranty; I cleaned it up and neutralized the leak and thankfully it
came back with no problem (little bit of pitting left inside the lamp
body) - but a new maglite would have been less trouble.
I've got a 3AA LED model, and the bulb assembly spins freely. It even
slides up and down freely about an 1/8th of an inch.
It has 2 little slots in the top. I tried grabbing it an pulling it out
with a pair of tweezers, but I felt like I was about to break the
plastic, so that doesn't seem to be the proper method of removal.
You could try Maglite's website, or send them an email about it.
The light is trashed. Saw it apart if you have to to identify the brand
of batteries. Then email a picture of the leaking batteries along with
a polite note to the mfr.
They'll buy you a new one-- though may require sending the mess to them
Over the years I have found & "salvaged", repaired or got DuraCell to
replace a number of full sized maglites.
I messed around with a few AA incandesant mini-mags but I found them
not worth effort even to invoke the DuraCell "If we ever damage your
At one poiny, I did a "shoot off" between Duracells" and Energizer
alkalines. Same model flashlight stored in the same vehicle.
Duracells swelled up, seized up or leaked and failed ........in the
same amount of time the Energizers were fine.
I reported the results of my test & problem that Duracells seem to
have in Maglites.......... I got a form letter, a check for the
flashlight and a coupon for free batteries.
Now I only use Energizers in my Maglites.........and when I find a
flashlight (expensive enough to deal with) trashed by Duracells, I
just invoke their "warranty" and get it replaced for free along with
With the Duracell warranty its just not worth the time to fix them.
Bummer;some remotes are difficult if not impossible to get after a few
years of ownership,and "universal" remotes don't work on many functions,if
(and how is the value determined???)
Once again,IMO,Duracells leak more often than other brands.
I don't use them anymore.
A couple months ago I discovered that some Walgreens batteries had
leaked in my 10 year old DVD remote and had trashed it. Fortunately my
Comcast cable remote has an Aux feature and the instructions even listed
the correct code and that's now also my DVD remote. Worked out fine and
I now have one less remote to juggle.
I called Duracell. After waiting on hold for a half hour and
listening to the worst music in the world and being told repeatedly
"your call is very important to us...", they picked up just as I was
about to hang up. Took my information over the phone and will be
sending me a check for $20 (almost enough to replace the flashlight)
and some coupons. They don't want me to send it back -- so I may
still try to drill the swollen battery out but it's *awfully* deep in
there, and I'll bet the switch doesn't work anymore and it's
integrated with the LED assembly.
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