OK... this is a silly problem but as of yet I haven't found an answer:
I have a MagLite flashlight. 4-cell. The innermost battery leaked a bit and is
stuck hard in the metal tube.
Any idea how to get the doggone thing OUT without tearing apart the flashlight
I have tried tapping with a hammer, sticking in a coat hanger and
screwdriver.... nothing is helping. I even thought to put a screw into the end
of the battery for something to pull on but that proved more difficult than I
thought, being so far up in there.
Bang it real hard, base down, on a piece of scrap lumber. It may take a fews
shots but eventually they'll loosen and come out.
When you get the battery out, check the brand and mail the bad battery and
the flashlight to them. They'll send you a check for a new lite, batterties,
and reimburse your postage if you ask for it.
this is why products cost me more because of PETTY abusers like you
you probably wash paint brushes out and take them back
you probably take a huge bite of your chicken sandwich knowing good and well
you ordered hambuger, only to say "hey I ordered the polla"
you probably eat the free chips they give you at mexican jaunts and then,
get up and leave after you take a crap in their toilet
nuff said petty abuser
now now, the fellas just telling it like it T.I. is
did BeBo step on ya foot or something?
got old toes?
what is it then
you think it's ok to break stuff and get paid to break it at my expense
WELL DO YOU SONNY!
Soak the tube in vinegar to dissolve the leaking electrolyte.(alkaline
Then get a dowel to pound on the cells.
Last resort os a slide-hammer puller,used to pull out automotive body
dents.It screws into the dent(or your cell),and a weight slides on the
shaft to act as a hammer.
OR,you send it off to the battery maker,and they replace the whole
Now,after you have begin repair attempts yourself,this may not work.
IMO,Duracells leak more often than Everready.
Peel up the rubber button cover- there is a setscrew under there that
unlocks the switch assembly, and allows it to come out the front of the
flashlight. Had to do it on mine to retension the spring that rides on top
of the battery stack. (Current maglites are built a lot cheaper than the
ones from 10-15 years ago, IMHO.) Once the switch is out, the dowel trick
should work. Then sanitize all the parts with baking soda or vinegar
(depending on battery flavor), rinse, allow to dry at least a day, and
reassemble. Don't forget to silicone the threads and O-rings.
Now that prices have come down so much, who is going to expend the time and
shipping costs to <maybe> get a replacement on a 20-buck flashlight? <Maybe>
back when they were mil-spec quality, cost 40 bucks, and were only available
in gun shops that sold cop stuff, but now that every big-box has them?
Interestingly,I saw a small version of that "Faraday flashlight",the one
you shake to charge up,and has a small LED. On TV,the big one sells for
$20,and you get a small one as a "bonus".
In a dollar store,the small one sold alone for $3,so I bought one.
Now,they are not a powerful torch,but they will allow you to navigate a
dark room,and the LED runs for quite a while on just a couple of shakes,and
even retains a charge for many hours in the 'off' postion.For 3 bucks,it is
a good buy,IMO.
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