I was going to change the batteries in my 30+ year old 5C maglite
because the light was getting dim. Three of the batteries (Evereadys)
came right out, but the last 2 were stuck. I pounded on the tailpiece
and got one of them out (slightly corroded) but the last one is stuck
I tried removing the lamp assembly, it has a retaining ring that you
have to unscrew with a makeshift spanner wrench kind of like the back
of a watch, but the switch still holds it in place.
I wrote to Mag and they told me how to remove the switch so I can
slide the lamp assembly out the top and then punch out the swollen
battery. But they don't recommend it. They said I could package it
all up and send it to them and they would replace it with a new
flashlight since I was using major brand batteries. Here's the
problem -- they don't make this model anymore, so they'd replace it
with a 4C. Also this flashlight has a lot of "character" if you know
what I mean.
So should I send it back and get a shiny new 4C flashlight that has no
soul, or try to repair this old one? (BTW, 5 batteries is awfully
inconvenient to replace because they don't sell them that way. But
it's a really nice size and heft when exploring something that goes
bump in the night)
When "exploring something that goes bump in the night", the Maglight
should be in your "weak" hand, and your "strong" hand should be
otherwise occupied, so the size of your Maglight shouldn't matter...
It's awfully hard to clean up some flashlights which have corroeded
from battery leakage. I've read hints here but haven't had the chance
to try them. However I did try scraping with a knife, which ought to
be enough for anything, except that I could only do the spring and not
the piece at the bottom which I couldn't get at much, and it didn't
work very well.
I wish I knew why they didn't recommend it, but if you don't have
close access to all the electricity carrying metal parts for cleaning,
getting a good clean will be very difficult.
I see two options. 1) Is there a current model, nicer than the one
they've offered you that is about the same as the one you have. I
don't konw what is so good aobut the one you have if you would find 4
batteries better than 5. But if there is one, even if it is
somewhat nicer than the one you have now, ask if you can have that. If
they say no, then you can still take the 4c. They won't withdraw the
offer because they've decided your greedy. They might if they decide
youre nasty, but I can tell your not nasty, evne fron this one post,
not counting your earlier ones.
2) EVen though they advised not to, do your best to take it apart and
clean it. If you never fix it, you'll know you can't fix it. Then
return it and write a note along with it that you hated to part with
that one so tried to fix it yourself, but couldn't and you are happy
to take the 4c that was offerred to you. Also mention that you had
used brand name batteries, and ship them too, at least the ones that
leaked. Again I don't think they're going to punish you for trying
to fix something in a way they discouraged. They're no worse off,
The aboslute worse that happens is that they keep your flashlight and
send you nothing. If this seems possible, put in the note that if the
offer is withdrawn to send back your old one. I think they'll just
send you what you requrest or the 4C. Make reference int he note to
the name of the person you talked to, or the phonenumber you called,
and the date you called. Even if it was 2 months ago, I don't think
they'll punish you for that.
Real shame about the batteries. I've lost lights that way. I
know what you mean about the old light having personality.
I'd have a go at pulling the switch assembly, according to
thier directions. And then (after you get it working again)
replace the batteries every year with the clock change and
smoke detector batteries.
I've heard Energizer alkalines are the primo brand.
With enough effort, the one you have can be repaired. If you simply can't,
you can always send back the remnants.
The DO make a 5-cell. Tell 'em to send you one of these:
As for buying batteries in multiples of four, that's okay. Back in the days
I was a cop, my old 5-cell Maglite had one of the battery spaces taken up by
a "cattle prod" bit of electronics. There were two insulated prongs on the
base that delivered a "Pay attention, mope!" admonition to the squint I was
trying to get to do some simple thing - like quit crying or repeat the
Gettysburg Address backwards to prove he wasn't drunk.
Also, back in the day, Maglite promised that if you ever had to use their
flashlight as an offensive or defensive weapon, it was up to the task. At a
trade show, I saw one of their representatives demolish an apple box with
one. Why, I personally have demolished... oh, never mind...
Ist, I would soak it in baking soda if possible (to neutralize the
acid), rinse, drain, and let it sit soaked with WD or the like.
Put the tube on a piece of flat oak...and pound it out.
I had to do it once with a 4-Cell Mag many years ago
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