better quality flashlights too. It seems to
be the weak link.
Yes, agree. i've had switch failures on
most every light. Some, I can fix at home.
One time I had a bad switch on a four D cell
Mag, back in about 1978. Ought not have used
it in the swimming pool. Every time I pushed
the button, a bubble came out. Next day, no
joy. The mag people were very kind about it.
Reminded me it's water resistant, not water
proof. Fixed and sent it back for just the
postage. I like the Mag company.
I don't use flashlights enough to have switches fail (don't recall one
ever failing). I was specifically talking about wrenches,
screwdrivers, etc. HF stuff works to a degree but they're not, by any
stretch, "good tools". The screwdrivers are particularly bad.
Ever try their drill bits ?
Most of my LEDs have failed switches. I have 3 that work good. That tells
how many I've gone through.
I bought a big heavy led 500 lumen light at the home depot. I had to fix
the switch as soon as I brought it home. I figured I'd save time taking It
back. Real neat lamp. $20 .
I bought an led replacement for my scout/military angled flashlight. The
darn switch leaks current enough to dimly light the led on off. Dam.
Sure. They hold an edge for one revolution, anyway. ;-)
Haven't run into that. I have a couple of flashlights I bought at HF
six years ago (six LED + incandescent - three-way). I don't use them
much but they still work. I also bought a high-intensity LED
flashlight at a gun show recently. I figured the "strobe mode" would
be good for keeping in the car when traveling.
I've got dozens of 'em. Never had a bad switch.
On some of the older versions,
if you push it too hard off center, you can make the little button
thingie under the rubber twist the cylinder on end.
Have to push it out of the metal to straighten it out.
Newer versions don't have that problem. Threads seem to
be better too.
I've never had a problem with them. Since I have an unlimited supply
there's no reason to ever buy new batteries for them.
HF is very good at marketing. Once you're in the store you find all
sorts of things that you don't need at a price you can't resist.
Radio Shack needs to bring back the Battery of the Month Club.
Save the old ones to recycle for aluminum.
Hey, remember those grey five D cell lights
with the red lens? Those were awesome. They
gave em out free with coupon, and I'd of course
Remember the gold and white batteries? Before
reds and greens.
First one of those I got, tried it outdoors in the
parking lot. I was amazed how bright it was. Makes a
good indoor light, doesn't have enough reach for
I put the battery sabot in backwards, and put in my
coat pocket. So it doesn't get bumped on.
I have a free one in the pocket of my bath robe.
So I'm never far from a light. In the military,
a pistol is what you use to fight your way to
your rifle. My HF free light is what I use to
stumble my way to my D cell light.
From what I gather, about 68% of the adults in
USA get Harbor Freight ads on email. The other
72% of the adults get flyers in the mail, and
the remaining 46% of adults get flyers given
to them by friends and relatives. Leaving only
about 36% who don't get the ads.
I get HF ads in the mail and by email.
We've just had a HF built in the last couple of years and about 10 miles
from me in a city where I almost always shop for everything. There's a
Lowes, Home Depot, Sam's Club, Sears, Best Buy, Autozone, Shoprite,
Walmarts and Hannafords in the same city so I can stop in to HF whenever
I'm shopping or elegant dining at The Olive Garden, Pizza Hut, RBs, McDs
or BK. ;-)
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