I've been handed a nice mag-lite with LED
bulb and the batteries leaked and are now
stuck in place. Perhaps this has come up
before here but how can they be removed?
So far I tried soaking them in PFM then
pulling on them with a screw and pliers. No
luck, no movement at all. Before I step it
up a notch what do you say about this? The
bulb end is easily removed and down in there
is a thin snap ring that could be a challenge
to remove. If that comes out perhaps the
batteries can be driven out instead of pulled?
It's a very nice flashlight and worth working on.
Pull the spring out of the butt cap and then screw the buttcap back in
and SLAM!! it down on the buttcap on something firmly mounted. Like a
piece of plywood on a concrete walkway or anvil
Do it a dozen times and it will often start the batteries moving.
Been there, done that.
Oh..and put some vasiline or silicone grease on every thread you can
find on the flashlite.
"At the core of liberalism is the spoiled child,
miserable, as all spoiled children are, unsatisfied,
demanding, ill-disciplined, despotic and useless.
Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats."
SLAM! Hah! That could be an enjoyable procedure to
try in case
the easier attempts don't work. heh heh ... I'll
be back in the shop
today and have another go at it thanks to the
advice offered here.
I like to start politely and respectfully then
bump it up a notch at a
time till the SLAMMING satisfies me. ;>)}
Got the end of the snap ring up and out a short
but ribs on the switch housing prevent the ring
coming out of the groove. The ring won't rotate in
the groove. Dead end. The SLAM trick didn't work
either. Sooo, next trick to try is a triangular
chisel with only the top edge sharp and cut the
battery lengthwise. This may be the best way.
I ain't giving up... ;>)}
Finally got back to this today and had success!
I put it in the lathe, with rags to catch the
and drilled into the outer battery with an 1 1/4
bit then split the remaining shell with the
chisel. Then with needle nose pliers I was able
to twist out the battery. It is a CVS Pharmacy
alkaline and made in USA with no original mfr
noted. The inner battery came lose easily with
the SLAM trick Gunner mentioned. Got it all
cleaned out and lubed with silicone grease
and it WORKS! Was it worth it? Yah, I won!
phil k. ;>)}
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