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Old January 22, 2010, 09:42 PM   #1
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Help with Maglight

My 4D maglight is OOC. It seems that the two batteries near the lens end are stuck in the tube. Anyone ever had this problem? How did you get them out, or is it a lost cause.
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Old January 22, 2010, 10:28 PM   #2
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IIRC vinegar works to dissolve the crud. Failing that, remove the light's head, pull off the rubber switch boot, and loosen the 1/16" allen setscrew in the bottom of the plunger hole. That whole plastic assembly will then be free for tapping out.

What's your hourly rate for labor? If you spend an hour or two on it, you might as well just buy a 3D-cell new LED maglite (looks like the one on the right in this picture) that will kick that incandescent one's behind in every way, better durability, better reliability, higher brightness, and longer battery life, and do it all in a smaller package than you have now.
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Old January 22, 2010, 11:07 PM   #3
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+1 to LukeA's post. Time to upgrade. Amazing what some of the new LED lights are doing for $18-30.
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Old January 22, 2010, 11:14 PM   #4
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That light has a life time warranty, you could send it in and they should fix it free for you.
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Old January 22, 2010, 11:31 PM   #5
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Also, I forgot before, but at least Energizer, Rayovac, and Duracell have programs whereby if you have a product damaged by cell leakage, you can send it in to them and they will reimburse you. I'm not sure if any other manufacturers also do that.
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Old January 23, 2010, 12:23 AM   #6
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Thanks guys, ran by Wally world and got a Coleman 2AA led to get me through tonight. Really impressed with how bright it is. It wont do other things as good as the 4D Maglight though. Alas,I think they may be going the way of the revolver. I didnt think about sending it back, might think about that, although I dont know if its worth the trouble. I've had it for 10 years, BTW, they were Duracell batteries. Issued streamlight aint much.
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Old January 23, 2010, 12:38 AM   #7
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If you are looking for a good serious work flash light check out the rechargeable mag light. I have had the same one for over 10 years. They are well worth the money. http://www.thefirestore.com/store/pr...ni_cad_system/
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Old January 23, 2010, 11:44 AM   #8
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Even better than that is the Pelican 7060 or 8060, which have better batteries and are brighter, charge faster, etc...
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Old January 23, 2010, 03:53 PM   #9
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Thanks guys, going to explore getting an upgrade.
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Old January 24, 2010, 02:38 AM   #10
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I've returned two different lights to Mag for replacements after batteries leaked and ruined the reflector. They replaced them with no questions asked.

I've had all different sizes, and find the 3D to be the most convenient / efficient.

LED replacement bulbs are now available to convert old lights over. I got one, at a cost of around $7 to $8, seems to work well.

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Old January 30, 2010, 12:35 PM   #11
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If you are exploring for an upgrade head on over to www.candlepowerforums.com

Make sure you check your wallet in someplace safe before you start though.
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Old February 4, 2010, 07:29 PM   #12
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I have two double A'a one I put the l.e.d.'s in, and it really helped alot brighter, I have on double d or c cant remeber, and a tripple d. Never had a problem with any of them. Thinking of converting a few more with the l.e.d.'s. I did not know about the warranty but if it is free for life send it in.
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