Major good thing: They don’t use electronic switches that will drain the batteries even when the light is off. The flashlights are kind of anemic by current standards, but they’re still OFW-level better than a 1995 Maglite, and the lanterns have roughly the output of the old Coleman single-mantle fuel-burners minus the heat and the fragile-as-shit mantles. You can use these inside your tent or blanket fort safely.
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I wish these would work with 18650s, like many flashlights that use 3-AAA batteries do. I just pulled 20 working cells out of a broken hoverboard. Amazon has flashlights that can use 18650s so I’ll have to go there.
@aarond12 Just be aware that hoverboards typically have the protection circuitry in the control board, so those recovered cells most likely will not have protection chips on them. This matters, because without the chip, you have to take care of preventing full discharge yourself. Most unchipped lithium cells will become permanently dead if allowed to fully discharge even once.
@aarond12 OBTW, SideDeal had some small floodlights that would take an 18650, for $19 per each (OUCH!) recently. They came with a pitifully dainty USB Micro charging cable, and I very much doubt that they had battery discharge protection in the light, but if they show up for less money here, it might be worth grabbing a couple.
@aarond12 I was thinking the same thing. There was one sold on meh a year or so ago that takes a little 3-AAA barrel adapter, which if removed can be replaced with an 18650. If that were the case I’d pick this set up; oh well.
Just want to say, mentioning QVC around anyone who has a packrat in-law retiree in the family, who keeps QVC or its competitors on the TV twelve hours a day, is not a way to impart the idea that the product is useful or valuable. For that matter, mentioning QVC can put it into the class of “things whose arrival is likely to produce outright dread”. (But at least it’s not a collectible plate. Or a collectible anything.)
Yes, the flashlights are plastic; yes, they focus, but it’s via a twist collar. No, they are NOT weatherproof. The stated brilliance, 50 lumens, is probably not far off; still better than a traditional halogen MagLite, but not OMG-better. The battery cavity is about 3mm too short to accommodate an 18650 cell, and since the cap goes on with a twist-lock instead of screwing in place, you can’t simply swap to the single rechargeable lithium cell that you might prefer. (I tried.)
As for the lanterns, they’re what they say they are. No surprises there.