I’m embarrassed to admit that I have a lot of flashlights too. Some still in their original packaging, unopened. It’s almost as if I’m afraid of the dark (I’m not) and waiting on a post apocalyptic period where there is no electricity.
I took home too many harbor freight flashlights because they were free. They sit in a box in my office doing nothing. I removed all the batteries so they don’t leak in the flashlights. I estimate I probably have 50 of those.
My sister says a woman can never have too many flashlights. As a result I try to give her one for christmas each year. Meh helps with that nicely. As an aside her husband says a man can never have too many screwdrivers.
Recently fixed in laws incandescent mini maglite. They had 2 so I was able to swap parts from one to the other to see what was wrong.
Turned out to be the tail end. My guess is batteries leaked inside and they got the bad batteries out and cleaned the spring ( looked fine to me, but it wasn’t). I cleaned it more with some abrasive and it’s working like new again.
BTW- Ikea has some very good made in Japan rechargeable AAs.
I have too many. Been buying the smaller ones lately …that way they take up less room. Have given some away. Buddy thanked me after his power went out and he had flashlights from me. I’m amazed at people that don’t have any flashlights.
Niece was in the path of a major storm so I texted her about getting prepped and mentioned flashlights. She texted back that she has none…wait may have a toy one from one of her kids.
At least have a few around in case of power failure. You’ll definitely need them, especially if you have a bathroom with no windows.
Digital Equipment Corporation (RIP, murdered by evil idiots) was a pioneer in organic lighting experimentation in one of their research labsenter link description here. I often wondered what might have come of their work… LEDs might have become a minor footnote in history.
But I still buy a lot of them. Every two years everyone on the Cristmas list gets an updated EDC light. And we have small lanterns scattered through the house.
@duodec oh, this is an excellent paper from DEC-WRL. I don’t want to spoil the topic, but here is choice quote:
“Sir Joseph Wilson Swan (no relation to
one of the authors) produced the first lamp with carbon filaments in evacuated glass bulbs .
This exciting invention was brazenly copied a year later by a minor American inventor and