@cengland0 Totally agree. This seems like a good deal, but 9 AA batteries is too many IMO.
However it could be a great deal if it could take 18650 batteries instead. 4 of them should power it fine, so long as there is some sort of adapter for them to fit. Some flashlights do come with that option. I wonder if this one does…
Same I use 18650’s with my ecigs so I always have some extras around. Lots of the high end flashlights will have a multi AA battery adapter or you can use a single 18650. If meh had those for sale I would be loading up.
I thought 9 batteries was a lot for a flashlight, but 18,650 is way too many. Even on sale at Costco, that’ll run you $6058.59, and take you, what, like 72 straight hours to change.
BTW, Costco recently had a deal on 2 (two) similar LED flashlights, Duracell 700s, 9" long each, taking 3 x C cells, for about $14 plus tax. I think they’re either 700 lumens, or 700,000,000. Just sayin’. (Now press “Say it.”)
My sister got a flashlight like the smaller one (it’s life gear, not sure if it’s the same model) but her’s the button was a flashing red. She couldnt get it to turn off so she handed it to me… I ended up having to take out the battery to get it to turn off. Definitely the most meh flashlight I’ve seen
@booboo9000 I agree with you. I’d rather have that generic one. Comes with the 18650 battery and a charger. I usually pay more than that for my 18650 battery alone. I use the Nitecore NL189 3400mAh protected batteries.
I bought that exact flashlight a couple weeks ago when it was on sale. It was a great deal. I bought it because I hate having dead batteries in my flashlights because of the cold or kids leaving them on. So without a rechargeable option, I’m not interested in these from Meh.
My problem is the switch, which failed fairly soon and is completely inaccessible for repairs. Also the Lumen claim. I stick to streamlight.
As always, check reviews and if the company exists or responds anymore.
I was going to write something funny but at the very end of the writeup Sylvia was mentioned. And now I’m just sad because I’m trying really hard to get over someone named Sylvia. So now this comment is sad, and not funny.
Almost got sucked into the “paused” deal… normally meaning that this is “good stuff.” Not the case here… they probably only have 800 or so of these, so they needed to pause to spread the wealth… ha ha.
I really like the XL products from MagLite. I got an XL50 as a gift a few years ago and an XL200 for myself on a deal, and they’re great: one for my nightstand, one for my car. Convenient size/shape for packing, solid switches, multiple modes, and they only take three AAAs apiece (I have rechargeables). I’ve beaten them up while traveling, camping, etc., and other than a few nicks in the casing, they’re like new. My only complaint is no wrist strap.
Black and red versions are both working fine. For the red one, I found that I had to load the batteries, then squeeze them inward to get the battery holder in the flashlight, then use my thumb to force the holder down all of the way. Once done, it worked without even adding the back screw-on portion. Getting the battery pack back out again is a whole 'nother problem, which involves lots of pounding (and optional cursing). This thing had better be rugged, or it is not likely to survive multiple battery changes.
@neilboylecpa Unscrew the back end. Slide out the battery holder. If it is stuck, you may have to tap the bottom on something until the holder slides out far enough to grab. All nine batteries go in the holder facing the same direction with + ends facing the front of the flashlight.
@neilboylecpa That black ring with the three screws and the gold center IS the battery holder. You need to replace the screws and pull (or knock) the whole battery holder out. It looks like this with batteries loaded:
My small red flashlight didnt work at all. No lights on both ends. Included batteries alarmingly heated up real fast. Checked and rechecked the battery polarities. Tried other batteries but still heated up and still didn’t make this thing light up. I want a refund.
I got the big one. I haven’t had any heat problems, but I did have an issue where the mode cycling was out of order and it would never turn off. I left it sitting for a few minutes and it turned itself off. After two times of doing that, it seems to be back to normal. It sure is bright though.