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tubes to hold AA batteries in mini flashlights. #4519449
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over the years I have gotten the small single AA battery aluminum flashlights from several almost identical sources. They make nice and economical practical gifts for postman, etc. I think an American manufacturer made the original, then Chinese companies.....well, we know the rest of the story. ANYWAY, some of them came with a small plastic tube to hold the battery tightly. Anyone know who sells them (tubes, hopefully for cheap?) I plan to buy some more lights and very slightly upgrade them for Christmas gifts. Better but still quality AA battery, silicon dilectric grease on battery and connections, new and better o rings, possibly grease where they are threaded to make them more water resistant, find a die to chase the threads, possibly super glue and polish the plastics "glass", little subtle improvements to make them better than HSN or similar. Wish I could improve the 3 way switch - low, high, strobe -that fails more than the 2 way on-off one. Just a thought. Thanks!

Re: tubes to hold AA batteries in mini flashlights. [Re: bmwjohn] #4519480
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I understand it's for AA batteries, but how thick does it need to be?

Ebay has some...
https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=aa...ve&_sacat=0

Why not buy a better flashlight that's already sized correctly for an AA battery?


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Re: tubes to hold AA batteries in mini flashlights. [Re: bmwjohn] #4519574
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Why spend the extra money for the high priced flashlight??

I get along just fine with the less expensive ones $3.00 to $5.00.

and they they have worked just fine for the last 10 plus years!

Most folks have little to no use for a $60 dollar flashlight!

Re: tubes to hold AA batteries in mini flashlights. [Re: bmwjohn] #4519580
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"small plastic tube to hold the battery tightly"

What's the purpose? 2 cells are held under spring force in a container. They are going anywhere.

Re: tubes to hold AA batteries in mini flashlights. [Re: bmwjohn] #4519581
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Why not pick up some cheap AA lights on aliexpress? They're in the $3-$4 range. They're usually better than what you find in the stores. I tend to go for super bright, the latest one I got is the C8 with a Cree XP-L V5 led. It's pretty bright, only drawback is that it takes 18650's which most people don't have. About $16 for that light.

Re: tubes to hold AA batteries in mini flashlights. [Re: user52165] #4519599
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Originally Posted By: user52165
"small plastic tube to hold the battery tightly"

What's the purpose? 2 cells are held under spring force in a container. They are going anywhere.


They AREN'T going anywhere.

Gotta love that 5 minute edit time (LOL).

Re: tubes to hold AA batteries in mini flashlights. [Re: jcwit] #4519615
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Originally Posted By: jcwit
Most folks have little to no use for a $60 dollar flashlight!

Who said anything about a $60 flashlight? I'm sure you can find a $5 one where the AA cell fits more snugly.


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Re: tubes to hold AA batteries in mini flashlights. [Re: jcwit] #4519718
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Originally Posted By: jcwit
Why spend the extra money for the high priced flashlight??

I get along just fine withthe less expensive ones 43.00 to $5.00.

and they they have worked just fine for the last 10 plus years!

Most folks have little to no use for a $60 dollar flashlight!


If you are spending more than 10$ on a AA battery flashlight you should rethink life laugh

Anything good will use recharables (li-ion) with way higher current limits than AA,or D batteries that's why good LED flashlights are so bright.


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Re: tubes to hold AA batteries in mini flashlights. [Re: thescreensavers] #4520051
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Originally Posted By: thescreensavers
If you are spending more than 10$ on a AA battery flashlight you should rethink life laugh

Unless it's an AA flashlight that can also use 14500 li-ion. smile


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Re: tubes to hold AA batteries in mini flashlights. [Re: thescreensavers] #4520200
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Originally Posted By: thescreensavers
Originally Posted By: jcwit
Why spend the extra money for the high priced flashlight??

I get along just fine withthe less expensive ones 43.00 to $5.00.

and they they have worked just fine for the last 10 plus years!

Most folks have little to no use for a $60 dollar flashlight!


If you are spending more than 10$ on a AA battery flashlight you should rethink life laugh

Anything good will use recharables (li-ion) with way higher current limits than AA,or D batteries that's why good LED flashlights are so bright.


Well, it's obvious I have no need to rethink life! LOL

Re: tubes to hold AA batteries in mini flashlights. [Re: jcwit] #4520412
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Originally Posted By: jcwit
Why spend the extra money for the high priced flashlight??

I get along just fine with the less expensive ones $3.00 to $5.00.

and they they have worked just fine for the last 10 plus years!

Most folks have little to no use for a $60 dollar flashlight!


This sort of thing can be said for just about anything.

Cars, tools, houses, dogs, beer, TV's, women, etc. No particular order and the list goes on and on.


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Re: tubes to hold AA batteries in mini flashlights. [Re: dlundblad] #4520426
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Originally Posted By: dlundblad
This sort of thing can be said for just about anything.

Cars, tools, houses, dogs, beer, TV's, women, etc. No particular order and the list goes on and on.

+1

We all find different avenues to blow our money, and if it makes us happy, who's to criticize us?


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Re: tubes to hold AA batteries in mini flashlights. [Re: bmwjohn] #4520572
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Yes and we all will all answer for our excesses.

Last edited by jcwit; 09/19/17 06:40 PM.
Re: tubes to hold AA batteries in mini flashlights. [Re: bmwjohn] #4520602
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It's also a fact that 78% of families in the U.s. live paycheck to paycheck.

But spend cash as you wish!

Re: tubes to hold AA batteries in mini flashlights. [Re: bmwjohn] #4520608
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Vikas was right... you are Pop Rivit 2.



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