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Old 10-17-2017, 02:54 AM   #1
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Switch for flashlight.

I have one of those huge, golden, Cree flashlights that take four 3.7 rechargeable batteries. Great lumen output, lights up the whole front yard.

The switch failed, and I'm having trouble finding a supplier to get a new one, or replace the flashlight.

Anyone have a lead?
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Old 10-17-2017, 06:34 AM   #2
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A picture of the flashlight and switch would help.
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Old 10-17-2017, 07:45 AM   #3
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I use flashlights a lot. Everyone uses Cree LED's. I get inexpensive Chinese ones and consider them disposable, rather than have to worry about dropping my hundred dollar flashlight onto the concrete 100 feet below. Also, I get to have multiple lights: a couple in the kitchen, a couple in the garage, one for work, a couple in the bedroom, a couple in the computer room. As you might imagine, Chinese switches are less reliable than the switches on a good flashlight, so once in a while I get to take one apart. If the switch is the end cap, there might be a ring that unscrews using a spanner. Improvise your tools. If you ruin the light, you're not out anything. It was broken to begin with.
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Old 10-17-2017, 08:25 AM   #4
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Thanks, guys.

Chuck, I think you own the same gold flashlight, but the number of LEDs is different in both. I think you posted a picture once.
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Old 10-17-2017, 08:40 AM   #5
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Gotcha, I doubt you'll find a switch for the light. Order a knockoff for $13.99 and put the head of your old one on it or try and pull the switch and install it in your light. The downside is that it will ship from China and be about a month before you get it.
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Old 10-18-2017, 02:46 AM   #6
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Thanks, Chuck, I'll call them today.

Mine uses the 3.7 type rechargeable batteries. I have about a dozen of them, and rotate them. The description of the ones you sent me say "LED."

I'm wondering if the lights are compatible with my batteries. It would be great if the heads screwed to my handles and didn't burn out the lights.

I'll call e-Bay when the world gets up...
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Old 10-18-2017, 06:38 AM   #7
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32000LM SKYRAY 12 x CREE XM-L T6 LED Flashlight Torch 4 x 18650 Hunting Lamp

Chico, the light takes 4, 18650 batteries which are 3.7 Li-ion rechargeable batteries.

18 - The first two digits "18" stand for li-ion battery diameter in millimeters. In this case width of the battery is 18mm (millimeters).

65 - The third, and fourth digit stand for length in millimeters. That would be 65mm.

0 - means it's cylindrical
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Old 10-18-2017, 12:10 PM   #8
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If it's a dime store variety as Chuck linked... toss it and buy another. Also, if the light included the 18650 batteries they're likely cheap unprotected cells. Beware.

I like quality tools, including flashlights. Unlike Rusty, I'm not often dangling 100 feet in the air but I do want a flashlight that I can count on to survive being dropped on a hard surface and not be left in the dark. My Malkoff and Surefire lights have never failed. I consider them lifetime purchases.
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Old 10-19-2017, 12:08 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by Chuck43 View Post
18 - The first two digits "18" stand for li-ion battery diameter in millimeters. In this case width of the battery is 18mm (millimeters).

65 - The third, and fourth digit stand for length in millimeters. That would be 65mm.
Cool info, Chuck.
Just today I learned the code for the little "coin-type" batteries. 2025 is 20mm x 2.5mm.
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