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Backpacker Magazine – April 2002

Dead Flashlight Battery Blues

Keep your flashlights and headlamps alive longer with these trail tips.

by: Karen Berger


Flashlights have the annoying habit of switching on when they bump up against something else in your pack. The kind that turn on with a twist of the bulb housing are less prone to sudden fits of lighting up. Three ways to keep flashlights from impulsively declaring, "let there be light":

  • Tape the switch into the off position.
  • Take out the batteries.
  • Put the batteries in a dysfunctional upside-down position.



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909ER BRO
Oct 09, 2012

DID YOU SERIOUSLY WRITE A BLOG ABOUT THIS? I WANT MY 30 SECONDS OF MY LIFE BACK.

Jenni
Jun 01, 2009

Also, even in regular flashlights, turning the batteries around can cause them to leak... not good for your pack, or the flashlight!

Flexo
Dec 17, 2008

Turning the batteries around can damage the newer LED flashlights permanently. Don't do that!

Mister Bumblebee
Mar 05, 2008

Flashlights rock!

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