Thursday, February 23, 2012

Simple Survival Tips - The Flashlight Battery Protector

Flashlights are handy little items but they aren’t much use if the batteries are dead. Unlike zombies, when most flashlight batteries go dead...they stay dead. Many times flashlight batteries will suffer a power drain without you ever being aware it’s happened. Flashlights have a habit of getting turned on accidentally when they aren’t in use. They get stuffed in a pack and the switch gets bumped or the switch might just decide to act up. The result is usually a flashlight with a dead battery.

There’s a simple way to avoid this problem. All you need to do is insert a piece of plastic, electrical tape or any other type of material that doesn’t conduct electricity between the battery and the switch. All you need to do is remove the battery protector when you need to use the flashlight. You could simply take the batteries out but that could create other problems such as a lost battery.  There’s not much difference between a lost battery and a dead one...neither will do you much good in your flashlight.

Many times new flashlights will come with a battery protector right out of the package.

Got flashlight battery protector?

Staying above the water line!



John said...

Good idea. I've got a LED flashlight I bought several years ago which only turns on when you screw the cap down. Turn it off by unscrewing it a little past where the light goes out.

millenniumfly said...

I normally like to keep batteries out of my flashlights (except a few around the house) in case they leak but this is a good idea too. Thanks.

riverwalker said...

To: John

This is just one of the ways I try to save my batteries. Too many times they seem to get turned on "all by themselves" and I wind up with a
non-working flashlight.

Thanks John.


BTW, Enjoyed our little chat the other day.

riverwalker said...

To: milleniumfly

Had battery leakage problems a couple of times myself...just wasn't checking my gear properly. Check my batteries more frequently now.



tag8939 said...

Never thought of that. Thanks. Love the idea.

HFG Admin said...

I have to use my flashlight frequently but since I have a couple I must try this technique with my spare.

riverwalker said...

To: tag8939

My main "go to" light is a rechargeable but my backups are mostly battery powered...this helps keep them from accidentally getting drained when not in use on a regular basis.



riverwalker said...

To: HFG Admin

It's a strategy that I employ for my spares and if they get stuffed in a GHB of BOB when not in normal carry is a Stinger in a belt holder.

Thanks HFG.


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