MagLight question

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  1. Sparticle

    Sparticle Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have a 12" Maglight that doesn't work anymore. i replaced the batteries and that didn't work. There was a replacement bulb with the flashlight and tried that too. Everything looks clean on the inside. what else can I check?
     
  2. manfred

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    Is this a trick question?
     

  3. KCM

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    Use a voltage tester and check to see if the batteries are good.

    Use the continuity tester to see if the battery/bulb circut is complete.

    You may or may not be able to use the continuity tester to check the bulb, depending upon the bulb contacts.
     
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    Toss it into the garbage and get a crank up led light. Saw one at Ace the other day. Kind of like Ronco "CRANK IT AND FORGET IT" $19.00 :banana02:
     
  5. Sparticle

    Sparticle Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I'd rather not throw a heavy duty metal maglight flash light into the trash if there's something I can do to easily test/fix it. I also would rather not spend $20 if I can help it. I'll see if someone at work has a continuity tester. It's just such a nice flashlight.
     
  6. hunter63

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    I have always had good luck calling, writing or e-mailing the company that made it.
    As these are still made in the USA( as far as I know) I would contact them and ask for assistance.
    http://www.maglite.com/index.asp?m=skipflash
    I had a 5 cell "d" bat. mag lite, had a problem with finding a bulb, called customer service and they sent me two for free.

    P.S. converted a Mini Mag to led's, batteries were in it so long the got corroded and I couldn't get it open. Really like the led bulbs, but do check the batteries
     
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    I agree with the above poster, contact the company. I use these in my work and have found the company good about taking care of complaints or problems. OTOH, LED technology will soon make the regular incandescent Mag-lites a thing of the past. I also have and carry a much small, lighter LED light that is simply great. Good luck with the repairs.
    FF51
     
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    did you 'click the switch'? lol maybe it is bad.
     
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    Id also wager its the switch. I had the same problem with one of my Mag's. Finally remembered i had an old one that got the crystal broken, changed out the crystals to get a working light and now the switch is acting up in that one. Thinking that's the only way to kill one. As i don't see a way to replace it.

    Hum, isn't there a warranty on these here suckers? Betting it was a card you hard to fill out and send in though. :shrug:
     
  11. Ed Norman

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    I posted this earlier today and it disappeared.

    I left a 6 cell Maglite under the truck seat until the batteries corroded and it would not unscrew. I sent it back to Maglite with my return address and a few weeks later got a brand new 6 cell to replace it. That was 20 years ago but the light was 10 years old at the time.
     
  12. Sparticle

    Sparticle Well-Known Member Supporter

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    the switch sounds fine. So, I'll try the other suggestions here. I wouldn't have thought to do any of the things you suggested. Thanks a million!