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Boyhood flashlight

Evening all,

I’ve not been around here long, but all this talk of torches got me thinking about when I was a boy and enjoying outdoors.
In the back of my cupboard I had this:

It’s a Gelert torch and it was the first torch that I spent my own money on. I was getting ready for my first camp with the boy scouts and went to the local outdoor/ army surplus shop. I picked out this and a small lock knife, then had to run home and get my mother to write a note giving permission for me to have the knife.
From then on it came on every camp. I was so proud of it’s lantern mode – none of the other boys had that. So we would use my torch after hours, hung from the middle of the tent whilst we ate sweets, told ghost stories and swapped football stickers for our albums. Great times.

Anyway, I wondered if anyone could tell me anything about it?
A quick google says the Gelert brand still exists, though it was bought up by Sports Direct. They used to produce all sorts of camping gear, so I doubt they were the manufacturers – I wonder who was?

As you can see it still works though, it’s about 17 years old and as you can imagine, it took some serious abuse. It is of course very dim by today’s standards, but nice to have none the less. The knife is long lost.

Does anyone else still have their boyhood flashlights?

Edited by: Nightshade on 01/13/2016 - 17:28
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Nice.

 I still have this old Everedy lantern, from 1980-something. It has a fluorescent tube, spot, & SOS beacon selectable via the slider switch, & has a carrying/hanging strap. It takes 6*D cells.

 

 I remember using it as a kid, during power outages & camping. Smile

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Wow, that’s a beast!

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FmC wrote:

Nice.

 I still have this old Everedy lantern, from 1980-something. It has a fluorescent tube, spot, & SOS beacon selectable via the slider switch, & has a carrying/hanging strap. It takes 6*D cells.

 

 I remember using it as a kid, during power outages & camping. Smile

WOW!!! That pic brought back some memories… This was so my dad’s light back in the day. It was our definite go to light in power outages and storms. Always kept by his bedside just in case.

Now I’ll have to wait till morning to call him and ask if he just maybe still has that light tucked away some where…

Thanks for sharing!

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FmC wrote:

Nice.

 I still have this old Everedy lantern, from 1980-something. It has a fluorescent tube, spot, & SOS beacon selectable via the slider switch, & has a carrying/hanging strap. It takes 6*D cells.

 

 I remember using it as a kid, during power outages & camping. Smile

I have that exact same wood-grain lantern, but i misplaced it years ago and still not able to find it.

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I have one but with orange rather than woodgrain.

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Looks like that was a popular model back then!

Here's another from the same era;

It takes 2*D cells, the red switch is momentary-on, & the black slide-switch is on/off.

It's also a zoomie, with the head moving in/out by twisting.

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FmC wrote:

Nice.

 I still have this old Everedy lantern, from 1980-something. It has a fluorescent tube, spot, & SOS beacon selectable via the slider switch, & has a carrying/hanging strap. It takes 6*D cells.

 

 I remember using it as a kid, during power outages & camping. Smile


Wood grain texture? Wow, that’s really old fashion!

I can’t help but wonder how much of a monster this would be when modded to take LED’s and modern circuitry…

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FmC wrote:

Nice.

 I still have this old Everedy lantern, from 1980-something. It has a fluorescent tube, spot, & SOS beacon selectable via the slider switch, & has a carrying/hanging strap. It takes 6*D cells.

 

 I remember using it as a kid, during power outages & camping. Smile

At first I didn’t notice buy when I read 6D cells and saw the keyboard it struck me that this light is massive!

 

 
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I’ve had this one for maybe 40 years. One of my early mods was to convert it from 2xaa to 3xaaa nimh with an xre. I still have it and it still works though I might switch it to 2p14500. The solitaire was an early experiment in DIY fins. Drill press lathe of course. Smile

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The only light of a brand worthy of mention that I had when young was the Duracell Durabeam. That boxy black-and-brown 2xAA one.

Here’s the disassembled look:

Lugged this around in my school backpack back when I was 10 or so. Used it so much that the latches to the side ended up too bent to hold the black shell around the main part, and the edges of the battery holder were white from material fatigue.

Even with all that plus a cracked reflector, it made for nice lighting (well, nice for back in the day) until the switch plate rusted beyond salvation, and that was the final nail in its coffin.

Wish we could have a revival of this model, only in LED with a textured reflector, and the assembly done in, if not aluminum, at least high-quality polymer.

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Is there such a thing as flashlight resto-modding?
Do people take old lights and mod them with new tech?

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I had one like this

It was lost in the yard, spent the winter buried in snow, and still working when found. Surprisingly the batteries didn’t leak and still had power. Long gone but not forgotten. I used it quite often catching nightcrawlers.

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Nightshade wrote:
Is there such a thing as flashlight resto-modding?
Do people take old lights and mod them with new tech?

You can easily see it done to many oil lanterns. As far as old flashlights go, someone got one of those old bullseye-lens brass lights and re-worked it to fit a warm white LED. As an avid Call of Cthulhu roleplayer, I definitely approve. Big Smile

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I had a couple of these about 30 years ago.

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I remember very well my first camping lamp; I still have it.It used in 1980 to go from Rome to Paris, on a motorcycle, with my girlfriend.Still it works with 4xD cells.

I yearn for that time, past.

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Jack Kellar wrote:
The only light of a brand worthy of mention that I had when young was the Duracell Durabeam. That boxy black-and-brown 2xAA one.

Here’s the disassembled look:

Lugged this around in my school backpack back when I was 10 or so. Used it so much that the latches to the side ended up too bent to hold the black shell around the main part, and the edges of the battery holder were white from material fatigue.

Even with all that plus a cracked reflector, it made for nice lighting (well, nice for back in the day) until the switch plate rusted beyond salvation, and that was the final nail in its coffin.

Wish we could have a revival of this model, only in LED with a textured reflector, and the assembly done in, if not aluminum, at least high-quality polymer.

The flashlight of my youth! For the time, and for the money, a great buy. If we wanted more throw, we would buy those disposable square angle head lights. The whole light and battery were disposable, I think Garrity was the brand, firefighters had them on their helmets..

Those 2aa Duracell lights were the mainstay of many a nights lighting needs way back in the 80’s..

A remake would be cool, but in warm white, like an incandescent bulb…

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I had several, a couple of stand out in my memory:

First, one of these Rayovac Workhorse 2D lights:

http://www.flashlightmuseum.com/Rayovac-Flashlight-2-Cell-Black-Plastic-...

Surprised I found the second one! It was one of these little Dorcy 2xAA lights, with the yellow stripe on this side:

http://www.flashlightmuseum.com/Dorcy-Flashlight-Black-Plastic-with-Yell...
…or at least one very similar to that. I remember really being impressed with the amount of light coming from such a small flashlight at the time…


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CRX wrote:
I had a couple of these about 30 years ago.

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Yes! I’d forgotten all about these. We had one too.

Now this thread is moving, some great memories guy’s and girls – keep them coming Big Smile

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Jack Kellar wrote:
The only light of a brand worthy of mention that I had when young was the Duracell Durabeam. That boxy black-and-brown 2xAA one.

Here’s the disassembled look:

Lugged this around in my school backpack back when I was 10 or so. Used it so much that the latches to the side ended up too bent to hold the black shell around the main part, and the edges of the battery holder were white from material fatigue.

Even with all that plus a cracked reflector, it made for nice lighting (well, nice for back in the day) until the switch plate rusted beyond salvation, and that was the final nail in its coffin.

Wish we could have a revival of this model, only in LED with a textured reflector, and the assembly done in, if not aluminum, at least high-quality polymer.

The flashlight of my youth! For the time, and for the money, a great buy. If we wanted more throw, we would buy those disposable square angle head lights. The whole light and battery were disposable, I think Garrity was the brand, firefighters had them on their helmets..

Those 2aa Duracell lights were the mainstay of many a nights lighting needs way back in the 80’s..

A remake would be cool, but in warm white, like an incandescent bulb…


(unabashed bump)

Maybe one of our modder friends would accept this project…? 0:)

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@ CRX,

Yes, I’d forgotten about those!
Thanks for the Memories.

Cheers,
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@ CRX,

Yes, I’d forgotten about those!
Thanks for the Memories.

Cheers,
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+1, i had a couple of those Duracell’s……..

Is it just me, still today where ever i go and there are “torch’s” , i have to have a good look over them. Checking the packaging and descriptions etc etc……..Same when away camping, any hiking/camping shop, have to always check out the mags,swiss army knives and what ever goodies(with crazy inflated prices!).

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In the early 70’s I received a Sanyo Cadnica flashlight for a birthday present. Internal NiCAD batteries and a flip-out 120v power adapter. Mine was either very dark green or black.

One could argue that it was this that started me down the dark path to flashaholism, armed with proper illumination! Big Smile

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My dad gave me one similar to this in the mid 1960’s. I was 12 or 13 at the time.

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I remember my dad having a very old incan on a 4,5 v battery
THIS;

I used to have an old thin walled steel flashlight which looked like this one;

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I Remember that I moded that light when I was way younger with a 9v battery and a 6v kripton bulb, it was shockingly bright but did not last long, Remember showing it to my father when he had just bought a 3D maglight and I told him mine was brighter, he said sure it is son… and turned on his light, then I turned mine on and he was like WTF!!! Priceless!!!

Jack Kellar wrote:
The only light of a brand worthy of mention that I had when young was the Duracell Durabeam. That boxy black-and-brown 2xAA one.

Here’s the disassembled look:

Lugged this around in my school backpack back when I was 10 or so. Used it so much that the latches to the side ended up too bent to hold the black shell around the main part, and the edges of the battery holder were white from material fatigue.

Even with all that plus a cracked reflector, it made for nice lighting (well, nice for back in the day) until the switch plate rusted beyond salvation, and that was the final nail in its coffin.

Wish we could have a revival of this model, only in LED with a textured reflector, and the assembly done in, if not aluminum, at least high-quality polymer.

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Did many a thumb curls with this one.

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In the old days, we used to walk around the shallow flats just off the coast (called “torching” in Hawaii), armed with 3-prong spears and floating lanterns like this:

Hunting for octopus, sleeping fish, etc… Lost a few to poorly tied knots, much to my father’s annoyance.

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This was my favorite light when i was young. It was one hell of a thrower, and it had an adjustable focus switch.

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The most popular light when i was kid

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I still have this green Rayovac flashlight, i remember playing with it as a kid. I don’t know how old it is but it is probably from the 90ies, all plastic and works with 2AA batteries. This was the first flashlight i ever had.

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