My cousin gave me his old Pelican Super SabreLite the other day. It's pretty old as it does not have the same shape as the current one nor does it have the vent on the side for pent up gasses. This light takes 3 C cell batteries. I do not have any C cell batteries nor anything that takes them nor do I want to buy C cell batteries just for this one flashlight so I decided to try putting the SureFire B90 battery from my 9N into this light. The only problem is that the B90 is a little bit shorter than 3 C cells would be so I made a spacer out of some one inch plexiglass rod and a piece of 1/4 inch aluminum rod I have laying around. Initially, both pieces were made longer than needed then I trimmed them down until it worked. I now have a nice little incandescent flashlight to use until the incan bulb burns out then I'll see if I can mod it to LED for increased run time.
Something I noticed about this flashlight is that it would appear that it was designed to be used with the batteries installed positive side down as the battery contact deep inside the flashlight has a piece of foam taped on to it, preventing the negative side of the battery from making contact with the contact, completing the circuit. I've mounted the B90 battery positive side up with the spacer making contact with the negative side of the battery, completing the circuit. I suppose I can drop the battery into the light positive side first then put the spacer on before installing the bulb assembly but I would need to shorten the spacer some more as I intended for the spring of the center contact of the bulb assembly to wrap around the positive pole of the battery, which looks like the positive terminal of a 9V battery. I'm guessing that this light is not as bright as it would be had I installed 3 C cell batteries but the light I am getting now is quite nice and is certainly bright enough for my needs.
I guess I need to make a few 2400MAh stick packs for these two lights, now! I have a bunch of brand new Sanyo 2400 Ni-Cads laying around collecting dust from my RC days.
Here are a few pictures:
Anyone else out there with an earlier model Pelican Super SabreLite? Anyone mod one?