1950's Tom Thumb lights

scout24

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Re: Eveready Little Jim

Thank you for the history lesson! Sellers pic, I'll see it in a couple days. Should be like yours on the right with the Eveready Union Carbide writing. My Grandmother worked at Union Carbide in the 70's and this'll be a bit nostalgic for me. :) I like your square one, the bezel looks like it has nice spill.

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Re: Eveready Little Jim

the one from the screwgun is 3.6v 600ma krypton.
looking for a source ....stay tuned!
edit.
the 200ma vacuum bulb is a #246
 
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Bumping to show my 2am nature call light.
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It gets the call of duty for about 5 minutes a day using a double A cell. Little by little it gets dimmer, so if I turn it on when the lights are on I can't tell it is on unless shined on my hand but……
When the lights are out and I want to avoid tripping over the dog or navigate through the house it does great at lighting up 10 feet in front of me with a pleasing tint that does not wake anybody.

Insert a new battery and it really brightens up. About as bright as a birthday candle even. Yet using older, nearly depleted batteries is its charm. At least in my opinion anyway.
 

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Tom Thumb.. Before marketing as a children's flashlight from Eveready, they were made for bicycles in the late 1800's. Operation required keeping the oil tank full and flint in the starter wheel. All that for only a few lumens..
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You could use it to light cigars as well (;
 
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Finally swapped the battery in my Tom Thumb bed side table light. It still put out enough light to see past the black dog at 2am but I needed to give the light a thwack to get it going. Then it did not put out enough light to see what direction my stream was aimed at those times there was no splashing noise.
Now I can see well.
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Old battery

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New battery

I'll swap in a new one in about 3 years or so..
 
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How well does a #112 do on a li primary?
Might be a mild bump up if the bulb life is reasonable.
 

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Don't know. I just replaced the 70-ish year old bulb with a new one and use a rayovac in it. I figure it's a circa 1953 or so light.

For the way I use it a lithium probably wouldn't make much difference because I use it for about 2 minutes at a time. I suppose if I used it for long periods the lack of sag may shorten the bulb life to a suffer.

I just switched to a new battery after about 5 years.....
 
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