Vintage-wise mine go back to around 1915 with a few examples of every decade after that. Part of that was to see how they used to conduct electricity from a battery to a bulb way back then. Part was to learn how to get one working again. As a rule I sought after "duty" lights, often military or law enforcement duty but one was the 1970's Eveready commader used by many movie ushers at the time. Along the way some unique ones like a 1960's Rayovac 2D with a compass across the lens, a hi/lo switch 3D Brinkmann, and a pistol shsped light made by Franco were acquired. I started collecting (on purpose) in 2014 and bought many until around 2019. I still buy a light from time to time but nothing on the scale like before.How many Flashlights have you collected in the past.
IE: what types, what vintages, any thing of historical value, any thing unusual, and how long for. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif
Pretty much my experience now.At one point, I had dozens, as I was examining the features of each in order to see what I wanted and required.
Ended up selling every one of them but a handful, once I decided what works for me.
Current "collection" (if it can be called that):
- Malkoff M61 drop-in w/ SolarForce head and tube, McClicky switches, powered by 1x or 2x Panasonic NCR18650B 3350mAh Li-Ion -- several of these.
- LambdaLights 2D MagLite custom XM-L
- 4Sevens Quark 123 Tactical XP-G R5 LED, powered by 1xCR123A
I'm in the same mind set now, Once I started getting some Malkoff's..I'm set.Ive largely stopped collecting. Since getting my malkoffs im pretty much good to go. Only a few more lights I really want, most of them are older models anyway.