The 'rock and roll' Ever Ready range

letschat7

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I'll check when I'm back home. Tbh I wasn't even interested in this type of torch it is just that it was pretty cheap shipped at around a tenner or so. The 90s Everready (actually Eveready in USA) got me started down the flashaholic path as I liked lights when I was fairly young and I didn't understand how one new in packet with fresh Classic cells(they were sold as kits sometimes back then) was dim. These were all plastic as the black one is in the pic. This was the same colour as the first one I had then.

Once home with it I lost the top to it and it got thrown away. Dad had a red one at some point and I bought a teal one as a kit and it had some sticker on it towards the end of the 90s. These were cheap lights with even cheaper batteries and if you dropped one with heavy alkalines in it expect teh bulb to break but they did the job. Compared to this the MagLite was an elite flashlight that only professionals such as cops used.

Back then I didn't care so much what light I used be it a cheap AA china light or a 2D such as Everready. I would use them to read scifi books or Goosebumps when I was supposed to be in bed asleep. Once I got my hands on a MiniMagLite I became a full blown flashaholic.

One last note is these would be paired with silver Classic cells and were sold next to the black 9 cat cells but I don't know the brand. I couldn't read when this happened only remember the logo. Sometimes you would see Duracells or Energizer on the same display but these were premium batteries and cost a lot at say an IGA or something.
 

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Plastic refector with metal bottom.
 

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vicv

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Well I call them that! From the late 1950's, and finished in big bright chrome and bright red fronts they demand to be seen!

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But there's more too them than meets the eye. I think they are some of the absolute best incandescent lights available to normal users - and way better than the plastic tat that came in the late 60's onwards. So let's have a look what you get...

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Choice of 2.5 or 3.5 inch reflectors, drawn brass body, thick chromium plate, high quality metal reflectors and glass lenses. You get a proper lockout, momentary switch and a choice of battery lengths from 2D to 5D. For road walking the red front glows to the side making you visible to vehicles.

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Looking at the lights now in 2023 I am still impressed. Very impressed actually. From the mechanism of the switch to the general feel of them is spot on. No flickering. The reflectors are as per the box - quality. The larger head gives a tight spot and the smaller head a fatter SureFire E2 look. Stock is a 2.4V, 0.5A bulb, which while it gives a quality beam its just too weak nowadays. But the 2D size takes a 8AA pack perfectly and with an Edison 9V 0.75A Krypton bulb I love it hits all the right spots for me. Useful spill, strong wide beam and almost no rings.

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I use while on winter hikes along the canal.

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The best part is these are never expensive nowadays. And yet they are a genuine useful and handsome - and eye catching light. Keep a look out. They are well worth your money if you, like me, still value a good incandescent torch that isn't some highly strung special that requires nannying with lithium batteries etc.

Hope you enjoyed!

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Nice light. And those beam shots look incredible
 

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Plastic refector with metal bottom.
Its a lot like the UK 'Metal Torch' (it was called that on the box - I prefer Captain) from the 1970's. I use mine but its not my favourite. The switch suffers with resistance that means the full Voltage does not reach the bulb.
 

letschat7

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I have a smaller C sized Captain it is really a decent light if only I didn't have better options in the 2 C Class I would use it more often. Gentos, Maglite, or Ansmann make more sturdier metal lights that are brighter too.
 
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