What happened to good 9 volt flashlights?

lingpau

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About 10 years ago there were several excellent led flashlights that you just dropped a 9 volt battery into and had a nice compact night or emergency light. I cannot find them anymore! Now they just have the light block that you just push onto the top of the 9 volt battery! Anyone know of a website that sells a good 9 volt LED flashlight that is not the push on top of the battery type?
 

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I believe the drop in's you're thinking of were Pal Lights. The snap-on-top PakLites are of high quality in my opinion and run forever, for what that's worth.
 

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9v's have rubbish capacity compared to the size of the battery. Only thing I know that uses them nowadays are smoke alarms and even those are moving over to AA or built in lithium.
Doubt any manufacturers would want to produce a light now that will preform far below their rivals.
 

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I believe the drop in's you're thinking of were Pal Lights. The snap-on-top PakLites are of high quality in my opinion and run forever, for what that's worth.
I agree those Pal Lights run almost forever! Looking back at it I should have bought more.

I found my Pal Light a year ago from when I bought it around 2007-08ish. Now it sits on my bedside window as a nightlight
 

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I think the niche that these lights filled for the most part has vanished or been replaced by a lot of other lights using more popular batteries. Back in the day of the Pal or Pak lights there wasn't even 80 lumens/watt LEDs and the dim long runtime of the 9V lights was useful. Fast forward today where we have 150 lumens/watt power LEDs in flashlights that also have dim modes like firefly etc that run for long amount of time there is a lot less need for a 9V light.
 

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9v's have rubbish capacity compared to the size of the battery. Only thing I know that uses them nowadays are smoke alarms and even those are moving over to AA or built in lithium.
Doubt any manufacturers would want to produce a light now that will preform far below their rivals.
Electronic locks on safes use them, and the CO2 detectors, but many of those are also switching to built in lithiums like smoke detectors and instead of changing the battery twice a year you just replace the entire unit every decade. Or after it's been set off. Those are the only things I can think of that regularly use them anymore. Everything else I know that used them seems to have switched to AAs.
 

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Electronic locks on safes use them, and the CO2 detectors, but many of those are also switching to built in lithiums like smoke detectors and instead of changing the battery twice a year you just replace the entire unit every decade. Or after it's been set off. Those are the only things I can think of that regularly use them anymore. Everything else I know that used them seems to have switched to AAs.
2AAs have more power than a single 9V and is a lot cheaper to source and you can get lithium primaries for about $2-$3 per battery vs about $10+ for a lithium 9V.
I bought a temperature checker that normally they use 9V batteries and there are ones now that use 2AAAs but this one uses 2AAs and I have it with lithium AAs in it right now worry free when I need it.
 

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In my opinion, there never were any good 9 volt battery lights. You had some lights that took an expensive alkaline or lithium battery using old 5mm l.e.d.s to produce dim bluish light at a barely usable level that would sometimes last up to a year at the brightness of an indicator light. Whatever market there was for these lights is now gone. Get yourself a Nitecore TIP SE or TIP 2 and forget those lights ever existed.
 

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If I'm not mistaken, the gentleman who made/sold PALight passed away a few years ago and they stopped being made after that.

I think part of their appeal was that if you were desperate for a battery during an outage, you could take one out of your smoke detector. Not exactly the greatest of ideas in my opinion.
 

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If I'm not mistaken, the gentleman who made/sold PALight passed away a few years ago and they stopped being made after that.

I think part of their appeal was that if you were desperate for a battery during an outage, you could take one out of your smoke detector. Not exactly the greatest of ideas in my opinion.
I replace my 9v smoke alarm batt"s every year they always check out as good on the tester so I figured why not use them.
 
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