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    Cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedLed View Post
    I have a 3 D cell Mag Lite in the blue like yours, and bought it in a truck stop in 1982-83 or 84.

    Still have it. Put an lED in it, and it serves as an emergency light
    You have an exploding flashlight? Wonder how many lumens it puts out. Pretty short battery life though...

    But seriously -- what kinds of bulbs do these use? How bright did they get?

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    Dusting off this jewel of a thread to say I found a Pro-Light in great shape recently. Scheduled to arrive Thursday.




    Don Keller may have been the most influential flashlight designer since CF Burgess created reliable dry cells and Conrad Hubert passed out Evereadys to local policemen way back in the 1910's.

    Thank you for doing this abtomat. Many- a hole in historical documentation was filled in by this epic thread.
    John 3:16

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    Congrats on a great find.

    Nice to see some action on this thread.
    It is better to buy a beautiful, expensive, custom flashlight than to curse the darkness.

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    ^^ Thanks for that.

    My collection of 'cop lights' is pretty thorough from the real early days to the early 60's then it jumps over the 70's and 80's (to the early 90's) largely due to lack of knowledge.

    After reading this all I can say is "Hey Captains... you and the Maglites are gonna have company.
    John 3:16

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    I'll second that!
    It is better to buy a beautiful, expensive, custom flashlight than to curse the darkness.

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    HAHAHA! How did I know that you would probably get this! I should have bid when I saw it....LOL!!! I LOVE IT!

    Best.
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    Until I get a proper 6 volt charger cord for it 3D cells will light it up. It arrived without the cord. And after ?? years between charges it did light briefly, then faded to nill.

    It's rumored the SL20 battery works.
    John 3:16

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    My first B-Lite:

    The still working stock bulb was replaced with a PR6.

    The stock (Holland made Norelco) bulb was placed in the tail section and a Tung Sol went in.
    Saving the stock bulb was part of the reason, but those Tung Sol are so darn nice. Nary a filament shadow to be seen.

    This is a sweet flashlight circa around 1977-78.
    John 3:16

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    Very nice. Good score.
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    Heart aflutter.

    I have a 3 C cell B-Lite somewhere in storage with perhaps more usage marks than this one. Thank You for providing image. The switch started wearing out and I purchased a Streamlight for security guard duty way back then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KITROBASKIN View Post
    Heart aflutter.

    I have a 3 C cell B-Lite somewhere in storage with perhaps more usage marks than this one. Thank You for providing image. The switch started wearing out and I purchased a Streamlight for security guard duty way back then.



    If you're interested, there is a switch on that auction house site that ends in -ay...
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    Quote Originally Posted by KITROBASKIN View Post
    Heart aflutter.

    I have a 3 C cell B-Lite somewhere in storage with perhaps more usage marks than this one. Thank You for providing image. The switch started wearing out and I purchased a Streamlight for security guard duty way back then.
    Quote Originally Posted by sgt253 View Post
    If you're interested, there is a switch on that auction house site that ends in -ay...
    I pm'd kitro the link to it. I bought one and it's perfect.
    John 3:16

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    Boo!!! Photobucket!!! Boo!!!
    John 3:16

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    Perhaps you already know this but to view the Photobucket photos:
    • right click on the broken image and choose open in a new tab.
    • This brings you to the Photobucket site. It will either show the image or show another broken image. If it is a broken image then:
      • right click on that broken image and choose open in a new tab.


    It's a bit of a pain but better than nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bla2000 View Post
    Perhaps you already know this but to view the Photobucket photos:
    • right click on the broken image and choose open in a new tab.
    • This brings you to the Photobucket site. It will either show the image or show another broken image. If it is a broken image then:
      • right click on that broken image and choose open in a new tab.


    It's a bit of a pain but better than nothing.
    Thanks, that works great!!

    I'd like to offer to redo this thread and host the pictures on my imgur. This would be with Abtomat's and/or the forums permission of course. I would make a faithful reproduction and all credit would be given to Abtomat. I don't want any credit for this I just want to preserve this thread. if everyone agrees and include all of the original pics from Photobucket before they are lost forever. Can everyone let me know if this is something they would like or if they think it's a good idea?

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    Pix working again. Yay!!!
    John 3:16

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    Quote Originally Posted by bykfixer View Post
    Pix working again. Yay!!!
    Thats really great news.

    ~ Chance
    Never point a flashlight at anything you don't intend to illuminate! Never buy a flashlight you have to make payments on.

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    Glad to see this threadís photos were preserved.
    It is better to buy a beautiful, expensive, custom flashlight than to curse the darkness.

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    Pix still working (with their new watermark).
    John 3:16

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