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    Default I have one just like this!! Super Tough!! Great Quality!!

    I was wondering what kind of light I had. I picked it up at a yard sale really cheap. It looks exactly the same,yellow in color. It's way more beat up though. It does not matter, this bad boy is built to lsat. It's built like a Battle Ship! I did not know if it would work or not, so I went to the Family Dollar to buy the batteries. They were only 1 or 2 dollars each compared to God knows how much for the Duracells! It lit up like a charm! I did not need a bulb, it just needed a good cleaning! It's been over a year and the lights still working. The bulb is not to bright though. I am disabled and whealchair bound, so I use a lot of different headlights. This thing is really heavy but it's really nice also. I was thinkinig about putting it on Ebay because it's so heavy. I was thinking about replacing it with the newer led lights. NO WAY NOW!!!! I am so glad I did some investigating and found out more about this. Thanks a lot guys for taking plenty of good photos!!
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    I picked up one of these today at a auction for $20, I almost got it for $5 but there is always one person who screws you up. We used these in coast guard boot camp and they still have them in the motor life boats. I just had to have it. Its a little beat up and needs batteries.


  2. #32

    Default Re: I have one just like this!! Super Tough!! Great Quality!!

    I paid $20 for mine, $8 for batteries, $11 for a bulb. So I have about $40 into it. The bulb that was in it looks fine but someplace in it the current wasnt going through. A LED lamp for it is over $60 so I said the heck with that.

    I just put mine on a scale its 7lb 2.5 ounces. Im sure with better batteries it would be about 8 pounds. It doesnt look bright but take it out in the dark and you see far.

    When I was in boot camp and we had to do training where there was a explosion or something bad like that. We had to rush into a ship, really it was a building but it was pitch black with smoke and crazy noise and flashing lights. We had to find a body and locate all their wounds and bandage them up then drag them out.

    Each group had a bag of medical supplies and one of these lanterns. I remember seeing those goofy yellow boxes on the floor thinking is that a light? That is so cool, I wish I had one of those. I think I even got yelled at because I was more interested in the light then the dieing plastic guy on the floor.

  3. #33

    Default Re: I have one just like this!! Super Tough!! Great Quality!!

    Welcome GUMBOMASTER!

    If anyone is interested in obtaining one of the older model gray metal Navy Battle Lantern, there are several listed on ebay.

    More info on Navy Battle Lanterns may be found in the thread under "Collectors" entitled "MY ANTIQUE ELECTRIC LANTERN AND FLASHLIGHT COLLECTION (MANY PICS)" by Captain Smiley. Another source of info is www.flashlightmuseum.com.

    Also, there is a thread "A SHORT HISTORY OF THE DELTA MANUFACTURING COMPANY" by Kirk.
    Last edited by Boudreaux; 03-27-2012 at 01:06 PM. Reason: additional information
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    Default Re: I have one just like this!! Super Tough!! Great Quality!!

    I have one of these yellow battle lanterns and access to some CNC equipment. I want to convert it over to some high power LEDs (XM-L U2?) for both super bright searchlight duty and long run emergency use. I'd love to use something like the module in the Nitecore TM11. I'd also love to put an external power input jack on the back with a switch as I have some 24vdc 100AH SLAs that I could plug it into. You could also run it off a 12v power jack in a car. I figure I could use one of these http://www.western-robotics.com/hercules-BEC-HC_hp.html to drop up to 45vdc down to something the driver could use. Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas?
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    Default Re: I have one just like this!! Super Tough!! Great Quality!!

    Found these this evening...

    http://dauerled.com/?page_id=230

    Not exactly what I want but heading in the right direction.
    Fenix FD40 TK35, Surefire U2 Ultra, Arc AAA-P, MiniMag AA LED

  6. #36

    Default Re: WWII Navy Battle Lantern

    I have one of these old yellow lanterns I got at a yard sale for like 2 dollars...no battery

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    Default Re: WWII Navy Battle Lantern

    Thought I'd update this thread a little.

    My wife found my battle lantern and motivated me to actually get it going again. So, I'm going to machine some parts for it and install a Bridgelux Vero29 COB in it. It'll only be run at about 40w / 7000lm max.

    https://i.imgur.com/cEsPwIch.png
    Fenix FD40 TK35, Surefire U2 Ultra, Arc AAA-P, MiniMag AA LED

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    Default Re: WWII Navy Battle Lantern

    Very cool. Good luck with your project.

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

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