Rechargeable or not in a hand held light?


January 24, 2003, 12:59 AM
So, which is the better light, one that requires regular batteries or one that uses a rechargeable system?

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January 24, 2003, 01:27 AM
At the risk of stating the obvious, there's also an enormous middle ground of flashlights that will accept both rechargeable batteries and "regular" alkaline ones, as opposed to the "rechargeable systems" I think you're asking about. Some of the "systems," and I'm thinking primarily StreamLight here, are absolutely first-rate and I'd never discourage you from buying one (though the run-times are often in the one-hour range). Personally, I like a little more flexibility; a light that can handle both alkalines and rechargeables. If you use your light a lot, get a charger and use rechargeables, that's an easy choice. But if the power goes out for a while, yoiu can still use those alkalines you've got squirreled away in the basement.

January 24, 2003, 12:20 PM
I agree with SteelyDan, I prefer a using rechargable batteries in a flashlight so that when the power is off for a week, I can revert to using drycell batteries.

January 24, 2003, 08:24 PM
What kind of output can I expect from these lights mentioned? How long will one charge or set of batteries last?

January 25, 2003, 12:10 AM
10-Ring, that's kind of impossible to answer. The light output and duration will only minimally be a function of whether you use rechargeable or alkaline batteries, and very much a function of which (battery-driven) flashlight you pick.

I have the feeling I wasn't too clear above, so let me try again. Go into any Target or WalMart or hardware store and you'll find lots of common, ordinary type flashlights. Almost any of them can use either alkaline (i.e., "regular," normal, off-the-shelf) batteries, OR rechargeable batteries that look about the same, but they're rechargeable (they'll be clearly labelled as rechargeable). These are the kinds of flashlights I'd recommend (with one exception, which I'll hit in a minute) because you can use them very cheaply on a daily basis by using rechargeable batteries, but if the power goes out (and you can't use your recharger, which you'll also need to buy), you can still use "regular" alkalines. For the most part, the rechargeable batteries will function similarly to the regular alkaline ones (that's not exactly true, but let's pretend it is). So, the light output and duration of the light will depend on which type of flashlight you pick rather than what kind of batteries you're using. All I mean by that is that a 5D MagLite will be brighter and last longer than a 2AA MagLite, for example, whether you're using alkalines or rechargeables.

As for the exception I mentioned above, the flashlights you'll find at your average mass merchandiser are reasonably adequate for most uses, and probably all you'll usually need. However, there are a WHOLE lot better choices out there if you're interested enough to check it out. Most people aren't that interested.

January 25, 2003, 10:18 AM
There is excellent info on weighing the pro's and cons of rechargable versus lnot. I don't carry a rechargable as I want to keep light output at a maximum. I also don't use my light for day to day tasks, I have seperate lights for that (mostly just a photon that i carry but maglites in the car house etc).

January 25, 2003, 09:26 PM
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January 26, 2003, 04:15 PM
Thanks for the info on the site.

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January 29, 2003, 08:12 AM

January 30, 2003, 02:38 PM
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