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February 09, 2012


george storm

Edsel? Presumably attached at a late stage in the game because of a certain Ford?

Mark Walter

It is a classic example between cost and reliability. It's cheaper to use the solder seal to make contact with the batteries: probably save $0.05 vs having a brass tab. But people want $2 flashlight so they sell. There are high end flashlights available: aluminum housing vs plastic, watertight with o-ring seals etc, so those who want a more reliable product (policemen, servicemen and the like) buy those.

The free market is a good thing: you can buy lower priced product or spend more for a better made/designed product. Our choice.

John Dunn

The frustrating thing is that every time I go looking for a flashlight, all I see is the cheap junk. If the better made ones were there, I would buy those but I guess most people would buy the cheaper ones.

The flashlight cells are junk too. Their soft metal tips deform inward and cause problems.

Larry Rachman

The price of LED flashlights has dropped to the point where the classic PR2 bulb will soon be seen only in the Smithsonian. And good riddance, too, those things were one of the more miserable recollections of my youth.

There are a lot of bad, inexpensive LED flashlights out there. At the other end of the spectrum, Fenix (www.fenixlight.com) makes some very nice ones. But there's definitely some sticker shock to be had at the high end. You don't *have* to spend more than $100 to own one of their products, but its quite possible.

but here is a link for some very nice one.

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