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In a previous post, I had found a pair of early military batteries that I was going to put into my Vietnam flashlight. Here are my three sets of batteries that I have in my military flashlights. The first set are 1939 Winchester batteries. The second set is 1945 dated Eveready. The third is the military Eveready that are early Vietnam era. The fourth is a set of 80's dated C cell batteries.

 

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This last set of pictures of the battery that came in my WWI trench torch.

 

This is the battery as it is inside the flashlight

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The back side of the battery

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The contacts for the battery

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The side of the battery.

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Hopefully this one is ok to post. It was found at a cache site in Cambodia by an infantryman of 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry during the 1970 incursion. Could of been put in captured US flashlights by the communists or taken by GIs to use in their own.

 

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I found a bunch they were slightly corroding on the tips and I tossed them out.

I figured the darn things would be leaking all over my stuff.

The outside was darn near perfect, and they came out of stuff in the 1940's.

They were in great shape except the top corrosion.

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A little late to the party but here are a pair of my batteries.

I have a yellow pair as in the above post, but they are burred in a box somewhere.

 

Surprisingly one of these actually still puts out enough current to be useful. If only the second one did as well they may well have been usable...

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What is the date on these?

 

A little late to the party but here are a pair of my batteries.

I have a yellow pair as in the above post, but they are burred in a box somewhere.

 

Surprisingly one of these actually still puts out enough current to be useful. If only the second one did as well they may well have been usable...

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Under reproductions a fellow asked if they were making reproduction flashlight ba-30 batteries because he thought that old batteries from the Vietnam era were not available. I replied that they were out there and then decided to post a few of my WWII batteries.. did a search and found this old thread. TL122-A with USALite Batteries, no date on bottom but use before Sept 1944.

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Jeez, now I have to start looking at every battery that I see. With that said, they are pretty cool.

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Here are some BA30's ... most have already been shown but one of the early batteries has a tag on it prior to when they actually started printing the nomenclature on the battery.

 

From left to right top pairs ... Feb 44, May 44, use before Sept 44. Bottom row... use before Jul 44...(im sure these were used by a paratrooper in Normandy :}, couple of different batteries and not a pair ... first dated Apr 1942 and the other May 1942.. then the two double A's.. 1941 and 1942... don't see them often...

 

as I told the fellow looking for reproductions.. keep checking old military flashlights as some still have the batteries with them.

 

regards,

CC

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Here are some BA30's ... most have already been shown but one of the early batteries has a tag on it prior to when they actually started printing the nomenclature on the battery.

 

From left to right top pairs ... Feb 44, May 44, use before Sept 44. Bottom row... use before Jul 44...(im sure these were used by a paratrooper in Normandy :}, couple of different batteries and not a pair ... first dated Apr 1942 and the other May 1942.. then the two double A's.. 1941 and 1942... don't see them often...

 

as I told the fellow looking for reproductions.. keep checking old military flashlights as some still have the batteries with them.

 

regards,

CC

oops... forgot the pic.. sorry

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How do you keep them from corroding?

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