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Fenix E01 or battery issue?

Discussion in 'Flashlights & Other Illumination Devices' started by able_man, Dec 2, 2010.

  1. able_man
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    Went to use my E01 tonight and couldn't turn it on. It took some muscle, but when I got it unscrewed there was a hiss. It looks like my battery leaked or something.

    Has anyone ever had this issue? Was it the battery or the light? Is it safe to load it up and keep using it? It turns on with a fresh battery.
     
  2. tmedina

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    Probably just a battery issue - if you pulled the old battery, replaced it and the light powered up, I'd say you're good.

    Now, if the second battery dies like the first one, you might have an issue, but I've never heard of that happening before.

    -Trevor
     
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    Have you tried cleaning the contacts? Or you could clean the inside of the battery tube?
     
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    I'm guessing it was the battery. I'm going to clean it and keep carrying it and just hope it doesn't happen again.
     
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    Bad battery must have vented. On the plus side, sounds like the light is very airtight (i.e., would be very water resistant)
     
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    able_man, what kind of battery were you using when you had the issue?
     
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    Standard Energizer
     
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    So it was an alkaline battery. Depending on how much you use it, it might be worth it to buy a pack of energizer lithium cells. With them, you shouldn't have to worry about leaking inside your light. I've read stories about alkalines leaking and getting stuck inside lights. Unless you have a light that allows you to pund out the batteries, you'll have to send it to the battery manufacturer. Another plus is the lithium primaries should be more stable in colder temperatures as well as give you longer runtime in your E01. They will be a bit more expensive though.
     
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    I had that happen with 2 of my MiniMaglites, batteries leaked and got stuck inside. I tossed both seeing as I had about six at the time, now i either put Lithiums in or leave my spare lights empty.
     
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    I agree, switching over to Lithiums works better in these.
     
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    I use lithiums in everything... I would actually send energizer a nasty gram about your battery "hissing" and leaking, in hopes they would send me some free batteries or something.
     
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    The only primary AA used in my lights is of the Lithium variety. Either the 1.5v standard energisers or the 3.6v SAFT ones used for incredibly long runtime on moonlight and low settings.

    I also only use Lithium AAA cells in my keychain lights.

    Sent from my GT-I5800 using Tapatalk
     
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    I had the same problem with my E01. The acid that leaked from the battery killed the light.