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Posted: 1/18/2015 4:07:58 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/18/2015 4:13:07 PM EST by sturmjr]
LAKEWOOD - Many of us have gotten creative when it comes to trying to hold a flashlight while using both hands to look for something.

On Tuesday, Christopher Reid Carrington placed a flashlight in his mouth while searching for tools in the back of his truck. Within seconds, he says the flashlight somehow exploded.

Carrington says blood was gushing from his mouth and was unable to talk. His 7-year-old son was able to call 911.

Carrington was rushed to the University of Colorado Hospital's Intensive Care Burn Unit where he was told he suffered from third-degree burns to his lip, tongue and throat. Carrington says he spent four days in the hospital with a tube down his throat so he could breathe.

No one knows exactly how the flashlight exploded, but doctors say it's possible Carrington won't taste again, and his vocal cords may be damaged indefinitely. The pain and burns are expected to heal within the next month.

Carrington says engineers will be studying the flashlight to determine how and why it exploded. The type of flashlight was a 325 LED Flashlight (Lumen).





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Flashlight is made by Solarforce L2T P60 LED . Never heard of them. Don't put electronics in your mouth?
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 4:08:49 PM EST
I have nothing good to say about Solarforce, but they havent exploded on me at least!
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 4:09:27 PM EST
I'll tell you how it happened

Unbalanced cells discharged, overloaded, out gassed and exploded

Shit batteries

NOT the flashlight
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 4:11:58 PM EST
Shitty batteries most likely. One reason I use single cell lithium primary lights or AA/AAA lights with Eneloops. Lithiums a are bad juju when things go south.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 4:12:19 PM EST
I've heard cheap cr123s (?) cooking off in my flashlight before.... hot and stinky. not a good combo huh? waterproof aluminum and high pressure gas....
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 4:13:20 PM EST
That's one of the brands they sell on Dealextreme.com

My money is on the batteries as well.
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Link Posted: 1/18/2015 4:14:10 PM EST
Yep. Let's all pretend the flashlight exploded when everyone who understands the basics gets that the batteries exploded.

"My AR exploded and it's all XYZ's fault." No actually the ammunition exploded.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 4:15:20 PM EST
Batteries are important...
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 4:16:12 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Lomshek:
Yep. Let's all pretend the flashlight exploded when everyone who understands the basics gets that the batteries exploded.

"My AR exploded and it's all XYZ's fault." No actually the ammunition exploded.
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I think that's pretty obvious. Nothing in the flashlight itself is combustible; just what it contains.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 4:17:54 PM EST
The type of flashlight was a 325 LED Flashlight (Lumen).
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Just when you thought reporters couldn't get any dumber.


Sorry gucci fags, this is a reality of all lithium based batteries. There was a long thread here a few years ago where a Surefire flashlight with Surefire batts spontaneously exploded, and went through a sliding glass door. All captured on security cam.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 4:20:33 PM EST
I carry an L2t everyday. It was the batteries that failed and that could have happened with any flashlight, from a cheap ass fireforce to a surefire. DON'T USE SHITTY BATTs PEOPLE.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 4:21:47 PM EST
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 4:23:18 PM EST
Visualize this for one second...

Change the word "flashlight" in the title to "Fleshlight."
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 4:23:43 PM EST
CR123a trash.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 4:24:24 PM EST
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Originally Posted By packinheavy:
That's one of the brands they sell on Dealextreme.com

My money is on the batteries as well.
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the ones DX sell are fake.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 4:24:39 PM EST
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 4:25:22 PM EST
Glock makes flashlights?
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 4:25:47 PM EST
I've gone back to AA lights as flashlight technology has improved. 123's are an expensive pain in the ass.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 4:29:43 PM EST
I had a vendor that sold lithium battery packs until a few exploded off the walls(Installed in clocks) in a couple of hospitals.

Product got pulled. Something about slow discharge of the clock caused them to be volitile?

Link Posted: 1/18/2015 4:29:43 PM EST
I use quality Sony or Samsung 18650 rechargeable batts in my L2t, 123s are too expensive to just throw away.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 4:31:32 PM EST
Kudos to the 7yo son. Thats a shitty situation all around.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 4:33:29 PM EST
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Originally Posted By LuckyDucky:


Why would you have a fleshlight in your mouth?

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Originally Posted By LuckyDucky:
Originally Posted By disco_jon75:
Visualize this for one second...

Change the word "flashlight" in the title to "Fleshlight."


Why would you have a fleshlight in your mouth?


Why for practicing cunnilingus, of course!
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:11:48 PM EST
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Originally Posted By disco_jon75:
Visualize this for one second...

Change the word "flashlight" in the title to "Fleshlight."
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How on earth would you fit a fleshlight in your mouth?
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:18:38 PM EST
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:18:45 PM EST
Is this another tranny pirate thread?
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:19:09 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Jmmoney:


How on earth would you fit a fleshlight in your mouth?
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Originally Posted By Jmmoney:
Originally Posted By disco_jon75:
Visualize this for one second...

Change the word "flashlight" in the title to "Fleshlight."


How on earth would you fit a fleshlight in your mouth?
Muscle relaxers.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:20:02 PM EST
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Originally Posted By nukldragr:
Is this another tranny pirate thread?
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Every GD thread is potentionally a tranny pirate thread now.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:20:19 PM EST
No one knows exactly how the flashlight exploded
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But substandard batteries is a really good guess.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:22:29 PM EST
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Originally Posted By P400:
I've gone back to AA lights as flashlight technology has improved. 123's are an expensive pain in the ass.
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Yep. Diodes are good enough now to get more than enough useable light from even a single AA cell.

My EDC light is a single cell 200 lumen light that I have had since 2006 or 7. It is beat to fuck from going to work with me every day and the anodizing is worn on it from rubbing aginst my leather man, but it works like new.

Which is more than I can say for the Surefire light that has been in for repair for FIVE MONTHS.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:23:20 PM EST
Damn, that sucks...no matter why it happened. I do that all the time when I am working in a tight space.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 6:02:53 PM EST
I use headlamps. I gave one to my "roommates" brother but he thinks it makes him look dorky so he sticks to the dim flashlights he already has.

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Link Posted: 1/18/2015 6:09:48 PM EST
Thought the title said "fleshlight"
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 6:11:34 PM EST
I agree, it was the batteries.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 6:14:22 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/18/2015 6:15:31 PM EST by PCBliss]
Not a problem with the flashlight body, but with the orientation, condition, or state of the batteries within. Li-ion batteries can be dangerous if not correctly used and maintained. I have switched over to single cell flashlights for this reason.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 6:15:32 PM EST
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Originally Posted By P400:
I've gone back to AA lights as flashlight technology has improved. 123's are an expensive pain in the ass.
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Absolutely. LED technology has generated a flashlight renaissance.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 6:16:45 PM EST
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Originally Posted By _Matt_:
I'll tell you how it happened

Unbalanced cells discharged, overloaded, out gassed and exploded

Shit batteries

NOT the flashlight
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+1

Let me guess, cheap cells from China?

This is the danger of using multiple 123 Lithium Ion cells. One goes empty, the other doesn't. Doesn't usually happen though. I run a single 18650 cell.
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Originally Posted By disco_jon75:
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Change the word "flashlight" in the title to "Fleshlight."
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thats what i thought this thread was about
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 6:46:19 PM EST
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Originally Posted By _Matt_:
I'll tell you how it happened

Unbalanced cells discharged, overloaded, out gassed and exploded

Shit batteries

NOT the flashlight
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Yeah, they were Tenergy 3.0v LiFePO4s I think, being run in series, which is always dicey. Although both the 900mAh and 600mAh cells have low/high voltage protection, that doesn't always prevent venting with flame, or pressure buildup.

We don't know the condition of the cells and we don't know the voltages of each cell, while they were in the light.

Chris
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 6:53:38 PM EST
HoLeeecrap!

I hold my flashlight in my mouth almost daily, guess I'll stop doing that.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 6:58:38 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Gloftoe:

I only use AA or AAA lights anymore. 123s aren't worth it to me.
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Originally Posted By Gloftoe:
Originally Posted By Strider47:
Shitty batteries most likely. One reason I use single cell lithium primary lights or AA/AAA lights with Eneloops. Lithiums a are bad juju when things go south.

I only use AA or AAA lights anymore. 123s aren't worth it to me.


Lithium cells are widely used, but people need to stay with the known brands that make quality cells, like Sony, LG, Samsung, Sanyo and Panasonic--at least in the larger 18650 size.

For the smaller RCR123/16340 li-ions, we're only getting stuff from China, as the big 5 don't make those. Still, companies like AW and Kinoko vet their sources pretty well.

Running any cells in series requires people to exhibit proper battery/cell practices.

Good chargers, a digital multi-meter and quality cells go a long way in mitigating any ka-booms.

Chris
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 7:14:32 PM EST
Assault AK fleshlight
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 7:19:32 PM EST
I have several Solarforce, some get the crap beat out of them, and I've never had a problem. They use 18650 quality cells that are protected, only way to fly.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 7:20:17 PM EST
Physics cannot be escaped.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 7:21:27 PM EST
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 7:23:30 PM EST
I only use single 18650's & 14500's in mine, all Panasonic. I only use AA in my headlamp, just in case. This thread reminds me that I need to rotate a couple of old ones out.

Link Posted: 1/18/2015 7:24:42 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Whizzinator:
Glock makes flashlights?
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No, but China makes shitty batteries.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 7:25:35 PM EST
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Originally Posted By CVO:
I have several Solarforce, some get the crap beat out of them, and I've never had a problem. They use 18650 quality cells that are protected, only way to fly.
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Link Posted: 1/18/2015 7:27:19 PM EST
Damn lucky for me all the stuff I put in my mouth run AA
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