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Title: Battle lantern; restored and one converted to LED
Post by: 787Geoff on April 09, 2019, 08:51:18 AM

BATTLE LANTERNS

Hello all,

Newbie here!

I have acquired three battle lanterns.  One green painted USN, one yellow painted US in really, really bad shape and one brown which I thought was Bakelite but in fact was a faux Bakelite paint job over yellow case.   Had to chisel the old 6volt batteries out of one of the yellow version.  Yes, chisel and hammer.

Once I got the batteries out I disassembled the rest of the interior as far as possible. Then I gave the remaining parts an acid bath in dilute Muriatic and vinegar overnight.  The acid bath released the corrosion that had caked on the brass elements and outgassed to the brass screws.  I did not want to damaged the brass screws while forcing them out with a slotted screw driver.  Hence the acid to release the corrosion bonding of the male screw to the female screw insert.

So:


Once completed I was surprised at how dim these incandescent bulbs are, but of course I am spoiled in the LED world of lights.

Now there is a conversion for these by a Battle Lantern manufacturer but I went with a twelve volt LED tractor lantern swap which required a minor conversion of the parallel 6volt wiring to an in series 12 volt wiring.  (separate posting later).

So here are the three lanterns completed:

Firstly some before:

The green one:

with badly chipped and worn paint.  Corroded contacts and stained interior, Broken toggle switch and some stripped contact screws.  One brass contact plate was badly corroded and broke (resoldered).

Exterior:

(https://oi45.photobucket.com/albums/f96/geoff_q/Flashlights%20Battle%20lantern/Before/DEF938DA-24C5-4987-9B8F-2733898619A0_zpsdpycutvf.jpeg)

(https://oi45.photobucket.com/albums/f96/geoff_q/Flashlights%20Battle%20lantern/Before/E194CD8A-081D-4BAF-B5F5-2D88DDF81E2B_zpslvqmqzm1.jpeg)

Interior:

[/img]https://oi45.photobucket.com/albums/f96/geoff_q/Flashlights%20Battle%20lantern/Before/47814598-9F49-4582-950C-0F2DAF98EDF7_zpshyni4743.jpeg[/img]

(https://oi45.photobucket.com/albums/f96/geoff_q/Flashlights%20Battle%20lantern/Before/A55FDD67-6973-494D-8943-2B7E24ED5C88_zpsky6g72rw.jpeg)

I wont bother with the other before as they are all similar,  here are the afters:

(https://oi45.photobucket.com/albums/f96/geoff_q/Flashlights%20Battle%20lantern/328443CB-BE8A-4975-81A7-3C8F60DAE166_zps3kgzjggn.jpeg)

(https://oi45.photobucket.com/albums/f96/geoff_q/Flashlights%20Battle%20lantern/C05CDFE0-50CA-43ED-916E-25502CC3D9E7_zpswrkpwoo5.jpeg)

(https://oi45.photobucket.com/albums/f96/geoff_q/Flashlights%20Battle%20lantern/C73EF460-4925-4E7B-8C0C-7EB749BBC28B_zpsc6ycnfey.jpeg)

(https://oi45.photobucket.com/albums/f96/geoff_q/Flashlights%20Battle%20lantern/E291F607-71F8-4BE2-898F-D566DE9EA4AF_zpsfyqmynlb.jpeg)

I will make a separate posting of the restoration of the interior and the rewiring of the 6volt parallel to 12volt in series if any one is interested.  I used a direct sealed beam LED tractor light direct swap for the GE sealed beam right down to the insertion tab.

Cheers, Geoff







Title: Re: Battle lantern; restored and one converted to LED
Post by: bykfixer on April 17, 2019, 07:22:33 PM
Bravo!!!!
Title: Re: Battle lantern; restored and one converted to LED
Post by: 787Geoff on April 23, 2019, 08:37:04 AM
Thanks,

Posted an led conversion on one of these:

http://theflashlightforum.com/index.php?topic=1575.0