Since writing review "Poor Battery Life" Bones August 7 2016 I purchased a Brand New 6V 4.0AH Razorback AGM Rechargeable battery 6volt 4ah Toy Electric* from Zap Industries Australia P/L www.razorbackdc.com.au for $16.00 including postage and Torch is now working perfectly :-)
Great when working but far too problematic with battery life.
Great when they are working. Battery life is very "iffy" however. Ours also only ever worked for about 20 to 30 minutes before going flat. We have had two of these units and the warnings about storage fully charged and recharged every two to three months thereafter are critical. Both of our units failed with little use probably because of this. Who stores a torch and remembers to re-charge every couple of months? They should be fitted with modern lithium or similar batteries and or replaceable lithium or similar made available. We would never buy another. Our second unit will recharge but goes flat again within a day or so in storage now.
Good Customer Service from Arlec
Like the other people who wrote about this torch, I was also pretty ticked off when after its very first charge my 2 yr old RT500 wouldn't work. I sent a message to Arlec explaining what had taken place, and as a good will gesture, they're going to send me a new one. Can't complain about that. Good Customer Service.
Disgusted! 5 purchased since February and 4 have been returned since. These don't hold their charge
Disgusted! 5 purchased since February for Emergency Use and 4 have been returned since. The first one was returned in February because it had a broken handle (under 30 days money back guarantee). The second one was returned in March because it held charge once and then wasn't able to recharge again (under 30 days money back guarantee). The 3rd one was returned yesterday (4 July 2013) because it wasn't charging and was only refunded due to goodwill and now 1 today (5 July 2013) also not holding its charge. Seton will not refund as its past the 3...0 days and because they have also given us a return under goodwill. These are the worst rechargeable torches we have ever used and will never purchase again. These are fantastic when they are working. Bright light, great swivel handle, hook to hang up, light to carry and keeps charge for long period of time (up to a month). After the first charge or so the torch doesn't charge any longer and a replacement torch is required.
Questions & Answers
I have purchased
Arlec rechargable 150 lumen led head torch. I read in 2016 review that rechargable baterries dont last. How is it now. Is it worth keeping?. How is the effectiveness of the battery. I need god white light both indoor and outdoor while working. I can still return it.
Dear Dr Raghavan,
My comments about the Arlec torch referred quite specifically to a now legacy model which was factory supplied with a rechargeable lead acid battery. The supplied battery that I received in two of those torches was not in any way satisfactory, that outcome made worse by the torch having a very powerful but power hungry halogen lamp. The output was excellent but only for a very short duration, at best around 30 minutes and the battery service life was very short tho regular charging after each use helped.
The torch to which you refer I am unfamiliar with tho the type are now very common. One can pay heavily for a good LED head torch tho I have managed to find one which in my view was a gift. Its life span with rechargeable batteries has been excellent and the light output superb. I suggest that your best option is to see if you can get a consensus of opinion via an internet search for several reviews of the particular head torch to which you refer. My very cheap head torch has removable rechargeable batteries and I opt for the best type available.
Can I buy a rechargeable AT0042 battery?
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