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    I can't explain how or why, but this trick seems to work!

    I was skeptical when a buddy of mine told me that he could distinguish a good battery (flashlight style, not motorcycle style) from a dead one by whether it bounces or not, but it really does seem to work.

    Take a known good battery and drop it on end from about a half an inch onto a hard surface, it will land with a dull thud. Do the same thing with dead battery and it will bounce a few times. Try it, it works.

    If you get the batteries mixed up, remember: Thud = Good, Bounce = Bad.

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    If that really works, it's an awesome thing to know. Did you personally test it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Borneo View Post
    If that really works, it's an awesome thing to know. Did you personally test it?
    I sure did, several times. Seems to work.

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    Indeed it does. Missy recycles used batteries. I just tested a crapped out AA and a good one. Night and day. Crapped one positively vibrated, the good one clunked and flopped. Great find Brian.
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    Brian, I just can't tell you how much my inner Boy Scout loves this. You better believe this gets demo'ed at the troop meeting tomorrow night.
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    That's funny Kurt that you got such a thrill about this...

    It does work most of the time.

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    LT, they joke about my three passions. Flashlights, thermos bottles and traditional pocket knives. This touches on a major life category.
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    Of course the depleted batteries bounce 'cause they are empty. Works with thermos bottles too. Unfortunately I no longer bounce whether full or empty.
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    You have no idea how excited I was to find these at Walmart for less than five bucks. Retro styling to be sure, but more importantly a morse signal button. Never see that anymore. Lovely. Do you have any idea how cool and satisfying it is to send a message across a dark field at night and have it be understood.


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    This flashlight doesn't have the retro appeal you like, but it's light output is incredible (and at least you can send an SOS message across several fields). I bought one for myself and was so impressed, I got a couple for my sons for Christmas. Well worth $20.00.

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JE329YO/...l_50xkem3zj5_b

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