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Hack a $10 Flashlight into an Ultra-bright Premium One

If you’re looking for a bright flashlight without paying an arm and a leg this simple hack modifies a cheap $10 flashlight to be as bright as a $95 one.

Sure, when you buy a premium flashlight you’re paying extra for a nicely machined body, water tight seals, and other features. What if you just want a really bright flashlight? Watch the following video to see how you can hack apart a cheap Eveready flashlight to be as bright as premium $95 police flashlight. You’ll still have the old plastic body and bezel but with a radically brighter bulb.

$10 Police Flashlight Hack! [YouTube]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 02/2/11

Comments (12)

  1. Hatryst

    Hooraay for KipKay !! :D

  2. jon_hill987

    LED torches are where it is at. Just as bright, better colour and the batteries last about 10 times as long.
    You could get some LEDs in Radioshack/Maplin and cram them into an Eveready if you wanted as well.

  3. miki

    he find the hot water…not overvolt a common lamp!

  4. Foobar

    Nice. Love a good Hack! Lots of em here.

  5. knight57

    Or you can go to Lowe’s and buy a really bright LED flashlight for about $4.00

  6. Tom

    When the ridges are gone you could turn it into a fleshlight :-p, you’ll need a sheeps stomach for the inside though.

  7. Tom 2

    You are over-volting the lamp. It will be super bright for about a minute. 6V lamp with 9V power source.

  8. zepe

    Why go though the bother of all that for a light with a plastic housing when you can buy a Nebo by Redline for about $25.00 including shipping on Amazon. It’s in an anodized aluminum housing, is only about 4.5″ x 1.25″ and really projects it’s beam out there. It’s the best little flash light I’ve ever seen and it uses 3 standard AAA batteries. Check it out.

  9. Kevalin

    I agree with Knight57-for 10 bucks, that flashlight better already BE super-bright!

  10. ProstheticHead

    @Tom, That’s just plain wrong. Funny. But wrong nonetheless…

  11. Jeff

    Thanks, but I’ll stick to my SUREFIRE Kroma.

  12. CD Hanks

    Costco is currently selling a TechLite Lumen Master lite in a 3 pack for $20 – these little suckers are in aluminum casing and are the brightest flashlites I have ever seen, all with a single LED. I’ll bet it is brighter than your $95 job .

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