Burgess Flashlight - Safari Lite Fluoresent Lantern Burgess Green Label - Model No. 165/2 (c. 1961)
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Burgess Safari Lite Fluoresent Lantern Burgess Green Label  
Burgess Safari Lite Fluoresent Lantern Burgess Green Label




Value: $40.00
Manufacturer: Burgess
Mfgr. Model #: 165/2
Circa: 1961
Battery: 2 69V #646 or #246
Style: Fluorescent Lantern



Online Since: 12/12/2005
FM Reference #: BU00011
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  Steve Giterman
Batteries for Safari Lite available-Hello everyone, you will find me listed on the museum’s collectors page. In addition to collecting, I also repair antique flashlights and make reproductions of obsolete battery packs, which include replacements for the Burgess Z46HD and the Eveready 646 69 volt batteries. Please call me at 614 878-8812, or email me at sgiterman@columbus.rr.com. Thanks, and I hope I can help you. Steve Giterman
Sep 16, 2013 - 6:23 AM
  vaughn rudisill
BATTERY ISSUE EASY YOU BUY A BATTERY POWERED FLUORESCENT LIGHT IN HOME DEPOT THEYRE ABOUT $10 OR SO AND TAKE THE GUTS OUT OF IT (THE DC TO DC CONVERTER CIRCUIT BOARD)AND INSTALL IT INTO THE SAFARI LIGHT AND INSTEAD OF USING THE SHORTER LIFE AA BATTERIES GO TO RADIO SHACK AND GET C OR D HOLDERS.SOME MAY SAY WHY NOT USE THE NEW ONE..DUMMY THE POINT IS VINTAGE AND QUALITY
Jun 1, 2013 - 2:37 AM
  Dave
i need a battery or maybe 2 for my light D-204903 where do i get them
Mar 5, 2013 - 2:49 PM
  keith
I need batteries for my safari lite battery part # isD204903
Jan 24, 2013 - 11:42 AM
  keith
I need batteries for my safari lite battery part # isD204903
Jan 24, 2013 - 11:37 AM
  Marilyn Myers
I, too, need two Z46 batteries for my Burgess Safari light. HELP!!!!
Oct 11, 2012 - 8:50 PM
  Arnold Lambe
Ihave the Burgess Safari Lite #165/2 I am looking for the batteries or the electric A/C power cord. Thanks
Jul 21, 2012 - 9:59 AM
  Steve Giterman
Hi everyone-please see my comment under the other Safari Lite regarding batteries. Easy to do!
Jun 27, 2012 - 11:44 AM
  Albert
I have the Burgess Safari Lite # 165/2. I am looking for the Battery (#246 or 2 69V #646) or the electric AC Power cord. Thank you.
Jun 25, 2012 - 12:48 PM
  tony smith
i live in ludington michigan and cant find the batteries for my safari lite.can anyone help me here
Jun 7, 2012 - 7:55 AM
  Kevin Kerekes
I could not find the e mail respons properly,unless this is a sales proposal,if so thanks anyway! But I am into bulding my own customised flashlights. I have 2 models that I have created,and I am extreamly proud of my creations!(love this site)!!!
Apr 15, 2012 - 4:37 PM
  STEVEN T BRAIDA
did you find the batters for the safar lite?
Mar 21, 2012 - 9:12 PM
  sandy
i have a old burges light can you still buy batters for them it is a 165 safar lite it needs a no z46 is very old
Aug 7, 2011 - 12:59 PM
  Sandra Anthony-Ike
I have had this battery,actually I won it at the Drive In Theater back in 1969 shortly after I was married. We used it outside when the girls slept in boxes in the back yard. I haven't been able to find replacement batteries, but hope to now that there are many searches on line
Jul 27, 2011 - 8:45 AM
  Dave
Just bought one of these Safari Lites model 165/2 at an estate sale. $2.00!!
It's still in the original styrofoam box and has the ac power cord.
It looks like it's never been used.
I plugged in the power cord and it works!
I, too, would like to get two of the Z46 batteries or some replacements.
dirwin5@cox.net
Jun 25, 2011 - 4:34 PM
  Mary
We just "uncovered" 2 of these in a storage closet. Brought back a lot of great memories of fishing and camping. Works great on AC, and checking for batteries at a local battery store.
Jun 4, 2011 - 4:41 PM
  HMM....
Justa thought...if you cant find the correct battery for this...take it to a electronics shop an have them make you up a new rechargeable battery pack...but in the future...always be sure to buy lanterns an flashlights that use common batteries like "D" size...that never go out of style...
Jun 1, 2011 - 1:16 PM
  JW
These use an EVR467 67.5 volt battery. I found them at BatteriesPlus in Pittsburgh.
Jun 1, 2011 - 8:51 AM
  dustin
i found one of these in a garage sale, . it still works, no battery though, ac/ only. very bright lamp, im impressed, its a 165/2.
May 20, 2011 - 7:42 AM
  Kevin Kerekes
I had one of these lanterns,verycool!! I had the same problem with the batteries,I converted it with newer ballast,added rechareable c cells,ran good for a while,then it kept blowing circuts,and got rid of it,BIG MISTAKE!!!
Apr 16, 2011 - 11:52 AM
  john
need batteries and power cord for safari lite green lable,found in my garage.
Apr 14, 2011 - 9:56 AM
  casey
I have one for sale. Comes with original box and packaging. Power cord included. Works off AC power.
Apr 11, 2011 - 5:11 PM
  Dave
My parents had a safari lite in the late 60s and early 70. Now I found one but I need batteries.Help me find them Thank you
Mar 27, 2011 - 6:19 PM
  Bruce
I had one of these lites in the mid 1960s...I replaced the white florescent with a uv bulb and used it to hunt florescent minerals...found several good sites...want to do it again...in my "retirement years"
Feb 10, 2011 - 3:16 PM
  Bennett
I need a battery for this light. any idea's?
Sep 6, 2010 - 6:28 AM
  Mark
Has anyone tried Eveready 416 Carbon Zinc Battery with 67.5 volts & 140 mAh, apparently available at Battery Giant for 20.97? I'm using one on 120V AC, still works great. Does anyone have experience with how long the batteries would last for $40 plus shipping??
Aug 24, 2010 - 11:40 PM
  Dustin
I have a 165/3, one model above posting, and am still looking for batteries, have one of the originals, have cord, new bulb, am will to sell for $40 not counting S&H. email bubbadudedusty@msn.com
Jul 4, 2010 - 1:37 AM
  Mickey
Thanks for all the comments, helpful suggestions, etc. I, too, found the light in a closet without a cord or batteries. Sad story, my dad's house is in foreclosure with the electricity soon to be shut off. I'm practicing avoidance by keeping his dogs there till they have to be put up for adoption at the local Humane Society. Guess I'll have to buy another battery operated light. A neighbor has kindly offered to run an extension cord and provide a work light. My idea is to plug in the multiplug unit to the extension cord, set a timer for off at 6 a.m., on at 6:30 p.m., and add a lamp or two. Thanks again. This site was very helpful.
Mar 18, 2010 - 3:57 PM
  ROBERT.GENE.HAUNER
I HAD THIS LANTERN YEARS AGO AND WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHERE I CAN GET ONE.
AND THE PRICE FOR THE LANTERN AND WHERE I CAN GET ONE
Jan 19, 2010 - 3:58 PM
  ROBERT.GENE HAUNER
I HAD THIS LANTERN YEARS AGO
AND WOULD LIKE THE PRICE
Jan 19, 2010 - 6:05 AM
  STEVEN T BRAIDA
looking for batteries for the safari lite lantern? or a conversion kit.
Jan 16, 2010 - 9:16 PM
  ED
They should have made this lantern to take...8 or 10 "D" batteries, and people would never have had a problem.
Oct 8, 2009 - 4:40 PM
  FRANK
GREAT INFO.,..THANX DAVE, AN YUP...CANT BEAT THE NEW L.E.D. LANTERNS..THEY GO FOREVER ON BATTERIES, ARE SUPERBRITE, L.E.D.'S NEVER BREAK OR BURN OUT..JUSTA BIT OF ADVICE COMING FROM A SERIOUS FLASHLITE JUNKIE WHO OWNS OVER 200 NEWER FLASHLIGHTS AN LANTERNS...LOL...ALWAYS BUY A LIGHT THAT TAKES COMMON BATTERIES AND BULBS OR L.E.D.'S...THAT YOU CAN FIND ANYWHERE...SUPERMARKET, DRUGSTORE, CONVIENANCE STORE, WALMART...ECT...NEVER BUY ONE THAT TAKES EXOTIC, EXPENSIVE, HARD TO FIND BATTERIES AN BULBS...AN YOU WILL BE SO MUCH HAPPIER...25 YEARS DOWN THE ROAD....MAY YOU ALL SHINE ON GOOD PEEPS... :0)
Oct 7, 2009 - 2:39 PM
  Dave (Flashlight Museum)
Take a look at this site. These people have the tooling from Burgess and have reconstructed this lantern into LED. https://secure.abundalite.com/productcart/pc/home.asp
Oct 7, 2009 - 8:31 AM
  FRANK
TO THE PEOPLE LOOKING FOR BATTERIES...JUSTA THOUGHT...WOULDNT IT BE EASIER JUST TO BUY A NEW LANTERN? THE NEW L.E.D.'S ARE GREAT...GO FOREVER ON BATTERIES....I COULD ONLY SEE KEEPING THIS OLD LANTERN IF ITS FOR SENTIMENTAL VALUE...LIKE A DEAR RELATIVE GAVE IT TO YOU...OTHERWISE...CHEAPER AN EASIER TO BUY A NEW ONE...ESPECIALLY SINCE I READ THAT TWO OF THESE OLD SPECIAL BATTERIES COST UPWARDS OF 72 DOLLARS....OUCH!
Oct 6, 2009 - 9:50 PM
  Dave Waters
Looking for battery replacements for my safari Lite
Aug 22, 2009 - 1:47 PM
  Mark D.
Found one of these wonderful lanterns at our local Salvation Army and bought it on the spot. Came to this site for the same reason everyone else has: Where do you get batteries for this thing? Now that I know they are such an oddball type and pretty much unavailable, I guess I'll just use it as a 115v portable light. To judge from the era when this lantern was produced (didn't think it dated to the early '60s!), the engineers evidently chose to use what are known as "B" batteries, which were used in "portable" electronics that actually used vacuum tubes--yes, there really used to be such stuff before transistors--like suitcase-sized radios and lunchbox-sized hearing aids. As for the 115v cord, it is nothing more than a standard "cheater cord" which any good electronic supply house *may* still carry (Radio Shack used to). Ask for a "non-polarized" type, as opposed to the polarized version which has different-sized socket holes and plug blades so that it can be connected only one way--that type won't work here. Incidently, Rival used to use this same type of cord on some of their crockpots. These were models that were designed to double as servers: the cord was detachable so the whole pot could be brought to the dinner table. So if you have one of these pots, the cord will fit your Safari Lite!

As for the battery issue, it seems the people at Gould don't appear to have a clue just how popular these lanterns were/are. If I had my druthers, I'd like to see them make a module which would slide into the battery compartment of the Safari Lite. It could hold eight to ten D-sized NiMo rechargeable cells and would have a built-in DC-to-DC converter circuit to change the ~12 volts from the cells to the requisite high voltage produced by the original batteries. It would be a simple matter to add a charger circuit and power jack (to allow charging by plugging the module into a "wall wart"-type power pack, like those used with rechargeable power tool batteries.

Are you listening, Gould?
Jul 11, 2009 - 2:13 PM
  Audrey Atkins
How do i get batteries and a ac or dc cord
Jul 7, 2009 - 8:43 AM
  ronald goddard
batteries/dc cord???
Mar 20, 2009 - 4:20 PM
  Bob
If anyone has a modification for using a different battery, Would you be willing to email it to me . Thanks Bob. my email is bobbbarb@verizon.net
Feb 16, 2009 - 4:17 PM
  Bob
If anyone has a modification for using a different battery, Would you be willing to email it to me . Thanks Bob
Feb 16, 2009 - 4:15 PM
  Dustin
I've got one, they still make flourescent tubes for it, you know.
Feb 16, 2009 - 2:20 PM
  David
where can I find a electric cord for the safari latern
Dec 20, 2008 - 9:54 AM
  R.
looking for batteries also around the Montgomery, AL area OR somewhere online to order them
Oct 22, 2008 - 8:16 PM
  tom
looking for the cost of a battery for the Safari Lite made by burgess.
thanks
Oct 19, 2008 - 12:05 PM
  STEVEN T. BRAIDA
im looking for batteries for the safari lantern or or up dated battery systems.
Sep 29, 2008 - 8:14 PM
  h.
i've got one almost new. no adapter cord but nice. i don't want an old battery! i'd like to see and adapter for newer cheaper rechargable batteries. now theirs a plan.
Jul 13, 2008 - 9:59 PM
  U L
I need to know what kind of battery goes in aD-204903 safari lite
May 19, 2008 - 9:48 AM
  Paul
Where can I buy the AC 120 power cord for my Buress 165/2 safari lite?
Apr 9, 2008 - 5:26 PM
  Ron
After reading all the comments from people in search of "Z46 batteries" I too am wondering if there are any to be found?
Feb 28, 2008 - 1:53 PM
  Buddy Woolems
I need to buy 2 69V #646 or #246 Batterys. Is there a place in the Oklahoma City ares?
Jan 23, 2008 - 11:58 AM
  Bill
Chris would you post detailed info about the modification to the safari light. Or e-mail me at bsmithhh@comcast.net
Jan 3, 2008 - 8:35 PM
  joyce
do you still sell 69 volt battery for this lantern
Dec 21, 2007 - 5:09 PM
  will
I agree with Diane, Dave it seems there's more than a few left out there. I would another if I found one. I have had mine from a garage sale for about 10 years and as long as there is electricity it works great. I would love to have a rechargeable set of Batt. for camping. I have beat this thing up working on the car at night and dropped it and it still works great.........I think ite the most durable lite I have ever had and the best dollar I wvwr spent...........Hey Burgess Help US all out.
Nov 24, 2007 - 9:43 AM
  Diane
To Dave from Burgess: Why can't Burgess make re-chargeable batteries with a separate charger for this older Safari lite? Obviously there is a market for it. Those of us who still use this light are not in the market for a new one, just want to use it as intended. I bought mine at a garage sale about 10 years ago and when we camp where we have electricity, it's still the best/brightest light around. Hope your new one will work as well and last as long, but wish you would make a battery for my old one.
Nov 20, 2007 - 4:06 PM
  dave Prasse
We are about ready to launch a New Safari Lite using LED lighting and a rechargeable battery .

The old Batteries , the Z46 "Towers of Power" are not production ... The last units we manufactured were made during the Gulf War I ....they were carbon zinc wafer cell batteries ...the machinery these were made on were very dated and hard to keep running properly ... for a short time we had alkaline replacements for this lantern , but , they were selling for 72.00 pair ...

We may offer the alkaline direct replacements next year , depending on cost and demand ... we hope our "New" Safari will replace all of the plder units ...

Thank You !
Oct 18, 2007 - 1:24 PM
  Robert
I have this exact lite that my parents camped with when I was born in 1964, can you still find batteries for this?
Oct 13, 2007 - 3:09 PM
  Rachel
Andii (6/29/07), I checked out the batteries at your store thru the on line shopping. They are the right volts but the wrong shape. The Burgess Safari Lite takes taller, stick like batteries (two fit in the casing). So the search is still on! Still looking for batteries.
Jul 21, 2007 - 12:10 AM
  Mike Irwin
My Grandparents had two of these for use in the travel trailer. I found one last year when I cleaned out their shed. Still has the hang tag on it. It works great with the cord. The batteries in it when I opened it up (which Grandpa had dated 4/84!) were Eveready 646s.

I don't know if that helps anyone or not.
Jul 8, 2007 - 10:49 AM
  Andii
http://www.batteriesplus.com/p-25662-eveready-675v-electronics-carbon-zinc-battery.aspx

I actually work at a Batteries Plus in Columbus, Ohio, and I found this site doing a backward search while wondering what the heck a 67.5 volt battery could go to. If you're looking for a direct replacement, this is the way to go, but these old carbon zincs aren't going to have much run-time. Chris' suggestion to use a 12v/7ah AGM might be a better way to go, if you know how to hook it up. Incidentally, we also stock those! Either battery costs $30, but apparently you need two of the 467s, so that'd be $60 total.
Jun 29, 2007 - 9:52 AM
  gary
need battery for model 160 eveready captain fluorescent
May 21, 2007 - 3:58 PM
  Patricia Landry
Would like to purchase batteries for Safari Light. If not available separately I will purchase new light if price is $40.00 as posted if batteries are included..
Apr 29, 2007 - 9:53 AM
  Shannon
I just bought a travel trailer and found one of these lights in it with its cord. Plugged it in and it works. I just need batteries. Mine was sold at Sears for 24.99. Still has the sticker on it.
Mar 11, 2007 - 7:56 PM
  frank
thought my address would post but it didn't. Here it is: flounderhead59@hotmail.com
Feb 22, 2007 - 6:40 AM
  Frank
Batteries Plus guy said the EVR467 will replace the Burgess Z-46. He told me to bring in an old battery to complare size. Idon't have one. Does anyone have one they can measure and post the dimensions or email me them?
Feb 22, 2007 - 6:39 AM
  rick
cannot find batts. either! but, does anyone have a cord they don't want?
Feb 4, 2007 - 10:31 AM
  R Smith
We are also looking for batteries. Has anybody found them. We live in Michigan and are not sure where to fimd them. Please let meknow if anyone has found them.
R Smith
Jan 25, 2007 - 1:50 PM
  Chris
For all the battery enquiries; I made an inverter for this model, and a 12V/7a.h. AGM battery fits the battery compartment perfectly with 1/2" to spare. IIRC, I had to trim some of the plastic mullions inside tho. A small 12v charger is part of it, uses the original cord. A jack for an auto charger is now in place of the high/low switch. Mine will do an 8 hour shift at full brilliance per charge, and it's recently done halloween duty, ditch illumination and worse. Gotta love stainless. For an expedient lamp supply, most of those cheap scanners everyone chucks nowadays have a nice little inverter to run their lamp (albeit 5 watts), and usually the're designed for 12V. They'll fire it without needing filament preheat, so each end's pair get tied together. The original design used a ballast resistor which consumed 1/2 the supply power whilst on battery anyway.....
Chris
Nov 12, 2006 - 4:46 PM
  Kurt
I have 1 safari lite green label with oridganal tag & styrofoam pakage no batteries.Would like to know were to get batteries & if anyone would like to buy? Kurtus @ amberfayespapa@yahoo.com
Oct 9, 2006 - 8:05 PM
  Arlene
add me to the list of those seeking two Z46 batteries
Oct 9, 2006 - 2:39 AM
  Larry
Bought this safari light model 165/2 today at garage sale for a buck. It has AC cord but would like to get batteries is possible. Any ideas?
Sep 16, 2006 - 8:48 AM
  Joe
does anyone know where i can get batteries for safari lite it takes 2#Z46 batteries i am on the central coast of calif
It SAFARI LITE model No.165/2
Sep 7, 2006 - 4:44 AM
  Elsie
I have a Safari Lite, received as a gift in the 60's, and am wondering if batteries can still be purchased for this light. Thank you.
Aug 23, 2006 - 9:50 AM
  RosaLee
Need those Z46's too email me at Rolleej@starband.net if anyone has had any luck finding them
Aug 13, 2006 - 11:29 AM
  RosaLee
Like everyone else posting here, I'm also looking for batteries for the safari lite. Has anyone located a place to purchase them. Thanks for any help that can be given.
Aug 13, 2006 - 11:04 AM
  Aud
Have lost the connector and wish to use on mains without the battery.
Any help anywhere?
Aug 11, 2006 - 2:44 AM
  Leonard
Let me know if you locate batteries I am also in need of the same product
Jul 26, 2006 - 2:52 AM
  Alma
I'd enjoyed this light until I couldn't find the replacement batteries for it.
Jul 25, 2006 - 11:41 AM
  Karen
i have this, cant figure out waht kind of a battery goes in it?
Jul 12, 2006 - 8:07 AM
  Amy Stephens
Need to find batteries for a Safari lite I think mine is a little later than the one you have listed It is a dark tan color and the plastic has the Burgess name engraved into the cover. It's battery compartment has screws to open. I am looking for batteries too. It belonged to my grandmother.
Jul 3, 2006 - 9:07 AM
  Irvin
Do you have batteries for this lantern? If not can you give me any information on where I can locate them. Has anyone that is Posted had any luck locating a source for the batteries?
May 23, 2006 - 4:05 AM
  Gill
I have one of these and just gave it to a pal for her turtle.
Dec 13, 2005 - 8:26 PM
  Osramaniac
Panasonic lantern model SQT555 seems to be a modern equivalent with automatic charging.
Nov 26, 2005 - 3:31 AM
  Chuck Holloway
Great Light. I have two but need batteries and AC connector for them.
Nov 18, 2005 - 12:39 PM
  Anonymous
My local Batteries Plus store can get the batteries. Cost is approximately $25 a piece...it requires 2. Not sure if your location has this store. I can forward the phone# if anyone is interested.
Nov 11, 2005 - 8:10 PM
  Peter
I still have one of these lights in perfect condition. I need batteries, however. Can anyone help??

Pschooping@aol.com
Oct 26, 2005 - 12:21 PM
  Anonymous
I have one of these that works. Is it worth posting for sale on ebay?
Oct 15, 2005 - 6:26 PM
  Anonymous
Has anyone found a source of batteries for the Safari lantern?
Oct 2, 2005 - 10:43 PM
  Jim Wheeler
Thanks much for the specifications.
Sep 8, 2005 - 4:17 PM


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