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Kel-Lite 5 Cell Law Enforcement Kel-Lite  
Kel-Lite 5 Cell Law Enforcement Kel-Lite

Value: $45.00
Manufacturer: Kel-Lite
Mfgr. Model #: N/A
Circa: 1975
Battery: 5D
Style: Standard 5 Cell

Online Since: 5/10/2006
FM Reference #: KL00001
This light was used by Washington State Trooper Rick Nelson

  woody pendleton
Bought mine when working security at community college in oregon. still works great. easy on batteries. looking for a replacement reflector where the bulb goes. any advice as to where?? 5-d cell lite.
Aug 4, 2013 - 1:14 PM
  Trooper Dave, Retired
Used the light during my tours in the "60's & 70"s. Great light. Now need a reflector for the top where the bulb goes. Anyone know where I can get one??????
Apr 12, 2013 - 2:34 PM
have a three cell (d)kel_lite in really good shape...all it needs is a bulb.dropped in a mag lite bulb lite worked fine but is not the bulb for works...three position dot..asking 45..FARE PRICE...
Feb 19, 2013 - 4:17 PM
My Dad is a retired Georgia State Trooper and has a 5D cell Kel flashlight. His health is not good and all he talks about is getting his flashlight to work again. Is there anywhere I can get parts for the light. Thanks Terrell
Feb 17, 2013 - 5:15 AM
  Andy Studer
I have been servicing Kel-lights for the past decade. 10 years ago I purchased all of the remaining parts ,lights , prototypes, and sales tools from the late Great Norman Nelson. I have everything needed to start up the best Kel-lite repair buisness ever. I have the original Engineered drawings of ever piece. I have boxes and boxes of surplus parts and pieces. Unfortunately this hobby of mine is taking a back seat to my other buisnesses. I have no time to restore these amazing lights. I am willing to take the best offer for everything Kel-lite related that I have and I will walk you through the fundimentals of starting the buisness. I get thousands of emails each year from the posts that I placed on this sight.
Dec 31, 2012 - 8:25 PM
  dave romo
looking for place to send kel lite for repairs? anyone know of such place?
Dec 19, 2012 - 10:09 PM
  Robert Pollard
I have a 5 cell Kel-lite that predates the one shown in the picture. Purchased for my career in early 1971. I am in need of a replacement reflector or a lead to recoating my existing reflector since parts are probably not available. I am retired and still keep this light in my personal vehicle. Has been a great standby all these years.
Oct 31, 2012 - 7:00 PM
Oct 30, 2012 - 7:19 AM
I have the above flashlight and it suddently will not work. Is there a repair facility. I know that there is new technology but I carreid the light on duty for many years.
Oct 27, 2012 - 3:51 PM
I have this flashlight, it has stoped working and I would liked to geg it repaired. I think it's in the switch or in the copper slide, I just don't know. can anybody help?
Aug 22, 2012 - 1:56 PM
I am looking for one like this that has been bead blasted to Metal color.
Aug 21, 2012 - 6:14 PM
  anibal luchetti
Aug 15, 2012 - 1:38 PM
I require the rubber gasket (ring) that fits on the bottom of the flashlight to keep water from entering. Is a replacement available. Thank you.
Benny Warhaft
Aug 9, 2012 - 7:08 PM
I still have my 2/3/5 D cell Kel light that I purchased in 1967 as a LEO in Michigan, for my entire 36 year career on several different depts., agencies & U/N Military, I have only had to replace the switch once, the bulbs & batteries many times, it still works fine & I still use it for my Public Safety Officer duties in Arizona, for night work it is the best tool available, then or now!
Jun 19, 2012 - 6:07 PM
This is a Kel-Lite DKL-5 (D=D Cell Battery, K=Kel L=Lite)From original Kel-Lite line up and most popular flashlight. Made in San Dimas CA.,Covina CA., and Barstow, CA. If it does not work remove head clean the copper connector at top, insulation may have been cut by threads and is shorting out. This is why the 3 way steel switch was replaced by the Judco pushbutton switch. The push button switch was the best. There is no place that make Kel-Lite parts these days. I would like to see company come back. Made a wonderful product far better than lights of today.
May 16, 2012 - 11:14 PM
  Benny Warhaft
Have your flashlitght Ser.#1046686 2 cell. I have checked and replaced the batteries and bulb. Will not work. any suggestions, Thank you
Apr 14, 2012 - 6:17 PM
I don't get this site!! I ask to find a place to get my light repaired and all I get beck is 5 of the same adds that have no useful information, my e-mail says that I have comments back from my posting. whats up?
Feb 13, 2012 - 3:19 AM
  virgil wilbur
I have the kel-lite 5 cell that needs some lite repair. where can I send it? I miss my light!!!!
Feb 12, 2012 - 2:34 AM
Tim, I was not successful finding a place that still stocked parts for Kel Lites. I noticed that the prices of Kel's have come down quite a bit on Ebay, especially in the summer months. My best advice is to watch out for another one that works or even better a messed up one that you can use for parts. It's also possible that your switch can be repaired depending what's worng with it.
Feb 11, 2012 - 9:31 AM
  Tim Doyle
I have a 5-cell kel-lite flashlight serial #BB143915 and need a new switch. I was wondering if you could tell me where I can order one?
Jan 6, 2012 - 10:27 AM
  kathy wilbur
looking for place to send kel lite for repairs? anyone know of such place?
Jan 2, 2012 - 3:47 PM
I am interested, send me pics.
Nov 4, 2011 - 5:57 PM
  Eddie S.
Have one these same 5 cells sitting in front of me as I write this that I carried as a patrol officer for many years. Exactly the same as the pic with the red switch button. Some scuffs and such from duty and have been using it as a household emergency light for a few years and it worked fine until the batteries ran down. Just never replaced them because I have so many tactical lights now. It's a Barstow manufactured one with serial number LA995901. Mine still has a strip of blue reflective and fluorescent orange tape on the end to which made me more visible at night directing traffic back in the day. They don't make them like this any more! If anyone is interested in it, I can send pics and you can make an offer. Just doesn't need to sit around my home any more. Thanks!
Nov 3, 2011 - 9:13 PM
I need to repair/fix the switch on my Kel-Lite Flashlight
Oct 31, 2011 - 5:54 PM
I have the same Kel-Lite given to me in 1972 by Norm Nelson, President of the Company, still have, still work, great product. Other lights not made like a Kel-Lite
Sep 14, 2011 - 11:18 AM
This is a Kel-Lite model DKL-5
Sep 14, 2011 - 11:15 AM
I am looking for replacement bulbs for a 4d cell flashlight, and a 5dcell flashlight,but am not sure which ones fit. Can anyone help me? and are they available on this site? The 4 cell lite has the number 6597489. And the 5 cell lite number is 796759. If I can't find the bulb, does anyone have some? I also will consider selling them if anyone is interested.
Sep 5, 2011 - 11:08 AM
looking for flashlite bulb 5.95 Vol. 5A for a 5 cell kel-lite flashlight ser.# 454903 owned from new purchased back in the 1970's. used on patrol for 43 yrs. lights lasted that long? yes! looks like as shown in pic.
Aug 28, 2011 - 4:17 PM
Is this for sale? If so, I would like to buy it
Aug 26, 2011 - 10:54 PM
I need an on/off slide switch for a Kel-Lite 5 cell flashlight. Please advise if you have it & cost + S/H
Aug 22, 2011 - 12:17 PM
  Chrissy Michelle Strawn
I had a few of these flashlights when I was young. I was both a police explorer and MP. I had one of my flashlights run over by an 18 wheeler with only scratches to show for it. These were the great light during their time.
May 29, 2011 - 6:52 PM
  justa though
after reading Emmets story..i was thinking...we can send a man to the moon, make a artificial heart...ect,...but we still cant make a good frozen pizza or batteries that dont leak in this day an age...why is that?
May 25, 2011 - 11:38 AM
May 24, 2011 - 4:37 PM
After reading some these posts I decided to resurrect my Kel=Light flashlight just before I was going to give up on it. I can remember carrying this in the patrol car and all the times in came in so handy. For a number of years there were two batteries stuck in the flashlight with no way to get them out. First attempt was to drill and be careful not to chew up the threads or break the contact slide from the inside of the tube. It took a reamer, long nose pliers, a hammer, a thin chisel, vice grip long nose pliers, a vice to hold the flashlight with a rubber protection to the outside surface. I then soaked it with baking soda to neutralize the acid from the leaking batteries. That freed up the coating on the inside wall. With the additional help of a round file and a knife I was able to dislodge the rest of the accumulation. I polished up the contact slider with steel wool. Put in fresh batteries. Son of gun the old faithful lit up like it always did. Some out of work machinist should be able to get production rights to provide parts for these old faithfuls. In any event a big thanks to Don Keller for making this flashlight.
May 24, 2011 - 2:31 PM
I have had a 5-cell Kel-Lite since the early 70's when I was a deputy sheriff in NY. My light does not have the red button on the switch. It has the wide head. About 20 years ago i retired and moved. The Light was left in a hot garage for several years and the batteries leaked causing a mess. The lens also got clouded and brittle. Is there a place to send it for an over haul? It was a terrific light for most of my career.
May 12, 2011 - 4:36 PM
I bought a 4 cell kel-lite,ser. #024008 about 1972. I was a police officer at that point and it was a major improvement from the old cheap flashlight which has a tendency to lose the batteries all over the pavement at inopportune times. It was also nice to have it in your hand when things started to go sideways. Mine still works great even with a few nicks.
May 1, 2011 - 3:08 PM
I have a Kel-Lite C-PL-7 that was given to me by my father about 25 years ago.
The switch is broken on the bottom half, and the top has a crack.
Can anyone help with a replacement?
The light works fine otherwise, I would like to restore it to as close to original as possible.
Mar 29, 2011 - 11:01 AM
  Donald Moyer
I was wondering if I could get replacement parts for my 5 cell flashlight numbered EA91932. I need to replace the switch and lightbulbs. Thanks for the help. Let me know how much and I will send payment.
Feb 16, 2011 - 8:25 PM
I have a Kel-lite 6-D I used in Law Enforcment back in the early 70's. The light still works great and I still use it today. Does anyone know when the large head 6-D came out. I believe that I bought it at Long Beach Uniform somewhere around 1972-1973. I also have the Blue lenses they were selling for them!
Jan 24, 2011 - 2:38 AM
Nov 29, 2010 - 3:33 PM
Nov 29, 2010 - 3:27 PM
My husband is a retired King County (Wa.) Sgt. and on the night before Thanksgiving someone broke into his truck in our driveway and his Kel that he had had since the early 70's was among things taken. He used it on duty for 30 yrs and it had a lot of sentimental value. If anyone has any idea where I can look for another one, I would love to know about it so I can replace it for Christmas. Scratched and dinged is ok, cuz his was too! Thanks
Nov 29, 2010 - 12:37 PM
I too still have my 5-D Cell Kel-Lite, bought around 1977,

For those who are trying to put a date to a serial number, mine is 741143.

BTW, It can be found by locating the switch and look at the barrel sideways (with the switch on top) then while looking at the switch, rotate the barrel away from you until the switch almost disappears over the horizon, and there it is, stamped on the barrel.

In an earlier post related to repairing my Kel-Lite, I slipped up and called it a Mag-Lite, my bad, it was a typo; and with the repairs and the OTC Ni-Cad Batteries, my Kel-Lite continues to perform like new.
Nov 27, 2010 - 6:41 AM
The switch is continuing to do well with the WD-40 squirted into it, I have Arthritis in my hands and I can switch it on and off easily, I now have "off the shelf" rechargeable batteries in it and the light output is very bright, also after studying the light pattern on the wall, I'm inclined to say now that the aluminium foil in the reflector gives it a more diffuse light pattern, but it's still very bright.
Nov 9, 2010 - 6:50 AM
BTW mine is a 4 d-cell version that had a small reflector head that was changed to the larger style.
Nov 8, 2010 - 10:46 AM
I too bought one as an MP , while stationed at The Presideo of San Fransisco, in 1976. It still works well with the new rechargable batteries I got from RS. I was soYI was sorry to see the company go out of business.
Nov 8, 2010 - 10:36 AM
BTW I forgot to mention from my post above, for those with hard to use switches, I don't know if it will work for you, but several days later I squirted a little bit of WD-40 around the switch and mine works a whole lot better now, as always let us know if it works for you.
Nov 3, 2010 - 3:39 PM
I dug my old 5 "D" cell Kel-Lite out and it didn't work, so I replaced the "D" batteries and the PR12 bulb and now it worked great, however the reflector bowl was badly corroded and the lens cover crystal was very cloudy, almost milky.

So I removed them both and replaced the lens cover crystal with a clear circle cut from a plastic orange juice bottle and then I lined the reflector bowl with aluminium foil that I trimmed to make it neat and even though it crinkled a lot, I think it made the beam brighter and better, and IMHO I believe it might of solved several restoration problems with the Mag Lites, at least for me it did.

It works perfectly now, except the Black outer casing is still scarred up (I won't say from what!) but I believe it gives it "character", so I hope this works for you, let me know how it works.
Oct 30, 2010 - 4:34 PM
  Terry D. Lewis
I have a 1975 kel-lite, 5D, that the switch just broke. It was used in my police career. BTL-18, pat no 3737649, serial number C0115499. Make an offer quickly, or it goes in the trash.
Oct 21, 2010 - 11:10 PM
  Stuart Ashton
I have a four (4) C-cell Kel-Lite (Serial Number C0104058) that I purchased at a cop shop in MD when I was a deputy sheriff back in 1977. My light has a simple push switch. It is worn but in good condition. It is not however very bright and I was wondering if there were some upgrades available for it. I think a new reflector would do it a world of good.
Oct 15, 2010 - 8:59 AM
I just dug out my old 5 cell #641819 that I bought as a federal park ranger in 1976. It had a problem of staying on all the time. Thought it was a bad switch but followed the advice of one of your readers and took the head off and bent the contact strip slightly away from the head contact point and it now works just fine.
Jul 26, 2010 - 7:49 PM
Jun 7, 2010 - 2:28 PM
I have a 2D CELL ,but it's "" brand,made in U.S.A BARSTOW CA92311

Jun 7, 2010 - 3:55 AM
  Morgan Carter
May 18, 2010 - 4:31 PM
La humedad producida por haberce mojado la linterna destruyo el porta lampara y el reflector el nĂºmero de linterna es 455359 solicito me informe como puedo adquirir estos repuestos. Desde ya muchas gracias
May 12, 2010 - 10:52 AM
  William LeFew
If you still have this 5 cell- or anyone else does- I will buy it. just email me.
May 11, 2010 - 9:29 PM
I found one in my basement. Must be from my ex-fiance which was a retired NJ State Trooper. Needs a bulb. I'll try the link for Hope I'm successful.
Apr 27, 2010 - 7:20 AM
  Andy Studer
I still have a huge amount of parts for all Kel-lites , and about 50 kel-lites intacked most working ,half new or like new. I have been repairing and reviving about 4 kel-lites a month just off of the posts that I left on here about 2 years ago. email me with you issues , I may be able to help. I am interested in selling all of my inventory so email for pictures. Thank you and lets get these icons back in service , Andy
Apr 8, 2010 - 9:23 AM
  Jim Simpson
I have a kellite that I purchased back in late 70s and carried for many years while working as police officer. It is a 5 c battery size as it fit the baton ring and could carry it there to free up hands. Lite got used for more than a light a time or two when needed. ser #0935631
Mar 28, 2010 - 10:42 AM
  Mark Scott
I have a 5 cell Kel-Lite Serial #HA 936208. It has a bad red button that now slips through the housing.Any one how I can fix it or replace it. Thanks Mark
Feb 25, 2010 - 5:20 PM
I have a B-Lite with #545865 stamped on the side. It is a 5 cell with a sliding on/off switch. If moved full forward, you can press the switch to blink the light. Half-way the light stays on. Where can I get a new switch? Many thanks!
Jan 23, 2010 - 5:44 PM
  Kate Kearns
My husbands 5-cell won't turn on. Bulb has been checked, pretty sure it's the switch, I'd like to surprize him and get it fixed (It's inscribed with the date he joined the force in 1977). Any ideas?
Jan 22, 2010 - 7:58 PM
Just tidying through some of my old stuff making room for the holiday guests and found my KEL-LITE, served me well for several years but had do swap it for the Mag-Lite when I needed more lite.

Strange thing is I can remember some of the dings in it but cannot place how or where I bought it.

Medium head 4x c-cell plastic slide switch, flat base with Barstow production site marked on it serial number 6592071. Never seen another in the UK but with such a high serial number must be some over here.
Dec 25, 2009 - 2:41 AM
  Mitch Johnson
I have four of these lights, two c-cell and two D-cell. One is a 8 or 9 D-cell and it's a monster. It has the big head and it must weigh 3 to 4 pounds when it loaded with batts. I still us the 4 D-cell as a back up light to my county issued light which sometimes does not hold a charge for very long. I also still carry my C-cell. in my day pack when I go hunting.I have had some of these lights for 32 years of law enforcement employment and have never had problems until recently. The one I carry as a back up has quit working the copper connector that is attached to the switch that completes the circuit has broken on one side sometimes the light will just come on and kill the batts. Need help to get repaired any suggestions.
Dec 18, 2009 - 8:08 AM
  Dennis C Robinson
I stay in houston texas and I am looking for a light bulb for a 7d battery kel-lite. So far no one have it,I have tried everywhere I could think of. Could someone help me thanks.
Nov 24, 2009 - 1:02 PM
What would a 6 c-cell Kel-lite with a slide switch be valued at? How about a large head 4 d-cell with a slide switch?
Nov 13, 2009 - 7:56 PM
  Richard Pickard
Nov 11, 2009 - 8:47 PM
Bob C, you need a PR-20 bulb. It's 8.63 volt, 0.5 amp. See ads under
Nov 7, 2009 - 10:33 PM
  Bob C
I have a 7 (that's right! a 7) cell Kel-lite that I bought back in the 70's. I can't find the correct voltage bulbs!! Any ideas/info?
Thanks, Bob C.
Nov 7, 2009 - 5:34 PM
kel-lite 5 cell law enforcement large head nead a light buid
Nov 3, 2009 - 7:44 PM
Have a lightly scuffed 6 cell, Ser # 343985, bought in 1976. Did lotsa trouble shooting on power plants in the dark with it. All parts including save-a-bulb in end-cap, and metal guard switch like photo. Bulb socket contact for battery was repaired some time in past. Also pkg of 5 each new PR-18 bulbs, 7.2 volt, 0.55 amp. Edmonton, AB, Cda. ship point.
Nov 1, 2009 - 11:24 PM
  Dan Blum
It seems as though with all of the Kel-Lite's floating around in need of repair, some young stud entrepeneuric type would work it out with ANDY (post #03-14-2009) about setting up some type of repair facility going!
Nov 1, 2009 - 2:28 AM
I still have my 5 D cell kel-lite. I've had it since about 1980, but just recently the bulb burned out, and I hope I can replace it. I do not wish to depart with the light at this point.
Oct 31, 2009 - 8:38 PM
I fixed mine. I replaced the switch tab insulation with some new heat shrink tubing, it still would not work. I was lucky enough to win another Kel Lite,and when I received that one I compared them. What was going on with Lite # 1 was the switch tab got bent over and was getting sandwiched btw the bulb socket base and the top of the battery. It was supposed to extend to the lamp bezel.
Oct 30, 2009 - 2:06 PM
  Steve G
I have a 7 cell ser# 5486669. Would love to find the parts to get it working again, I'm sure it's something simple like a switch or short in it somewhere. I bought it in 1981 when I started in law enforcement.
Sep 16, 2009 - 10:36 PM
  Jim A.
Update on my last post. Instead of 1975, I believe I purchased mine probably in or around 1970, as mine was still manufactured in Barstow, Ca. Still no serial number....
Aug 20, 2009 - 6:21 PM
  Jim A.
I still have my 5 cell Kel Lite from when I was a Deputy Sheriff. I think I purchased mine around 1975. It has the black slide switch and still works like a champ. Mine has no serial #, as it was purchased prior to Kel Lite using serial numbers.
Aug 20, 2009 - 6:12 PM
These do seem to be really rare. I bought a six D cell one off of eBay that does not work and had to pay a lot for it, even in that condition. I understand streamlight had a trade in program for awhile. Perhaps this is why these are so scarce now.
Aug 10, 2009 - 10:42 AM
  William LeFew
I am looking to buy a 5 d cell Kel lite with the large head. I had one in the 70's when I was a police office. Lost it while on duty in the process of an arrest in the middle of a lake. They dont float too well. Sure would like to buy one. Does anyone have one for sale?
Aug 7, 2009 - 11:29 PM
  russell (Ret)
John, I have the original screw that you need....Email me at Russell
Jul 22, 2009 - 1:38 PM
I have a Kel-Lite, 2D cell model, S/N 027849, which is a very low number. I got it in 1973 after graduating from the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Dept. I carried it until I retired. Lots of street combat scratches. I need a screw for the slider switch.
Jun 30, 2009 - 11:27 PM
I have a 5 D-Cell Kel-Light I bought in 1971 when I was a police office, works as good now as it did then. Where can I find replacement parts, if and when I need them?
Jun 29, 2009 - 8:12 AM
My mistake on last post. It's a 5 C cell kel that holds 3 A123 3.7v batteries.

Anyone wanting to restore their Kel lite it's free to email me. Can restore close to original operating specs with non OEM parts if your not interested in hot wired.
May 20, 2009 - 11:33 PM
I'm still looking for broke or working Kel-lites to buy. Willing to repair yours with non oem parts. Someone posted they have oem parts wanting orginal. My favorite Kel Mod is a 3 C cell lite swapped with 3 A123 batteries 3.7v coupled with a 12v capable bulb new reflector to tolerate increased heat. Constant run time about 5 min. then it's too hot to hold. That's the down side to kel lites is there is no extra room for insulation and other thermal management techniques. Who runs a flashlight continouslhy.
May 18, 2009 - 11:11 PM
have kel lite #C0028012, takes 7 C cell batteries; any info?
Apr 23, 2009 - 5:41 PM
I have my Kel-Lite from around 76 or 76, After 28yrs on the street and 11yrs. retired I found it had some corrosion. After cleaning it, I can't
get it to work. Any where in the Detroit area for repairs?
Apr 20, 2009 - 6:03 PM
  brad hanzlik
is this light still for sale?
Apr 14, 2009 - 6:33 AM
  edgar fielding
i have had this lite since 1976 when i was in law enforcement and a a detective in the town of
Yorktown , New York I will tell ypu it came in handy a few times.This lite has been in use for
23 years and today it failed to work. can I have somebody that can fix it. in south Florida.ser#AB097100 5batteries
Apr 12, 2009 - 12:42 PM
Looking for a GE PR20 replacement bulb for a 7 cell Kell-Lite. I live in the San Fernando Valley area in California. Any sources?
Apr 2, 2009 - 3:27 PM
  gary r. wallace
Looking for parts for my 5 cell k lite. ser no. 115378.
Purchased through RCMP, Regina, Sask. Canada mid 70's. Switch and mirror.
Thanks. Gary Wallace, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Mar 25, 2009 - 12:17 PM
  Stuart Block
I have a 3-C cell Kel-Light and the batteries are corroded inside. Can you do anything to restore it?
Mar 4, 2009 - 3:34 PM
i have a few kel lites. I still use my 5 d with the large head @ metal switch. Still use my baton light 26 as well. Busted 3 streamlight stingers and decided to start carrying my kels again. Still a great duty light, even at 35 yrs old!
Feb 19, 2009 - 2:43 AM
Part needed for my 5 cell large head Kel Light: Bulb holder which screws onto the reflector, a plastic part which has become smashed, please email if you have one for sale, thanks, DG
Feb 9, 2009 - 1:59 PM
I have recently been handed down an old 4 cell from a retired officer, switch is broken, any ideas where I can find parts? It is made in Barstow, CA I believe the serial # is 553317, it has a smaller head then the one shown here, and it has a black switch. Thanks!
Jan 4, 2009 - 4:09 PM
Just found my old % cell. It had some serious street time. Anyway for those of you who need info on bulbs i just noticed a label inside mine.
2 cell PR2, PR-5, 3 Cell PR-3 PR-7, 4 Cell Pr-13 PR-17, 5 Cell PR-12, 6 Cell PR-18, 7 Cell PR-20
Good Luck
Nov 22, 2008 - 9:41 AM
  Al Hart
Need part for five cell flashlights husband used while working for Or. Co. Sheriff's dept. for many years. Needs part behind bulb and light reflector with spring attached. Spring inside is okay. Spring that rests on battery is
lop legged, maybe not getting a good contact. Very good flash light. love it.
Nov 17, 2008 - 10:28 AM
I have a 3-cell Kel-light flashlight, serial # GA930663 and I need a on-off switch (internal part) Where can I find parts ?
Nov 16, 2008 - 3:38 PM
I have all of the light bulbs most of the reflectors, all new lenses from the 70's tail caps switches and switch parts, even complete flashlights , if I don't have it I do have the capabilities to reproduce it, I also have kel light memerobilia such as kel-lite 10 th anniversery stickers and much more. contact me at
Nov 8, 2008 - 8:45 PM
Did Kel-lite ever manufacture a 4 "D" cell light??
Nov 3, 2008 - 10:28 PM
Where can I get BULB HOLDER AND SWITCH parts for an 30 year old kel light 5 c thanks
Nov 3, 2008 - 4:51 PM
I have what appears to be a 4 cell Kel -Lite at least that is whats ion it now. There is gray plastic spacer around the contact end of the bulb. Should this be removed an allow a 5th battery ?? I have replaced the batteries and checked the bulb and all seems OK.
Nov 3, 2008 - 4:25 PM
I bought a 5-cell in 1978 while driving for Contintental Trailways. It has worked great all these years. Recently it got knocked off a shelf onto a cement floor and blew the bulb. Need a replacement. Read through this log and a lot of us are looking for a bulb, but no-one seems to have found one. Anyone have any luck finding a bulb? If so, where?
Oct 26, 2008 - 3:09 PM
I have a unpainted aluminum kel-lite 5 d with a black slide switch and a head that is flush with switch height it says kel-lite industries inc. covina calif. on end and is a police auction buy from 80s wondering if anyone knows any history on year of it or what years these were made in Covina calif.? thanks
Oct 9, 2008 - 10:49 PM
I am looking for an older Kel Light police flashlight. They were made out of steel and were very heavy. Do you have any idea where I might find one.
Sep 25, 2008 - 6:04 PM
  Ted Rogers
Had a C cell model. Totally different switch design, much less sturdy than the D cell version. Broke off completely. Still made do until I finally broke down and bought a Mag Lite.
Aug 14, 2008 - 7:54 PM
  Ted Rogers
Had a C cell model. Totally different switch design, much less sturdy than the D cell version. Broke off completely. Still made do until I finally broke down and bought a Mag Lite.
Aug 14, 2008 - 7:52 PM
  GOPD 15
I have a twin to the one in the picture above and a slightly older 5D version. The older one (acquired new in early 1979) quit working a few years back and I have yet to get around to troubleshooting it, but the other one, which was purchased a year or so later, still works fine. Both accompanied me in various police cars for years and the newer one ("Thumper") still rides in my POV. Darn good lights.
Jun 24, 2008 - 2:56 PM
I have one I got used from an older officer back in the late 70's - 5 cell , lg head.
S# 000015
Switch went bad many years ago, it also went thru a house fire over a yearago.
May 20, 2008 - 9:53 PM
  Bill Witchey
trying to find where I can get a reflector for my kel-lite - didn't realize it was an "antique" or collector's item. It is 3".
May 19, 2008 - 3:25 PM
  Dick Barnett
Lite needs reconditioning where can I get that done?
May 16, 2008 - 3:10 PM
I have a 5 cell police light I used it on fires went I was a fireman I liked it very much.
Apr 29, 2008 - 7:58 PM
about 2 years ago I purchased the entire KEL-LIGHT Industries Inc. Collection from the original maker/designer Norman Nelson. Not knowing much about the product just liking antiques. I purchased the machines, and all product left from the production facility. I also have all replacement parts for most KEL-LITE products Plus all Prototypes produced and not, starting from 1948. If anyone needs Parts or repair I have the capabilities. I also have the tooling and molds to make new of what is a great product. This is not my buisness just a hobby!
Mar 14, 2008 - 5:23 PM
I am looking to by a large head kel lite. I used to have one when I was in law enforecement in the 70's.Anyone have one for sale?
Feb 16, 2008 - 10:01 PM
OOPS, forgot to leave my email address.
Feb 12, 2008 - 10:48 AM
I just purchased a 6D Cell Kel-Lite. It looks like the one above, same switch etc. The head is bigger. I bought it at a flea market for $2.00. Some corrosion inside from leaking batteries, but can be cleaned. The outside has some scratches but not bad. After some cleaning and new alkaline batteries, works like a charm, what a light!.

I do have a couple of questions, are there any parts available and doesn anyone refinish these? I need a need an new o-ring for the end cab. I do not have the light with me at this time, I will post the serial number later.
Feb 12, 2008 - 10:35 AM
I just re-inheirited my 7-(C)cell kel-lite from the 70's. Perfect working order, well used. Does somebody collect these things?
Feb 8, 2008 - 6:38 PM
Looking to buy a fine Kel-Lite such as the above flashlight....
Feb 5, 2008 - 6:26 PM
oops it didn't leave my email
Jan 29, 2008 - 9:56 PM
Rebuild flashlights including Kel-lites. Look to buy any as well, please email me.
Jan 29, 2008 - 9:55 PM
  Stephen Eicherly
I still have my B-Lite, (5 D-cell model) Ser#542677, engraved with name which appeared one night on my desk. My partner and I both received them as "gifts" with no questions asked at Ft Hood, TX, sometime around 1974-1978. It has a slide switch which is protected by metal strips on both sides. I would like the replace the switch someday and would like to know if that is possible. IIt became difficult to turn on and off. I had a similiar problem with a shop vac and a shot of W-40 solved the problem. WD-40 has somewhat solved the problem with my B-Lite but I think it is only a temporary fix. I recently had to throw away a Mag Lite because I couldn't get the swolen batteries out. I am now spraying a small abount of WD-40 on all of my flashlights wherever they unscrew. Any help on where to get a new slide switch for my B-Lite will be greatly appreciated.
Jan 28, 2008 - 8:19 PM
I have just aquired a 7 cell kel-lite and would like to know what bulb to use, it needs to be at least 10.5 V or better.. Any suggestions? Thanks Mike
Jan 7, 2008 - 3:08 AM
  Dave S.
I have a 6 cell (D) Kel-lite that I bought in the early '70's. I used it as a Border Patrol Agent for 27 years. In the late 70's I used it in self defence and broke the switch and reflector. I sent it back to Kel-lite and they refurbished it at no charge. The lite still works perfectly and I still use it. I use PR-18 bulbs in it. I don't remember how much I paid but it was well worth the cost. I am saddened that Kel-lite is now defunct.
Dec 31, 2007 - 11:47 AM
WTB any kel lites. Mine doesn't work, hope to get salvage parts. Jim
Dec 30, 2007 - 12:49 PM
I have a kel-lite exactly lite the one pictured serial # 028561 purchased at flee market several years ago works fine but do need a reflector
Dec 1, 2007 - 3:11 PM
  Evan Madden
I have a 5 cell light that is an ex Washington State Patrol model. I purchased it from a thrift store in Tacoma,Wa. It didn't work when I got it but after fooling around with it, it now works great. The problem was the the metal strap contact from the switch wasn't contacting the refelctor. Lots of careful bending, checking and rechecking finaly succeeded in contact. I have been using Maglite xenon bulbs. They fit and are VERY bright. You can find them at most home centers. For those of you who are looking for the serial #, it is to the right of the switch, directly below, 1/4 way down the circumference of the body tube. These are VERY rugged flashlights and you should ba able to fix it yourself unless something is missing.
Nov 15, 2007 - 4:50 PM
  Juan (TJ)
I have Sr#453148, purchased it back in 1974 when I was with LAPD (started in Jan of 1972). It is the infamous 4 cell Kel-Lite outlawed by LAPD because it was being used as a "defensive" weapon or was it as a Offensive Weapon"? I'm not sure how LAPD put it in their order. Bottom line was that the City and Department were being sued for injuries caused by the 4 cell Kel-Lite so, 4 cell and larger were outlawed for "on-duty" use. It would eventually be allowed when the Protective League got involved and fought the issue. By then I had transgered to a police department in Santa Barbara County (1980, Carpinteria PD). Just retired last December from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department. I carried my Kel-Lite until about 1988/89 when I won a Mag Lite at a Crime Prevention conference (CCPOA). Oh well, just thought I would share. My Kel-Lite is still in working order and in great shape!
Nov 14, 2007 - 11:16 AM
Looking for 5 cell Kel Lite parts. Need the Lens reflective chrome piece. I bought my Kel Lite back in the 70's.
Nov 11, 2007 - 1:40 PM
  John J. Riordan
I am a retired Lieutenant of the New York State Police. I have one of the above flashlights that I carried on duty for many
years. The switch is broken and I was wondering if you could refer me to someone who might be able to repair it
Thank you for your time.
Oct 17, 2007 - 5:01 PM
I posted long ago but no response. The two that I have do not seem to have Serial Numbers--but they could be hidden somewhere. They do say: KEL-LITE IND. and under that SAN DIMAS, CA I couldn't get much light out of one of mine anymore so tried a super brite type bulb. It was a tad too big to fit in the space for bulbs so I found a piece of round steel rod (imagine a curtain rod but bigger). I heated it with a torch, pushed it into the plastic while twisting and after everything cooled the LED bulb fit right in. Be nice to replace bulb holder, reflector, etc. What is the part below the flashlight above? Looks like it has some printing--but not legible. Is that where the serial number is? Maybe a later model than mine because I don't have anything protecting the switch. There is no comparison between a Kel-lite and a MagLite. The Kel-lite is a Mack truck and the Mag it's wimpy little brother.
Sep 4, 2007 - 1:20 PM
I've heard they're no longer allowed for law enforcement use
Aug 16, 2007 - 3:40 PM
  Keith Wilde
I still have my 7 cell used while working in the EMS field in the 70's and still have orignal warranty paper work, and still works
Aug 4, 2007 - 3:32 PM
I just sold my 4 C cell one i bought in 1974 when I joined the Pinellas County,FL sheriffs dept. It was a little beat up, but a collector out in Vegas, that advertised in the Gunbroker Forum Want Ads bought it for his collection, scars and all/
Jul 10, 2007 - 2:36 PM
hi. I have one of these (serial 805286) and the switch is faulty. There is a small piece of 3/4 in by 1/4 in plastic inside the switch, which I think is important. I'm wondering if anyone knows where it goes. Thanks
Jun 26, 2007 - 6:30 PM
One of the bigger reasons they went out of business is that they were just plain outdated, along with most other early police flashlight brands. High-power rechargables from Streamlight and Mag-Lite rendered other types obsolete, and Mag-Lite's internal switch was superior to the exposed switch design. Kel's later efforts came too late to make a dent. I don't see why folks get so worked up about lights like these. I have over 80 vintage ones and I stick with modern flashlights for actual use. The switches and bulb holders are a serious weak spot.
Apr 13, 2007 - 11:25 AM
  Jon Bowers
I have an old 5 cell kel lite that i have used many years it is a very good light and now I need it serviced ,I am experiecing a problem . Where can I get it serviced ?
Apr 10, 2007 - 2:36 PM
  Joel Edward Gross
I used this light in law enforcement back in the late 60s, as I recall. I used it to find kids, illuminate the scene, above my head as lighting to capture felons, broke down doors with it, broke out windshields for rescue, used it to remove felons who refused to exit cars, used it as a self-defense tool. It still has the same bulb, never knew if I could ever find a replacement. Probably Z-battery has one. I've had it for 40 years, if the year that I got it in 1966-67 is true. It is the best!! I still have it, used in in the most recent hurricane, use it as additional lighting. It's indestructible.

Many thanks to the manufacturer for a great instrument, one fine tool.
Feb 28, 2007 - 2:56 PM
I have one SN 331098 with my name engraved on it. I purchased it in 1974 and used it the remainer of my career in the RCMPolice. Great flashlight and used in all types of weather, rain, snow and really cold! Never failed me. Mine is as above only with a slide switch.
Feb 26, 2007 - 8:55 AM
Hello, I have a Kel that dates back to the mid 70's 5 cell C. Works great but scratched and scuffed quite a bit. It sat for about 15 years with no use with batteries in it but I brushed it out and cleaned it the best I could.. Put in new duracell batteries and away I go... I would consider selling it if I got a good offer but it has my name and shield number ingraved into the metal behind the head. From when I was with the Aux Police in the 70's. My e mail is if you care to contact me.
Feb 24, 2007 - 9:47 AM
  Clyde Bailey
I have (2) Kel-Lites 7c cells I purched them in the 70s When I was a P.I. and we had uniformed security, they are in perfect condition. The serial #s #16597451 #2 6596722 these are the best lites that I have ever used. eveyything works on them
Feb 19, 2007 - 4:21 PM
  glenn hilpert
I have I believe this exact Flashlight, model # 084438 and is approximately 13 1/2" in length. I began using this Flashlight in 1976 when I first started my Law Enforcement career in Central California. I was curious as to when this particuilar light went into production. This light used only (3) "D" size batteries, but was still very heavy.
Feb 3, 2007 - 9:07 PM
I still have two of my Kel-Lites, one a 5D-Cell, the other a 2D-Cell,one has wide head the other has the thinner head, both being interchangeable. 2D SN:111496, 5D SN unlegible due to large scrape from a slamming car door,traffic stop on MP duty,Ft.Ritchie,Md.early1975.Both been through pure Hell, still serviceable. Would love to find parts,Damn Good Flashlights!
Jan 23, 2007 - 2:26 PM
I have 12 Kel-lites, from 7C Cell,6 D cell and on down to my 2 favorites..2 D Cell gold personal lite and a 2 C cell New in the box ( Box says Kel-lite The career lite ). I have had to buy old Kel-lites for parts to keep my 12 working...Best Cop flashlite ever made.....
Jan 16, 2007 - 5:35 PM
I have a 2-C cell...classic I use it weekly
Jan 9, 2007 - 5:03 PM
I found a 5 cell (c-pl-5) at a garage sale today for 50 cents. Cleaned it up put batteries in and it works perfect! My lucky day!!
Dec 9, 2006 - 7:26 PM
  Ryan Kozal
I have a five cell like this but a much smaller head. It has a black switch and the serial # is 000050. I'm currently looking for a reflector lense for a 3 cell that's about as old. Does anyone think that one could somehow get them re-cromed.
Dec 4, 2006 - 5:36 PM
You will notice similarities of Kel-Lite and the B-lite with Mag-Lite. Kel & B predated Mag and went out of business in part due to the promotions and market domination of the Mag-Lite. I believe they all had CA origins and connections between them. The best way to get parts is to bid on Ebay for a second lite.
Dec 4, 2006 - 2:06 PM
I have a KEL-Lite 5 Cell. I've had it for around 10 years, probably more since I can't remember where or how I ended up with it. Anyway, it's beat up and still works fine, it has a slide switch and I was wondering if anyone knows where to get the protected switch like Dave mentioned. And, if anyone knows where to get parts for it?
Dec 4, 2006 - 1:51 PM
I didn't know that Kel-Lite had gone defunct until I started looking for parts. Need a reflector for my 5 C cell SN 3265755, which appears to be identical to the one pictured. Has the same metal switch protector and general profile.
Nov 26, 2006 - 8:02 PM
Nov 13, 2006 - 7:43 PM
I have a Kel - lite Like this one, where can I get parts for it, I'm looking for lense, reflector the light switch.
Oct 21, 2006 - 2:08 PM
Oct 18, 2006 - 11:04 PM
Have 3 cell with engraved name I received when a cop. Need an "exploded" view of reflector to confirm all is correct. Reflector has been shot a long time. Any replacement? It has almost a 3" diameter head. Where is serial num. Thor
Oct 10, 2006 - 9:01 AM
I have a 7 cell Kel-Lite from 1978
Can't remember the bulb it takes.
Sep 12, 2006 - 6:29 AM
Hey Bill - Have a C-PL-5. Should be able to unscrew the black shroud at rear of reflector. Mine takes a PR12 bulb.
Aug 28, 2006 - 12:07 PM
  Bill Vaughn
How does one replace the bulb? I have a 3 C-Cell version and am unable to get the bulb out of the reflector assembly.
Aug 27, 2006 - 3:27 AM
I still have the one that I bought as an MP in Ft. Lewis, WA in 1976. Works like a champ (has the metal 'protected' switch)! SN: 758569
Jun 20, 2006 - 9:06 AM

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