Rayovac Flashlight - 5 Cell Black Magnum Fluorescent Combo Lantern with Stand (c. 1965)
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Rayovac 5 Cell Black Magnum Fluorescent Combo Lantern with Stand  
Rayovac 5 Cell Black Magnum Fluorescent Combo Lantern with Stand

Value: $10.00
Manufacturer: Rayovac
Mfgr. Model #: N/A
Circa: 1965
Battery: 5D
Style: Fluorescent Lantern

Online Since: 10/27/2005
FM Reference #: RA00052

These come up on eBay every once in a while - where I got mine. Very reliable fluorescent lantern - it will start the bulb even with nearly dead batteries! I don't think these were being made as early as 1965, though - I don't think low-voltage instant-start ballasts were even being made yet! I emailed Rayovac, but even they don't know the date of production. There is proof they were being made from the early to mid 1980's, but that's all I have found.
Dec 23, 2012 - 2:19 PM
excellent, I like to buy another one
Oct 28, 2012 - 10:26 AM
I have been hunting for another one of these !!! My Son won one back in the 80's, and a lens has been broken on one light....Does anyone know where to get another one of these Lanterns???
Aug 20, 2012 - 6:27 PM
good light
Oct 30, 2010 - 1:07 AM
  D.B. Cox
I have one of these and I failed to check it often enough nand now I have a lot of batttery acid deposits from the D cells. Any suggestions as I would like to keep it for power outages. Thanks.
Aug 22, 2010 - 6:11 PM
Got one of these recently and it was in bad shape. There was corrosion around the beam bulb (PR12)requiring dissasembly of the reflectors. Learned that the bulb removes from the rear by removing the square base holding the bulb. Also one of the quarter turn black screws on the back was broken off, obviously by someone not familiar the fastener. For the question last year about the battery compartment, turn the screw in the opposite direction from the arrow on it till the slot is vertical with the back. Press down hard while using a small coin to rotate. If you don't have the finger strength to do this use a large a bladed screwdriver or butter knife for the purpose. To make this less likely to break, coat it with a vaseline for the next go round.
I like to fix these old dinosaurs. Will be glad when LED replacement bulbs become inexpensive.
Use AA battery adaptors to C and D sizes. Lighter, cheaper, and available.
Sep 30, 2009 - 6:12 AM
Turns out that I have one of these, but the battery is dead. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to change the battery. There is no obvious compartment to remove. Can anybody help? Thanks!
Dec 27, 2008 - 3:18 PM
We had two of these when I was a kid and they were awesome. Used them for camping, very dependable, very bright, easy to use. Nothing else has even come close to replacing them since they stopped making them. Wish I could find one for sale somewhere I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
Apr 2, 2008 - 6:51 PM

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