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Old 21st Sep 2019, 10:48 pm   #221
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The cheaper 996 lantern batteries may contain 4 cells, each D size.
The better ones still contain F cells.
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I would recommend a 6 volt lantern battery over D cells. Fewer contacts and thus fewer opportunities for loose connections.
A reasonable quality zinc carbon lantern battery has a capacity of nearly 10 AH.
Alkaline lantern batteries exist but are uncommon and often expensive.

A good quality LED bulb is worth fitting, and readily reversed if original type bulb is wanted.
A 1 watt led bulb should give several dozen hours service from a zinc carbon battery.
Point noted, thanks. My reason for using four rechargeable D cells is because I have them lying around and some plastic D cell holders too. Not much soldering is needed and two double D cell holders can easily be coupled together. Not sure if a fuse is required though.
Another option might be to use four AA NIMH cells in which case one holder is required. Sponge or similar material could be used inside the space to prevent the battery holder from flopping around inside the torch.
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You didn't mention the D cells were rechargeable and to hand. That makes using them perfectly logical!

If you can source an old plastic cased lantern battery, you'll save yourself a fair bit of bodgery......
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Not deliberately, they just sort of multiply.
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The cheaper 996 lantern batteries may contain 4 cells, each D size. The better ones still contain F cells.
I took apart a Panasonic alkaline PJ996 lantern battery a few weeks ago, and found four bare F cells inside. Annoyingly though, the compartment was sub-divided by moulded cross-pieces, thus splitting it up into four tall square compartments each holding an F cell. Each compartment was slightly too small to accept a D-cell with its insulating outer jacket in place, and also too small to accept a loaded 4xAA holder. Taking out the cross-pieces looked like too much effort, and as I only have two torches that take 996 batteries and get only occasional use, I opted to buy new batteries at £2.99 from Wilko.
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