By Andrew Liszewski
At my place, flashlights are at the bottom of the pecking order when it comes to new batteries. It seems reliable PVR remote functionality far outranks being able to see in the event of another east-coast black out.
The Matsushita Electric Industrial Company has come up with a flashlight that can work with 3 different sizes of batteries, whichever you may have available. Called ‘Denchi ga doredemo raito’ which means ‘Light from any type of battery’ it accomodates D, C or AA batteries and when one size wears out or is unavailable just turn the knob to switch to the other type and the flashlight will continue to shine.
The downside of course is that given the largest battery in that photo is a ‘D’ cell, the National BF-104F Flashlight is far from being the smallest torch on the market. However it’s still an innovative solution. It’s currently available on the National website for about $8.00.