In an earlier blog post I tell the story behind why we glue the batteries in. In case you haven’t read that one, essentially we glue the batteries into the Touch 1K for safety reasons. There are other flashlights out there that have no protection that leave full access to the battery but we don’t because if the battery is placed in backwards there goes your light and potentially the Touch 1K would turn into another kind of light. One like that next to a camp fire or even a firework show.
Recap on the reason for sealing the battery in the first place
When sealing off the battery we simply used a Loctite glue that is strong but not permanent called Loctite Red. We state that we will void the warranty if this is opened due to the potential hazard that the battery could cause if placed in backwards, but now we are making available a new battery that has a protection circuit that will turn the battery off when inserted backwards and let enough power to the light to run properly. If this new battery is used then we will not void the warranty where it will add that layer of protection that the previous battery was offering.
You might be wondering why did it take so long to offer this option, well at least I thought you might wonder why. We tried fixing this a year ago with this option but the protected battery caused more problems than fixed by shutting off when using the light. There also was no way of tracking that battery except that it was blue. This new battery will have our brand wrap on it which indicates the battery that we have proved out for the Touch 1K. So to the reason it took us until now to implement this new battery. There had to be testing done to verify that the battery would work properly while protecting itself from a short circuit, and we had to develop a way to indicate the correct battery is used for warranty reasons. The biggest reason to the lag in bringing this battery option was to weed out all the last protected battery that we used that caused so many problems.
How to get to the battery
So now to how to get to the battery so that you are freed from the bondage of a sealed off battery. Since the joints are only glued they can be un-threaded but will take additional force. Occasionally they will come un-threaded with just using your hands but if not then you can use anything else to get a better grip. I use rubber strap wrenches but most of you wont have easy access to a set so channel locks and many other things will work but may scar the beautiful Touch 1K so wrapping it up with a towel will protect that from happening, unless you want to have a nice industrial look to the light.
Reasons to having access to the battery
Once you have access to the battery and you have one of our new replacement and protected batteries you will then be able to take the battery in and out as you please. There are some additional benefits to being able to remove the battery. I personally do not like charging the batteries in the flashlight because it decommissions the light while it charges. I would much rather have three or four batteries charged and when my light is dead then I simply change out the battery and charge the dead one. I feel that it kind of defeats the purpose of using the Touch 1K as a battery bank while needing a battery bank to charge it back up anyways.
If you have creative ways to getting to the battery please comment below and share your ideas.