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Big Larry 2=big Disappointment

Discussion in 'Torches and Flashlights' started by Claypole, Oct 8, 2020.

  1. Claypole

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    I’ve been painting the cupboard under the stairs, and needed some illumination. I have an inexpensive torch/work light device, but it’s not really up to the job, so I wanted something better.

    I remember the Nebo Big Larry lights mentioned on here before, so I checked them out and liked the look of the Big Larry 2. It should be bright enough for the job I’m doing, but also handy as a general torch/lamp around the house, or in the car.

    My local Argos had them in stock so after dinner last night I nipped out and picked one up. First impressions were good, 200 lumens from the front torch seemed accurate as I tested it in the garden. The quality of the beam didn’t quite match up to my other torches, but this was £15, so I was happy enough.

    The COB (Chip On Board) lamp was nice and bright at supposedly 500 lumens, and lit up the cupboard under the stairs very nicely with a very clean floodlight. The red light seemed good, and the dimming function worked well, although the amount of dimming available was quite limited.

    I then decided to test the light using my LADDA rechargeable batteries. When I took the tail cap off, I was pleasantly surprised. Instead of just a spring inside, there was a strongly sprung loaded disk with a raised section for battery contact. There was also a chunky looking O ring, which led me to believe the torch would be well up to its IPX4 rating.

    I then put the rechargeable batteries in, and sort of half noticed that the first one didn’t slide all the way in. Without stopping to think, I then put the second one in, and on the third battery, realised the first battery was stuck. Properly wedged in. Because it didn’t get stuck until after half way in, I can only assume the cylinder is tapered for some reason.

    The torch didn’t appear to be made in sections, so maybe the head section comes off and I can push the batter battery out? There is a knurled, silver coloured metal bit on the head, which unscrews, and then you can remove he pocket clip, and the combined reflector/lens. And that is it as far as regular consumer dismantling goes.

    The metal cap was very cheap feeling, and the thread was horrible. The plastic lens/reflector was even worse, and appeared to be made of the same stuff as a matchbox car windscreen, only more fragile. I also notice this part of the torch did not have an O ring, which seemed most odd.

    I took the torch back to Argos, and they gave me no grief (unlike Sports Direct). They had no more in stock, so refunded my credit card and kindly ordered another one in and reserved it for me.

    I got the text this morning whilst sipping on a coffee in Costa to say it was ready for collection. However, I decided that I could not have a torch that I couldn’t risk trying different batteries in, so I never went and got it.

    If anybody else has one of these torches and like it, then that’s great (I did actually like the way it worked). However, please be very careful with trying different rechargeable batteries in it. Some other people have noticed the same problem too...
     
  2. Jagdwaffen

    Jagdwaffen Suns up guns up

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    @Claypole that’s not great news mate. I don’t have the Big Larry 2, I know it has the dimmable end located flashlight on it.....I had hmmmmmed and rrrred about getting one. I’ve not had your experience with the other Larry’s and have switched batteries around a few times. Good to hear you got a refund from Argos mate :thumb:
     
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