Coleman Battery Lock Divide Flashlight Review

Niels Oomkes

I am a multi-sport endurance athlete, and love to get out into the great outdoors to push the body to its limit. Most of my weekend expeditions, adventures, trips, or vacations are planned around running, biking, snowshoeing, camping, or anything else that will allow me to enjoy nature's exquisite beauty.

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9 Responses

  1. John Cosmo says:

    I worked great, but after several months the batteries ran down and needed to be replaced. No big deal right? Wrong!

    It’s not easy to figure out which end of the flashlight to unscrew to put new batteries in. The Coleman website is no help at all. If you Google “how to open a Coleman Battery Lock flashlight” you’ll see that it’s a widespread problem. Requests for help are posted on numerous product review sites that sell the flashlights, most of them unanswered.

    On two of the sites where users posted replies they noted that you unscrew the end opposite the light. One of the reviewers noted that he needed to use two pairs of pliars, one to hold the light and one to hold the end cap and that he ended up scratching the hell out of the flashlight and the cap before he could finally get the light to open to put in new batteries. All things considered, not a well-designed product, especially when you consider the cost.

  2. Rod says:

    The 250 tech worked well for 4 months and then two parts broke down: (1) the on/off lock switch no longer worked – I had to just leave it On all the time. (2) the rear cap would no longer screw off to replace batteries (the cheap aluminium thread wore out and the cap jammed on. Nothing would remove the cap and when I eventually used Extreme force to screw the cap off the barrel broke.

  3. Josiah says:

    Just threw mine in the garbage because of the same issue with battery replacement above.

  4. Tracy Florez says:

    Have had my Coleman battery lock flashlight for 2 years. Have needed to replace batteries for the first time at least the last year and a half. Can not uncrew the end. Guess I wasted my $ too! It sucks!

  5. drew says:

    I found one in the bush… not working, tried to open it… took vise grips and major pliers to get it open… batteries corroded. Fair enough, but what a stupid design. And you would think someone doing active review could do a little less story telling in the review and actual use it through a life cycle – thus testing how to change the batteries… poor product , poor review, helpful comments above

  6. Niels Oomkes says:

    Thanks for your input Drew, and others with solid feedback. Those with a negative experience or failed product are usually more likely to provide their experience. The product failed and that should be noted. For what it’s worth: We usually have about 1-2 months to put a product to the test and give it a review. It would be fantastic if we could see how long one of these products would actually last. I suppose this will have to do. 6 years of solid use in the mountains, car camping, back packing, etc. The flashlights I have still work as intended. I’d say with normal use, this product will continue to shine on. I did have to change batteries once or twice, because those do ultimately have a life span. Different size flashlights have different access points to change batteries **** disclaimer, I did not drop these off of a cliff side, go scuba diving, hammered my tent stakes in with them, or leave them in the bush for an extended time.

  7. Carol Surles says:

    I had the exact experience as others whose battery Lock flashlights worked well until the batteries needed to be change. What a disappointment! and what a testimonial against Coleman. For me, this purchase was Coleman’s second and last chance, after a wide beam heavy green flashlight proved impossible to access when the battery needed to be changed for the first time. In the future, I will vote with my wallet. I have a lot of Coleman equipment, but I would not buy another piece under any circumstance. Meanwhile, I suspect that their officials laugh all the way to the bank, and use our money to buy better quality flashlights –just like the sneaky gmo foods manufacturers who probably do not eat anything that they manufacture. Instead, irresponsible merchants use the money of ordinary people to buy better quality equipment and food for their families. We understand the paradigm; so, why do we continue to trust the so-called name brands. From now on, I will buy a six pack of no-name cheapies with simple and sure battery-changing capablilty. There might have been a time when name-brands mattered, but that time is passe’. What really gets me with Coleman is that they make such a big deal about WHEN we purchased the equipment, and whether it is under warranty. Perhaps they should ask how many times we have changed the battery. We are left holding shiny, like-new equipment that might have been in our car until time for the first battery change. On their contact page, we immediately see that Coleman wants to apply strict warranty adherence, and leave us literally in darkness. How’s that for a company that sells emergency lighting? It simply isn’t worth the feeling of being sold worthless emergency equipment. I will not bother to call. I will simply thrown mine away, and forget the company’s name. From all indications, the Battery Lock flashlight has a serious defect, and should have been recalled. It is not so much the monetary value of it that matters, but our reliance on flashlights during emergencies. I am elderly, and I bought the Battery Lock to increase the likelihood that I would not be caught in darkness Coleman should immediately replace defective lighting equipment, if nothing else in these times. Most of us could send some proof of purchase.

  8. Jerry says:

    Flashlight worked good for a while, now to get it to turn on you have to twist both ends and hit the right spot then it won’t stay on very long if at all, I will never buy another one this is my third one and I’m a slow learner but I have learned my lesson well!

  9. Andrew (Andy) Alcock says:

    My comment is similar to many of the others. I thought having a Coleman Armor Clad 2AAtorch would be good because of its durable look and the way it is designed to stop moisture getting in. When the batteries needed changing though, I realised that it was impossible to open the torch.

    Like others, I checked for online instructions and all I saw was one still photo of a different model that had a screwable cap at the end of the handle which mine doesn’t have. Nor are there any clues of the outside of the torch.

    Coleman should have been honest and informed buyers that this is a once-off product with a limited life span and after the batteries die, that is the end. We need products that can be used for years and then recycled.

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