- Dec 24, 2007
I was trying to check the current on my dorcy junior flashlight, and i had heard that it needed to be under load so i took off the head piece of the flashlight and held the led assembly down in order for it to make contact see pic . I turned it on and set my multimeter to 10 amps max and put the positive lead on the spring, which makes contact with the positive terminal inside the flashlight. I then touched the negative lead to the outer ring of the flashlight. I started to get a reading when all of the sudden i smelled smoke. I looked down to see that plastic was melting. I immediately stopped and took out the head of the flashlight and the spring was red hot. I plan on using this flashlight for a diy laser but not if the driver is destroyed, could i have ruined the driver inside the flashlight? The flashlight itself still works as normal. I basically short circuited it.
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