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Using Baglite


Full Discharge of Power

Baglites are not designed to have their power fully discharged.  With 6 hours of flashing light, most users will use them for a couple of hours and then the units will be re-topped up by absorbing light again.  If you suspect that you Baglite is fully discharged please read the instructions regarding a full discharge on the right.

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The Baglite product is usually delivered with a charge already stored in its energy store but there are many reasons why the capacitor could be empty and we recommend that you charge your Baglite fully in sunlight before you use it for the first time.   Baglite will normally charge from both artificial light and natural sunlight.

Charging Indicator

On the master light unit, which is the light unit on the left at the front that also has the controls, a small red LED illuminates when the unit is charging. a bright sunny Summer’s day in direct sunlight you will get one hour of light out for one hour of light in to the Baglite product.  Therefore 6 to 7 hours would fully charge that unit.  As the quality of light goes down then the charge time goes up and if you do not “fill” the charge cell then the time it will run for goes down.

Baglite has 6+ hours flashing light at full charge and therefore is not usually fully discharged.  In normal operation Baglite will be used for a couple of hours, turned then off and then it re-charges to full capacity.



Simply push the mode switch once to turn on, push again to start flash mode and push again to turn off. 

It is that simple.  It is a push switch so you can use it when you are wearing gloves or your hands are cold or hot.

"Charge-On" Switch

Just set the "Charge-On" switch to "On" and leave it there for normal operation.  It is an intentionally small switch so that you do not knock it or accidently change the setting when using Baglite.

The unit will charge with the "Charge-On" in either the "Charge" or the "On" position.

Please note that when the "Charge-On" switch is in the "Charge" position the Baglite will not turn on.

No Charging Indicator

If you put the Baglite in direct sunlight and the small red LED fails to illuminate first check the 'what to do if a unit is fully discharged' section below and then, if it still does not come on, please contact us for further help.


What if the Baglite is fully discharged ?

There are several ways that a Baglite can be fully discharged.  The most obvious is just turning it on and leaving it on, eventually it will become fully discharged.  Physics graduates will be able to describe some other rare events that can achieve a discharge of the stored power.  One of the most obscure ways that Baglites can be discharged is that customs will turn some of the units on, as they enter a country, to check that they are what they say they are.  It is also true that capacitors lose their power very slowly over time and we have been told of lightning strikes on containers when the products are shipped by sea (this is why, although we always charge the units before delivery we can never guarantee that they are fully charged when they are purchased).

When a Baglite has been fully discharged it is possible that the charging indicator will not even light up.  If you suspect that a unit is fully discharged then first switch the on-charge switch to the charge position (this will disable all functions except the charging mode).

The electronics in a Baglite need a tiny amount of power to manage the storing of power (it is a real challenge that you need power to collect power).  In the unusual condition of a full discharge a Baglite needs a BOOST of light energy to get the recharging process started again.  This is the ONLY time when we recommend that a Baglite HAS to be recharged in natural sunlight.  In the event of a full discharge, please place the Baglite in direct sunlight (outside not through a window), don't worry if it is a grey winter day, you would be amazed how much light filters through clouds.

Leave the Baglite in the direct sunlight for several hours and then check that a charge has been accepted by switching the Charge-On switch back to on and putting the unit into flash mode. The lights should flash and the unit should be back to normal.  We recommend that from a full-discharge position you charge your Baglite in sunlight for at least 12 hours (although it should not need this long this will definitely bring it back to the correct charged state).

In the unlikely event that after completing this recharge from empty process the unit does not function correctly please contact us.


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