ST. LOUIS – Anyone who has fumbled and cursed when the power flickers out and the flashlight goes dead may have something new to beam about – a flashlight that accepts batteries of different sizes.
St. Louis-based Energizer Holdings Inc. considers its Quick Switch a shining example of utility, with users able to raid batteries from such things as remote controls, toys or wall clocks and plunk them into the flashlight.
No more scrambling to find the right battery; the Quick Switch takes two C, D or AA batteries and works by merely adjusting a switch to the proper cell size, automatically locking the batteries into place.
The light output is the same no matter the cell size, though operating time will vary.
Launched nationally last week as the latest entry in the often look-alike arena of flashlights, the Quick Switch “solves the No. 1 consumer concern with flashlights – it never seems like I have the right batteries when I need them,” Energizer’s Mark Larsen said last week.
“It is literally sliced bread for our category,” said Larsen, brand group director for Energizer Lighting Products, an Energizer Holdings division. “We’re not adding a lot of bells and whistles. This is just intuitive, easy to use and it works.”
Touted on its packaging as a “revolutionary flashlight,” the Quick Switch retails for $9.99 to $12.99.
Energizer’s Quick Switch flashlight can use three sizes of batteries.