In regards to your tip about putting flashlight batteries in backwards to prevent accidental discharge, many designs of flashlights will allow them to operate even if both batteries are reversed. Also, even one battery reversed will allow discharge if accidentally switched on. The best thing to do is:
A) Remove batteries, especially if not being used for extended periods of time (to prevent leakage).
B) Place a piece of masking or similar tape on one of the battery terminals. This electrically isolates the batteries from the flashlight. Simply remove tape to use.
By Jeff from Norco, CA
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