Pifco rechargeable flashlight 1964

Pifco rechargeable flashlight, 1964

The trouble with batteries in the 1960s was that they did not last very long. If you weren't careful, they would start to decompose and ruin your torch or radio, or whatever you'd hoped would be still working when you got it out of the drawer.

For 30 shillings (that's £1.50 or £20 at today's prices allowing for inflation) you could buy this Pifco Rechargeable Flashlight from Smiths in 1964. It never needed batteries and was powered by nickel-cadmium cells recharged from a shaver socket.

As well as solving your battery problem, you had a stylish torch that resembled a contemporary car headlamp in shiny chrome with a fashionable hood.

Pifco made a variety of small electrical appliances including torches and hair dryers, often at the cheaper end of the market.  This rechargeable torch is marked with the ubiquitous label of 'Foreign', which in the UK market of the 60s and early 70s usually meant made in Hong Kong. 

 

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