The Aladdin MAXbrite 500 series burner is the current model featured on all new Aladdin lamps. We have recently received some inquiries about the differences between the MAXbrite 500, 501, and 502 versions. So, we thought it might be helpful to document the slight changes between each of the versions.
The threads on the original MAXbrite 500 were a little too short. After additional testing, we discovered that when used with a shade ring or tripod, there could be a hazard due to the burner not screwing all the way down tightly. For this reason, we initiated a voluntary recall on this first batch of MAXbrite 500s.
The recall affected 400 brass burners. To the best of our knowledge, we have received nearly all of them back. The best way to tell if you have a recalled burner is to try the burner with a shade ring or tripod to see if the burner can be screwed down securely or not. You can also measure the threads – the recalled burner threads measure less than 3/8″ long (9 mm). You can read more about he recall here.
The thread length on the first run of the MAXbrite 501s was increased to overcome the above mentioned issue.
We also made some slight size modifications to the flame spreader on the Model 501 which made it more universal or “backwards compatible” with earlier produced Aladdin burners.
Beginning with the 501, we began stamping the burner basket with the model followed by the year and month of production (see image).
It is important to note that the original production of the Model 500 burners did not have a model # and year/month stamping on the basket. The Model 501 and 502 baskets should be stamped as described above. The wick turner knobs remains the same since these are all MAXbrite 500 Series burners.
When we launched the Model 502, we made some incremental improvements to the threads so they would be more “backwards compatible” with some of the older antique model Aladdin table lamp fonts (i.e. Model A, Model B, etc.). We also made adjustments to the tolerances of the gallery and outer wick tubes components to ensure a smoother fit.
Introducing the Limited Edition Signature Series – Traveling Salesman’s Case! Only 110 have been produced. The Deluxe Brass K102 is safely nestled in a custom-made foam bed surrounded by a USA-made hardcase by Seward Trunk (founded in 1878, and famous supplier of World War II footlockers). The K102 is a hand soldered exact replica of the early Aladdin Model 1 to Model 6, which was the heyday of the Aladdin Traveling Salesman. The Traveling Salesman’s Case will retail for $739.
Every Traveling Salesman’s set includes:
A serialized K102 Deluxe Brass lamp, with either a green N301 or red N302 ribbed shade
A 32 oz bottle of Aladdin brand oil
2 Lox-on R150 Mantles
1 extra N230 wick
A signed copy of Bill Courter’s book, “Aladdin, The Magic Name in Lamps”
A special serialized case bearing a facsimile signature of Victor S Johnson (lamp also contains a small signature plate on the bottom)
A Certificate of Authenticity
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Just in time for the 2019 Aladdin Gathering!
The limited edition cases will be available starting at the 47th Aladdin Gathering in Coralville, Iowa (July 25-27). Be sure to stop by the Crownplace Brands table in the Show Room, where we will have one of the cases on display! Some dealers who are attending the Gathering will be ready to take your order. Contact your favorite dealer to get yours!
In Other News: K102 Retirement
The Deluxe Brass K102, featured in the salesman’s case, is slated for retirement. Be sure to get one before they’re gone!
Exciting news! Crownplace Brands will be heading to the 47th Annual Aladdin Gathering in a couple weeks. We plan on having a table at the Lamp Show to offer special Mix and Match Font glue ups on site! That means you’ll be able to pick your parts and watch as the font is glued up! This should be a fun event! We have limited quantities on the various bowls and pedestals that are available for this event, so it’s on a first come, first serve, basis only. The bowls and pedestals offered are considered ‘seconds’ as they didn’t quite pass our rigorous quality inspections. We can’t wait to see what kinds of color combinations you can come up with. We first offered this at the 41st Annual Eastern Lighting Collector’s Meet in Wooster, Ohio, back in April and we saw some pretty neat combinations, like a Cobalt Grand Vertique bowl with the Vaseline Lincoln Drape pedestal.
We’ll also be releasing a NEW Limited Edition Aladdin Traveling Salesman’s Case that will be available to purchase for the first time, from your favorite Aladdin dealer at the gathering! We look forward to seeing everyone there!
As promised, we have added a TON of new content to the site! Whether you are new to Aladdin lamps or you are a seasoned collector, we have something for everyone! Be sure to check it all out and let us know what you think! We aren’t quite done yet, so you will see a few things labeled “Coming Soon!” .
Without further ado, here is a summary of all the new resources at your fingertips!
The following have been added to the Aladdin Learning & Resource Center menu and homepage:
Detailed Model Diagrams – These have been on the site for a little while, but they have moved under the “Learning & Resource Center” menu.
Instructional Documents – We had a few documents posted before, but now each of the new sections has its own PDF version which can be found here.
We are busy working on some exciting new things! For starters, we have revamped the look of the website. But we’re not done yet! If you have suggestions for things you would like to see, please let us know, and we will do our best to make it available on the site. We hope to have much more new content coming soon.
What’s New Right Now?
This blog! We know, it’s been awhile since we have posted an update, but that is going to change. Check back here often to see what’s happening in the world of Aladdin. We hope to share new products, new or updated resources, and much more.
We are very proud to share a recently updated feature: brand new model diagrams! Now, each guide provides images of all original parts in a similar format, making them easy to compare. We have added many more wick raiser knob versions as well as flame spreader tops! For easy comparison and identification, international versions are now paired with their similar U.S. counterparts. Each guide lists any current replacement parts that are available, as well as interchangeability of parts between models. Not only can you now easily identify any Aladdin part, but you can also learn some fun history and see the progression of parts through the ages.
Don’t forget about our Learning Center! We have a wide range of helpful instructional videos that cover all aspects of owning and using an Aladdin lamp. This page has been revamped to help you easily find what you need. All of our videos are accessible right on our site, and they are conveniently grouped by content.
Content Coming Soon!
Check back often for more new things coming from Aladdin!