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Offline randell

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« on: March 03, 2006, 10:30:58 AM »
I really love the mini-mag lights that run on AA batteries.  I hang them from the top of my tent for lighting, keep one in my pocket as a spotlight, use them at the camp table in lamp mode when I don't have a lantern, use the headband accessory strap.  They are really versatile.  There is even one in my toddler's toy box.

A long time ago, I got the light diffuser attachment to help diffuse the light when I have it in lamp mode.  Worked great.


Then I found a better diffuser that is a bulb that screws on, but I can't remember where I got it and can no longer find it on the web.  Don't have a picture, but I'd like to get find them again.

Anyway, last year I found the LED upgrade kit at REI and Campmor that I really like.  It saves battery life and is very bright for close illumination.  They claim that you can get 4 times the battery life with them.  If you like mini-mag lights,  you should definitely look into them.  Just search for "Nite Ize LED Upgrade Kit".  

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Offline Casa Grande

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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2006, 12:33:34 PM »
yep, LEDs the future in lighting....actuall y, LED light bulbs will be out soon and  soon the incredibly inefficient incandescent light bulb will be sharing the heep with the good ol' film camera ...LEDs do provide a much greater life (it is said that the LED can burn continuously for 20 years!  
And extremely low power is required...nice upgrade...i wonder if they make it for the biggens yet??

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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2006, 12:50:10 PM »
I haven't seen them on any big mag lights yet.  However, they have some work to do to get the LED lights to put out the same focused beam as incandescent bulbs.  

They do have a 30 LED lantern that I have on my wish list:



This would keep me from burning myself on my Coleman lantern and be smaller to pack as I wouldn't need a propane canister.  I don't think it'll be as bright as my old Coleman, though.
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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2006, 01:02:09 PM »
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I don't think it'll be as bright as my old Coleman, though.

And there's nothing quite like the sound of a good old Coleman lantern either.

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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2006, 04:59:46 PM »


this is my new favorite piece of lighting equipment  :lol: 70 hrs @ full power, 200 hrs @ lowest, and runs on 3 AAA batteries. weighs 3.2 oz and has done everything i need it to, all for $20 :D my only complaint is its lack of long range, even medium range lighting. but i'm easilly spooked when hiking at night  :oops:  so that just might be a problem for me. tents are a breeze to set up, aim the right right where your next step will be, read a map in a car without disturbing the driver, genious i tell ya  :twisted:

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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2006, 06:54:14 PM »
I two of these as my main headlamps. I like it because it has a retractible strap and it still has 4 bulbs.  Not waterproof, though.



I know what you are talking about Viper, you need some long range light sometimes.  They are coming out with hybrids now that look pretty sweet that allow you to switch between Xenon long range and LED close range, like the one below.  I'll probably get one soon to add to my collection.  My wife thinks I have plenty of lights already, but you can never have enough gear!!!

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« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2006, 07:51:04 PM »
If you've been to Vegas in the last 20 years, you will have seen the lights of the Luxor.  These are my Luxor lights.

http://tinyurl.com/o4bx9  no need to sign in or become a member.

Now, I've got this baby on order to really light up the night sky
 http://tinyurl.com/qm79g and it should arrive next week :!:

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« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2006, 07:54:15 PM »
or you can use that and a giant magnifying glass to light fires from great distances  :evil:

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« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2006, 08:13:51 PM »
What're you gonna do with that thing, look for Mountain Lions from Black Gap?
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« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2006, 03:57:05 PM »
Shoot it up straight in the air from a campsite off the old-ore road, perhaps La Noria #2 @ BBNP (so that it doesn't interferee with peoples night vision) and be the Luxor of the desert - of course, isn't the Luxor already in the desert?  That way, all you Big Benders can locate where the party is at.  Turn it on at the top and bottom of the hour for a five minutes from sunset to 10pm.

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« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2006, 04:13:48 PM »
Roger your comment on the Coleman lantern, RichardM...

I have a Coleman single mantle (Model 202 with the red fount) that I bought back in 1968 when I first started camping.  Switched over to a battery powered one with the fluorescent tubes several years ago...but....still never liked the color of the light nor the absence of that "rushing" sound from the Coleman.  So...I dug that old Coleman out of the attic last year, found a place on the internet that sells parts for the pump, fuel/air tube, etc and got it working again!  You are so right...the sound and light from those Colemans is priceless!

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« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2006, 04:20:50 PM »
Quote from: "01ACRViper"
or you can use that and a giant magnifying glass to light fires from great distances  :evil:


No, actually it's called a Freudian flashlight fetish - or perhaps a fear of the dark.  I can't seem to have enough flashlights.  Every time I go to a store I always check out the flashlight selection to see if there is something new and neat that I need.  The LED's have really changed the world of flashlights.  My 6 D cell Maglight is so outdated now.   :cry:

I've got these for around camp and when night hiking or biking, cooking dinner, etc...




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« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2006, 04:23:30 PM »
Shanea...cool light/headband thing...

I never seem to have enough light when I am trying to do some close up work...I need to get one of those...

BBH

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« Reply #13 on: March 07, 2006, 10:31:09 AM »
Quote from: "David Locke"
yep, LEDs the future in lighting....actuall y, LED light bulbs will be out soon and  soon the incredibly inefficient incandescent light bulb will be sharing the heep with the good ol' film camera ...LEDs do provide a much greater life (it is said that the LED can burn continuously for 20 years!  
And extremely low power is required...nice upgrade...i wonder if they make it for the biggens yet??


I was reviewing my wish list on Amazon and realized that they do have the LED upgrade for the big mag lights.  I had this on my wishlist for Christmas and never got it :cry:

http://tinyurl.com/rzzpg
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« Reply #14 on: March 07, 2006, 02:19:56 PM »
Quote from: "Randell"
I had this on my wishlist for Christmas and never got it :cry:


Well, just exercise that VISA card and order the conversion kit and the new Parent book from Amazon at one fell swoop.   :lol:

I'm Good At Spending Other Peoples Money!

That looks really cool, kinda sticker shock on it, but considering it will outlast me and the maglights last forever, then it's not that bad of a deal - considering what I've spent on other lights.  

I see you can also use these in the bigger maglights, the dummy batteries are cool.  Makes a lot of sence when I think about it, why would you want to power a little LED with 6 D cell batteries?  Smart people.  Now, I just need Academy or Wally-World to start carrying them so I don't have to pay shipping - I dislike paying shipping.

THANKS FOR THE TIP.  I was wondering when someone would get around to doing this retrofit.  I think MagLight has missed the boat by not jumping on the LED bandwagon sooner.

http://tinyurl.com/zskbr

 


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