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Title: Mag Light Upgrades
Post by: randell 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.
(http://www.orderoutdoors.com/niteize/gspot75x.gif)

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".  

(http://a1072.g.akamai.net/f/1072/2062/1d/gallery.rei.com/media/482050.jpg)
Title: Mag Light Upgrades
Post by: Casa Grande 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??
Title: Mag Light Upgrades
Post by: randell 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:

(http://images.rei.com/media/227508.jpg)

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.
Title: Mag Light Upgrades
Post by: RichardM on March 03, 2006, 01:02:09 PM
Quote from: "Randell"
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.
Title: Mag Light Upgrades
Post by: 01ACRViper on March 03, 2006, 04:59:46 PM
(http://www.campmor.com/images/acc/larger/82592_l.jpg)

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:
Title: Mag Light Upgrades
Post by: randell 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.

(http://a1072.g.akamai.net/f/1072/2062/1d/gallery.rei.com/media/703012_9996Prd.JPG)

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!!!

(http://images.rei.com/media/523896.jpg)
Title: Think Bright
Post by: SHANEA 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 :!:
Title: Mag Light Upgrades
Post by: 01ACRViper 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:
Title: Mag Light Upgrades
Post by: randell on March 03, 2006, 08:13:51 PM
What're you gonna do with that thing, look for Mountain Lions from Black Gap?
Title: Luxor of BBNP
Post by: SHANEA 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.
Title: Mag Light Upgrades
Post by: BigBendHiker 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!
Title: Fetish
Post by: SHANEA 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...

(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/photonfusion2.JPG)

(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/brinkmann.jpg)
Title: Mag Light Upgrades
Post by: BigBendHiker 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
Title: Mag Light Upgrades
Post by: randell 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
Title: Mag Light Upgrades
Post by: SHANEA 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
Title: Mag Light Upgrades
Post by: randell on March 07, 2006, 02:34:10 PM
You sure do like Parent, considering he brushed you off.  

I'm not sure I want the LED upgrade for my big mag light.  I only use that thing for spotlighting and that's not what and LED is good at.  I just want to upgrade my another mini-mag to LED upgrade kit so I can have better lighting in my tent and around camp.
Title: Mag Light Upgrades
Post by: Casa Grande on March 07, 2006, 06:05:05 PM
Quote from: "01ACRViper"
(http://www.campmor.com/images/acc/larger/82592_l.jpg)

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:


i'm sorry but I bought one of those overpriced black diamonds...what are they smoking charging 30 bucks for that?  I bought a cheap 15 dollar led headlamp at cabelas that works as well or better and doesn't break like that black diamond did!

sorry, i just get really steamed when i spend more money on something and except it to last longer than a cheapy...you don't always get what you pay for!  :x
Title: Mag Light Upgrades
Post by: 01ACRViper on March 07, 2006, 07:11:37 PM
mine was $15 on campmor, and it's been dropped in water and off a 10 foot ledge, hopefully it will hold up  :(
Title: Mag Light Upgrades
Post by: Casa Grande on March 07, 2006, 07:38:30 PM
Quote from: "01ACRViper"
mine was $15 on campmor, and it's been dropped in water and off a 10 foot ledge, hopefully it will hold up  :(


15? well, i might pay 15 for it....i bought that model about 2 or 3 years ago, it was 30 bucks then.  :x
Title: Mag Light Upgrades
Post by: Medic on March 15, 2006, 08:09:49 AM
(http://www.healthyharvest.com/images/rv31.jpg)

I've been using one of these babies from Rayovac for over a year now and have nothing but good things to say about it. 2 red LEDs, 1 white LED and a krypton light that has pretty good range.

The red LEDs are great for sitting outside your tent and reading without screwing up your night vision.

Comes with a lifetime warranty and I've seen them on the web for less than 10 bucks. Still using the original batteries, too.
Title: Mag Light Upgrades
Post by: TexasGirl on July 04, 2006, 08:00:24 PM
I found an LED-upgrade kit for the AA Mini Maglite at WalMart the other day...$4.97...no shipping...just gotta get out of the store.
Title: Great Little Headlamp
Post by: Al on July 04, 2006, 08:36:11 PM
I know it's Rayovac  but this is a great little headlamp that you can find at either Home Depo or Lowes, I forget.  REI had them last time I was in there. I've used it for the last several years with good result.  $15.  Choice of red, white LEDs or incadecent.  I found it on the web:


http://store.sundancesolar.com/ra3ledhewiba.html

Al
Title: P.S.
Post by: Al on July 04, 2006, 10:13:47 PM
The red LED is great if you want to preserve your night vision.  You might not even get chewed out if you are wandering around McDonald's Observatory at night!

Al
Title: Light Upgrades
Post by: PyramidBlaster on September 08, 2006, 01:32:21 PM
Seriously, after my first trip  to the 'Bend in '97, when the first LED lights were coming out, We bought some--- and I was totally SOLD--and carry almost nothing else now(save a massive q-beam style lamp)...they make great video lights too....

They're starting to make 5-watt LED replacement bulbs--they're expensive, but let me tell you...I have a 3-Watt Brinkmann light I bought for $30, and it's as bright and compact as any tactical light for three times the price...AND it runs on AAA's!

For replacement bulbs and other LED coolness...check out www.theledlight.com --this guy has been around since the beginning!
Title: Mag Light Upgrades
Post by: Undertaker on September 08, 2006, 05:12:48 PM
I use the princeton tec, attitude, small plenty of light. I'm with Big Bend Hiker, still like sound of coleman, even though it will draw bugs from Marathon.  Great light never had any problem and Coleman will most likely provide parts for my kids grandkids.  8) Undertaker
Title: Mag Light Upgrades
Post by: randell on September 08, 2006, 05:24:18 PM
I have a bunch of LEDs.  My latest acquisition is the Petzl Tikka XP:

(http://images.rei.com/media/558110.jpg)

It is by far my favorite headlamp.  It has a normal brightness level that is useful for most situations.  Then there is a superbright mode that can only be used for 20 seconds at a time (to prevent overheating).  The superbright mode is useful for when you need to see something far away: you hear a noise in the bushes, your kid is doing something across camp, etc.
Title: Mag Light Upgrades
Post by: SA Bill on September 08, 2006, 07:06:41 PM
I too am completely sold on LEDs for flashlights. For my birthday, I treated myself to a new 2 C cell Mag Lite with a 3 watt LED. SWEET!! NIce size...not too big...not too small...Just right! The light is still focusable and is brighter, more even and whiter than the regular lamp. Wasn't cheap...just over $30USD for the flashlight + LED...but I didn't shop around for a deal. I now have about 8 or 9 LED flashlights that I've accumulated over the last two years. The first ones were kinda wimpy but the newest ones are amazingly bright. Filament bulbs are soon to be a thing of the past. Sorry Thomas Edison!  :wink:
  Bill
Title: Mag Light Upgrades
Post by: Al on September 08, 2006, 08:21:25 PM
Just a general recommendation on LEDs.  Get the one's that have a rated wattage not the ones that have a bunch of unrated LEDs.  You'll should be happy with the former and perhaps not with the latter.

Al
Title: Mag Light Upgrades
Post by: Vince T on September 08, 2006, 09:02:40 PM
Randell-
You bought the one I have been looking at getting.
Glad to hear you like it.

Undertaker...I just bought a new dual fuel Coleman...took it out to the park in June...did a good job of illumating our fold up poker table for our late night games...but you are right...I think we pulled some Kansas bugs in.

Vince
Title: Mag Light Upgrades
Post by: chisos_muse on September 08, 2006, 09:31:37 PM
I just find it incredible that there are two full pages of posts with the heading of "Mag Lite Upgrades" :lol:

I DO need to buy one though! 8)
Title: Mag Light Upgrades
Post by: Undertaker on September 08, 2006, 10:32:18 PM
Candles work and when they draw the bugs in they don't come back out, my little backpacking candle is nice but it does not beat the 5.5 gigawatt coleman.  :lol: