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advice/suggestions on camping light

im looking for a general purpose camping/outdoors light. it will mainly be left in my truck (not edc) so size is not that important.

runtime is highest priority, hotrod/high lumen is not. Anything over 500lm is good for me. Neutral white. rechargeable is a nice bonus.

will be replacing my streamlight DS led stinger.

I was thinking 26650 or 21700. I don’t need a super thrower as this will be for camp use and hiking at night.

I was looking at the convoy bd06, love almost everything except the necessary charging plug is just another thing I will lose.

Haikelite SC26 is interesting but I know nothing about that brand.

I have a D4S but I am prone to using up battery too fast.

thoughts? suggestions? hoping to spend less than $60 with shipping.

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MR70

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Rofis MR30

Here are other flashlights that fit your criteria.

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MR70 provides high CRI localized light from its accessory emitter.
And can charge your other lights and even your cellphone.

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You okay with a muggle light? Sofirn SC31, about 600 lemons on high, simple UI, usb rechargeable, plenty of runtime on an 18650.

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the MR30 looks really good but I am really disappointed with the numbers associated. sure it has a bright blast for a few seconds (I care nothing about), but then it turns into a 200lm light. nice run time!

the MR70 is starting to get a little pricey.

the SC31 actually looks good. no, it doesn’t have that initial blast, but it has decent power and some run time. wish it was a bigger light.

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For camping I tend to prefer lights with sharp beam cutoff like out-out-focus aspheric. That’s because it makes it much easier to avoid shining at others’ tents.

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camping?
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mainly be left in my truck

If it were me, I“d say avoid alkaline cells and avoid li-ion cells, for any flashlight that wouldn’t get daily attention.
I use Energizer lithium primary AA cells for any light I really need to be able to rely on working after being ignored for a while.
I tend to have multiple 1-, 2-, or 3AA flashlights tucked away, but you might like one of the 4AA “soup can” lights within your budget.

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I have the MR30 and like it a lot! I also very much like my Wuben A21.
If you like 26650 offerings, look no further than the Lumintop ODL20C. Awesome thrower, excellent output with great runtime and built in charging.
https://couponsfromchina.com/2018/08/24/lumintop-odl20c-flashlight-coupo...

Don’t overlook the Klarus XT12GT either. I’ve been carrying it nearly every day for over a year and can’t say enough good stuff about it!
https://couponsfromchina.com/2017/02/09/klarus-xt12gt-flashlight-coupon-...

You didn’t mention budget….??

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Agro wrote:
For camping I tend to prefer lights with sharp beam cutoff like out-out-focus aspheric. That’s because it makes it much easier to avoid shining at others’ tents.

No nearby tents or anything, but that’s why I’ve taken to using my Cometa at night. Nice even blanket of light, no glaring hotspot to ruin night-vision yet a nice wide field to light up the immediate area. Takes a 26650 for lots of runtime (moonlight’s plenty for me at night), is relatively compact, has lots of oomf when you crank it up… only thing it’s lacking is onboard charging.

And if out camping, yeah, you can zoom it to the Bat Signal and see what’s on the other side of Crystal Lake.

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camping? zanflare T1

Not interested in lanterns.

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wstrachan wrote:
I have the MR30 and like it a lot! I also very much like my Wuben A21.
If you like 26650 offerings, look no further than the Lumintop ODL20C. Awesome thrower, excellent output with great runtime and built in charging.
https://couponsfromchina.com/2018/08/24/lumintop-odl20c-flashlight-coupo...

Don’t overlook the Klarus XT12GT either. I’ve been carrying it nearly every day for over a year and can’t say enough good stuff about it!
https://couponsfromchina.com/2017/02/09/klarus-xt12gt-flashlight-coupon-...

You didn’t mention budget….??

I did see a used Odf30c in the classifieds section. Looks interesting and is priced within budget. Do you have the 20 model? How do you like it?

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convoy l6 should do the job and stick in a pair of keeppower 6000 cells it should last for a while.

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Just use what you already have. Add a diffuser if you can find one that fits. Or bounce it off the ceiling.

It’s not complicated, and ISTM there has been a lot over over-analysis and miss-conceived over-complicated design directions followed and talked about. E.g. Tint shifting ? Who cares ?

Some, who do, just get on with it and use what is at hand and available (with selection). Others like to just talk about things and over-complicate it.

Lighting up a tent, or a camp-site, or a disaster zone household, whatever, may be an existential worry for some, but not something that concerns me. And if it does happen, I’d first be reaching for my D, C, and AA cell torches, and looting the garages and shops for supplies.