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Flashlight Challenge

Your local adventure group is going somewhere ?  [ We dont know yet ] , and have chosen you to go along as the flashlight expert !

The expedition will be 10 strong , your job should you chose to accept it :

Chose flashlights for the team to cover a 30 day trip somewhere ...

Tell us what you chose and why , how you plan on powering the lights for a month .. Keeping in mind the team has to carry in everything for the full 30 days , and there will be no porters or helicopter re-fills .  

Provide links if you like :   To the product-s you have chosen . 

 

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 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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Will we have access to sunlight?

Solar chargers could help a lot .

What I do

 

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jacktheclipper wrote:

Will we have access to sunlight?

Solar chargers could help a lot .

Yes , one would hope so , unless it rains for a month !   

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
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Around here, that month of rain is a given most of the year...

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Ultrafire UF-H2 Infinitely Variable 1xAA/14500 Headlamp

http://www.manafont.com/product_info.php/ultrafire-ufh2-q5-modes-cree-led-headlamp-aa14500-p-4184

To start with I am thinking the above headlamp. I'm am not sure where we are going so if we are able to dispose of rubbish. I will us aa's if not 14500 for longer run time. Has a low setting which is good for longer use and flood is useful for walking, close up use etc. Its also lightweight and the headlamp allows hand free use.As I'm not sure where we are going so maybe we won't be walking much at night. Then again we could be caving lol.


I would also suggest a small handheld  single aa/14500 so the same batteries could be used and it's lighter to carry. Clip might be useful. Eneloops are also an option. I haven't picked this light yet. Probably xpg.  Maybe http://www.batteryjunction.com/jetbeam-pa01-r5.html jetbeam pa01

I would equip everyone with these lights. Not heavy. Probably only use eneloops as they are easier to charge than 14500

Solar charger could be good (unless caving). to be continued... Like this http://www.gizmag.com/go/4363/   or

http://www.todae.com.au/Products/laptopsolarchargers/  Some serious chargers there: not cheap but as Old is financing this trip who cares. On second thought might upgrade the light choices.

As I would be the light expert I would carry additional lights just in case. I don't mind carrying the extra weight.

Then again one of those cranking lights could be good. No need for batteries



 

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Most large expeditions I'd go on are vehicle-based, so I'd say the most important supply is lots of jerry cans (I own about a dozen for my jeep, but might need more depending on the trip), then just a good stock of modest 18650 lights (longest runtime) and a bunch of car chargers.

If it's a backpacking trip, and around here where solar is next to useless most of the year, again modest 18650 lights, and probably 2-4 spare cells per person.  They're pretty light, and easy to carry.  A large campfire would be built every night, so the lights wouldn't need much use.  Each person would also be equipped with a firestarting device to make sure this happens.

Hrmm...  I've got a case of large millivolt generators / thermopiles for repairing furnaces...  I wonder if I have enough to make a campfire-powered li-ion charger?  Smile

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go big or stay at home .. you have money to travel you have money fo zebralights ..

headlamps for half a few new sc600's for fun and the rest get sc51neutrals ..

 a  flexible foldout AA battery charger or two

http://www.amazon.com/PowerFilm-Battery-Solar-Panel-Charger/dp/B004PQG00E

20 spare duraloops  and  some spare 18650's

easy ....where we goin ?

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bushytails wrote:

If it's a backpacking trip, and around here where solar is next to useless most of the year, again modest 18650 lights, and probably 2-4 spare cells per person.  They're pretty light, and easy to carry.  A large campfire would be built every night, so the lights wouldn't need much use.  Each person would also be equipped with a firestarting device to make sure this happens.

 

30% of your body weight is pushing it. You won't carry that much for more than a day or so unless you are a lot fitter than about 99% of the world's population. Lights, batteries, chargers... About 20% of body mass is too much for sustained carry for most folks. Weight matters.....

Remember that the US issue body armour weighs 14kg (30lb). Most countries' issue armour weighs a lot more than that. Worn it. Run around wearing it. Don't want to do so again.

 

Ever.

 

The numbers from my light tests are always to be found here.

https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0ApkFM37n_QnRdDU5MDNzOURjYllmZHI...

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Bah, I've done portage trips in northern ontario, complete with bears / moose / wolves.  I can canoe with my eyes closed and do eskimo rolls in a kayak while eating a sandwich [wet one]...hehe, well not quite but close.

Batteries/flashlights, sure bring a few of your choice.  Otherwise, naptha gas and my 25-30 yr. old coleman lantern does the trick.  That and a nice fire to keep your buns warm is all you need.  Perhaps a playboy magazine if you're all alone.....Edit: woops, you're in a group, hide those dirty mags.

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Marc999: Condoms and sex toys instead?  Smile

(I know I'd bring along a feeldoe if I'd get to share a tent alone with a girlfriend...)

 

Don:  An 18650 cell is, according to a random google result, 40 grams...  three of them is 120 grams, which isn't much weight for the number of hours of light you'll get out of them.  Figure another 120 grams for a decent flashlight, brings you up to a quarter of a kilo...  or less than 2% of what that body armor weighs.

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