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Tritium

You might already know what this is, but I didn't know about it until today until I saw it at hkequipment

Basically its kind of like a resin glow stick that lasts for 10 years. 

It doesnt require battries or recharging, its has a low radioactive level.

Apparently its produced by nuclear reactors as a bi-product. 

I bought a small green key chain one from hkequipment, should be handy to find my keys at night. 

 

Some info on wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tritium

 

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The fun thing is mounting trits in lights.

This was my first light with trits:

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I like trits. The dx ones suck.

 

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It's a bit old but heres a few post and photos I've done of tritium.

Tritium Keyfob, Tritium Marker Review

Tritium Photos  

Metal tritium keyfobs/markers/pendants (Titanium, stainless steel, aluminium and other)

I like the stuff... hopefully my gonads don't start glowing from all the exposure Silly

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hazna wrote:

It's a bit old but heres a few post and photos I've done of tritium.

Tritium Keyfob, Tritium Marker Review

Tritium Photos  

Metal tritium keyfobs/markers/pendants (Titanium, stainless steel, aluminium and other)

I like the stuff... hopefully my gonads don't start glowing from all the exposure Silly

The rainbow one is cool.

I think the first pic in the first post is one of your pics right? It was on google images but came from CPF. 

Hope I don't get a dull/dim one from hkequipment.

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no they're not my photos, though they are very familiar.  I think they are either custom keychains from iknitsteel or mattrg at cpfmarketplace forums (on the wts other personal type lights - sub forum)

to be realistic with yourself, those photos are over exposed, and you'll find it won't look quite as bright as that first picture. 

Green is always the most brightest, and the larger vials usually provide plenty of illumination if you are using it as night marker.  In fact, if you have night adapted vision they can seem almost to bright.  My wife has complained in the past that when she wakes up in the middle of the night, there are too many bright and distracting things around the bedroom.

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I have a blue one and have to cover it at night or i can't sleep

 

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edc wrote:

I have a blue one and have to cover it at night or i can't sleep

Lol, I find the blue barely bright enough to see!

this is a long exposure. This is about the brightness you can expect to see in a pitch black room, with totally night adjusted eyes (lets say half an hour in the dark as a minimum) where you can Just see the reflections off the table. the camera is sensitive to blues, but in reality, the blue appears as one of the darkest colours, while green is the brightest.

 

Now this is really cheating with long exposures. Ive got a full rainbow in the left one; Green, ice blue, blue, blue, purple, pink, red, red, orange, yellow, yellow, white. In reality, we can never see it this bright. Unless your eyes are like edc, who can't sleep when his blue tritium is in the room.

 

I get my tritium from 2 people on a particular forum. I prefer to buy from these guys because they have a high turnover. High turnover means they order fresher stock more regularly and the glow is much stronger. Tritium from different orders several months apart already do show up with a difference in brightness, so ordering from places that keep stock for years won't be giving you the brightest tritium.

(as requested; I buy from B@rt, and kuku427. B@rt specifically sells tritium vials, while kuku427 sells titanium modification parts, and orders his own tritium to sell with his parts. I just order extra tritium when I get the parts he sells)

The cheaper shipping isn't super fast because of how far it has to travel (to me), but bart has been great to deal with. He's just been though some rough times recently.

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Let us know how good they are when they arrive. I might get some.

Is there absolutely nothing to worry about radiation with these? How about the container leaking/breaking? 

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It sounds to me like a good way to get rid of nuclear waste Wink

 

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The radiation is not strong enough to penetrate skin, but if you inhale the gas, it would be unhealthy.

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The Type of radiation is not going to be able to penetrate far, most of the time the acrylic container will be enough to stop the radiation. If you do inhale the gas, which is the only way it can overcome the short range of effect, its passed out within 2 weeks, which is a very short time, with very localised effect only.

Radiation is something to be concerned about, but tritium (which exists naturally in the environment too), is not a very high risk source of radiation, and can quite easily be safely handled. The quantities involved are very small too.

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some very nice lights and tritium there okwchin!

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I have couple of the green ones from DX mounted on my bedside lights, they are very bright and a pink one from DX on my girls light the pink is not as bright as the green. It makes them easy to find in the pitch dark.

I am already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.

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There are some very nice watches with tritium markers where "glow int the dark" markers usually are.

Really easy to read at night and they don't fade away in a couple hours like GITD stuff dies. Especially the ones made by Luminox

Rats, finally sold my 2010 509hp Mustang...now I can buy more lights!

Sold the red one too! Now guess what I drive, doing my penance for 500 hp commuters...

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trooplewis wrote:

Really easy to read at night and they don't fade away in a couple hours like GITD stuff dies. Especially the ones made by Luminox

Do you own a GITD like this

Do trits give enough light to be usefull other than being seen?

 

 
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For those in Europe it might be interesting that I bought my tritium here:

http://www.beta-master.com/

They have both vials and keyring fobs. Quality is good, shipping is very fast. Less than a week from UK to me in Germany.

If you break one, don't worry. Since Tritium is basically hydrogen, it is diluted almost instantaneously because of the high diffusion rate of hydrogen (around 3 m/s). So just air your room and you are fine.

Very nice pics, everyone! Keep 'em coming Smile

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Confusius wrote:

For those in Europe it might be interesting that I bought my tritium here:

http://www.beta-master.com/

In the pictures the trit vials don't seem to be in a container am i right?

anyone has any idea where i could buy some protective encasing for 4mm x 25mm

 

 
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trooplewis wrote:

Really easy to read at night and they don't fade away in a couple hours like GITD stuff dies. Especially the ones made by Luminox

Do you own a GITD like this

Do trits give enough light to be usefull other than being seen?

Another EDCFer, eh?  mooshisho, too I believe (or else someone over there has the same very unique user name).  I wonder who else?

 

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Over there and in every forum I'm in

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Nice.  I've always wondered what percentage of BLFers are strictly flashlight guys/gals verses EDC gear hoarders.  "T.H.Cone" BTW.  Only because "cone" by itself was already in use and I signed up there after here so... Oh, well.  

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tritium is good, glows all the time, and therefore can always be read in the dark, even without external charging. the better gitd is brighter when charged, but does fade. luminox uses t25 tritium, which until fairly recently, is all that could be brought into the US. now however, ball, deep blue, and most recently one model by android use t100 tritium, and the difference is amazing. MUCH brighter than luminox, or any t25 tritium tubes.

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Confusius wrote:

For those in Europe it might be interesting that I bought my tritium here:

http://www.beta-master.com/

In the pictures the trit vials don't seem to be in a container am i right?

anyone has any idea where i could buy some protective encasing for 4mm x 25mm

Well, they also sell Glowrings where the tritium vial is encased in clear acrylic (it's kinda hard to see because the picture is so dark, but the row at the bottom consists of glowrings).

There is also this glow fob, and the same shop also sells a kit to konvert it from GITD to tritium vial:

http://www.survivaldepot.co.uk/Tec_Glow_Fob/p474753_3881126.aspx

Rather pricey though, and no guarantee thet a 4x25 mm vial will fit.

You could build a casing yourself, for example with some acrylic tube from ebay and a bit of clear epoxy to seal  the tube. Take a keyring from a fauxton, drill a hole through the tube and your done.

If you want to get fancy, you can fill all the interior of the acrylic tube with Norland 61, a one component UV-light activated mil-spec glue for lenses and optical components. Very expensive (1 ml about 10$ at cpf marketplace), but cures crystal clear (or so they say, haven't bought any of the stuff yet).

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I contacted the local nuclear facility about buying tritium. Now my phone is tapped and I think I am being followed Surprised

 

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edc wrote:

I contacted the local nuclear facility about buying tritium. Now my phone is tapped and I think I am being followed Surprised

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edc wrote:

I contacted the local nuclear facility about buying tritium. Now my phone is tapped and I think I am being followed Surprised

Wait till they discover the many packages you are receiving. Sharp aluminum pieces, stainless steel tubular canisters, dangerous explosive material encased in cylindrical cells, and suspicious electronic chips. You're in big trouble now.

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Confusius wrote:

For those in Europe it might be interesting that I bought my tritium here:

http://www.beta-master.com/

They have both vials and keyring fobs. Quality is good, shipping is very fast. Less than a week from UK to me in Germany.

If you break one, don't worry. Since Tritium is basically hydrogen, it is diluted almost instantaneously because of the high diffusion rate of hydrogen (around 3 m/s). So just air your room and you are fine.

Very nice pics, everyone! Keep 'em coming Smile

He ships worldwide but the site is not really clear, you can pay with paypal only with insurance postage and shipping cost are quite high. Not a big deal...

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http://www.beta-master.com/[/quote]

Say the company name over and over.....

 

 

 

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Say the company name over and over.....

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