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Old 03-05-2015, 08:33 AM   #1
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New Coleman flashlight

New model, looks nice ....Coleman - Divide™ 75L LED Flashlight
other models available http://www.coleman.com/Products/Flashlights
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Old 03-06-2015, 05:33 PM   #2
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Interesting, two AAA batteries don't provide enough voltage to light a white LED without some additional electronics. I wonder why they didn't just add a third battery? Raz
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Dunno about that. I have several diminutive LED flashlights that only require a single AAA cell to put out 80 lumens. I bought about 4 of them because they're so handy and convenient to carry; each one is just slightly larger than the AAA cell itself. Mine are called Maratac but ITP / Olight is another company. Mostly found online only, not in stores. Maybe these do need some extra circuitry to run off 1.5V, but if so, it takes up so little space as to be insignificant.
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The trouble with an LED flashlight is you need a tungsten flashlight to find it.
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The trouble with an LED flashlight is you need a tungsten flashlight to find it.
Not sure I get it. Are you suggesting that the LED flashlight isn't bright enough? If so, I would enjoy showing you a couple of mine. Like the Fenix TK70, 2200 ANSI lumens from 3 Cree XM-L emitters running off of 4 NiMH D cells. Or my custom modified Maglite with 7 XM-L emitters which puts out 4000 lumens and makes my car's high beams look wimpy in comparison. I like LED flashlights. The technology has moved a long way in the last 5 years.
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I have a Stanley Maxlife 369 Tripod. Takes nine AA cells and maybe it's the colour of the light, but I feel like I'm looking through gauze. I bought it several years ago, before I had to buy my own batteries.
I have a couple Maglites with tungsten bulbs. Take a couple AA cells and I can see what I'm doing.
When the batteries in the Stanley die ( they do last a long time ) I won't be replacing them. I'll toss it.

In any event, the problem with a flashlight is that you need one to find one.

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Dunno about that. I have several diminutive LED flashlights that only require a single AAA cell to put out 80 lumens. I bought about 4 of them because they're so handy and convenient to carry; each one is just slightly larger than the AAA cell itself. Mine are called Maratac but ITP / Olight is another company. Mostly found online only, not in stores. Maybe these do need some extra circuitry to run off 1.5V, but if so, it takes up so little space as to be insignificant.
I bet if you put one next to an AM radio it will sing to you Raz
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I have a couple LED headlamps that use 3 AAA batteries, and they will just about blind a person if shone in their eyes. I can see well for a couple hundred feet with them on high.

That said, we rarely use them with the trailer, as I find them too bright, and use ones that are still bright enough to work by, and not so bright as to bother others.
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The "race" to produce the brightest/smallest LED flashlight is getting out off hand. While there is sometimes a need for as much light as possible, most of the time less is better.

My most useful "flashlight" is a keychain coin battery version that is about the size of a quarter. I always have it with me & it provides enough light for most needs.

I have a Dorcy 3 "C" cell flashlight that produces 500 Lumens, and feel guilty turning it on in a campground. They now make a 610 Lumen version.

Of course, if you want to spend $200.00 you can get really carried away & buy a 6510 Lumen Flashlight.

My suggestion is if you want one of these "super bright" flashlights, get one that has a "low light" setting. The low light setting may be more useful most of the time & will extend battery life.
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I purchased one of the Dorcy lights Jon mentioned, they are bright. But what I find interesting about these Coleman units is the ability to eliminate phantom drain as well as battery corrosion often found in handheld units. These are supposed to not drain the battery while in storage thus allowing them to last longer.
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Jon, you're right, the best flashlight is the one you have with you (and that favors small ones). And yes, to be truly useful a light should have multiple settings. The little 1-AAA lights I mentioned have low (1.5 lumen), medium, high. The maglite mod has 7 levels. Sometimes all one needs is a bit of light for a brief time, and not too much light so as to not ruin one's night vision.

Jim, I hadn't heard of any light that could eliminate battery corrosion. How would it do that? I've had alkaline batteries start to leak in various devices; sometimes they were dead, sometimes not, but usually they were at least a couple years old. Some people refer to alkalines as "alkaleaks". Personally I try to use NiMH LSD (low self discharge) cells like Eneloops wherever I can, along with the occasional lithium cell (like Energizer Advanced).
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For the price these "FREE with any purchase" ones at Harbor Freight work fine for me, you can't beat the price and batteries are INCLUDED





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I'm with Joe, love the free HF LED flashlights. I have several in Ten Forward. Always at hand. I love these little flashlights so much, I make it a point of purchasing multipacks and give away flashlights at the NOGs. You can never have too many (IMHO).
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While a flashlight will do in many instances, I sill prefer to have a headlamp, as for many tasks it leaves both hands free to do the task at hand, plus is easily directed towards where you look. It can also be handheld for quick use too.

I have been using a headlamp now for over 35 years now, stemming back to my earlier days of backcountry travel, where it was your only light source for night time use, other than the campfire.

While I have a couple that have super strong power, an older version of this Petzl Zipka is one I carry around in my pocket the most. It is very small, bright, and always handy. Not as cheap as some flashlights, but still a lot cheaper than most good headlamps. The one I have, I have had for almost 10 years now, built tough.

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