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Old 10-18-2015, 06:43 PM   #11
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Hi, my name is Ron and I really like flashlights.

But first, there's boys and their toys and then there's real flashlights. My 10 million candle power light will light up a mountain side. Only thing brighter than it in a rescue/disaster situation is a Nightsun on a helicopter. Yup, big and heavy, with a lead acid battery and goes through juice like there's no tomorrow. However, it does have a battery saver 500,000 CP mode. Maybe it's time to convert it to led.

Yes, like some others, I do have a few flashlights around the house and trailer etc. The 5 on the right were scattered around my desk top.

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Old 10-18-2015, 10:27 PM   #12
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As long as you have a nearby Harbor Freight, their "free" 9 lamp, 3 AAA battery flashlights solves the problem - I have a couple dozen. While I start out with one in each place, the only problem is I eventually end up with a bunch of them in one location & none where I need it!
I have a few of those Jon, but they seem to break and/or not work when you need them. The amount of light they put out is kind of dim too. Of course, they're free, so I guess I shouldn't have expected much.
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Old 10-18-2015, 10:30 PM   #13
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Old 10-19-2015, 11:40 AM   #14
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I picked up one of these, needed it for some serious outdoor work in the dark in the backcountry. A little pricier but man, does it throw the light....
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Old 10-19-2015, 07:16 PM   #16
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Dumbest purchase I've made is Stanley Tripod flashlight.
It takes 9 AA batteries ( in the legs ), which was OK when I could get batteries from work, but now I'm retired.
It doesn't work as well as a head lamp, which is what I use now, especially when working with tools.
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Old 10-19-2015, 07:47 PM   #17
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Dumbest purchase I've made is Stanley Tripod flashlight.
It takes 9 AA batteries ( in the legs ), which was OK when I could get batteries from work, but now I'm retired.
It doesn't work as well as a head lamp, which is what I use now, especially when working with tools.
Yah but it looks like one of the Martians from War of the Worlds.
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Old 10-19-2015, 09:19 PM   #18
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A comment and a story...

Take a close look at the specs of the flashlights that take an AA battery and claim a large number of lumens. Typically they take either AA or 14500 format batteries. The AA are 1.5v, the 14500 are (iirc) 3.7v. You only get the full brightness with the 14500 format battery. Put a AA in them, and you typically get 100 lumens or so.

Now the story... Cleaning out my Dad's basement when he was moving, we came across a "flashlight" -- it was actually a 120v hand-held flood light, that was originally intended for video recording. He was getting rid of it, and while I didn't have any use for it, I took it home. That night, on our porch, turned it on. Wow! But all I could see was it lighting up the inside of the screened-in porch. So I got closer to the screen so I could see out into the yard... And then I started to get that smell you get when something is getting too hot. Quickly turned off the light figuring it was overheating, but it was fine. On the other hand, I came just short of melting a hole through the screen... There's a reason they called them "hot lights"...
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Old 10-19-2015, 10:46 PM   #19
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Dumbest purchase I've made is Stanley Tripod flashlight.
It takes 9 AA batteries ( in the legs ), which was OK when I could get batteries from work, but now I'm retired.
Same here. It's a handy design, but that's too many batteries to buy and throw away, and it's just too much of a pain to manage all of those batteries when using rechargeables. By current standards it isn't very bright, but was decent for the time.
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Old 10-19-2015, 10:48 PM   #20
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Take a close look at the specs of the flashlights that take an AA battery and claim a large number of lumens. Typically they take either AA or 14500 format batteries. The AA are 1.5v, the 14500 are (iirc) 3.7v. You only get the full brightness with the 14500 format battery. Put a AA in them, and you typically get 100 lumens or so.
Yes, the 14500 is a roughly AA-sized lithium battery; lithiums are about 3.7V cells. The difference in performance makes sense.
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