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I bought 4 of these on Amazon. Waterproof and shock proof.



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I just really like the solar ones - I can leave them in the windowsill and they're always ready to rock.

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I’ve got 6 or 8 batteries for my Milwaukee M18 tools (drill, circular saw, sawzall, etc.) that I keep charged all the time. And then I’ve got this...

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I don't know, it never rained inside my house, not even in Subic.
Hey even my cheapo Mr. Beams are waterproof... all it takes is decent fit and a gasket. I just wanted to know if they are designed well or are just a cheap plastic battery box and LEDís...
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Hey even my cheapo Mr. Beams are waterproof... all it takes is decent fit and a gasket. I just wanted to know if they are designed well or are just a cheap plastic battery box and LED’s...
I don't know, as I said. I used them in the Philippines originally because we had a power outage at least once a week there, and it was nice to have something that was ready to go when that happened. I got in the habit of having a few of those around in various window sills at that time.

Now in CA I still do it but it's never been needed yet.

I've literally never taken one outside, I have flashlights for that.
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I've literally never taken one outside, I have flashlights for that.
I use the lanterns inside and outside a lot. Sometimes outside I need handsfree or 360 degree light rather than a beam. Not to mention camping in and out of tents.
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I use the lanterns inside and outside a lot. Sometimes outside I need handsfree or 360 degree light rather than a beam. Not to mention camping in and out of tents.
Yeah they look great for camping. I had a nice weather-resistant looking solar lantern in PH too but it got taken when my house was looted .....
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Solar garden lights.

99-cents each at Walmart.

Store them with your other prep stuff and when needed, put them outside during the day and 8+ hours of safe light at night. Over and over. No batteries.

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Solar garden lights.

99-cents each at Walmart.

Store them with your other prep stuff and when needed, put them outside during the day and 8+ hours of safe light at night. Over and over. No batteries.

Easy Peasy.
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I'm investing into a battery back up that I'll later hook into a solar system. I have been inspired by a tube vid of a guy who made one that integrates city, generator and in the latter solar.

https://youtu.be/XFkd89Od11g
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Solar garden lights.

99-cents each at Walmart.

Store them with your other prep stuff and when needed, put them outside during the day and 8+ hours of safe light at night. Over and over. No batteries.

Easy Peasy.
These have batteries that wear out, inside, usually NiCD, or NiMH, and leaving them unused is bad, creating crystals that makes them break-down.
https://www.batterystuff.com/kb/arti...d-battery.html
However the lifespan of a daily charge/discharge cycle of NiCD and NiMH in solar lights outdoors is really only about 2 years max from the get-go, I am reading.

How many hours of full sun until batt fully charged?

Have you tested these for even a 1 to 8-hour "ON" period?

I understand that one COULD swap 500-600mAh NiCd batts for a 800(AAA) to 2000mAh(AA) NiMH , if they have AA, or AAA sized NiCd inside, but if they are button cell... no-go.
If you have this option then pulling the LED, or dropping a switch in to not let the LED(/driver?) turn on, unless the switch is flipped might be a better option, for a charge only solar stick on the cheap.

One would have to test this of course, and I would like to hear those who know more than I do on the subject here...
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I use a 60 year old Coleman lantern. I found this baby on ebay for $20. It cleaned up well and works perfect!



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Rule of threes for everything:
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Re: Coleman Duel fuel lanterns.

I hope your experience is better than mine. After 20+ years of being a die-hard duel fuel stove and lantern guy I made the switch to propane. It seems what ever is in our unleaded or what ever they are making the new generators out is is not compatible. I was replacing the generator in the lanterns nearly ever year and although the stove has continued working, describing it as finicky would be an understatement. Some people advise running E-free 93 or kero but I had the duel fuel to run unleaded as a convenience as i always had a gas can of it around. To each their own but I'm done. So far the only thing I miss is the nostalgic touch of old green classic american coleman appliances around camp.
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Provides heat also...!
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I bought a couple of these from Kirkman Lanterns based out of Ramona California. I have 10 bottles of lantern fluid for the prolonged emergency. I ran one camping over a three day period and used about 2/3 of a bottle. About 12 hours of run time total. They have thick glass globes and are very well constructed.

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We have many different make/model of battery powered lanterns (camping lanterns) most of which have LED.

We have a couple large boxes full of candles. And some glass globes ("hurricane" lantern glass shells) for those, for safety and because they seem to help the candle burn longer.

I don't like to use the candles for a couple of reasons.

First, if it's a hot night, candles will heat up the place worse.

Second, candles are a consumable resource. vs. I can recharge batteries from my solar array & battery bank.

Third - you have to exercise due caution not to potentially cause a fire. The risk is small but it exists, you're fooling yourself not to take it into account.

Fourth, it's hard to get light from a candle bright enough for fine work. Maybe if you're under 30 your eyesight is good... on the plus side of 50 there are a lot of chores that become difficult or impossible without adequate light. Reading, repairs, knitting (my wife's favorite pastime) are all greatly challenged under dim light. An LED headlamp helps ENORMOUSLY in this regard because it puts a bright light where you need it without occupying your hands. Great for doing the after dinner dishes while camping too.

That said, candles make an excellent blackout barter prep. You can earn a lot of good will by handing a neighbor a candle so they have SOME light instead of being in the pitch dark. The cost is not much and you don't have to worry about getting it returned unlike an expensive camping lantern. It's basically disposable, and a way of helping without risking your valuables.
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From my deep-diving days, I always carried glow sticks as the last backup... in case all my flash lights (as well as my dive buddyís) were gone somehow.

Crack and shake. They are water and weather proof, came in different sizes and colors for different applications, and provide a reliable light source to buy time (they could last for hours.)

They are rather inexpensive. Buy in bulk, put them everywhere (rooms, cars, BOBs, etc.) Will come in handy.

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Plain white tall glass candles. I buy them for $1 at the Food4Less.
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Power has been out at the ranch since Thursday morning. Batteries and solar kept everything running and lighted till yesterday when the gen set took over and charged up the batteries.

Low snow does it every time. Based on usage year around and fuel I have stored for the ranch I have about 3 years of fuel for the ranch. Days are getting longer and the solar output is getting better. Only about 22% for the last 4 days.
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You happy with the light?
So far, yes. Iíve only used it a few times, but the light has been great. More important, Iíve got 7 batteries. 4 of the 1.5 Ah and 3 of the 5 Ah and a 6-port charger. Iím never without power for my handheld tools. So with all those batteries (which get tons of use from my tools), if the power goes out I can probably run this LED on low for a week straight, but since I would only need a few hours each night, I can probably go for a month or more. Just hope I donít need to use my tools, too.
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So far, yes. Iíve only used it a few times, but the light has been great. More important, Iíve got 7 batteries. 4 of the 1.5 Ah and 3 of the 5 Ah and a 6-port charger. Iím never without power for my handheld tools. So with all those batteries (which get tons of use from my tools), if the power goes out I can probably run this LED on low for a week straight, but since I would only need a few hours each night, I can probably go for a month or more. Just hope I donít need to use my tools, too.


Oh, and Iíve also got this one which uses less power and is more portable, but uses the same M18 batteries.




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Now that I have a battery tester, I just bought a 4-pack of protected 6000MAH 18650 batteries...
to get a refund, of course, for the listing having blatant lies.
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The $1 solar sticks from walmart and ebay are good. Until you activate the battery by pulling off the retainer they stay dormant.
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The $1 solar sticks from walmart and ebay are good. Until you activate the battery by pulling off the retainer they stay dormant.
Dollar LSD NiMH?
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I'm rather fond of the navy bean, methane and match method myself.
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Old fashioned is the way.
Oil lamps.
Lights up like a bulb and can be found at walmart.
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We have one of these for a nightlight for my 4 year old. On its low setting it lasts a month or more on 4 AA batteries. It also goes with us camping.

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18650's individually protected, or is it built in to the charge controller?

And it looks like someone is probably getting a refund for 4) Protected 6000MAH 18650's that hold about 724MAH AVG...
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My neighbor (a realtor) always gives me a Christmas basket like they give their customers.
This year it contained one of these little LED lanterns by Etekcity.
It's great! Small and bright, I plan on buying more.
Took it tent camping two weekends ago, perfect.



We also use these in our night scenarios at the shoothouse. They're relatively cheap and you can stack on a handful without breaking the bank. They work great and have certainly survived a couple unintentional kicks, but for a larger open space you'll want something that has a better throw.
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My shining personality. And a rechargeable led flashlight.
The first part won't let most of us light our way to the bathroom, so NiCad, or Lithium Ion, and how long have you had it?
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