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Old 02-14-2018, 7:59 PM
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I bought 4 of these on Amazon. Waterproof and shock proof.



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Candles and a 4D LED lantern.
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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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Old 02-15-2018, 1:46 AM
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I take off my shirt, and my farmer tan is usually bright enough to light up the room.
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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.

Easy Peasy.
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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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Walmart is clearing out the Ozark Trail 200L LED latern for $5.97 each - normally $9.97. These are a 4 AA lamp and seem to be well made.
very few reviews, but what is out there is 5 star

I picked up 4 today and I needed to show the link on my phone for them to price match. Have had one burning since 9 am (writing this at 2:45 PM) this morning on eneloop AA's and it is going strong.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Ozark-Tra...ntern/55443504
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I use this old kenosene lamp but its burner is slowly dying

So I'm in the market of getting a new one. After a little looking around and browsing, I found some useful reviews https://bestoutdooritems.com/5-best-...erns-oil-lamp/ .
Does anyone with any experience with using any of these lanterns?
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Rule of threes for everything:
Candles
Oil lamps
Battery powered lamps
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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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