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    Radio Options for Preparedness: MP3 Player or Batt. Powered Radio?

    In reading disaster/emergency prep threads, people frequently mention having a radio of some sort. I've got one of those tiny MP3 players that I use as a radio during power outages; it also got me through a week-long outage a while back. Given its age I think it'd be prudent to find a...
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    I Just (slightly) Cooked a Quark (point of interest for Jason and 4-7s team maybe?)

    Don't know if the Prometheus / FourSevens team have done any destructive testing or test-to-failure of Quarks before, but I came close to running such a test by accident! :) I've got an old 123^2 (9 volt) Quark with the warm / hi-cri emitter. I was using it with a 16650 just now to provide...
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    Hurricane Ida

    Looks like this one may hit further west of New Orleans, but still. Last I saw they're predicting it to come in as a Cat 4, so it'll be bad news regardless where it lands. If any CPF'ers are in that area, I hope they're either hitting the road to get out, or else battening down all the...
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    D-Day remembrance

    Just a reminder that today is D-Day. Let's take some time to remember and think about those who were involved in the invasion that day in history.
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    Challenge Week #7: De-throne your shelf Queen!!

    So, are we ready for another one? Let's do another one. This week, we're gonna take that shelf queen OFF the shelf and put 'er to work! :D Do you have a shelf queen? A light that you really like, and/or is really nice and/or expensive. A light that mostly (always?!) lives on the shelf...
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    Challenge Week #6: "There can be only ONE!!" (mode, that is)

    Keeping it simple this time: For this challenge, you only get ONE. One flashlight, with one mode, for the week. Make your choice at the start of the week, then live with it till the end. Choose wisely: if you pick a mega-lumen light, that won't be much fun when you have to use it to poke...
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    Challenge Week #5: Do the Twist!!

    So, after a hiatus, let's jump back into another Challenge! What is it now you ask? This! That's right, you can only use whatever combination of lights that fit within the area of a CD!! Just kidding. You'll notice that these are all "Twisty" lights, and that's the theme for this week...
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    Challenge Week #4: Brick & Mortar Store-Bought Flashlights ONLY!!

    This time, we're going to pretend that Al Gore never invented the internet, and the only lights we have are the ones we bought from a "brick-and-mortar" (B&M) store. An honest-to-goodness physical building, where you walked in the front door, found a light you wanted on a shelf somewhere...
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    Challenge Week #3: Throwers Only! Got Throw??

    Thrower: A light with a beam profile which concentrates most of the output into a center "hot spot", to send more intensity far down range for distant illumination. The D and C cell Maglites are well-known examples of this type of light. Good for lighting things far away; not so good for...
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    Challenge Week #2: "E" Name or Model# Only!

    This week's challenge was proposed by Bykfixer, and endorsed by Katherine Alicia, Jean-Luc Descarte, and id30209. All credit ( blame? :D ) goes to these people for this challenge. For this week, the challenge limits you to lights that either start with "E" in the manufacturer name...
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    Challenge Week #1: Incandescent Only! (2021 edition)

    Intro: Kicking off a new series of CPF Challenge Weeks for 2021! If you haven't seen one of these before, a little background: Originally started by CPF member Carrot approximately 10 years ago, these challenges each have a different "theme" which restricts or limits your flashlight usage in...
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    Any Interest in Starting a New "Weekly Challenge" Series?

    So, "back in the day", CPF veteran Carrot created a series of Weekly Challenges, which were based on an imposed limit of some sort as to what flashlight you could use that week. There was the "5mm Challenge", the "Incandescent Challenge", and a few others. So for example, at the start of the...
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    Uses for a RED led flashlight?

    I have an old Solarforce P60 lamp with a red emitter. I bought it a long while back just out of curiosity. I recently dug it up again and was wondering what I might use it for. For now I put it into a SureFire 6P with two 123a cells and it's just sitting on the dresser on standby. It's...
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    Four-Sevens 16650 Li-Ion for Legacy Quarks (From Prometheus / Darksucks.com)

    I had been looking for 17670 cells to use in my original Quark lights that have the 2x123a body (both on the Turbo-X and standard models). Instead, I discovered (on CPF) that there's a popular 16650 size, which now has more capacity than the old 17670s did! (~2200 vs. 1600 mAh) I ordered two...
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    I just realized my best lights are about 10 YEARS old!!

    That's an average, I'd say, give or take a few years. Where does the time go?! I was looking through old purchase records I had kept and the dates blew my mind. I didn't realize it had been so long. I still consider most of these my "best" lights. I started the madness around 2008 with a...
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    Old Lights, new 18650 that fit?? (Fenix esp)

    I have several older Fenix lights, a TK30 (MC-E), couple of TK11s, etc, that I have always used with AW brand 18650 batteries (2200 mAh size). I recently found the batteries won't power the TK30 at max power without shutting off. Granted, the date on these batteries was May 2011, so it's no...
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    Canon G9X (1" sensor pocket camera)

    As a birthday present to myself, I recently ordered a Canon G9X Powershot camera. It just arrived, so happy birthday to me! :) I purchased this because I was looking for something with better low-light capability than the other compact cameras I had been using. I've had a Canon SX160 for a...
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    New Lens! Canon 24mm "Pancake"

    So I've had my eye on this lens for a little while now, a Canon EF-S 24mm f2.8 STM "pancake" lens, for my T5. I had intended to wait and get it as a birthday present to myself, but when it went on sale ($129 from $149) I snapped it up. It's VERY small and light. I had been using a 24-105mm...
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    AW Li-Ion still the top choice?

    I haven't bought any Li-ion batteries for my lights in several years, and the ones I have are starting to show their age. Back when I bought them, AW seemed to be the top choice by general consensus here on cpf. I noticed 4Sevens has them in stock; for a while there they didn't have them...
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    SNOW !!!

    In the middle of one of our rare Southeast snowstorms. Some small localized power outages but nothing in my area. It's been just a lot of wet snow accumulation and no freezing rain at this point so I don't expect to lose power, but I've got the lights ready anyway!! I went out to my car at...
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