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  1. RetroTechie

    Hiking in the nude

    Hello all, I would like to share an experience from a few days ago with you. Involving yours truly, a flashlight, and nothing else except the wonderful outdoors. Since >20 years I've been a naturist. And as far as experiences go, there's something even nicer than go without clothes at home or...
  2. RetroTechie

    1x AA around-the-house light

    Hello all, Haven't been here in a while. But could use your help in picking a small light for a friend of mine. She's always messing with the kind of crappy lights you see at hardware store checkout, or order online for $4 + free shipping. Latest find was a crappy 18650 light that came with...
  3. RetroTechie

    I'm done with Cool White!

    Over the years, my preferred range in LED tints has hovered around the warmish side of neutral (around 3000-4000K color temperature). Both flashlights and general purpose lighting. But as far as flashlights go, they've been lagging behind that preference. Mostly because lights didn't come in NW...
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    1x AAA, neutral white, non battery-crush, affordable

    Title says it all, really. Also interested in warm white LED. Tbh I haven't got much money to spend on flashlights at the moment, but I have been wondering/searching for what options exist, and so far didn't find much. May consider it as a gift, too. The bulk of 1x AAA lights out there come...
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    US Coast Guard drug bust (submarine)

    Hi folks! Came across this news video by the USCG, where they intercept a semi-submersible submarine that was carrying a massive amount of drugs. Special object of interest around the 1:10 mark. ;) Probably someone on here will be able to identify the light used, but I was more interested in...
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    Kitchen fire - probable cause a charging phone

    Lookie, lookie, one of those rare incidents: "Chance of winning the lottery was bigger than two times fire in two weeks" Article is in Dutch, but pix say everything... rough translation: At night, a bang was heard. Smoke everywhere, kitchen was found on fire. Probable cause: a phone that had...
  7. RetroTechie

    Simple, reliable, cheap 1x AA

    Gf had a not-so-old 2x AA LED light (bought at a supermarket) mostly ruined due to leaking alkalines. Light is mostly used to search in cupboards, cabinets, etc for something, sits unused most of the time (not a work tool in any way), used perhaps once a day or once every few days for several...
  8. RetroTechie

    Forward clicky & switching modes

    Just a really quick (and hopefully simple) question: With a reverse clicky as is common on many cheap flashlights, mode switching works as follows: With the light off, you press the button *click* (light stays off). You release button *another click*, light goes on. You slightly depress...
  9. RetroTechie

    Single 26650 -> higher voltage LEDs?

    Hello all, Have been looking for ways to "lumen up" on a budget, and considering some DIY to get there. Roughly had this in mind: Well over 1000 lm output (~1500 lm would be nice), and able to keep that up for a while. At least somewhat pocketable, read: 6+ cm. heads or 20+ cm. long lights...
  10. RetroTechie

    What 'ya downloading?

    Come on, admit it: BitTorrent is your friend! :) (legalities aside) Currently pulling in some season 4 episodes of The Walking Dead, already have season 1-3 on disk. All in HD (720p) so it's taking up considerable disk space. But I'm a big fan of this series, so... These ones are meant to keep...
  11. RetroTechie

    Proposal to increase CPF vocabulary - SUGGESTIONS WANTED!

    Hello all, There's been a recurring phenomena here on CPF: a newby user gets introduced to modern lights, first purchases are lights with ever increasing lumens output, and after a while things 'settle down' and other things like LED tint, switch type(s), body materials, custom mods etc become...
  12. RetroTechie

    Panasonic 3.4Ah 18650's - where's the competition?

    Was looking for a few 18650's recently, and wonder where the competition is in "18650 land". As a buyer of any product, I prefer to 'spread my love around', to "support the underdog" so to speak, in order to promote competition between manufacturers such that we end users profit from good...
  13. RetroTechie

    Prepare for... WHAT power outage?

    As we all know a true flashaholic loves a good blackout. :laughing: Which brought my attention to this tidbit from a local news site: "According to Netbeheer Nederland, in 2013 an average Dutch household was without electric power for 23 minutes". Or something to that effect. So ehm... no point...
  14. RetroTechie

    Caught a mouse :-)

    We keep some boxes with potatoes in our shed, and I noticed some had bits eaten out. Droppings confirmed it was the handywork of a mouse. The cat in our house is worse than useless for catching mice, :nana: so I put up a trap to catch the little bugger(s). And being the animal-friendly person...
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    LIFE IS TOO SHORT !!!

    Every now and then, I fantasize about how life would be if our mortal timespan would not be an issue. We all have our hobbies, but real life gets in the way. There's only 24 hours in a day, but you have to sleep, brush your teeth, kiss your significant other, get in & out of your clothes, work...
  16. RetroTechie

    'Cheapish' stainless steel or Ti host

    Recently put together a flashlight from parts, using a Convoy S2 host. Quite happy with the result I must say. :) Now the 'problem': of course I bought a few different drivers & LEDs, and now considering what to do with the remaining parts. I'm finding I quite like selecting individual parts &...
  17. RetroTechie

    Low cost but decent throwy 1x 18650 light

    1) How would you prefer to purchase the light? _X___This will be mail-order or Online (location doesn't matter). 2) Budget: An easy question, but you may change your mind after answering the rest! :-) Looking for $20-30 range, a little more might be okay if features/cost ratio is good...
  18. RetroTechie

    Flashlight "connections" to other hobbies / activities

    How does your flashlight collecting "connect" to other hobbies and/or work activities? What are those other activities? What's the "theme" linking those, and flashlights? What other (online or offine) communities do you spend most of your spare time on? Some 'important' :thinking: ones that...
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    Sloppy Li-ion handling in China

    Like mentioned in another thread, I received a couple of 18650 cells recently. Sometimes it's amazing what you see when you look closely at things. And in this case, I was amazed at how careless the cells were handled between manufacturer & my doorstep. 2 were Panasonic NCR18650A with a...
  20. RetroTechie

    Spending your $$ - flashlights vs. batteries

    ... or Euro's, yens, whatever. When you compare total / average spendings on flashlights and their batteries over time, (roughly) what % of your budget is eaten by each? I'm not so much interested in total amounts (feel free though). But more in how spendings on flashlights themselves...
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