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    Hot Halogens

    I'm slowly replacing the 50 watt halogen MR16 type FNV bulbs we installed during a remodel with LED replacements. This week I changed five sockets in the kitchen, when my batch of replacement LEDs arrived in the morning delivery. Usually I change lamps when they burn out - but this time the...
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    How not to charge with magnetic cable

    I've been using an Olight S2R Baton II for several months now and it's been excellent - maybe a little bulky for dress pants, but otherwise very handy to have in a pocket every day. Last night I clipped the magnet cable onto it to top up the charge (I like the way the cable jumps into place like...
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    Oliight Mixing and Matching - Olight H2R Nova and S2R Baton II

    I just got my S2R Baton II on Thursday, after the vendor (Flashlightworld.ca) substituted the titanium edition for the aluminum one that was out of stock. I've been amusing myself for the last couple of days comparing with my H2R Nova headlamp. 1. As I had been told elsewhere, 186C30 3000...
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    Underwriters Standard UL 1576 for flashlights and lanterns?

    I see UL has brought out a standard 1576 for flashlights and lanterns. Frustratingly, the "scope" on the UL Web site doesn't explain what is *in* the standard. Is it strictly a safety standard, or does it include or duplicate the performance requirements in ANSI FL 1? Does the UL standard...
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    Olight batteries S2R Baton II / H2R Nova - exchangeable?

    Apologies if there's a more Olight-specific place to ask: My H2R Nova headlamp came with a 186C30 battery rated 3000 mA hr. One of the reasons I've ordered an S2R Baton II is that it has a similar UI, and charging arrangement - now I will have a fall back if I break my charging cable, other...
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    Destroyed a "Defiant"

    While putting away the updated insurance for the car yesterday, I pulled out the car light and decided to give it a preventive maintenance inspection. This was a Home Depot "Defiant" 3 C zoomable light I'd bought only a couple of years ago, to replace my long-suffering Maglight 2C that finally...
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    Headlamp Trouble with Parka

    So, Wednesday night I went out on a limited tactical mission (garbage cart retrieval) - and like all good CPFers I left it till after dark so I could wear my headlamp. I grabbed my coat and headlamp, and of course needed every last one of 2300 lumens to navigate the 40 feet down the driveway...
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    Seasonal Headlamp use

    This year, for the first time in several years, we've put up Christmas lights around the rec room in the basement. We'd stopped doing this after so many of the bulbs failed in our old incandescent strings, but this year I bought a whole carton of LED strings at our friendly local warehouse club...
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    Missed an opportunity

    Could have been a flashlight hero tonight; at about 5:50 on our way to dinner we saw a big flash in the sky while westbound on a city main route. My better half asked "Was there supposed to be a storm tonight?" and I thought a November thunderstorm in Winnipeg was odd, so I turned on the...
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    Olight H2R Battery Experiments

    I'm quite liking my Olight H2R purchased this summer - it gets used frequently during the week for everything from surface-mount soldering to dusting. I was disappointed that the (Canadian) vendor said they were unable to sell me a spare battery for this lamp. I had initially hoped to use...
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    Why you need a flashlight in your car (revisited for the hundredth time)

    I saw a great example of why your cell phone light is not an all-purpose lighting solution tonight. We were on our way home from the gathering of the cousins at our Christmas perogie-making bee (about 900, a new personal best record). We were about 45 minutes drive from home when we noticed a...
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    An early snow storm

    We've had an unusually early snow storm here in Southern Manitoba - three days ago I was mowing my lawn, today I had to use the snow thrower. Thursday night I was responding to an e-mail from a friend who was having intermittent power failures at her rural home. I was just about to send her...
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    Fenix LD02 - fix or toss? Flashlights - are they worth it?

    My much-used daily companion, the Fenix LD02, has developed a fault - it will no longer go to high mode. If I bypass the switch by screwing the head onto ar twisty body, all three modes work - but I really like the rear click switch. It's out of warranty, bought it in 2016. I've always used...
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    Never tell a flashaholic "it's too dim"

    My Olight H2R arrived in the mail today, only 4 business days after placing the order on-line - yay, Post Office! Yay, Canadian stock! I was specifically told by the better half not to wear it to the family dinner tonight. OK, but I have many pockets in the cargo pants and so it came with me...
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    Dubious runtime on new Fenix HM65?

    I'm looking for a new headlamp to replace my aged Fenix HP11. I was all excited to read the numbers on the new model HM65 - 400 lumens for 22 hours! Wow! Too good to be true. I suspect it's a 400 lumen needle at 30 seconds and then drops down to 10% fairly rapidly. ANSI ratings allow...
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    Backpacker's Light - and frustrating return to the store

    My niece is heading to New Zealand for a year of backpacking and adventure. I asked what flashlight she was taking - "Oh, she has a phone, she'll use that." Like beans she will, if I have anything to say about it. I headed to my local MEC store and picked up a Leatherman Micra - I really...
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    How much radiation can an LED flashlight stand?

    I watched the mini-series "Chernobyl" over the last day or two. In one scene, three reactor workers are sent under the melting reactor core to open some drainage valves. (If the water tanks weren't drained, there would have been a huge steam explosion scattering much more radioactive...
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    Light loss in MR16 cover glasses

    I've been slowly replacing my MR16 50 watt pot lights with LED - my local supplier no longer even stocks the GE bulbs I was using, and I'm not happy with their current substitute. I've found some Sylvania MR16 LEDs at Lowes, which claim 700 lumens on the box - the FNV halogens I was using were...
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    Reclaiming old parts

    I was going through my junk drawer (room) and found the old NextTorch GL10 keychain light that I destroyed a while ago - I managed to poke a hole in the lithium battery. I kept the remains with a vague plan of buying another postage-stamp LiIon battery for it. But, then I ran across the LiIon...
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    Aluminum oxide and flickering lights

    This evening at a family supper my brother in law handed me his Quark AA2 and said it had become quite flickery and undependable, changing modes at whim and not staying lit. I dismantled the light tonight and polished all the threads, and used my snap ring pliers to remove the switch and polish...

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