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    What Tint for....Suburbia?

    It appears that warm/neutral tints are all the rage. Clearly, in natural environments, the choice between warm and cool tints is a no brainer. Likewise, for urban environments the choice of a cool tint makes sense. My very limited 2 day experience with the warm tint of a Nichia 219 from a...
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    SAFARI!

    My sister and brother-in-law are going on an African safari in Zimbabwe. It will be winter there, so the nights will be longer. Yes, I understand that many campers would suggest something low level. But what about something for "general usage", trekking or those "WOW! Look at that!"...
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    Buy Both!

    Can't decide? LD10 OR D10? E2 OR 6P? NovaTac OR Ra? Olight OR JetBeam? TK40 OR M2C4? Cool OR Warm? For me, recently, it was EagleTac's P10C2 and T10C2. I wanted the lumens, lux and SPILL of the T10C2 but liked the size and power of the P10C2. I couldn't decide...So, I bought BOTH! Even if...
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    Two Days in Jerusalem. (many pics)

    I recently had the good fortune to to spend two weeks in Israel to see my youngest nephew bar-mitzvahed in the Temple at Masada. The family and friends who went captured thousands of images, each more rivetting than the next. We spent five days in and around Jerusalem. More than the typical...
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    I'm afraid to buy a new "nice" flashlight.

    I'm afraid to buy a new "nice" flashlight. This past holiday season I bought several flashlights for family, co-workers and myself. These, amongst others, include... 4 Fenix L1T R80s 2 Terralus 2aa drop-ins (Cree) (what's the model number?) All had the expected brightness. The problem, I...
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    Stranger in Town

    It was some kind of dark when I arrived at 4:00 AM after driving for almost 2000 miles late that Summer. With few to no street signs on the rural roads, I navigated by landmark - "look for the 'corner store', make a right at the red 'live bait' sign." In the pitch with 2000 miles of fatigue, my...
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    Inova X1 variations and consistency

    It's difficult to tell whether it was the luck of the draw (lottery!) with variations in individual Inova X1s, variations in lots or a subtle change in the X1 itself but the X1 v2 (reflectored) that I've purchased for myself several months ago projects a considerably better beam than the three...
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    MagLED Options and Opinions Please

    A local Home Depot has 2-cell and 4-cell MagLEDs (drop-ins) in stock. Just by chance (OK, I'm a flashaholic) I happen to have a 2C Maggie and a 4D Maggie that are not really doing anything. A smallish 2C MagLED would be sweet, but having to deal with, yet, another battery type would not. The...
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    Suggestions for a Console MP3 Player, Please.

    For my soon to turn six years old niece who LOVES music, I think that I would like to give her one of my old stereos including some nice BA speakers. Along with the stereo and speakers, I would like to find a console MP3 player that plays MP3s from burned CDs. There seems to be DVD players...
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    Review - Gerber LX 3.0 (LX3.0)

    It's starting to add up. Often, when a CPFer asks about a general usage flashlight, I'll suggest the Gerber LX 3.0. This has happened often enough, describing some features in one reply and other features in another reply, that it would, perhaps, be best to collect my thoughts on the LX3 and...
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    Current Draw of MAG Bulbs?

    In a recent PM correspondence with a fellow CPFer, we discussed our not so hot-wire MAGs with their not so super bulbs. In other words his MAG 2C 2x18650 with a 5 cell Magnum Star Xenon bulb and my MAG118 2D 8xAA with a KPR118 bulb. We agreed that we like this approach to hot-wires as these...
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    Which Linux Distro?

    I recently acquired a Gateway PC in a tower configuration with an Intel Pentium III 450Mhz processor, 128MB Ram, 30Gig HD and an 8MB ATI Rage 128VR video card along with a Samsung 15" 1024x768 LCD monitor. The hammered version of Windoze98 installed has got to go. I'd like to install a lite...
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    Can I Help You?

    At Sam's today, while I was holding a 32 pack of AA alkies and looking at their selection of batteries, wanting NiMHs but needing primaries, a clerk stocking the display asked me "Can I help you?". As eager and as nice as he was, really, it was all I could do to keep a straight face. "No...
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    Dorcy AAA vs. River Rock 2AAA

    In one corner, the Dorcy AAA. A staple of CPF and flashaholics for over a year, the Dorcy is usefully bright for a single LED, conveniently sized, all but disappearing in the pocket, has very good runtime on a single AAA and at $6, is cheap but not too cheaply made. Also, it's a mod favorite...
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    Three of Five SL Jr. Luxs Have Failed

    I used to rave about the Streamlight Junior Luxeon. But within 10 months, three of the five SL Jr. Luxs that I had reviewed HERE have failed. As mentioned in my review, one was DOA. Recently, trying to, yet again, "click out" resistance in the poor Kroll clickie, as evidenced by the...
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    What the hell is wrong with us?

    Like kids at school, we wait anxiously for, and then relish, blackouts. When night does not come quickly enough, we are content to lock ourselves in a dark closet on a perfectly beautiful day to play with flashlights. We EDC more equipment than most people have in their garage. We pack enough...
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    Sleep-Away Camp

    My sister, accompanied by my young niece, will be the physician for a "sleep-away" camp for about a month. I don't know for certain the power/electricity situation at the camp, but I get the impression that the camp is "half powered" - in other words, some parts of the camp have power and some...
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    Looking For a 2xCR123 Luxeon Utility Flashlight

    With its advertised 30 lumens (likely less) and broad spot, the Streamlight Jr. Lux is a great utility light for general tasks up to about 25 ft. out. Beyond that, while still relatively effective for a flashlight in its class, the Junior hands over functionality, particularly outdoors, to...
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    Clicking My Junior

    I pick up my Junior. I just like the way it feels when I hold it. As my hand tightens, I put my thumb on the end and I start to click. On and off. On and Off. I keep clicking and clicking On and off. On and off. I can't stop clicking. The more I click, the more I want to click. On and off. On...
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    Chanukah Lights - The Streamlight Jr. Luxeon

    They were finally here. A week after ordering, the five Streamlight Jr. Luxeons from Markell were delivered by UPS. I arrived at my sister's house first, so I opened the package and took out a flashlight. The well lit house with lots of big windows and few white surfaces made it difficult to...
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