Glo-toob love

Eric242

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he means he cant peel it off from the old FX glo toob model, they can be taken off, unlike the new lithium glo toobs that have it under the epoxy.
I have several Fx Models. Two clean blue, and four (red, green, white, amber) with logos. And all those with logos have it under the resin. You definitly can´t peel that off. I bought the Fx toobs during 2007 (mostly early 2007). Maybe earlier versions had a sticker or something attached but all my Fx models (I got mine from lighthound) have he logo under the resin (it might be printed onto the cylinder or might be a sticker on the cylinder - but definitly "under" the resin).

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he means he cant peel it off from the old FX glo toob model, they can be taken off, unlike the new lithium glo toobs that have it under the epoxy.
Ok, I remembered my very first glo-toob Fx. A blue one that had a stickered logo on it that I was able to take off. The following image shows the difference (the different switches don´t matter), you can see it by the style of the logos. The red toob is the older Fx version that had the stickered logo that can be taken off, the green toob beneath it is the newer Fx version that has the sticker/print under the resin (like the lithiums).

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Photon Joe

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I noticed a post about sanding the tube to get more light throughout the tube or making it more uniform?
Instead of sanding I had a similar thought with a lantern that had a clear globe and seemed to be not putting out enough light for its brightness.
I took a piece of wax paper and made a tube that fit the globe perfectly and tried it and all of a sudden I was getting a room full of uniform light that was much more useable throughout the room.
A simple fix that could be reversed with no damage, I eventually put it inside the globe tube and taped it in place and left it there.
 

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Ah, gotcha. Yes, I think that will be harder not only because of the photographer usually being the person with the Toob, but because it might take a bit of experimentation with the camera to get anything worthwhile (I could be over thinking it though).

Since I'm such a nice guy though, I made an artist's rendering. SCUBA diver at night? Hunter marking his tree stand? You decide!

:crackup::crackup::crackup:

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That looks like what you see in one of those horror movies, right before it turns out to be a dinosaur that eats you!!!!!!
 

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Does anyone have the amber Glo-Toob? Seems like that might be, for me, the best color for an area light. Red might be too dim, and the others too harsh to look at directly.

I own amber and green in the older 23A alkaline powered Glo-Toobs. Amber is a great colour to choose. It is bright enough to read maps and other documents at close range and will light up a small room or tent enough to do simple tasks. It is also a great hazard colour for a roadside marker.

I regret buying the green Toob. It doesn't work well as a roadside marker since it may be mistaken for a green traffic light. It also makes a poor wearable marker when walking/running/biking at night for the exact same reason. My green Toob is now treated like a novelty light as I feel it's too dangerous to use in any real situations.

IMHO amber is the best Glo-Toob colour for a compromise of brightness and usability as a reading light, lantern, or hazard marker. Plus you can look as good as Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider if you hold it to your face! :p

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I regret buying the green Toob. It doesn't work well as a roadside marker since it may be mistaken for a green traffic light. It also makes a poor wearable marker when walking/running/biking at night for the exact same reason. My green Toob is now treated like a novelty light as I feel it's too dangerous to use in any real situations.
Huh... I would have to disagree. The green is by far the brightest and can be seen from the furthest distance.

If you are using your Toob in constant-on mode, pretty much any color could be confused for another light source in an urban area:
Amber could be structural lighting of some kind
Red could be brake lights
etc, etc

If you're in an urban or suburban area, putting your Toob into one of the various beacon/strobe/flash modes should easily distinguish it from a traffic lights or other light sources.

Out in the wilderness, where there are no traffic lights and maximum viewing distance might be a factor, I think the brightness of the green is especially handy. Again, putting it into one of the various crazy modes should easily distinguish it from other lights in an area.

As a random point of interest, my green Toobs on 25% level are still brighter than my red Toobs are on 100%. I know you guys are talking about amber, but I still thought that was an interesting point worth mentioning.

Edited to add that I am talking about Lithium Toobs here... so that may change the discussion on color/brightness/modes some.
 

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As a random point of interest, my green Toobs on 25% level are still brighter than my red Toobs are on 100%. I know you guys are talking about amber, but I still thought that was an interesting point worth mentioning.

Edited to add that I am talking about Lithium Toobs here... so that may change the discussion on color/brightness/modes some.

Perhaps the Lithium Toobs are different, but my amber Toob is far brighter than my green one (23A versions). The amber uses five LEDs, while the green uses three.

I just did a quick test, putting a white box underneath my dark bed. Without any light I cannot tell that there is a white box there as it is too dark. Using the amber Toob from about three feet away, I can clearly see the box and read the writing on it. Using the green Toob at the same distance I can see the box, but am unable to make out the words printed on it.

In regards to using the Toobs as markers, I would not feel comfortable using the green Toob as a roadside marker using any flash/strobe setting. Some traffic lights have flashing green lights so it may get misinterpreted. Regardless, to a driver the first instinct when seeing a green light is "go". If amber or red Toobs are confused with a roadside construction pylon or brake lights, it cannot be a bad thing as it would make drivers cautious around them (if the Toob is being used as a walking/running/biking light).

I will however agree that in a wilderness setting the green may be a better marker as that bright colour does not appear naturally at night in the wild.
 
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TOTC

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Perhaps the Lithium Toobs are different, but my amber Toob is far brighter than my green one (23A versions). The amber uses five LEDs, while the green uses three.
Ok, yea, that must be the crucial difference. In the lithium versions, every color Toob has 3 LED's no matter what. I just checked the FAQ for confirmation:

http://www.glo-toob.com/faq.html said:
How many LED (Light Emitting Diodes) does the GLO-TOOB have?
That depends on the color of the GLO-TOOB. Red has 6 LED’s, amber has 5 LED’s, blue, green and white have 3 LED’s. Infra-red has 6 LED’s – both wavelengths – and the Lithium GLO-TOOB will have 3 LED’s across the whole range of colors.
(Emphasis added)

Good point regarding red vs green strobes being interpreted differently in a dense area.

I guess it all comes down to context :)
 

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Is the CR123A version brighter too? I've got an Amber version of the old style and may want to pick up another amber and a white Lithium version. I'm thinking bug-out bag type stuff. Maybe even a red one; but for sure an amber.

Thanks.
 

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Is the CR123A version brighter too? I've got an Amber version of the old style and may want to pick up another amber and a white Lithium version. I'm thinking bug-out bag type stuff. Maybe even a red one; but for sure an amber.

Good question.

I'm wondering this as well - brightness of the FX vs. Lithium...? Answered my own Q now that I own both - the green Lithium is a tad brighter...
 
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