Hands Free Light For Around The Campfire?

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I’m looking for a flashlight that I can use when I’m around the campfire splitting and gathering firewood etc.
I have a few headlamps but I don’t like how they feel on my head so I end taking them off and putting them back on which gets old. I’d rather have something handsfree or hanging from my neck where I could click on while I gathered wood etc then click it back off. Right now I use a ZL sc64 and I have to take my gloves off to get it out of my pocket and that’s getting old as well.


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Anything with a lanyard hole and a diffuser?
 
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Anything with a lanyard hole and a diffuser?
a lanyard with a small diffused lantern type of light hanging from it could work. I’ll look into that.

I just stumbled into this neck light. Looks to be brighter than the reading kind.

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Down the 🐇 hole we go…


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Get a Nitecore Tip 2. Put a lanyard on the key ring and hang it from your neck. You can use the clip to use it as a headlight on a ball cap. Or you can pull the tail end off and stick it to a metal fire ring with it’s magnet to light up the area you’re splitting the wood.
 
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I have that Cat neck light and use it a lot.

I also have this that I made from 2 Prometheus Beta QR lights, 2 Beta flex arms, and some 1/4" Loc-Line. It was a little pricey, but it has met all my expectations.

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Honestly I would say get a headlamp. Been testing the black diamond spot 350, it's a beast
 
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I'm currently making a YouTube video for it, I can post here once it's done. Hopefully it will help you all out
 
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Axes and camp safety. Always good to have a saw as it's much safe at night
 
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I'm currently making a YouTube video for it, I can post here once it's done. Hopefully it will help you all out
I look forward to your video. Although I don’t like headlamps for this particular situation I do keep them for other times like changing a tire or something.


Ok some more info on what we do. We basically go to the mountains a lot in our van and by a lot I mean at least 3 days a week with an occasional missed weekend for work.

While we’re up there we like to build a huge fire and drink wine around it while our dog runs around. By big fire I mean a fire that consumes a lot of wood which we have to gather. I have an electric chainsaw so that helps but we still spend a good bit of time working the fire and gathering wood etc. this goes on from about 6pm to 1am so over the course of the night I end up taking my headlamp off and on way to many times to count and those headlamps drive me crazy when they’re tight to my head. I want something I can just turn on that’s either hangning from me or attached to me that I can quickly turn on/off throughout the night. It’s worse in the winter when I’m wearing gloves and using a handheld light.

Turn off light/remove glove/put light in pocket/put glove back on….100 times a night 🤯

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A single-strap headlamp works almost as well around the neck as it does strapped to your head - might be worth trying that first to see if that approach works for you.
 
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A single-strap headlamp works almost as well around the neck as it does strapped to your head - might be worth trying that first to see if that approach works for you.
100% if you flip the headlamp over the tilt mechanism also allow you to point the light up. Other than this a lantern is your best bet. But around your neck is super secure and comfy. My consideration for gear is get what you need and intend to use. As too many things we don't use just creates the situation that we have too many options that confuse when outdoors.
I alway have two lights when in the wilds, and always something that offers wide and focused lighting.
 
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Get a headlamp for a hard hat then wear the hard hat. That way the headlamp never touches your head. Problem solved.

Another solution is to wear a hat and clip a flashlight on the brim.

You have to find comfort in being uncomfortable
 
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I look forward to your video. Although I don’t like headlamps for this particular situation I do keep them for other times like changing a tire or something.


Ok some more info on what we do. We basically go to the mountains a lot in our van and by a lot I mean at least 3 days a week with an occasional missed weekend for work.

While we’re up there we like to build a huge fire and drink wine around it while our dog runs around. By big fire I mean a fire that consumes a lot of wood which we have to gather. I have an electric chainsaw so that helps but we still spend a good bit of time working the fire and gathering wood etc. this goes on from about 6pm to 1am so over the course of the night I end up taking my headlamp off and on way to many times to count and those headlamps drive me crazy when they’re tight to my head. I want something I can just turn on that’s either hangning from me or attached to me that I can quickly turn on/off throughout the night. It’s worse in the winter when I’m wearing gloves and using a handheld light.

Turn off light/remove glove/put light in pocket/put glove back on….100 times a night 🤯

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That photo looks more like a funeral pyre🙏

Any flashlight made out of plastic, including a hard hat, might just melt!
 
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That photo looks more like a funeral pyre🙏

Any flashlight made out of plastic, including a hard hat, might just melt!

That van is parked very close to the fire isn't it. lol
Smoky the Bear would not be a happy camper
 
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That van is parked very close to the fire isn't it. lol
Smoky the Bear would not be a happy camper

Funny you mentioned that. I was given a 1960’s comic of Smokey the bear by an old smoke jumper a few years ago and I never took it out of my van. There’s a bit of truth to old Smokey!



Smokey Bear was born on Aug. 9, 1944, when the U.S. Forest Service and the Ad Council agreed that a fictional bear would be the symbol for their joint effort to promote forest fire prevention.
Artist Albert Staehle was asked to paint the first poster of Smokey Bear. It depicted a bear pouring a bucket of water on a campfire and saying "Care will prevent 9 out of 10 fires." Smokey Bear soon became very popular as his image appeared on a variety of forest fire prevention materials. In 1947, his slogan became the familiar "Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires!"
Then in the spring of 1950, in the Capitan Mountains of New Mexico, a young bear cub found himself caught in a burning forest. He took refuge in a tree, and while managing to stay alive was left badly burned. The firefighters who retrieved him were so moved by his bravery, they named him Smokey.
News about this real bear named Smokey spread across the Nation, and he was soon given a new home at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. The living symbol of Smokey Bear, he played an important role in spreading messages of wildfire prevention and forest conservation. Smokey died in 1976 and was returned to Capitan, New Mexico, where he is buried in the State Historical Park.



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