That is a good clear statement of what I'm looking for in the power category. What seems to be confusing some of the folks who are trying to help me is that I'm hoping to find a light that will run on lowest common denominator primary batteries. The kind that a counselor could buy at a mini-mart 2/10ths of a mile away were the trail crosses a road. That doesn't mean that is cut into stone. If it isn't possible such is life.My work lights start out with the longest running option rechargeable (depending on the light) with primarys in a rolled up ziplock bag as backup in case the rechargeable gets depleted or fails after a drop murdered the low voltage cut off thingy.
Sounds so 1990's but a fanny pack can carry a few spare batteries easily.
Please educate me on what a "Large Die LED" is.it would have a large die LED so that one gets a large hot-spot, and a reflector that allows for a good amount of spill.
It's clear that we are going to need a purpose built charging station for the rechargeable batteries in each camp. Shelves with a Legrand Plugmold Multi-outlet Section on the back part of the shelf. If I can get that in the 3 inch on center spacing of the single outlets we could fit a charger's wall wart or cord into each outlet so as to maximize the use of the space on the shelf.2. fully charged Li Ion cells hold their charge for a year, easily. So at the beginning, of the season, just top off your spares, and you are good to go. Just keep them separate, and under adult supervision. Certainly before each planned hiking trip, fresh batteries can be supplied for each light, and they can be cycled into the charger. They are really easy to charge, just pop them into a charger, and just like your cell phone, or electric shaver, when they stop blinking they are charged.
Visitors are on their own. The are guests in the public lands just as we are. Our ULTIMATE concern is the safety of Campers, Counselors, and staff. We are looking for ponchos with reflective trim for use by campers. Between the whistles that another contributor suggested and issuing each camper a Lightstick that would be as far as the camping program committee would be willing to go in terms of requiring campers to ware specific items.Also, if you need to look for missing vacationers, they can be required to wear reflective stripes or bracelets on the body. Then even a weak flashlight will be enough to find them. If children are allowed to use smartphones with Internet access, then you can install a free GPS tracking program on each.
The trails that the campers hike vary a lot in terrain and level of improvement. The lowest common denominator would be US Forest Service wilderness area trails. Those aren't much better than an animal track. The only wheeled carrier that I have seen used on such trails are a Stokes basket litter with a single wheel center dolly.Oh, by the way, why carry weights on yourself when you can take a cart and take turns pulling it? I think you can find suitable scrap metal in a landfill and a welder for a small fee will weld something like such a cart, but with larger wheels to ride well in the mud.
Climbing training is not available to our campers until they are High School age. Although the trails they often use are unimproved they do not exceed Class 2 pitch. Roped climbing practices would not be warranted.Also, so that children do not get lost, they can be tied with a rope, as during climbing trips, this can also help them become more disciplined and learn how to knit climbing knots
Then I used the wrong name. Let's call it a flood light! If our counselors are doing a backtrack search they will not be able to see further than 50 feet maximum. For the entire trip they will cross over 1 or 2 high points were the sight distance might be far longer. But you don't conduct a search standing still on a knob. At least I never saw one done that way and I have seen a few.A true search light has throw.
You must have misunderstood what I was saying about having battery charging stations at camp as having something to do with things that campers are going to use. The Campers are not allowed the use of any electronic device while in camp. Parents all receive an equipment list which specifically excludes rechargeable lights. If a camper were to show up with one anyway, which hasn't happened to date that I ever heard of, the camper would be provided with primary batteries or an alternative light.If you gonna switch to li ions in your camp, you will have to train your entire crew on how to use, charge and store the cells safely, and how not to make them go boom, cuz they can and do when mishandled". they cause fires, homes have burned down cuz of li ions cells, people have been injured. god forbid something like that happens, a kid gets injured, ( now it does not even have to be an injury, an emotional trauma is enough to set lawyers off), your camp wont see an end to lawsuits.
The only completely safe Lithium batteries I know of are Lithium Iron Phosphate. That particular chemistry is not yet being offered in a flashlight sized form.
I just stumbled across the Streamlight Knuckle Head flashlight. Its designed to run on primary AA batteries, can be purchased in a floodlight design, will runs on NiMH batteries if that is useful. I'm going to borrow or buy one for the rural nighttime test toward the end of April. It might not be enough given it's 200 lumen on high rating but it's the first light I've found that is meant to be a flood light. Looking at the way the reflector is shaped it may have the kind of horizontal light spread that is to be had out of some bicycle headlights. Probably not bright enough, going by what many of you have been saying, but it won't hurt to have a former counselor and camp staff person try it out. Part of my confusion comes from the feedback I got on having 200 lumen headlights for campers. Many contributors said that 200 lumens would be way too bright. When the program folks tried out the the lower levels that some of you recommended they found those contributors were right. So maybe 200 Lumens will be enough when coming out of a purpose designed flood reflector. We shall see!