what to use for blackouts

mcl2u

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i'm looking for something when the power goes out. I have a battery operated lantern but it's in the garage with the camping stuff. Looking for a minitype lantern. thanks
 

java_man

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The rechargable fluorecent camping lanterns make great emergency area lights
 

wwglen

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Coleman Camping Cold Cathode Florescent Lantern: $4.00 at big lots. 4AA last for about 6 hours.

Energizer 2-LED folding Lantern. $3.25 at Office depot. 4AA, Lasts for 100+ hours.

wwglen
 

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I made my own with a 15 watt compact fluorescent bulb. I power it with a Vector "pocket generator", which is just a 12v battery with a 50 watt power inverter and a handle. You can also buy 12v CF bulbs, and power it directly off a battery. I took a 3 liter clear pop bottle and cut off the bottom, and replaced it with a round peice of wood. On the peice of wood I mounted a socket for the bulb. This thing puts out a HUGE amount of light...as you may know, the 15 watt CF bulb is meant to replace a 60 watt incan bulb. I beleive this bulb puts out 1100 lumens.
 

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Well, if BC is suggesting a 15 watt CF bulb, then I'd suggest a propane lamp. SO much brighter, SO much longer lasting. And it's warm (just be semi-well ventilated).
 
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mcl2u : for black out, I would choose CR123A one with longest runtime having largest flood.

Warren,
 

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Any of the EternaLights from www.techass.com

Has electronically dimmable LEDs, can last for more than 2,000 hours at the lowest level. Can stand on end, or be hung conveniently using a lanyard. $30 and up.
 

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My blackout light....SERIOUSLY! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif

It's too big to EDC so I leave it at home. The sealed lead-acid cells don't self-discharge that much, I should think. And 1600 lumens is great when you hear this *BANG* and power goes out and the adrenalin is running - you want as much light as possible!!

For extended blackouts I have smaller lights with extended runtime. CMG Inf Ultra, ArcAAA, and some variable-power lights that can be dimmed.

(and no, that bang was not what you think it is - it was a piece of equipment which experienced an electrical fault, blew a capacitor and some tracks clear off its PCB, causing the circuit breakers to cut off the power to prevent an electrical fire..)
 

DaveT

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My vote for best values:
Innovage 12-LED 4-D lanterns, sold at boscovs.com for $9.95.

Energizer 2-LED 4-AA folding lanterns, at Office Depot stores (but not at their online stores) for $3.29 each.

Eternalights, any flavor - great, great long-life lights.

Dave
 

Lynx_Arc

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I have an assortment of flourescent lights. One of my favorite for moving around and stationary work both is an eveready arcwhite CCFL/incan light. I also have a pull chain closet light that has a 6watt tube and uses 4D cells I can use. Even a single 4watt flourescent tube bases light is nice in a blackout. It is nice to have a low power LED light to walk around from place to place where you have area lights like a dorcy AAA etc. The best thing I think is to find a flourescent light that you can hook up to a lead acid cell for longer runtime, a 12v one could even be recharged from a car.
 
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