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    When our power goes out I boil water on the gas stove, pour that into a thermos then pour from the smaller mouth of the thermos over the coffee grounds a little at a time.

    When Irene hit we were new to the block and the only one a few doors down who did not have an electric stove. Not knowing that yet we knocked on a few doors the next morning offering free coffee to some mighty grateful neighbors.
    We envisioned them later talking with their family members saying "those beverly hillbillies that just moved in are ok afterall".

    I used a yuji'd sofirn to see my way around at a 4:30am nature call and went back to bed and slept in until 5:15.

    Cool dog idle. Good for you rescuing that dude.
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    My whole property is infested with nasty, invasive, highly poisonous cane toads. They're nocturnal, and flashlights are a must for spotting them.

    Toad coloration ranges from brown, to tan, to gray, making them blend in easily with rocks and mulch, or be mistaken for organic debris in the middle of the lawn. At 5:30 AM this morning, my crappy, no-name flashlight couldn't light this one up from < 30 feet away well enough to distinguish it from lawn debris. The color washout from a junk LED made spotting it even tougher. I would have missed it (and the 25,000 eggs it would lay, if female) if I hadn't been walking that direction anyway. I almost missed another two hiding in rock gardens because of color washout.

    So now I'm here to find an upgrade to my own flashlight in addition to shopping for a set of lights as someone else's Christmas gift.

    These don't belong here and conservation authorities urge everyone to eliminate as many as possible to slow the breeding. If you live in uninfested areas, consider yourself lucky.

    Your dog will want to play with the toad and will promptly die from the poisoning. They're terrible for the native species, too, and destroying the biodiversity. These toxic eating machines have no natural predators.

    (Image taken at 5:30 AM with a real camera flash. Definitely not flashlight illumination.)


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    Just had a 30 minute power cut, so used my Nitecore 21700 Intelligent Battery System to light the living room. Quite reassuring that it would last for 19 hours in an emergency.


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    ^^ cool!!

    I used a flashlight as fill light to photograph a flashlight. Then after dark I shined a flashlight in my back yard just for kicks and giggles.
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    This morning I used my tiny nugget to take a trip off my porch to scare the bear out of my yard and away from my bird feeder
    Big butnotsomuch-burly

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    @bigburly912: and I thought the occasional stray cat, opossum, and raccoon was something here in the city. Bears are a whole different ball game!
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    Last used to check my sons diaper, gotta love that moonlight. P2 MKIII

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigburly912 View Post
    This morning I used my tiny nugget to take a trip off my porch to scare the bear out of my yard and away from my bird feeder
    Gah! Was it a black bear or a brown bear?

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    I’m in Virginia. Only aggravating black bear here.
    Big butnotsomuch-burly

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    I used my Nitecore E4K to see if I could light paper on fire (option as an emergency firestarter). I filled in a large circle on a paper towel with a black sharpie. I then used the 4400 lumen light on turbo from less than an inch away. Within 2 20 second bursts on turbo, I had burned a hole through the paper towel. Using an l.e.d. flashlight to make fire was a success.

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    A co-worker asked to borrow my PD-36R to see above a drop ceiling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotonWrangler View Post
    A co-worker asked to borrow my PD-36R to see above a drop ceiling.
    Good old Fenix to the rescue

    I've been lurking in this thread for years before making this account, and I have to tell you, PW, your loyalty to one single torch in all these posts of yours is something I appreciate. You really get all the value out of the lights you buy.

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    I've been hearing what sounds like a distressed coyote in a neighbor's yard while walking the dogs at night. This evening while walking past I saw something moving that was about the size of a raccoon or possum near their house while also making something like the sound I'd been hearing. Decided that safety (and a dose of curiosity) was more important than etiquette, and pointed the floody D4 at the movement on turbo. The object suddenly re-formed and re-oriented itself into the shape of the front half of a dog poking out from under the fence, righted itself, barked at me indignantly a few times, then wriggled into the backyard under the fence that had seemingly been pinning it earlier.
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    Co1s on low to apply lip moisturizer to my 4y/o after lights out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean-Luc Descarte View Post
    Good old Fenix to the rescue

    I've been lurking in this thread for years before making this account, and I have to tell you, PW, your loyalty to one single torch in all these posts of yours is something I appreciate. You really get all the value out of the lights you buy.
    Thank you, Jean-Luc. Yes it's my perfect EDC and it goes everywhere with me. Before that it was my PD-35, and before that was a PD-32. I occasionally use one of them to find the other when I misplace it. The circle of life and all that.

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    Mostly, during the work week(Monday thru Friday)...I use my Olight S1R II and my Zebralight SC700d on my walks down to work.

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    Mrs Fixer and I took a post Thanksgiving dinner stroll with a pair of Maglites and Maglite backups. Mine was a 3 cell ML300 and an XL100 backup. Hers were a 2 cell ML50 and XL200 for backup.

    It was pretty peaceful this year due to gatherings in the neighborhood being kept smaller this year. Like next door, that neighbor usually has so many folks over they arrive and leave in shifts. This year just her daughter was visiting her. Nearby neighbors usually hoot and holler after consuming adult beverages all day, but this year they did not have the usual crowd.

    So the Mrs and I were walking around shortly after sun down and the place looked like it normally does at 2am. The sky was dotted with stars, the streets were lit by a near full moon so we had the lights on eco mode and really didn't need them except to notify the occasional car that we were walking.
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    I smiled as I read this post.
    I'm glad that you helped the Mrs. Fixer see the light, not only carrying a light, but a backup too! I love that fact that you and the misses took the time to spend some special time together.
    My Grand Kids call me Poppy

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    I used my Lumintop EDC18 with a diffuser to view 15 Kodak Carousel 80 slide trays that I stored after my Dad passed 6 years ago. Whew, that was fun. Now I can toss all those slides (I had scanned the best ones 10 years ago, but wanted to be sure I didn't miss anything).

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    We lost power for a few hours last night. I pressed an old Eveready LED lantern into service as well as a few no-name LEDs to light up the kitchen and bedroom. My trusty PD-36R came in handy to illuminate the bathroom when I needed to... well you know.

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    I've had a blackout since Wednesday night through today from a "public safety" power outage due to the Santa Ana winds. Been using my lights to light my house. Used my solar inflatable lights the first night. Luminade lantern had a leak and wouldn't stay inflated. Used a Nitecore Tiny Monster TM06s on low (3 lumens) as my bedroom nightlight. Used a 3000 lumen Milwaukee floodlight in bedroom when I needed good lighting. Milwaukee lanterns were used throughout the house. Used a few Ridgid lights as well. Used normal flashlights and headlights when leaving the house. Blackout couldn't have happened at a worse time. Yesterday, I had to fast in prep for a procedure and couldn't eat any of my food from the refrigerator. With no power and no heating, I got pretty cold last night while fasting. Having Hashimotos didn't help either. I ended up using several candles in my room for warmth and having to open the door when I started getting a headache. The worst time for a blackout is when you're prepping for a colonoscopy. If it wasn't for my lights, the sh#t might have hit the fan.

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    Wow. I feel for you HOF. Prepping for that procedure is no fun in normal conditions. What a bad time for the outage to hit.

    When they do those extended blackouts they're putting a lot of people in medical danger - those who rely on home diagnostic equipment, pumps, etc. It's a can of worms in terms of preparedness.
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    My boss told my wife "taking the colonoscopy exam is easy, it's the studying that is such a drag".

    Hope yours ends up with a good grade HoF.

    I turned my shiney new orange Sofirn C01 on and off just now so I could say the above but still stay on topic.
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    My right side headlight's low beam bulb just burned out, so I had to use my Convoy M2 (5000K SST20, 7135x8) to light up the right side of a dodgy section of unlit road. The cool-ish beam and high candela really made the wet tarmac's texture pop.

    Not something I want to do again, though, I'm getting that bulb replaced ASAP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bykfixer View Post
    My boss told my wife "taking the colonoscopy exam is easy, it's the studying that is such a drag".

    Hope yours ends up with a good grade HoF.

    I turned my shiney new orange Sofirn C01 on and off just now so I could say the above but still stay on topic.
    The good news is the power's back on, not much food spoiled, and I can charge my lights back up. The bad news is I didn't pass, have to retake the test, and there's nobody I can cheat off of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hooked on Fenix View Post
    The good news is the power's back on, not much food spoiled, and I can charge my lights back up. The bad news is I didn't pass, have to retake the test, and there's nobody I can cheat off of.
    Glad to hear your power is back, HOF. As for the test, were you unable to take it or did you "flunk?" I agree that the studying is the hard part!

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    I rebelled against the flashlight world and used my phone to walk to the end of my driveway to get my trash can and!!!!!!! Check the woods for critters. #2020
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigburly912 View Post
    I rebelled against the flashlight world and used my phone to walk to the end of my driveway to get my trash can and!!!!!!! Check the woods for critters. #2020
    Oh Noooo!!!! I did the same thing two nights ago!

    What is this world coming to?
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    I used my Theunite Archer 1A to go on a rural walk. No moon, star lit, 15 lumens were all we needed.
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    While navigating through my dark house at 5:30am with a Sophia powered Sofirn C01 I heard a youngster in his back yard yelling at his grandmother in the house near me. Really foul language coming from the teenager.

    I grabbed my brand new Maglite ML150 and shined all 1000 lumens at the kid, which lit him up like the national Christmas tree and said "do not speak to your grand mother that way"……
    I heard in a whimper "yes sir".
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