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    My light is most used for reading in bed when the gf is sleeping.

    Secondary to that is camping and mountaineering. My H600w lasted a week in the BC mountains just a month ago with plenty of juice left when I got home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lampeDépêche View Post
    So what lights are you folks using?
    Specifically, ZL H501w is the most used, followed by H51w, Fenix HL20.

    At other times, DQG IV on the ear, L3 L10 219 on a baseball cap, Fenix L0P on a clip.

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    Fenix HL25
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    Had an Armytek Wizard Pro that was so unreliable I sent it all the way back to China for a refund.

    I do ultramarathons and train @ 4 am.

  4. #34

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    Like Joanne, I use my headlamps primarily for mineshaft exploration.
    (we're friends, she's an amazing camp cook )

    I have tons of pictures of me using all my various headlamps!

    Looking at dynamite is important. Fenix HP20, w/ surefire diffuser.




    For seeing in very dark places. Like Joanne said, it's life-support equipment underground. Custom "Speedy Special"



    Dual Fenix HP20's (one with a surefire diffuser)
    Dunno what's going on with my friend there, but she's using my Fenix HP10



    Tight crawls Fenix HP20 w/ surefire diffuser & HP10



    More tight spaces. Fenix HP10 & Petzl Tikka 2



    Oh wow here's an old one. Um... Petzl Tikka 2, Petzl Tikkina 2 & a Coast 7736TS
    (my pre-high-output LED headlamp days)


    Also




    And for work!!!

    Doing oilfield security Petzl Tikkina 2



    As a wind turbine electrician. Fenix HP10



    More wind turbine work Fenix HP11 w/ surefire diffuser




    I go through headlamps the way some of you do handhelds.

    Petzl Tikka 2 (x2)
    Petzl Tikka plus
    Petzl Tikkina 2 (x2)
    (Petzl Core LiPo battery) (x2)

    Fenix HP10
    Fenix HP20 (x3)
    Fenix HP11 (x3)

    Black Diamond Gemini
    Black Diamond Icon (x2)

    Energizer (some piece of crap, dunno the model)
    Energizer (a different piece of crap, different model)

    Other off-brands I can't recall at the moment.


    I managed to break all three Fenix HP20's.
    Every single one the wires inside the cord eventually broke somewhere and one also had a switch which malfunctioned. It's a poor design.

    One HP20 started malfunctioning, then the switch failed and the light died while I was 500ft underground and about a mile into a mine. I switched to a Energizer backup, and started to head back to the surface, then promptly bashed my head on something and broke that one, then switched to a Petzl Tikka 2 with the realization that I was swiftly running out of lights, and began to tread quite carefully. I was down to that backup headlamp and a handheld.

    Before that trip I always pushed the "Always take 3 lights" rule when going underground. Now I usually take about 5 to 7 on extended forays.
    Usually a Primary headlamp, a backup headlamp, and a backup backup headlamps, along with a primary handheld, a backup handheld, and sometimes a backup backup handheld. Also batteries for all!
    (you can go through quite a bit of lights and batteries when you're underground for up to 12 hours straight, plus consideration for possible emergencies).

    I purchased my HP10 as my first Fenix headlamp, and it's still going strong , I've since modified it with an XT60 connector to accept either it's own battery pack (also with an XT60), or a custom LiIon pack.

    The HP11's are great lights. I used them for underground exploring, working on wind turbines, reading at night, all kinds of stuff.

    Then I got my custom "Speedy Special" (by Speedy Caver), which is my primary light for underground use now.

    The Petzl's are indispensable. I use them for EVERYTHING.

    Oh almost forgot one, storm drain exploring!!!
    (I have no idea which lights I'm using here, it's just a cool picture) :P
    Last edited by Therrin; 10-05-2013 at 07:09 AM.

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    Back in the day when I was using the dual petzl's and the Coast on my helmet, that was... 9xAAA on my head. And then my handhelds were also 3xAAA (x2) = a total of 15xAAA. In a single weekend I'd burn through 45 to 60 batteries without any trouble.

    I was buying the bulk packs at Costco for quite a while, keeping Duracell in business all by myself.

    I have to say that upgrading to high-output headlamps and modding them to take my custom 18650 packs, and using handhelds that use 18650's was one of the most efficient "money saving" steps I ever made.

    Now when I get back to the truck while on a trip I just plug stuff into my various chargers and then head back out.

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    Great Pictures, Therrin!

    Where is that storm drain?

    ("uh, underground, I think?")

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    Thanks!

    Um... it's kinda under a river, in Illinois. It's an overflow control sump, about oh, 250' underground?
    If the river is in jeopardy of overflowing the banks or gets too full, they open that sump and drain it out through the borehole in the background to a temporary holding area, then back-drain that area via a connection that meets up with the borehole about a mile before it gets to the sump.
    You have to walk several miles through the borehole to get to the sump chamber.

    It's a very awe-inspiring location. I guess maybe it's weird to call an overflow control sump "awe-inspiring". Seeing it is one thing, but being THERE... it's amazing. I remember the whole time I was thinking to myself "God I hope this thing doesn't open while I'm looking up at it". It was raining outside. :P

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    Ah--is this all part of the Deep Tunnel Project, or "Tunnel & Reservoir Plan"?

    I lived out in the Chicago region (aka "Chicagoland") for some years, and remember hearing tales....

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    I'm really not sure. I was working on a wind turbine project in Iowa at the time, and drove out to meet up with some folks on a couple different weekends. Last year I worked in 4 different states, 8 different times. Got bounced around a lot, so I just go exploring underground wherever I happen to be at the moment.

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    I've used my Surefire Saint to mow the lawn after dark. Sometimes you just run out of day before you run out of work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsr View Post
    I've used my Surefire Saint to mow the lawn after dark. Sometimes you just run out of day before you run out of work.
    Problem for me is that I run out of motivation and energy before I ever run out of daylight or work...

    Joanne

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    Cross Country Skiing (my Wife and I go after work when there is enough snow, so it is totally dark. A loop takes us 2 hours or so) 2x Fenix HP20 ... I need to see if I can mod these to to use 18650s.

    Biking at night, use the BT20 with helmet mounted HP20s.

    Car work ... OMG, I get more use here than anything else. Fenix HP20, and HL30. Wish the HL30 had better runtime.

    My wife just used the HL10 to read the directions for a 125 mile bike race at night (primary lighting was the BT20, the HL10 was for close up reading).
    Last edited by STiFTW; 10-06-2013 at 06:06 PM.

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    I used mine to clean some things the other day...very handy.

    KEEP THEM COMING!!!
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    X2 for camping. I'm always using mine at night when setting up camp or cooking.

    M.

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    I'll be using my H600w often this weekend for kayaking and backpacking. I'm starting Thursday night, kayaking in the dark. I like to leave at least some light burning while on the water. I'll also take my EA4 for signaling if necessary, and searching for a nice place to camp from the water.

    My headlamp will get a lot of use for setting up camp in the dark, cooking, getting ready for sleep, etc.
    GOOD TINT!

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    I have a few watches where I like to change straps. The screws are tiny, so a headlight and reading glasses work great for close up small work.

    Doing anything in our shed ( no light), especially in the fall/winter.
    Putting up christmas lights.
    Clipping the cats claws.
    Other things as mentioned above too.

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    Besides the usual things like hiking, camping, mountainbiking and house works, I use my headlamp for searching and picking mushrooms.

    It has the advantage that at night, I´m in the forest alone and have my peace
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    Wonderful photos of the storm drain.

    I used mine to service and lubricate all the latches on my aluminum Haliburton luggage, briefcase, and flight/equipment cases. Made it so easy because you have to see a little way into the latches which are kind of complex in the way they are made.

    Keep these posts coming , I really like to see what others Are doing!

    And, thanks to everyone who posted their uses. I know there are many uses yet to come.

    All the best,

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    I prefer using them for working on cars: places with dark nooks and crannies, where you want to see clearly.

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    I was just out kayak camping for a 3-day weekend. It was my first time and had a blast! I took my H600w and used it often. I also had my EA4 and SC52w but hardly took them out of my bag. The EA4 was necessary kayaking in the dark the first night to find a camp site, but that's about it. A good headlamp is hard to beat! My H51w probably would have been a little weak for this trip. I used some of the H600w high settings a lot.
    GOOD TINT!

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    Heading in and out of the woods while hunting and chores around camp. I've also used them to work on my car at night.

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    Working on houses, biking, working on old car, lighting up shit. Spark SX5 with a 26650 rechargeable. 10 hours at 180 lumens. It's da Bomb-

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    Last night I used my armytek wizard pro to field dress a deer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRiley View Post
    Last night I used my armytek wizard pro to field dress a deer!
    Wow--I didn't think any of its edges were that sharp!

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    I use mine

    when working under this


    Gone are the days of holding a torch in my teeth

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    New poster, long time lurker.

    I drive a tow truck, and use a lot of my lights everyday.
    On night shifts I am using a BD Storm with a preon 2 and a QPA2 as a back up.
    At home I'm using a LD12 for sneaking around house late at night, in my yard an E25 for things that need to be lighted at a small distance.

    Anyhow nice to meet you all, enjoying the brotherhood.

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    I do long distance canoe races, 300 - 1200 miles. These are timed events and require you to do a lot of night time running in various conditions. In open water I prefer a brighter or cooler light as I want reflection. In the inland portions or river running I prefer a warmer and more of flood. Hey I learnt all these terms from lurking on this forum. Always knew what I wanted in lights just did not know how to express the terms. Thanks guys. Now can someone tell me how to make paragraphs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whitecaps View Post
    I do long distance canoe races, 300 - 1200 miles. These are timed events and require you to do a lot of night time running in various conditions. In open water I prefer a brighter or cooler light as I want reflection. In the inland portions or river running I prefer a warmer and more of flood. Hey I learnt all these terms from lurking on this forum. Always knew what I wanted in lights just did not know how to express the terms. Thanks guys. Now can someone tell me how to make paragraphs?
    Damn that sounds like fun, especially at night!! I would really like to try that someday.
    GOOD TINT!

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    Light related purposes:
    • Misc. house related chores as stated above.
    • Mowing with a push mower at night.
    • Cooking in our dim kitchen.
    • Night riding in the woods.


    Non-light related utility:
    • Anodizing on my Armytek Wizard was substantial enough to file a burr off of a piece of stainless steel I was working with. Kinda cool.
    • As a hand warmer. Some might say its a waste of light and energy; I like warm hands and the turbo is plenty hot.


    Fun thread, thanks OP.

    J.

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