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    Default Recommended light for camping.

    Going camping in 2 weeks. Been away from cpf and the flashlight game for awhile. Give it to me. Lol!

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    Default Re: Recommended light for camping.

    Ml 50l 3 C Maglite and a Petzl Tikkina headlemp. You will have all bases covered.

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    Default Re: Recommended light for camping.

    the Lumintop FW4A would be my choice, take a few spare batteries as well (in a proper case).

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    Well - as an incureable flashaholic I would never go camping with just one torch. Where is the fun in that?! But by far the most useful light is my little Petzl Zipka. A little head torch with a retractable string. It takes virtually no space to pack, the string is cooler than an elasticated head band and the two levels give more than enough light for camp activities like cooking, reading or seeing inside the tent - all the while keeping both hands free. Obviously camping is an excellent opportunities to give any of the other torches in your collection a good run out so I would always take two or three others - usually some of my more recent purchases.

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    Default Re: Recommended light for camping.

    As I see it, camping has two opposing light needs. 1. An area light for inside the tent or the immediately surrounding area if outside. Nitecore has a whole series of lights that can fill that need - their 'L' series. 2. Having enough light to make one's way when moving around outside. This can be as simple as the Lumintop Tool AA 2.0, which has some throw but is mainly a wider area light for directly ahead. It does come with a diffuser that will light up the immediate area, so it can also help fulfill #1. The Lumintop GT Mini or GT Micro provide more throw, and the default ramping UI allows setting for just the right amount of output. The GT Mini also has a diffuser head for area lighting as well.
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    Default Re: Recommended light for camping.

    for me itís the sofirn lt1 lantern (love the adjustable color temp), and a zebralight headlamp. Both run on 18650. Plus usually about 10 other flashlights to play around with lol


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    A headlamp of some sort (I have an old Prineton Tec Aurora and a Petzl of some sort) but, if you want/need area lighting, the Streamlight Siege AA lanterns are great. As to a proper flashlight, there are 100's to choose from. I like ones with adjustable lumes and a long run time.

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    Default Re: Recommended light for camping.

    If you just want to take ONE light: the Nitecore SRT7. This one goes SO low (0.2 Lumens or so) that it won't even blind you with fully night adapted eyes when you want to read the time from your watch. On the other hand, the current version can go as high as 1000+ Lumen, so all needs are covered by ONE flashlight.
    But if you would like to take more than one with you, the sky is the limit. I invariably take a high power incan with me to go into the woods. There is nothing more satisfying than to see the subtle differences between all these dark green and brownish tints - in FULL and without any problems, as an incan light will just do that right! ANY LED light just can't come CLOSE to this. I tried a lot of them, the worst ones are SO bad you think you just entered a black and white world :-(
    Make sure to have a backup LED light with you and lots of extra batteries for your high power incan :-)

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    Default Re: Recommended light for camping.

    I suggest parametrek search engine to start.
    THRUNITE > Archer1AV2|TiS|TH20|TN4A Hi...all in neutral white
    YUJILEDS BC Series 95+ HiCRI
    > Sofirn C01|Dorcy Penlight (Yuji modded)
    XTARVC4, LCTBC500, Amaloops, 1999 MAG-LITE 2D Incandescent(glass lens) Petzl Tikkina 80L ..... Fenix E01

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    Default Re: Recommended light for camping.

    This is what I took for minimalist camping.

    A 18650 headlamp (the crelant has become unreliable so I don't recommend it anymore)
    DQG AAA twisty (single AAA back-up edc )
    And a Convoy S2+ with biscotti driver and diffuser.

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    Default Re: Recommended light for camping.

    If you're to take only one light, I rec the Convoy S2+. With a Nichia 219C, smooth reflector, Biscotti firmware and 7135x4 setup, mine works for any situation and has a beam right on the sweet spot, with wide spill and a reasonably tight spot.

    I have an SST20 one coming in the mail. I'll compare the beam patterns and post here if you want me to.

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