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Old 09-27-2020, 05:29 PM   #29
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I may be adding to your can of worms. I like old school items. I have two older Coleman gas lanterns. The older one is probably 60 years old at least. Both in excellent condition. I like to pump them up. I like to replace the mantles if necessary. I like the sound of them. I like the heat when its cold outside. I like the opportunity to burn the Coleman fuel because that will lead to the quicker demise of fossil fuels. By burning them Im contributing to a greener future quicker. I like the old school approach. I also bring my old three burner Coleman stove along. Same appeal to me at least. I need most new technology like I need another hole in my head. Did I mention that one of my trucks is a 36 Ford with a chopped top, its channeled and sectioned with a short bed and has only one hand operated wiper on the 5 windshield. Has a
392 hemi with only 1 four barrel. Even has a manual choke and I have to wind the windows by hand. How crude. I hunt with a Winchester model 94 every year. I have the first Macintosh computer with the black and white screen and the dot matrix printer. Maybe I should update. I like the simple lifestyle and the ability to fix what I have. My wife always tells people that the first thing I ever taught her was how to pull the hemi and completely dissemble it and then rebuild it and then move on to the tranny and rear end. Were still going strong after 64 years. Too late for me to change.
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Old 09-27-2020, 05:43 PM   #30
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Well I just purchased a new LED "Tough Light" after spending a week camping with a friend. He has one and I was amazed at the light, utility and the length of time between charges! Read for yourself in the Amazon entry. I just got one for my coach because I am so impressed and the manufacturer is not overstating the ability fore their light. It is USB recharged and can even be used to change your phone as well as provide light in a pinch, as it included a cable for the both charging itself as well as serving to charge a phone. In addition it included various hanging or stand options!
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Old 09-27-2020, 06:22 PM   #31
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I like to do everything in the dark!

Actually we only use a rechargeable flash light for walking/dog and a plug in Florescent drop light to light up the picnic table when needed, no batters, fuel etc.. just an extension cord.
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Old 09-27-2020, 06:32 PM   #32
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We found a website they have all kinds of camping lights. We have two of the base lanterns. They are great in my opinion
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Old 09-27-2020, 06:38 PM   #33
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I strongly recommend that you invest in either Nickel-Hydride rechargeables, or better yet, Lithium rechargeables. You will regret sinking major funds into the landfill, and these rechargeables work just fine for lanterns!
IMPORTANT: Make absolutely SURE that you choose the correct voltage and size for batteries! There is a type of lithium battery that is the exact same size as an AA battery, but at twice the voltage. It could burn out your bulbs to double the voltage. Otherwise, it's quite a simple proposition. You can now buy AA batteries in Lithium, at the correct voltage of 1.5v.
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Old 09-27-2020, 06:40 PM   #34
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Old 09-27-2020, 06:46 PM   #35
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I see it's not just me with leaking AA and AAA Duracell's the last couple years. So far this year they've ruined a Costco LED lantern, messed up coach DVD remote control and lunched a cheepie LED flashlight. All were from the same batch expiring 2025. More than just a little leakage too, they looked like a science project gone bad.
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Old 09-27-2020, 07:14 PM   #36
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I have a number of LED and Florescent Lanterns that use standard AA, AAA, C and D cell batteries and just buy rechargeable batteries in those sizes that way if I do find myself in a situation where I can't recharge I can run into any store and pick up a handful of standard batteries to get me through.

That said my multi-fuel lantern with its cooktop and heat unit is the most versatile. You can even burn a mix of used crankcase oil and gasoline in it to get you through an emergency.
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We used to buy large packages of Dutacells.
We've had a number of devices damaged by leaking cells, well within the date stamped on the cells. Several of the saved devices were stored inside the house, never in hot conditions - they're junk.
From what little I've read, Energizer has improved their cells, so going to try them... hopefully with better results.
Remember they Lithium primary cells are nothing like lithium ion rechargeable cells.
From an ex-coworker from the battery industry, the most leak-resistant batteries were Panasonic Evoltas.
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Old 09-27-2020, 09:23 PM   #38
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You might look at the usb rechargeable lanterns from streamlight, fenix or luxpro. Most of them will also use CR123 batteries in a pinch. Very bright, long run times, small and reasonably light.
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Old 09-27-2020, 09:33 PM   #39
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Darn, I thought this was going to be a fishin' thread. Oh well live and learn I guess.
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Old 09-27-2020, 11:11 PM   #40
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Talking Old Flame vs LED

Led is convenient and doesn't eat batteries like the old incandescent or halogen plug in or battery. But the Old Flame sure to take care of them pesky buzzing bugs!

From the old Coleman camping fuel lanterns to compact gas lantern they keep the bugs down at the site.

There was this old wives' tale that led did not attract bugs, but she was wrong! Though they are not as attractive to bugs as the old tube light! Went through that phase as well. Now when camping in isolation, use that old tubelight to attract the bigs away from the campsite and by golly it works.
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Old 09-28-2020, 12:18 AM   #41
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For what its worth, I recently read that white vinegar is better than just about anything else when cleaning contacts, flashlights, etc. from leaking ALKALINE batteries.

Tried it myself and vinegar does indeed do a great job.
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I might be opening a can of worms here, but here goes. I used to use camping lanterns that use the little Green Propane Bottles. I've decided to switch to these new LED Lanterns since there's no gas involved, no mantles, use them inside and out etc. However I do like to get the most bang for my buck and I was trying to decide for a 1000 lumen lantern......Which battery is the best??? Duracell?? or, Energizer??
which is better Ford or Chevy? A question as old as time and as many arguments as do choices exist.
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