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Title: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: arewethereyetdad on July 24, 2005, 10:50:07 PM
OK, we can think of eight gazillion similar threads (flashlights in the john, flashlights on the golf course, flashlight at a campout, etc. etc, etc), but I just had to throw this one out there, since I AM on vacation and since I DID bring along some lights.  Here's what I brought:

1. Brass LC (of course, goes without saying)
2. McLux III-PD bare AL U-bin
3. Peak Brass AA Kilimanjaro (5 LED head)
4. CMG Ultra Infinity U.S. Gov't version

The last two lights (3 & 4) are for night reading lights after all "night-time activities"  :naughty: :icon_cheers: have wound down, so to speak.   Two kids in the other room, so don't get excited.  :sleepy3:

Tell what you'd bring with you if you were on vacation.
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: jeffb on July 25, 2005, 01:13:29 AM
Troy,

Have a great vacation! :D

jeffb
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: Likebright on July 25, 2005, 01:31:00 AM
Vacation :fucyc: What vacation.
But if I did get one I would take my LionCub and my Pocketmate W.
Mike :happy7:
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: MaxaBaker on July 25, 2005, 03:06:15 AM
Have fun! :)
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: arewethereyetdad on July 25, 2005, 03:25:38 AM
Well, let me know what you'd bring with you if you were on vacation. 
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: MaxaBaker on July 25, 2005, 03:42:37 AM
Every light I have :D
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: Darkgear on July 25, 2005, 04:07:16 AM
I went on a cruise recently.  I brought a lot of lights but here are the ones I ended up using.

Inova X1 - So I didn't bother anyone sleeping in the cabin
Mag85 - for the wall of light effect
Inova X0 - general ighting and uses normal 123s
LC - normal carry but I only had 3 R123s.  I still only uses 2 of them on a week

My wife carries an Arc LS modded with a RB Lux3.  She likes the color
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: CY on July 25, 2005, 06:58:54 AM
just got back from two weeks backpacking at Philmont scout ranch with my son. I took three lights:

1. Li14430/CR2
2. ti cub
3. Arc AAA 2003 cpf

more details later if I ever get a chance to write a ti cub review
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: flashlight on July 25, 2005, 10:21:38 AM
LionCub.  :laughing7:
CEJ P8AA UV-385nm  (http://forums.hardwarezone.com/showthread.php?t=1027420) for checking for unmentionable body fluids on hotel room/cruise ship cabin beds, chairs, etc  :*) :puke:

Jets22 N cell LEDS_ASAP 1W luxeon 

CNC-MiniPro-2AA as back-up

Wife will have her PAL Survival light (http://www.palights.com/pages/palightpage.html)

Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: daloosh on July 26, 2005, 12:11:01 AM
We went camping last weekend.  I'll just list the lights I used, not the ones I brought:

Lionheart: go to light, always on the belt
SF C3: to set up tent in dark by
BD moonlight: when two hands needed
SF E2e/KL1/McE2s: wife's light
battery operated lightstick: tent light

I like camping just to use my lights!
daloosh
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: ZENGHOST on July 26, 2005, 03:28:32 AM
I usually take along a Streamlight 4AA 7LED for the nightstand, my usual Arc AAA for the keychain and either a Lion Cub or LionHeart for the EDC.  As a backup I usually add a Pelican M6 LED in there along with a bunch of extra batts.
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: zackhugh on July 26, 2005, 08:13:04 AM
I usually take along a Streamlight 4AA 7LED for the nightstand, my usual Arc AAA for the keychain and either a Lion Cub or LionHeart for the EDC.  As a backup I usually add a Pelican M6 LED in there along with a bunch of extra batts.

Freak!  Why does anyone need more than one flashlight?  Oh yeah, to fill up your purse. :D
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: ZENGHOST on July 26, 2005, 08:16:12 AM
I usually take along a Streamlight 4AA 7LED for the nightstand, my usual Arc AAA for the keychain and either a Lion Cub or LionHeart for the EDC.  As a backup I usually add a Pelican M6 LED in there along with a bunch of extra batts.

Freak!  Why does anyone need more than one flashlight?  Oh yeah, to fill up your purse. :D
smite smite smite smite...
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: andrewwynn on July 26, 2005, 04:35:54 PM
i bring everything that is a showcase light.. especially the likes of my megasonic and this coming laborday that should include:

4 LCs..
1 LH
Gold RAW
KI
arc AA if i can convert it to lux by then.
nano or 5
groovy or 2
RT4 http://rouse.com/RT4
X990
maxabeam (loaner)
megasonic of course.. and last and certainly most: http://rouse.com/mega

THE RT3000.. 90,000 lumen hand-held spotlight! http://oscar.rouse.com

-awr
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: loalight on July 26, 2005, 04:55:14 PM
On a recent trip, I brought:

Lionheart
Lioncub
Photon Freedom 2x
CMG Bonfire for the tent.
2 Innova X5s, red and blue, to shine on the mirror ball.
5 (of the 30 I own) CK Sauce Lights, for ambience.
1 Candlelier.

Had a Petzl Duo with Modu'LED 8 in the car.

(yes, this campout was a party, and car camping)
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: loalight on July 26, 2005, 08:43:39 PM
On a recent trip, I brought:
...
2 Innova X5s, red and blue, to shine on the mirror ball.
5 (of the 30 I own) CK Sauce Lights, for ambience
...


in fact, here's a picture. the red x5 is predominating cuz i was running it on R123 :)

(http://lonertown.com/vibrant2004/lonertown2.jpg)
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: DavidR on July 26, 2005, 08:59:17 PM
I usually bring my Peak AAA with DmO mod head along with either a LC or LH.


The Peak will soon be replaced by a Nano as soon as I get it ;)
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: andrewwynn on July 27, 2005, 01:02:03 AM
The Peak will soon be replaced by a Nano as soon as I get it ;)

I have a feeling there'll be a lot of that going around..

-awr
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: arewethereyetdad on July 27, 2005, 01:56:32 AM
The Peak will soon be replaced by a Nano as soon as I get it ;)

I have a feeling there'll be a lot of that going around..

-awr

I think the operative word, there, Andrew is "soon."  Sure hope that's true.  I can't remember when I've waited this long for a light.  Sounds like it'll worth it, though.
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: andrewwynn on July 27, 2005, 04:31:33 AM
well i was doing some research and i started feeling less bad when i've found numerous other light projects that took similar time-frames to complete.. .what's frustrating to me is that i've had most of the parts since January and as you saw in the nano thread recently ... the initial order for the drivers went in in APRIL! yikes.. april! fortunately i've learned what things have tripped up that process so the BAM order when it goes in will not take nearly so long... i keep checking my checking balance to see a drop of $1500 or so to let me know the order is on the way back to me.

-awr
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: thesurefire on July 27, 2005, 05:24:57 AM
I usally stick to the basics.

Dorcy AAA
Random 2 cell SF body with a KL4 and an PR-T head with a McE2s
either a LuxIII mag 2D running on AA's or a LuxV mag 2C running on 3 123s
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: Yaesumofo on July 27, 2005, 07:45:30 AM
If it is a driving vacation then one mag mod of some sort For sure and probably a VIP or LC or most likely a McLuxIIIPD for the pocket and a LION charger in the car.
If it is a flying vacation then just a McLuxIIIPD and a Surefire special lithium battery carry case full of 6 fresh batteries.
Yaesumofo
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: arewethereyetdad on July 27, 2005, 12:23:25 PM
If it is a driving vacation then one mag mod of some sort For sure and probably a VIP or LC or most likely a McLuxIIIPD for the pocket and a LION charger in the car.
If it is a flying vacation then just a McLuxIIIPD and a Surefire special lithium battery carry case full of 6 fresh batteries.
Yaesumofo

James, it doesn't surprise me that you have a McLux III-PD in either scenario.   :D
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: chimo on July 28, 2005, 04:24:52 PM
I recently took the family camping and I assembled a "light pack":

2x MiniPro TW0J Minimags
1x 2D Mag TX1J with a VIP driver at 830mA
1x PT Attitude
1x 4LED China Light
1x MJLED MiniMag
1x Brunton Lantern (retrofitted w/ Nichia CS LEDs)
1x old model ArcAAA (retrofitted w/ the Nichia CS LED)

There were some amazing light saber effects with the campfire smoke (especially with the 2D VIP mod!)

My brother on the east coast just purchased his first LED light.  I will be heading that way in August and will have to take a few lights to "demo" for him.  I may throw together a MiniPro kit for him (I have a couple awaiting assembly  :D).

Paul
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: Catman10 on July 28, 2005, 06:49:09 PM
I'm just heading out on a short vacation tomorrow. I'm taking:
1) CPF LH
2)Aleph 2
3)Bare Aluminum Lioncub
4)Orb Raw
I won't need any more than this for a weekend, will I?
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: DavidR on July 28, 2005, 11:56:17 PM
If it is a driving vacation then one mag mod of some sort For sure and probably a VIP or LC or most likely a McLuxIIIPD for the pocket and a LION charger in the car.
If it is a flying vacation then just a McLuxIIIPD and a Surefire special lithium battery carry case full of 6 fresh batteries.
Yaesumofo

James, it doesn't surprise me that you have a McLux III-PD in either scenario.   :D

I'm going to have to pick up one of these PD's soon...it seems like everyone that get one loves it and I haven't seen one sell secondhand yet. I wish the U bins were still available.
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: arewethereyetdad on July 29, 2005, 01:52:16 AM
If it is a driving vacation then one mag mod of some sort For sure and probably a VIP or LC or most likely a McLuxIIIPD for the pocket and a LION charger in the car.
If it is a flying vacation then just a McLuxIIIPD and a Surefire special lithium battery carry case full of 6 fresh batteries.
Yaesumofo

James, it doesn't surprise me that you have a McLux III-PD in either scenario.   :D

I'm going to have to pick up one of these PD's soon...it seems like everyone that get one loves it and I haven't seen one sell secondhand yet. I wish the U bins were still available.

Yep, they're pretty nice lights, but don't beat yourself up over not being able to get a U-bin.  I have one in U-bin as well as one in T-bin, and IMHO the T-bin has a better beam.
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: Aten_Imago on August 09, 2005, 01:30:01 AM
Depends on the vacation I suppose

The fundamentals...
1- FireFli around my neck
2- Streamlight Key-Mate (MOD)
3- Paklite w/Yellow LED's
4- 5-10 Dorcy 1XAAA (Give aways)

Mountaineering/Treking Vacation Supplements
A-Longbow Micra Twisty with the big reflector ( Mc something..) 6 xtra SF Batteries
B-Eco tube( w/ Lithiums) with Clickie tail and extra set of 2500 MAh rechargeables
C-headstrap

Flyfishing/Camping Vacation Supplements
A- Priceton Tec - Eclipse (for cap)
B-Nite-Palm 1W Luxeon (for campsite)
C- Laser Devices Operator (Bright Light Moments)

Photo-Trips
A-AE Light - Powerlight 25W HID
B-Night Ops - Gladius
C- 2X Led Lenser Dot•Spot Triplex balanced for 5,400 º K
D-Led Lenser Nano-lenser for finding Vidcam controlls

Car always has ...
-Mag Rechargeable ( stock bulb + NiMH stick + extra Nicad)
-Vortex TR3 Rechargeable (Custom balanced for a warm tint) + 2 sticks
-3X E-flare 520
-Dorcy 10" Traffic Wand W/ stand
-Inova 24/7


Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: X33 on August 09, 2005, 05:53:36 AM
Depends how much space there is to the airline luggage limit and wether there will be opportunity to recharge Pila cells.
Can't go without the Inova 24/7, Aleph2 NexGen500 and L4.
On a Pila holiday, probably the LionHeart and GL3R.
The Aleph3 likes to see the world as well and the TriStarPhazer never fails to raise a smile.
 On a recent hike in the rain my Petzl Tikka Plus took on some water, switched itself on and I had to dry it out for a few days before I could switch it on and off again.
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: fleegs on August 12, 2005, 12:05:30 AM
Well.  I am going on vacation next week and I have to decide what lights to bring.  Not only that I have to bring extra lights for my friend to use.  I really hope I do not bring all of them.

My thoughts currently

-HDS U60
-Aleph 3 (DB500 or DB917)
-Aleph 1 or LionHeart
-LionCub
-Surefire U2
-JiL DD
-TNC AA (200mA or 350mA)
-I am hoping to have my NEOCA lights
-Arc AAA
-Maybe my 3C mag mod by 3rd Shift

gotta go wife's hungry, mean look in my direction...
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: MaxaBaker on August 12, 2005, 12:21:15 AM
I really hope I do not bring all of them.
:bs:



You know you want to  :naughty:

Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: fleegs on August 12, 2005, 01:48:18 AM
I really hope I do not bring all of them.
:bs:



You know you want to  :naughty:




I know I will but I sure do not want to.  I am trying to minimize.  Only focus on the stuff I should bring .  I am working hard to bring only 6.  Four for me and two for my friend.

Time will tell.

Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: DavidR on August 12, 2005, 01:50:52 AM
I have recently only been carrying my LC on vacation/ trips. I know it is a sin to only carry one light but I have found this is the only one I need. It is a bonus that it is easily carried.
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: BigHonu on August 12, 2005, 02:00:45 AM
Two is one, and one is none!
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: fleegs on August 12, 2005, 02:09:19 AM
deleted redundant post
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: initialimage on August 16, 2005, 05:21:11 AM
I normally take several different lights with me but the following one is the one that benefitted me the most on a vacation to Estes Park, CO last year.

http://woodbender.freeservers.com/photo2.html

My brother-in-law and I started out at 3:00am to ascend Longs Peak and this light blazed the way for hours as we hiked through the trees and eventually above the tree line. 

I also made two other lights just like this one for a friend of mine and his dad to use in a hardcore canoeing event(much of it run at night).  He was very pleased with how well it worked.  My version had a batwing star, but their's were equipped with high domes and got better throw. 

When I go camping with my boys(and others) I take a whole host of lights.  The most popular one with the kids is an Elektrolumens blaster that I converted to a cyan led.  They love seeing the green light flash through the trees and many of them act like it is a light saber.

If I go somewhere by myself, my Lionheart is the only light I take.
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: BigHonu on August 16, 2005, 07:50:28 AM
initialimage,

Nice headlight! 

Any specs?
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: MR Bulk on August 16, 2005, 10:36:48 AM
:headbang: on the headlamp mod!
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: initialimage on August 16, 2005, 01:56:26 PM
BigHonu,

I don't really have any specs to speak of.  I built this  mod several years ago with parts I had laying around.  It uses a low dome star of decent quality.  I wanted to use a high dome but didn't have any at the time.  I machined the heatsinks to fit and the 30mm optic had to have the diamter turned down slightly to fit. 

I want to make another drop in module using a high dome.  I'll design the whole sandwich differently next time also.  I'll use a single thicker heatsink.  I'll post pics when I get around to this mod.  I'm currently working on some different reflectors that should be back from the metalizer in the next week.  The reflector project has my attention at the moment.
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: MR Bulk on August 18, 2005, 11:56:09 AM

I am working hard to bring only 6.


:rotflmao:
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: arewethereyetdad on August 18, 2005, 06:17:25 PM
I really hope I do not bring all of them.
:bs:



You know you want to  :naughty:



 :laughing7: :laughing8: :laughing9: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: fleegs on August 23, 2005, 03:25:38 AM
I really did bring six lights.  If you do not count the lights that were brought in duplicate (I brought two HDS, TNC AA, PEU NEOCA).  And we all know they do not count.  So really I did bring six different lights.   ;)

Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: MaxaBaker on August 23, 2005, 05:11:05 AM
 :laughing4: :rolf: :rotflmao: :toothy12:

 I knew it!
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: Geologist on August 23, 2005, 08:41:03 AM
There is help available for you......

All your flashlight belong to us!

Please send them postage paid.
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: MR Bulk on August 23, 2005, 11:16:13 AM
Hey Maxabaker,
I knew it too!  Might as well call'em Lay's Lights.  Because ya can't bring just...SIX?  :laughing7: :thumbsup: :rolf:
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: MaxaBaker on August 23, 2005, 05:17:47 PM
Hmmm....good one Mr. Bulk. But, this is quite weird; I just happen to be eating Lays potato chips right now and I was when I read your post..... :confused2: :dontknow:
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: andrewwynn on August 24, 2005, 09:48:20 AM
i bring every damn light i own :-D.. and sometimes some i don't.. i will usually buiild uip a couple specially for the trip just like last year.

this year one of the 'specialty' lights will be the X990 which i plan to beam up into a disc or cone of white fabric to illuminate the area.. also a borrowed maxabeam.. what a light.. i love the pure white color and perfect circle of light.. really 'spots' out something up to 1/2 mile away.

When spotting deer we will use the X990 on constant power.. a mag85 for quick on/off spotting on the other side of the car (driver can handle one-handed)... the X900 does get a bit heavy after an hour whew.. but with the bat pack not attached on the maxabeam i can operate it with my left hand while flooding the area with the X990 and still 'spot' out a particular deer from 100-200 ft away.. it's amazing.

3-4 lioncubs to go around will be nice this year and a couple groovies.

oh.. we will have a couple BAM! protos it looks like those will probably be the biggest overall hit... there is a very good chance i'll have a 1D BAM!4 by laborday.

i'll have to take a picture of the spread of lights.

Sadly.. i don't think there are enough days and hours left to get the RT3000 operational by laborday.. maybe get the light lighting but not actually build the whole case and all.

-awr

Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: MR Bulk on August 26, 2005, 08:43:21 AM
Hmmm....good one Mr. Bulk. But, this is quite weird; I just happen to be eating Lays potato chips right now and I was when I read your post..... :confused2: :dontknow:


Uh-oh.  For added realism here's the theme from "The Twilight Zone":

"dewdewdewdewdewdewdewdewdewdewdewdewdewdewdewdew"


Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: Grox on August 28, 2005, 07:41:29 AM
I tend to take the HDS EDC XR as my EDC :)  I have an arc aaa-p rev 4 on my keys which stay with me at all times.

The a2 is close on hand (in bag, my girlfriend, family members, car). The mag85 stays in my bag or in the car depending on what I'm doing.

A sc-01 rides in my bag and some extra spares live in the car.

I find these sufficient for my needs:)
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: Geologist on August 28, 2005, 08:31:59 AM
I got vacation coming up in a week and a half.  Still not sure where we are going..... Either Turkey, Bulgaria, or Greece.  I am starting to think about what I should take - a balance between everything and not wanting to get stuff stolen.  Right now it is looking like:

1) Bare Cub (primary EDC) with batts and a NANO
2) Eternalight Elite (not sure which one yet)
3) QIII (backup)
4) Infinity Ultra
??5) C2 with P91 and R123s??  Do I need a pocket cannon with me?  Opinions are welcome.
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: MR Bulk on August 28, 2005, 10:30:13 AM
Always good to have a pocket cannon.  Plus another five lights or so...:naughty: :evil6:
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: arewethereyetdad on August 28, 2005, 07:30:30 PM
You might do what I did: brought a couple of low-level lights (Arc AA and Peak AA) for night reading.  Also, these would be less valuable if lost, stolen, or confiscated.
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: P-Shizzel on August 28, 2005, 10:55:58 PM
My trip to Oahu, I brought only my 2 PD's  :D.  Next time I go, I'll bring more lights to show off. 

(http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a344/pshizzel808/McLux008sm.jpg)
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: arewethereyetdad on August 28, 2005, 11:33:24 PM
Peter, those are two honkin' babes, all right.  :thumbup:  Still like the old clip better than the new clip.  Now you need a bare AL to go with your chromed and HA.
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: P-Shizzel on August 29, 2005, 08:37:30 AM
Peter, those are two honkin' babes, all right.  :thumbup:  Still like the old clip better than the new clip.  Now you need a bare AL to go with your chromed and HA.
Thanks!  I wish I could get the bare AL, but I'm on lock down from the wifey on lights for this year.  :whip2: I did score me 2 HID lights thought :D, attached to my new car  :angel12:.  Ah, I love my wife.
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: MR Bulk on August 29, 2005, 08:34:53 PM
Yeah that Subey WRX is one honkin' machine!  Didn't know they came with HIDs though...:thinking:
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: P-Shizzel on August 29, 2005, 10:33:01 PM
Yeah that Subey WRX is one honkin' machine!  Didn't know they came with HIDs though...:thinking:

The STi does :toothy9:. 

By the way, has anyone modded HID headligths before?  :idea1:
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: andrewwynn on September 06, 2005, 01:57:38 AM
Flashlights, ya say.. vacation ya say?

(http://rouse.com/flash/flashmuseum.jpg)
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: andrewwynn on September 06, 2005, 04:04:21 AM
Ok.. so the scroll didn't work properly so i broke into a separate post:

I realize you'll have to scroll to see the whole pic.. it's actually cropped to about 50% scale (started life as a 7MPx image)... but wanted to keep enough detail to see the smaller lights.

In any event, Tom came to visit me while i was camping on Sat and on Sun morning we spread out all the lights we brought with.. mind you.. he only brought 'his favorites'.. as well as me.. he was joking that we should have a contest to see if somebody can name them all. (but it's not really possible too many are custom lights).. like the little arc-aaa based nano in the middle front or the peak nano that is the 3-way model just to the left of it. Some of you will recognize 'the twin'... the only one in the world with a working driver. (from a lionheart... had to dremel off about 1/10th inch diameter to get it to fit!).

some of my favorites in this pile of lights:


Well that's a heck of a collection... it took long enough to set them up and take pictures i have some pretty good sunburn on my head. Hope people enjoy our little flashlight museum... I'll let Tom jump in and tell the story of somebody with a 1Mcp light who regretted shining us from across the lake :D

-awr
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: MaxaBaker on September 06, 2005, 04:51:17 AM
O' sweet heaven on earth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :shocked: :shocked: :shocked: :shocked: :shocked: :shocked: :shocked: :shocked: :shocked: :shocked: :shocked:



I've seen Nik's lights, I've seen some of your lights, but *together*, HOLY COW :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :icon_salut: :icon_salut: :icon_salut: :icon_salut: :icon_salut: :icon_salut: :icon_salut: :icon_salut:
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: andrewwynn on September 06, 2005, 06:20:30 AM
Part 3:

Over the years been working on better and better ways to illuminate the camp area around the fire... 2 yrs ago i had the panasonic light that was about 100 lumen... i put it up high.. i put some cardboard into the handle and shot the light up into the cardboard.. the cardboard was covered with crumpled and flattened aluminum foil.. and worked great... well last year i had upgraded the light to the Megasonic (http://rouse.com/mega) bumping up the brightness to about 280 lumen and LED powered.. the runtime maybe 6 hours.... i tried something different that year.. i bounced the light off a big white wall.. Well.. this year i figured out the 'holy grail'...

(http://homepage.mac.com/rouses/.Pictures/Photo%20Album%20Pictures/2005-09-05%2021.07.28%20-0700/Image-982A6B5C1E8B11DA.jpg)

That is an X990 (3200-3500 lumen) bouncing into a 9' diameter umbrella.. it was just like a light being on in a room! The picture does NOT do justice for how much light that thing puts out.

more pictures here. (http://homepage.mac.com/rouses/beams/PhotoAlbum253.html)



-awr
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: MaxaBaker on September 06, 2005, 06:41:20 AM
Man that X990 is saww-weeeet!
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: BigHonu on September 06, 2005, 07:25:12 AM
what kind of super delux camping chair is that sitting in the front?

cool shot!
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: andrewwynn on September 07, 2005, 11:56:20 PM
i think that is a super-delux baby backpack actually.

The picture doesn't really do justice for just how lit-up the area is... you can see how 'blown out' the white on the canopy is... well when not looking at the canopy and your eyes adjust, you can clearly see anything within about 60 ft away.

-awr
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: arewethereyetdad on September 08, 2005, 02:26:07 AM
i think that is a super-delux baby backpack actually.

Hunh, you know what, Andrew, I do believe you're right.  But it sure does look like somebody took their favorite executive leather office chair out there on the camping trip.  :rotflmao:  What do you suppose the "legs" are?
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: andrewwynn on September 08, 2005, 04:06:22 AM
I believe what looks like legs and goes away from the camera is the velcro straps that go around the wearer... I believe the grey 'fork' looking 'legs' toward the camera are what go around the wearer's hips.. i could be wrong... maybe i needed to user a brighter light!

-awr
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: andrewwynn on September 08, 2005, 06:23:45 PM
OK.. the Tesla-Rouse Museum is now ONLINE (http://homepage.mac.com/rouses/flash/PhotoAlbum259.html)

go check it out.

-wr
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: Geologist on September 08, 2005, 07:34:17 PM
The poor guy!   :'(  He had to sell everything for those lights!  He is down to a mattress and a cooler (which is probably filled with batteries and modding equipment), the poor guy!  Maybe next raffle is for Andrew!  :thumbup:

 :D

Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: andrewwynn on September 08, 2005, 11:29:33 PM
that's pretty funny... if i paid for all those lights that would be the case for sure.. most of those are Nikola Tesla's although i was surprised just a bit when i unpacked after camp and counted like 10+ lights that were mine.

-awr
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: arewethereyetdad on July 30, 2006, 08:19:25 PM
Thought I'd resurrect my old thread, since I just got back from vacation.  For this year's vacation I brought along the following lights:

1. Brass Cub (of course) with RPM custom brass body  :D
2. Ti McLux PD (of course)
3. Peak Stainless Steel Caribbean (the TRUE pocket rocket)
4. Peak Brass Pacific with AA body
5. Fenix Stainless Steel L1+

These are the lights that are seeing the most EDC usage these days.  All got to go to Cooperstown with me.  :P
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: Geologist on July 31, 2006, 07:38:06 AM
Hey you just reminded me to post about all the light related stuff I did on vacation!

Here is what I had along for the trip (trip by car ;) )

1) EDC - stock Chammie in Holester
2) EDC - Ti Exolion (around neck with Flupic installed)
3) In the "bag", Bare LC (with 168A, LH, lanternhead), SF C3, C2(P90mod), Eternalight Elite Xray, Peak Caribbean, QIII (flupic mod), Fenix L2P
4) ACRO X990
5) Also always in the car but not used were a SF G2 (BOG Drop-in, UCL), Eternalight Elite Marine, TurboFlare


The CHammie and Exolion got daily EDC use and were the real workhorses on this trip.  The Bare LC got used with LH/168A attachments on some of my walks AND got used a lot back at the hotel with the attached lantern head.  The Caribbean got used on the walks out into the country side (this light is just awesome)  Once away from everything, I would fire up the X990 for some spectacular effects (but then you would have to start moving quickly as the X990 is the "bug magnet".  The LC/LH setup was also very impressive as a laser sword in the darkness.  The C3 and C2 saw use once or twice, but they are primarily used as backup lights.  My wife used the Eternalight on occasion (and her Infinity Ultra).  THe other lights saw no action, but are always in the bag.

The winner?  No real winners, but the tops would be the Chammie, Exolion, Caribbean, and the LC....
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: arewethereyetdad on July 31, 2006, 11:48:00 AM
The Caribbean got used on the walks out into the country side (this light is just awesome) 

Told ya!   :headbang:
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: EricMack on July 31, 2006, 12:20:26 PM
The Caribbean got used on the walks out into the country side (this light is just awesome) 

Told ya!   :headbang:

+1.  :thumbup:  My SS Caribbean is one of the best "sleeper" lights out there!  Serious over-performer!! :D ;)
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: Geologist on July 31, 2006, 02:09:53 PM
The Caribbean got used on the walks out into the country side (this light is just awesome) 

Told ya!   :headbang:

+1.  :thumbup:  My SS Caribbean is one of the best "sleeper" lights out there!  Serious over-performer!! :D ;)

It is not that the Caribbean is does win the brightness/throw/multi-function prizes - but it puts out a good amount of light for a long time - I am still thinking about getting the SS version - or better yet Ti!
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: arewethereyetdad on July 31, 2006, 02:56:37 PM
Well, currently there is no Ti version of the Caribbean, but there IS a stainless steel version, and that's just as good, if not better, IMHO.  I love the SS Caribbean.  For its size, nothing - and I mean NOTHING - comes close to its output.  :thumbup: :thumbup:
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: Aten_Imago on August 01, 2006, 01:10:57 PM
LOL! Welcome to the wide world of Umbrella Lighting- a time honored method of efficiently bouncing lumens.I have a  spare Silver or Satin one around here. Would you like me to send it to you for R&D?


Part 3:

Over the years been working on better and better ways to illuminate the camp area around the fire... 2 yrs ago i had the panasonic light that was about 100 lumen... i put it up high.. i put some cardboard into the handle and shot the light up into the cardboard.. the cardboard was covered with crumpled and flattened aluminum foil.. and worked great... well last year i had upgraded the light to the Megasonic (http://rouse.com/mega) bumping up the brightness to about 280 lumen and LED powered.. the runtime maybe 6 hours.... i tried something different that year.. i bounced the light off a big white wall.. Well.. this year i figured out the 'holy grail'...

(http://homepage.mac.com/rouses/.Pictures/Photo%20Album%20Pictures/2005-09-05%2021.07.28%20-0700/Image-982A6B5C1E8B11DA.jpg)

That is an X990 (3200-3500 lumen) bouncing into a 9' diameter umbrella.. it was just like a light being on in a room! The picture does NOT do justice for how much light that thing puts out.

more pictures here. (http://homepage.mac.com/rouses/beams/PhotoAlbum253.html)



-awr
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: Aten_Imago on August 01, 2006, 01:26:51 PM
I was lucky enough to get an AWR Nano just before heading out on Vacation. I also took my neckworn AUNOC, A Modified Keymate, a PakLite and Green GloToob .
The Nano was just amazing! The town I was in doesn't do street lighting very well and I used the Nano to navigate my 2 mile evening walk- both through streets and along the beach. I still can't help chuckling at how bright it is for its size. The best part was that just after recharging: My cellphone,iPod and Digicam batteries, I'd top off the Nano Battery (5 minutes). It's cool not having to use throw-aways.
One evening after an amazing dinner at a relative's place, I had to pull it from around my neck to light up the sink- so my Sis could properly see her work space- WOW! suddenly heads turned and the host exclaimed "What is THAT!!?" I sheepishly held up the Nano for all to behold. I could see her eyes open up with envy and lust so I slipped her the AUNOC as a gift. "The Nano is a prototype that has to be retured" i quiped sheepishly...
After Italy wone the World Cup, the Center of town turned into a scene from Carnivale in Rio. I was stuck in town without a way back to the hotel- so I just shot pix of the revelry and merriment. The Nano was really helpful in lighting up some dark scenes that made it impossible for my camera's focus system to work ( Pix to follow later)
Thanks Andrew! The Nano ROCKS!
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: 45/70 on August 04, 2006, 05:47:44 AM
I noticed this thread a while back.  I just can't help but think, "What a ridiculous idea".  Flashlights on vacation.  Sounds like "Girls Gone Wild!" ( :naughty:).  It just seems silly.  I don't ever get to go on vacation.  Why should my flashlights go?

OK, my LionCub got a vacation to Hawaii but, that's just because some numbnuts turned her into a CubMeleon and wired her wrong.  I considered that a "working vacation" anyway.  That's OK, I guess.  :icon_scratch:

At any rate, I think anyone one who is thinking of sending their flashlights on a vacation should reconsider.  I mean there's the cost of transportation, meals (especially those on a lithium diet), lodging (allthough this probably isn't a real problem), and, you never know what kind of trouble they'll get into out there on their own.  :thinking:

Flashlights are just tools, right?  Hummm,...... on second thought....  Hey!  I just came up with a brilliant ( ;)) idea!  Why don't I, take a vacation, and, take my flashlights with me?  Cool idea, huh!  :D

It's not very likely but, I think numbn..... er, I mean, I, need a vacation.

Dave
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: Geologist on August 04, 2006, 07:06:37 AM
:rotflmao:

Don't let numbnuts mod your lights!
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: Aten_Imago on August 04, 2006, 12:41:50 PM
Actually you're right. The flashlights never get a vacation. They only get rest stops  ;)
I noticed this thread a while back.  I just can't help but think, "What a ridiculous idea".  Flashlights on vacation.  Sounds like "Girls Gone Wild!" ( :naughty:).  It just seems silly.  I don't ever get to go on vacation.  Why should my flashlights go?

OK, my LionCub got a vacation to Hawaii but, that's just because some numbnuts turned her into a CubMeleon and wired her wrong.  I considered that a "working vacation" anyway.  That's OK, I guess.  :icon_scratch:

At any rate, I think anyone one who is thinking of sending their flashlights on a vacation should reconsider.  I mean there's the cost of transportation, meals (especially those on a lithium diet), lodging (allthough this probably isn't a real problem), and, you never know what kind of trouble they'll get into out there on their own.  :thinking:

Flashlights are just tools, right?  Hummm,...... on second thought....  Hey!  I just came up with a brilliant ( ;)) idea!  Why don't I, take a vacation, and, take my flashlights with me?  Cool idea, huh!  :D

It's not very likely but, I think numbn..... er, I mean, I, need a vacation.

Dave
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: arewethereyetdad on August 04, 2006, 08:23:08 PM
I noticed this thread a while back.  I just can't help but think, "What a ridiculous idea".  Flashlights on vacation.  Sounds like "Girls Gone Wild!" ( :naughty:).  It just seems silly.  I don't ever get to go on vacation.  Why should my flashlights go?

OK, my LionCub got a vacation to Hawaii but, that's just because some numbnuts turned her into a CubMeleon and wired her wrong.  I considered that a "working vacation" anyway.  That's OK, I guess.  :icon_scratch:

At any rate, I think anyone one who is thinking of sending their flashlights on a vacation should reconsider.  I mean there's the cost of transportation, meals (especially those on a lithium diet), lodging (allthough this probably isn't a real problem), and, you never know what kind of trouble they'll get into out there on their own.  :thinking:

Flashlights are just tools, right?  Hummm,...... on second thought....  Hey!  I just came up with a brilliant ( ;)) idea!  Why don't I, take a vacation, and, take my flashlights with me?  Cool idea, huh!  :D

It's not very likely but, I think numbn..... er, I mean, I, need a vacation.

Dave

Uh, Dave, this is my thread idea, and, frankly, I'm damn upset you'd think it was a ridiculous idea to have a thread about flashlight on vacation.   J/K :rotflmao:

The vacation is yours, not the flashlights'.  They're just along for the ride.  :woot:
Title: Re: Flashlights on Vacation
Post by: 45/70 on August 04, 2006, 10:51:27 PM
The vacation is yours, not the flashlights'.
Oh,................. nevermind.  :rotflmao:

But, thanks for the vacation!  :thumbsup:

Dave