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How can I improvise a camping lantern from my flashlight?

Have you thought about making a simple Milk Jug Lantern or similar? Find a clear or slightly opaque bottle of the light colour you want (a milk jug works perfectly for white light, but maybe a clear ...
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What kind of portable light is going to be effective at illuminating my path?

I would recommend any LED headlamp, it's a huge difference to old school flashlights (much brighter and batteries last much longer). Headlamp because you want to have your hands free if you got to ...
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SERE Surival Kit includes velcro finger lights, but why?

The point of the velcro is to hold the light onto your finger, and the extra length makes it possible to use with gloves. These have several advantages, Originally designed for pilots, the popularity ...
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How to touch up scratches on a black anodized aluminum flashlight?

How to touch up scratches on a black anodized aluminum flashlight? Try using black nail polish on your flashlight 🔦. But make sure it is a good quality nail polish and not something from the Dollar ...
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Do flashlights (torches) with multi-color capabilities have any applications for usage in the great outdoors at night?

Just found this and thought it rather interesting and adds just a little something more to the already great answers posted. The following is from the Flashlight University: LED Colors and Uses. ...
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My head torch/lamp has a red mode, why?

In addition to the answers already mentioned, I prefer red light while outdoors in the summer because it seems to attract fewer insects. I always seem to have more insects flying around my face if I ...
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What does lumen and lux for flashlights/torches actually mean?

Simply put, lumens is the total amount of light coming out of the flashlight, and lux is the measure of how much of that light is focused in one area. One lux equals one lumen per square metre. If ...
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What does lumen and lux for flashlights/torches actually mean?

From a related post: Lumens is the SI unit for luminous flux, which is essentially the total amount of light in the visible spectrum emitted by a source in all directions. Lumens does not depend ...
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Waterproof safety kit for aluminum boat

That exact safety kit was installed in the little aluminum boat that came with my cottage two years ago. The orange plastic is a lot paler -- it could be 10 or 20 years old-- but whistles and rope ...
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How can I improvise a camping lantern from my flashlight?

This is a problem we have never thought of! Even on the rare occasions when we split up so there was only one person at the camp, that person managed OK, albeit it awkwardly, by using a (drumroll !) ...
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How can I improvise a camping lantern from my flashlight?

How can I improvise my flashlight for camping? Try using a magnetic similar to the one in this image: Simply lay down a thick piece of felt between the magnet and your car to avoid scratching the ...
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How can I improvise a camping lantern from my flashlight?

If that car is actually yours, it's nicely reflective. My van is also silver. Prop the flashlight on a chair, bag, fence or stone pointing at the car from a few feet away and you'll get a decent area ...
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How to touch up scratches on a black anodized aluminum flashlight?

"How can I [make] it completely black?" Cover it with something black. Drawing on it with a black marker will work, but that might rub off after serious use. You could use black spray paint, but ...
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What kind of portable light is going to be effective at illuminating my path?

I would recommend a tactical military-grade flashlight. I personally use one and will not go back to any other style now. Not only do they have the option of going from a strong beam light to a wide ...
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Waterproof safety kit for aluminum boat

Clearly, you need a waterproof container (for small stuff) and a waterproof flashlight. The flashlight is required if you intend to use your boat during the night. Corrosion is a big problem for all ...
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Do flashlights (torches) with multi-color capabilities have any applications for usage in the great outdoors at night?

I know that some animals find hard to see red and they can't differentiate between red and green very well so I'd assume green and red have the same application (used in dark places) with red being a ...
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How many lumens for a diving torch?

Lumens is the amount of light emitted from your torch. If the same amount light is spread in a tight beam, say 6 degrees, it will appear much brighter than the same amount of light spread over a ...
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Do flashlights (torches) with multi-color capabilities have any applications for usage in the great outdoors at night?

Red has been covered already, and it really is the most practical colour to have with you at night, as it is the only one that doesn't impact your night vision significantly. The others, though, are ...
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Do flashlights (torches) with multi-color capabilities have any applications for usage in the great outdoors at night?

If you find yourself hiking along a road at night, especially in a group, a red light towards oncoming traffic may be a good idea. There isn't always a verge to step onto when you notice a car ...
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Headlamp with open flame

What you're looking at is a carbide lamp, and it looks to be a Petzl Aceto. What you can't see in this photo is the generator, which is a round canister with two parts. The upper part contains water,...
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What characteristics should I look for in a good torch/flashlight?

There are several features you could want or ignore in a head torch. So this answer is subjective. A good head torch should be bright of course with a good distance to it, you don't just want to be ...
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How to touch up scratches on a black anodized aluminum flashlight?

I have a small can of Bar-B-Q-Black, a Rustoleum product that we have used on scratches or dings on black metal objects, such as a wood-burning stove or a iron garden bench. This particular can says ...
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What kind of portable light is going to be effective at illuminating my path?

I can see the appeal of headlamps, but personally I think they are best suited to activities where you need to have your hands free. That doesn't seem to be the case here, since you don't mention that ...
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How can I improvise a camping lantern from my flashlight?

What about a tripod lashing? All it requires is a length of cord or rope and three poles to build something to hold your flashlight by it's shoulder strap.
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Flashlight or headlamp for night hiking?

I'm going to have to disagree with others here about headlamps. Although they can come in handy in certain situations, I don't really like them for hiking. For me, a handheld flashlight is best for ...
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What does lumen and lux for flashlights/torches actually mean?

Lumen: The lumen is essentially the amount of light emitted from the point source. A candela is roughly the amount of light emitted from one lit candlestick in any direction over an angular span. A ...
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Is it worth to use LEP flashlights as a tactical or EDC?

The design benefit of these emitters is that the brightness comes from a much smaller area. This means that the optics can focus the light into a smaller spot. There doesn't, at the moment, seem to ...
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How many lumens for a diving torch?

No amount of lumens will allow you to effectively see in very murky water. If water visibility is about 1m, you won't see more than 1m no matter if you have 500 lm or 5000 lm. A very strong light will ...
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What characteristics should I look for in a good torch/flashlight?

I have to agree with the people who responded saying that a headlamp is the best way to go. For your uses, you can definitely find a headlamp bright enough and it's so much more convenient to have ...
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