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Old 07-02-2012, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Default Lantern recs. please?

After spending 3 1/2 days w/o power, I realize we need an emergency lantern type thing (something I can ready by). I have a small Coleman but it's not really much bigger than a flashlight, it can be a flashlight or you can pull up the side and it's a tiny lantern but I'd go blind trying to use that. Thanks for any recommendations. While we're on the topic, do those wireless push light things work? (haven't seen them for sale for quite some time but I was wondering).
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Old 07-04-2012, 09:53 AM
 
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I have one of the folding Energizer "lanterns" -- very easy to read by. It concentrates the light where you want it. Battery operated (and I think it can be solar "charged," too -- that's what it's being advertised as now, but I can't recall that feature on mine). And it's not bulky, so storage of it is easier than the larger round lanterns.

The push lights that are hockey-puck size are pretty worthless to me. Not enough light for even in a closet.

I have seen larger push lights, but if I recall correctly, those give off an ambient light, like a nightlight in the bathroom would.
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Old 07-04-2012, 09:55 AM
 
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(PS: This past week, I was up at the Home Depot on Little River Tpke, and they had the lantern I mention. But that was before Friday!)
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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I cobbled together a booklight (the type on a stiff flexible wire) and a 3 AA cell battery compartment and a resistor to make a reading light for use at night in bed. It takes around nine months of regular reading (an hour or more a night) before the batteries need replacing. Otherwise just replace the tiny coin cells every day or two. For just wandering around the house in the evening, solar path lights work fine. When you wake in the morning, stick 'em outside, bring 'em in at dusk.

The hockey puck lights work in the bathroom at night, but otherwise I agree that they aren't terribly useful. For real light, start with a 12 volt marine battery and go from there.
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Thanks. I have read mixed opinions about Coleman (some like them, some say they have a short battery life). I was thinking maybe I'd check REI and see what they have?
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:45 AM
 
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Get these as they put out alot of light compared to the cost (I found them on clearance at Walgreens a few weeks ago for 1.25 each, so I bought two cases of them(Batteries were included at Wwalgreens)):

http://www.harborfreight.com/27-led-portable-worklight-flashlight-67227.html?utm_medium=cse&utm_source=googlebase-pla&hft_adv=40010&mr:trackingCode=02670F9E-782A-E011-B31E-001B2163195C&mr:referralID=NA&mkwid=%7bifsearch:s% 7d%7bifcontent:c%7dnegiMtbp&mr:trackingCode=F46F0F 9E-782A-E011-B31E-001B2163195C&mr:referralID=NA&origin=pla&mr:adType =pla&gclid=CJS--ob9grECFUlN4AodTwq3Cw

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