Let there be light - a thread for lights and lanterns

Discussion in 'Other Gear' started by el manana, Dec 21, 2019.

  1. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    @el manana shouldn’t you thread through the honeycomb holes, otherwise upper and lower elastic will move towards each other under tension. Mine did anyway.
  2. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    I did think the same, but I just followed the suggested set up. Fits really well with no movement. Yeah, I won't run in mine either...
  3. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    I bought 3mm cord @Clare , it definitely won't go through the honeycomb holes
  4. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    That'll teach me to take no heed of the "new messages have been posted to this thread' notification as I am typing... ;)
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  5. Charlie83

    Charlie83 Ultralighter

    Just to buck the trend, mines is done with 1 point something shock cord (all I had at the time I think), I have the short length attached to the long and never had a problem with it
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  6. Lamont-Cranston

    Lamont-Cranston Thru Hiker

    Heat up a needle and expand a hole?
    I did.
    Bingo, bango...
  7. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    Got another when reduced on Ebay...


    Struggling to see the difference with the copies.
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  8. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I imagine its quite subtle...
    Until your tent burns down :smug:
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  9. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    The OH tried to use the Tube light I’d put on the car keys the other day……
    this light doesn’t work:mad:
    “did you push the button for 3 secs to unlock?”
    Yes…….it doesn’t work:mad:
    One, two, three & there was light.:)
    well it didn’t work for me:mad:
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  10. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    It will, though I guess thinner is lighter.
    I used 3mm(verified) as it was in a bright colour I preferred. You just need to strip back the outer a little, poke 3/4+ of the rubber core strands through, and pull them hard. The stretching thins the shock cord enough for the whole cord to then pull through.
    Like Martink9 I use a single strand of shock cord and don't find the need for 2. The unrequired strap has now gone onto an older more powerful but much heavier fenix headtorch as that elastic band had perished.

    For what size they are, they are great little lights, (the nitecore 25) use mine most days around the farm. A van-living mate has bought 2 after borrowing mine for a night. He now prefers it over his Zebralight H5something ... which died after 7 years regular use. (Every night in winter and shoulders). He'll be a good endurance tester for it.
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2019
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  11. Masca

    Masca Hiker

    Hi. Does anyone have any opinion on the (newer?) Nitecore NU17 headlamp, or indeed any reason to prefer it over the obviously popular NU25? I'm looking for a general camping/outdoors headlamp with red light. I don't expect to do much night time trail walking, but I want to be prepared should it become necessary. Is the 180 (NU17) or 100 (NU25) degree main light beam best for this? I'd really like USB-C charging just to simply life... why is this being adopted so slowly!!!!? Thanks in advance!
  12. benp1

    benp1 Trail Blazer

    Floodier beam is nicer for up close work. Narrower beam is better for walking (and not blinding any companions)

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