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Old 03-07-2013, 02:52 PM
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I bought a cheap plastic solar/battery hybrid flashlight from wal-mart, but I'm not confident of how long it will last under hard use..I'm trying to get away from anything that requires batteries in my BOB.

So, I'm basically looking for mag-light quality all metal/durable solar powered flashlight. It can be 100% solar or battery hybrid..Any Suggestions?
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http://www.goalzero.com/shop/p/83/To...ashlight/10:1/

Its a solar and crank flashlight made by goal zero.
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Why would you want Maglite quality? I purposely avoid cheap products with terrible performance.

Also, a 100% solar powered flashlight? Really? *facepalm*
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if you get the goal zero adventure kit don't get that one get the 19010 models because 19006 is an outdated one, also its a 7 watt solar panel
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Why would you want Maglite quality? I purposely avoid cheap products with terrible performance.

Also, a 100% solar powered flashlight? Really? *facepalm*
As far as mag-light quality I meant the "shell"..

As far as 100% solar I was referring to something with an internal power storage source..
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As far as 100% solar I was referring to something with an internal power storage source..
lol you mean like a battery?
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lol you mean like a battery?
Lol..Yes smart ass..But not a traditional "AA" or AAA..Something that is built in and lasts a long time..
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Lol..Yes smart ass..But not a traditional "AA" or AAA..Something that is built in and lasts a long time..
Did you read my post? Its the first one That flashlight has an internal battery.
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Lol..Yes smart ass..But not a traditional "AA" or AAA..Something that is built in and lasts a long time..
Why would you want a fixed battery instead of a replaceable one ? All batteries wear out.
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Did you read my post? Its the first one That flashlight has an internal battery.
Yes sir I did..It is in my Amazon "wishlist"..Thanks
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Why would you want a fixed battery instead of a replaceable one ? All batteries wear out.
Good Point...I was just under the assumption that fixed batteries held a long life..

But I intend to have more than one flashlight..I already have battery operated lights..I just want something a little different
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Good Point...I was just under the assumption that fixed batteries held a long life..

But I intend to have more than one flashlight..I already have battery operated lights..I just want something a little different
Battery life is more related to four factors:

1. the technology: Nicad, lithium, Nimh, etc
2. The quality of the battery
3. the quality of the charger
4. the environmental conditions.

The LaCrosse charger I linked to you might be a little pricey for a charger but it will let you get the most out of your batteries. Independent tests and reviews have shown Sony batteries to be superior in terms of life. If you store your batteries in dry conditions and avoid extremes in temperature you will get the most useful life.

The only advantage of a non-replaceable battery is being able to store more battery in less space (or a particular spatial configuration). IMHO this 'advantage' is more than outweighed by the fact that when the battery dies, you throw out the appliance. Of course, if you're getting one with a built-in solar panel, it may be the panel that wears out first. It will be a race to the bottom.

IMHO a modular system where you can replace a worn out component with another (esp. as the technology advances) has a great advantage.
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Left to Right:

SureFire E2D LED Defender Dual-Output LED (200 Lumens)

Surefire Saint Minimus LED Headlamp

Surefire E1B Dual-Output LED Flashlight





I have others but these are my EDC / BOB / INCH / SHTF go-to lights
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I bought a cheap plastic solar/battery hybrid flashlight from wal-mart, but I'm not confident of how long it will last under hard use..I'm trying to get away from anything that requires batteries in my BOB.

So, I'm basically looking for mag-light quality all metal/durable solar powered flashlight. It can be 100% solar or battery hybrid..Any Suggestions?
100% solar? I heard the polish invented those.
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SharpDog is right on with his comment about solar and hand-crank models being garbage. We've gone through several hand crank models here at the house, and are currently being disappointed by combination radio/flashlight with both solar cells and hand crank.
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Ive found these to be excellent:


They're waterproofed, mechanically powered, durable, and the company is dedicated to giving people in under-developed countries sustainable technology (prefect if your religious and want to do a good deed).

I've had one for a while and it's done pretty good. It's a bit on the large/heavy side through. And I don't know exactly how waterproof it is.

**EDIT***

Just found out that the fricking thing is "splash-proof."
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I have this that is very rugged and has a proprietary "lifetime battery". Not all that bright, solar lights with small panels just aren't. But usable. 15% off coupon right now. See user comments.
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I have used hand pumped led flashlights. Much superior to old incandescent ones that really built up your muscles. Led one's only require a few pumps to get over five minutes of usable light. Plastic parts don't indicate a long life through. Crank models want you to crank a minute or more. These also seem fragile and are less convenient.
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I have had my goal zero solar/crank flash light for around six months. Is it plastic, yes, but heck, so is my XD. I lay it next to the window every night after use and grab it every evening and use it checking the campground I am currently hosting. A little bulky but it has always worked. Is it my only flash light, nope, but it is a great addition to my battery of light sources.
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