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Cree 5W LED torch at Aldi
Posted: 02/01/2014 00:28:25
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Firstly, Happy New year everyone.

Don't know whether any of you have caught up with one of Mr Aldi's latest offerings? I saw the ad and went for a look-see. I saw and bought... Not cheap at £24.99 but appears well made with a fairly solid aluminium case which I'm told is 'waterproof' but don't know to what depth. It takes 3 x C batteries (the old 'U2') and the light output is terrific. It zooms from wide angle to narrow beam. They reckon that with a brand new set of alkaline batteries, it should burn for 8hrs.

The only weak point that I can see is the thin cord that attaches torch to wrist strap so I'll beef that cord up before I go into dark places. (The fixing point in the ali case looks OK - just the cord) I'm yet to give it a whirl but it looks a good bit of kit to shine about you to see things out of reach of your cap lamp.

Cheers

Clive
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Posted: 02/01/2014 02:02:30
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Happy new year Smile Thanks for the heads up! Sounds interesting, could be a good secondary light for painting from a photography perspective. Certainly no harm in having a look. What's the power output and range like if you don't mind me asking.

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Posted: 02/01/2014 09:33:58
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I also smeer a little vaseline around the threads to protect further, is it waterproof or submersible? IP: 213.123.188.1
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Posted: 02/01/2014 09:42:24
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U2 battery size is a "D" isn't it?
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Posted: 02/01/2014 11:58:39
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My recommendation for back up/emergency lighting.
Without doubt the outstandingly powerful for its size and spec the Fenix E11
Tiny and only takes a single AA battery but small and light enough to cable tie to your Oldham or Fellows lamp battery cord on the side of the helmet.
Off thread but worth a mention.

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Posted: 02/01/2014 12:46:34
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For diving our back ups are mini Q 40,s they are really good and are waterproof to 90m if you get the non LED version they are really cheap if you shop round on Ebay LED ones are brighter but cost twice as much. IP: 2.102.24.170
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Posted: 02/01/2014 13:37:35
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Paul Marvin wrote:

For diving our back ups are mini Q 40,s they are really good and are waterproof to 90m if you get the non LED version they are really cheap if you shop round on Ebay LED ones are brighter but cost twice as much.


I've been using the same Q40 as my back up light for around fifteen years - absolutely cracking bit of kit. If and when it dies I will replace it with the same. Highly recommended.
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Posted: 02/01/2014 18:27:33
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Sorry All, 'Senior Moment'.., Size C battery = old U11... Crying IP: 109.157.95.233 Edited: 02/01/2014 18:41:49 by TheBogieman
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Posted: 02/01/2014 18:32:43
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Hi Scatts

Let's put it this way, shining it down our dark, wet lane, on narrow beam, it showed up trees and hedges clearly at c. 150-200m away.

The claim is 5W power Cree LED - not sure which Cree designation.

Ideal spare light and I'd say excellent for light painting photos (which is what I have in mind)

Clive
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Posted: 02/01/2014 18:35:13
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Hi Tomb

There is already some lube on the threads and zoom head. Totally agree about a bit of vaseline too, if only to stop galling of the threads as well as a bit of extra waterproofing.

It didn't say submersible, only waterproof. By its construction, I'd say it could be dropped into a metre or so for a minute or two without suffering harm.

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Clive
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Posted: 02/01/2014 18:40:31
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Thanks for that advice Roy. Only recently found your website - looks like I'll have to start saving some pennies for one of your excellent cap lamps. I'm short of a decent one.

I always take at least 2 spare lights plus batteries in my bag as I'm sure everyone does.

Clive
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Posted: 02/01/2014 19:14:02
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Mr Biff does excellent led conversions for Q40 lamps:

http://www.customduo.co.uk/Pages/FlippinTec.aspx

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Posted: 03/01/2014 09:06:01
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Nice One. IP: 2.102.24.170
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Posted: 05/01/2014 22:29:38
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I'm with Roy on this most definitely. Fenix all the way. They *are* more expensive than most handheld flashlights, but:

- the quoted lumens are measured lumens, not theoretical maximum
- the build quality is fantastic
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Posted: 05/01/2014 23:35:13
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Almost hesitate to say this, but I'm still impressed with my JetBeam DDR26. Illumination compares well with slightly dearer Fenix, but has built in charger that plugs into a USB port on your computer. Seems very well built, but time will tell... IP: 84.93.71.117
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Posted: 05/01/2014 23:41:52
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SimonRL wrote:

I'm with Roy on this most definitely. Fenix all the way. They *are* more expensive than most handheld flashlights, but:

- the quoted lumens are measured lumens, not theoretical maximum
- the build quality is fantastic


Totally agree. I have used Fenix torches for years and I would not buy anything else. Mine have even been put inadvertently in the washing machine. I use them in mines and for all other manner of night time stuff, bike riding on forest trails in the dark etc. The build quality is heavy duty.

What I love about them is that the light is proper white. Some cheaper Chinese torches I have used have an awful blue hue which really shows up in photographs. Fenix all the time for me!
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Posted: 13/02/2014 21:43:27
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Hi, just been down to our local Aldi and they've reduced these to £14.99. They say 10w and 490Lm with protection at IP65
(so total dust, water jets, but not submersible).
Very bright - I'm quite impressed.
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Posted: 18/02/2014 15:14:27
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150-200m is still a good range for what you're paying for. I have to work on a titght budget so use what I can find. Mainly though it's more for light painting rather than visibility.

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Posted: 21/02/2014 16:48:33
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Hmmm.... don't seem to be reduced in my local Aldis - we've got three of them round here! Other wise I might be tempted.

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Posted: 21/02/2014 17:31:11
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Ditto


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