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#135399 - 06/10/08 02:46 PM Re: Importance of just a little bit of preparation [Re: Russ]
Paragon Offline
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Registered: 10/21/07
Posts: 231
Loc: Greensboro, NC
I keep an ACR Firefly Plus strobe/flashlight combination in my signaling/communication module. It was a bit larger than I originally expected (5 oz and 5.3" long - my local outfitter had to special order it and I hadn't really checked the specs carefully enough) although the range (2 miles) is simply awesome.

I also picked up a tiny little Pelican Mini Flasher LED last winter (somewhat because I thought it was "cute", although I felt it might be useful to attach to something that I wouldn't want to loose - the backpacker in front or behind me on the trail at night, my tent when I hike off in the middle of the night to relieve myself, or even a knife or hatchet that I am using and could otherwise misplace in the leaves).

Jim
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#135400 - 06/10/08 02:48 PM Re: Importance of just a little bit of preparation [Re: Blast]
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Registered: 05/16/05
Posts: 1058
Loc: Finger Lakes of NY State
Originally Posted By: Blast
I wonder what make/model it was? I need to get one before my deep sea fishing trip out in the Gulf.

Though first I need to talk DW into letting me go deep sea fishing. For some reason she's afraid I'll do something dumb with a shark. I figure as long as the shark doesn't have fleas* I should be okay.

-Blast

*that's a sutble hint that I'm okay again with cat jokes. Grieve hard but fast then move on.


Cats are great companions to have while shark fishing! smile
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#135403 - 06/10/08 03:02 PM Re: Importance of just a little bit of preparation [Re: Stu]
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The faceless pig scares me....You can't tell he's evil "by the look in his eye."
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#135404 - 06/10/08 03:11 PM Re: Importance of just a little bit of preparation [Re: MoBOB]
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Registered: 07/15/02
Posts: 3561
Loc: Spring, Texas
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The faceless pig scares me....


Ain't that the truth. I have this weird vision of some creepy young kid wandering through the neighborhood with it and peering into windows...

-Blast, low on sleep
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#135408 - 06/10/08 03:54 PM Re: Importance of just a little bit of preparation [Re: Blast]
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Registered: 10/10/01
Posts: 966
Loc: Seattle, WA
FWIW, the Fenix P1D lights are very small and can be very bright. More importantly in this context, they have a strobe (and SOS).

I have one of these "premium Q5s" on my keychain.

Yah, they are expensive, but so small and versatile and there is no excuse not to have it with you.

FWIW, my primary EDC is an HDS EDC U85, which also has a strobe (HDS EDC is out of production, it will be replaced by the Ra Clicky in Aug.).

Both of these lights are at least as bright as the benchmark Surefires (E2e, 6P).

These LED based lights with strobe are very bright, efficient, small and reliable.

-john


Edited by JohnN (06/10/08 03:59 PM)

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#135410 - 06/10/08 03:58 PM Re: Importance of just a little bit of preparation [Re: JohnN]
Russ Online   content
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Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 4934
Loc: SOCAL
Strobes in flashlights are fine if you know where to point the flashlight. At sea you really want an omni-directional strobe so that all you need to do is turn it on and then get on with your primary job of keeping your head above water. IMO they are very lucky the helo crew was able to see the flashlight.

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#135411 - 06/10/08 04:03 PM Re: Importance of just a little bit of preparation [Re: Russ]
JohnN Offline
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Registered: 10/10/01
Posts: 966
Loc: Seattle, WA

Sure, but compared to the guy with the cheap flashlight which was probably not that bright, only had a pretty small runtime and didn't have a strobe....

What I'm trying to say is that with these kinds of lights, there is no excuse not to always have them.

In reality, they needed a PLB, and strobes on each of the flotation devices.

-john

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#135415 - 06/10/08 04:12 PM Re: Importance of just a little bit of preparation [Re: Russ]
Am_Fear_Liath_Mor Offline
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Registered: 08/03/07
Posts: 3077
Hi Russ,

Just add a Fenix Tip Diffuser to make the little Fenix Digital P1D Olive Premium Q5 into a reasonable little omni-directional strobe. Should be good for a good few miles visability.



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#135419 - 06/10/08 04:29 PM Re: Importance of just a little bit of preparation [Re: JohnN]
Russ Online   content
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Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 4934
Loc: SOCAL
I like Fenix lights, I have two of them and while they are bright and have nice light options (strobe, SOS, Turbo et al), they are not waterproof, only dunkable. With saltwater, a dunkable light might not work at all. The cheap light this guy got from his local sporting goods store was reported as waterproof.

If I was going to sea, I'd go with dedicated gear designed to get real wet, dunkable is fine for non-survival gear, not for gear your life hangs on.

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#135422 - 06/10/08 04:52 PM Re: Importance of just a little bit of preparation [Re: Russ]
Am_Fear_Liath_Mor Offline
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Registered: 08/03/07
Posts: 3077
Hi Russ,

The Fenix P1D-CE is IPX-8 rated according to the manufacturers website.

http://www.fenixlight.com/viewproduct.asp?id=35

IPX-8 -'Protected against water submersion - The equipment is suitable for continual submersion in water under conditions which are identified by the manufacturer.'

IPX-8 has to be greater than IPX-7, which means that it has to be at least 1m depth for at least 30 minutes or greater.

Its certainly not a SCUBA flashlight but would be perfectly useable at the surface to be used for improvised signalling.

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If I was going to sea, I'd go with dedicated gear designed to get real wet, dunkable is fine for non-survival gear, not for gear your life hangs on.

PPPPPP, definitely!! grin





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