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#279061 - 01/26/16 05:25 AM Re: Rethinking my edc ( every day carry) [Re: JeffMc]
Russ Offline
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As I understand, in AA's the NiMH rechargeable batteries have the most current available. It's the battery, not the LED/light engine. I have also gone to 18650 batteries for high output lights, however, I still have AA lights which work quite well.

Check out the 4Sevens Click The Quark Click QK2A-X may work -- 336 max lumen.

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#279065 - 01/26/16 05:06 PM Re: Rethinking my edc ( every day carry) [Re: JeffMc]
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Originally Posted By: JeffMc
Thanks, but I want to stick with AAs, since that's what is most readily available on deployments and is what I've standardized on for all my emergency/survival related electronics.


"Deployments" indicates a somewhat different environment from my relatively tranquil civilian situation. You might consider 14500 (size equivalent to AAs). I believe there are lights like the Fenix LD09 that will accept either battery. I am a definite fan of rechargeable batteries - essentially they are much cheaper in the long run and the li-on versions offer much more energy density, although the do require attention and some understanding.

I retain dedicated AA lights, as well, because of the almost virtual availability of AAs, but all mine utilize rechargeables - primarily because of lower cost.
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#279168 - 01/29/16 08:40 PM Re: Rethinking my edc ( every day carry) [Re: TeacherRO]
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Also adding a spare house and truck key, cash in a separate location and keeping a phone charger at work.

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#279226 - 01/31/16 01:56 PM Re: Rethinking my edc ( every day carry) [Re: TeacherRO]
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Originally Posted By: TeacherRO
Also adding a spare house and truck key, cash in a separate location and keeping a phone charger at work.


Good idea, Teacher. You just made me realize that I haven't put extra keys in my EDC purse yet. Thanks for the reminder! (We have an extra house key hidden at home, but my almost-a-teenager kid is forever forgetting his key and moving the spare. It's like a treasure hunt to find it. UGH!)
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#279250 - 01/31/16 10:22 PM Re: Rethinking my edc ( every day carry) [Re: bacpacjac]
Alex Offline
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Originally Posted By: bacpacjac
my almost-a-teenager kid is forever forgetting his key and moving the spare

I've made a paracord key lanyard and teached my DS how to quickly attach it to his jeans' belt loop, when he's turned 11. That's fixed the similar problem for many years smile

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#279260 - 02/01/16 03:12 AM Re: Rethinking my edc ( every day carry) [Re: hikermor]
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I keep meaning to get set up for rechargeable AAs and AAAs at home, as well as solar charging in the field, for rechargeable AAs and for internal cellphone batteries. I also need a backup rechargeable battery to go along with a Samsung S6 for EDC. I'll have to look it up and see if my EDC Fenix flashlights are okay with rechargeables.

I've heard enloops are good rechargeable batteries. One thing I know I need at home is a smart charger that I can leave batteries in indefinitely without frying them.

Goal Zero seems to dominate the backpacker-weight portable solar market, but I see other brands at much lower cost on Amazon, too, like Ankar.

Aargh! Too many compatibility issues and purchase options to figure out!

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#279264 - 02/01/16 03:47 AM Re: Rethinking my edc ( every day carry) [Re: JeffMc]
Russ Offline
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Yeah, the Goal Zero Guide 10 charges AA/AAA batteries direct, but can also changes cell-phones via a USB port. Excellent system for the field, but probably not for EDC.

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#279272 - 02/01/16 07:38 AM Re: Rethinking my edc ( every day carry) [Re: Russ]
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GZ Guide 10 is definitely pocketable, it is the smallest device of that kind on the market. You should be able to get about 80% of charge to your S6 from it (just make sure you've got Plus model). A cheaper option would be to get a Lithium battery based power bank. It will be much lighter, slimmer, and provide more energy (Guide 10 is around 2Ah, you can find a 10Ah LiPo for less than $20).

The Nomad 7 panel is the smallest they are offering and adequate enough for emergencies. It could be easily EDCed even in a small bag. Anker 8W panel looks interesting, but if you decide on GZ Guide 10, it's better to get the Nomad 7, as it has a special dedicated port for the most efficient charging of their Guide.

If you consider the LiPo bank, you can opt for one with a small solar panel on the side for pocket EDC. It's not very efficient, but I have one, and it can recharge its ~8Ah internal battery from about 20% left to 100% in 12 hours sitting in the full sun.

For Eneloops I would recommend visit your local costco and grab their new green box kit with 8 AAs and 4xAAAs. Their new 4xAA/AAA charger is great, as it can charge batteries individually now (1,2,3, or 4, mix AA/AAAs). You can definitely keep batteries inside forever, as that charger has a "smart" charging controller.

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#279274 - 02/01/16 01:26 PM Re: Rethinking my edc ( every day carry) [Re: TeacherRO]
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JeffMc.. if you think you might someday move into the 18650 sized rechargables with LiION or LiFePO4 chemistry, you might look at a smart charger with that ability up front... in either case be sure to get a charger with 12v cigarette plug capability...I've been extremely happy with the Sanyo/Panasonic AA and AAA Eneloops... make sure they are produced in Japan...

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#279275 - 02/01/16 01:56 PM Re: Rethinking my edc ( every day carry) [Re: TeacherRO]
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My home charger for Eneloops and everything else is a Nitecore D4. I got the two-bay version for my car. No affiliation, just very happy with how well it works.

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