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#289773 - 07/06/18 08:37 AM Re: Most Recommended Must Have Survival Gear under $30 [Re: quick_joey_small]
quick_joey_small Offline
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The B.O.S.S kits:

Their firestarting kits have magnesium in little capsules. Is this the problem to using magnesium? Simply light it while still in the capsule and it won't blow away as scrapings from a block will.
Though I've never understood why magnesium isn't sold in little blocks for this. Do only the scrapings ignite?

qjs


Edited by quick_joey_small (07/06/18 08:42 AM)

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#289775 - 07/06/18 12:54 PM Re: Most Recommended Must Have Survival Gear under $30 [Re: quick_joey_small]
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Originally Posted By: quick_joey_small
The B.O.S.S kits:

Their firestarting kits have magnesium in little capsules. Is this the problem to using magnesium? Simply light it while still in the capsule and it won't blow away as scrapings from a block will.
Though I've never understood why magnesium isn't sold in little blocks for this. Do only the scrapings ignite?

qjs


They do: https://www.rei.com/product/115907/ultimate-survival-technologies-magbar-fire-starter

This particular product,also available from other retailers, gets low marks because the included striker bar often comes off. I have a few back in the depths of my gear closet, but i usually have better alternatives.

Practically speaking, if the mag shavings you produce blow away in the wind, you know you are building a fire in the wrong place. You want calm, sheltered conditions for fire starting...
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#289778 - 07/06/18 01:26 PM Re: Most Recommended Must Have Survival Gear under $30 [Re: quick_joey_small]
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I thought of this thread when I received my latest goodie - the cost came to $29.94, with postage.

This is a Fenix HL10 headlamp - three variable light levels, AAA battery, and good build quality. The light can be detached from the very light headband and will serve as a keychain light, replacing a light that is beginning to be unreliable.

The light is not enormously bright, but it will serve quite well for following a trail at night (for a short time, until the battery is exhausted...)
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#289781 - 07/06/18 05:39 PM Re: Most Recommended Must Have Survival Gear under $30 [Re: quick_joey_small]
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Let me know how good the Fenix HL10 is. I have the HL50, and I love it, but it is over $30.

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#289785 - 07/06/18 08:16 PM Re: Most Recommended Must Have Survival Gear under $30 [Re: quick_joey_small]
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The HL50 looks like an excellent primary headlamp, with the new virtually standard variable light levels, and plenty of lumens at the top end. I bought the hL10 primarily as a key chain ight, an essential part of my EDC, but it is nice that it can function as a headlamp, if necessary. I usually carry a headlamp on outdoor excursions, but more than one is not a bad idea. When caving, I adhere to the doctrine of at least three independent sources of light and that is not a bad idea for any outdoor trip, except possibly for Alaska right now.

I note that the HL50 weighs 0.6 of an ounce more than the HL-10. Can you handle that burden?

Actually, I bought the HL10 because the light blue head band complements my eye color perfectly. After all, we mustn't forget that we are civilized...
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#289787 - 07/06/18 09:44 PM Re: Most Recommended Must Have Survival Gear under $30 [Re: hikermor]
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Registered: 06/02/06
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I kinda like the Fenix HL23. Single AA NiMH or alkaline with more output than a headlamp needs. Iíve always used headlamps for close-in work where too many lumens is an issue. AA battery gives more time and output in mid & high and a slightly lower low. ~$35 so thatís above the $30 cut-off.

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#289788 - 07/07/18 12:23 AM Re: Most Recommended Must Have Survival Gear under $30 [Re: quick_joey_small]
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Registered: 11/13/06
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Loc: Ocala, FL
I mentioned this before; I believe this is worth mentioning again in this thread. At $25 the following kit offers the best bang for the buck.

https://www.samsclub.com/sams/first-aid-kit-351-pieces/prod20200504.ip?xid=plp_product_1_28

For most of the items in the kit, the quality is good. The exception to that is the sterile strips. The kit also includes butterfly bandages. They work. Or you can add your preferred sterile strips. The kit's biggest disadvantage is its bulky size.

Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with Sam's Club or TRI, the manufacturer of this kit.

Jeanette Isabelle
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#289829 - 07/09/18 10:51 PM Re: Most Recommended Must Have Survival Gear under $30 [Re: quick_joey_small]
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Love the HL50 -- great performance, well-spaced output levels, takes either a CR123A or a AA, and perhaps most importantly MY WIFE ACTUALLY USES IT. In fact, it's proven to be totally wife-and-recombinant-DNA-proof, so far.

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