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  Test results and other information
Posted by: bdcochran - 03-08-2019, 08:13 PM - Forum: Lighting - Replies (5)

I have 3 game cameras set up in the backyard.  All are loaded with name brand rechargeable batteries.
I was curious as to the lifespan of the batteries.  They were charged.  When I first looked at the condition of the batteries, I had not kept track of whether the batteries were still good.  They were all "dead". 

So, I came up with a plan.  Put charged batteries in each unit and wait three months.  I opened the first game camera at 3 1/2 months and the name brand rechargeable batteries were "dead'.    I have not yet checked the other two units.  I will assume that the batteries are dead.

There was no sign of water intrusion.

My next experiment will be for two months after I put in fully charged batteries.  If they are still good, then I will calendar battery charges.  If the batteries do not last two months, then I will experiment with one month.

Unit 2 was a mixture of Eneloops and another name brand. 3 Eneloops questionable.
Unit 3 is all Eneloops - still good but based upon charge reduction, would be out in another couple of weeks.

I can live with changing and/or charging batteries every two months. My fingers are crossed.

So, I went into a supply of Eneloop chargeables that I had charged and not used.  The date of the initial charging was January 2018.  The batteries were registering just over the half way mark - meaning that there good, but the charge had significantly decreased.   This warns me that I cannot rely upon the manufacturer's marketing that the chargeables lose only slightly each year.  Now that I know that, I will not keep unused Eneloops as sacred reserve batteries.  

I follow a practice of taking batteries from the initial packaging and putting them in either 4 or 8 unit clear plastic holders.  I had received new off brand batteries that I had put into 4 unit holders.  I think that they were "giveaways".  All had corroded.  The name brand batteries are just fine in small plastic packs.  Another reason not to buy no-name brands.

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  5 EDC items based on use
Posted by: bmyers - 03-07-2019, 07:46 AM - Forum: Packs and Gear - Replies (5)

A few of the YT channels are doing your 5 EDC items and these are items that you use not just carry. My Glock is something I regularly carry, but thankfully, rarely use. 

So my top 5 EDC items that I carry on me in the order I use them:

  1. My cell phone is my most used EDC item. It keeps me in touch, it has my calendar, monitor weather and news, just lots of uses.
  2. My watch is my next used item. I'm old fashion and I don't leave home without my wrist watch. I'm surprised how many people no longer wear a watch. 
  3. My keys. I don't go far without them. I use them for the vehicles, get in the house, get into work and other places. 
  4. My wallet. It is my mini-filing cabinet. I don't leave home without it and when I have on the occasion, I end up returning home before I can complete my task.
  5. Depending on the day, my number 5 item changes. Most days it is my pocket knife that sees the more use. Although there are days when the flashlight sees way more use. I was at a jobsite (1.2 million square foot warehouse we are building) that doesn't have lights inside it yet, I used my flashlight for the entire two hour inspection. 
If you stop me out on the street, rather I'm in shorts or pants, the above is what I would have on me. I do have an EDC bag (pictures in another thread) that support these items and additional needs, but it is in the vehicle or office, not always on me like the above items.

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  Moonlight mode and today's review of my lights
Posted by: bdcochran - 03-07-2019, 03:52 AM - Forum: Lighting - Replies (6)

1.  It has been pouring all day.  So, I dealt with the flashlights.
     I learned my lesson a few years ago to make multiple copies of manuals when I obtain a product because products get discontinued and the suppliers/wholesalers/retailers/manufacturers do not keep copies of manuals or have parts.
     Well, today, I dealt with stored, empty lights going back 10 years.  Discontinued.  The US supplier had not dealt with the Chinese source for 8 years.  Fortunately, I was able to find the information I needed on a half dozen lights, made notes, put the empties in zip lock bags.  Also tested and threw out some batteries.  Those lights went into a water resistant, clear plastic, snapware container and will be stored in the garage.

2.  I was nervous about having any lights lying around with batteries in them, except my must have lights.  So, I took a number of the second tier of backup lights, took out the batteries and put the unit with the batteries in separate zip lock bags.  They were all ok, fortunately.

3.  I figured that I was on a roll and would do it to all but one first tier flashlight in the office.  Unfortunately, one of the first tier lights had corroded and I had tested it only about 3 months ago.  So, one $30 light into the trash.  I followed up with other ready lights. 

Moonlight mode.  Some months I bought a Klaus light with a moonlight mode.

I am seeking a few cheap ones.  If it were a light with only a moonlight mode, that would be acceptable.  Moonlight is like 1 lumen.  By  way of contrast, the cheap military issue unit is 5 lumens.  I was looking on line, and was not successful.  I have Bangood researching (fingers crossed).  I don't think that a photon 2 has enough focus.  So, I explain.  Let's say that I was David and had to hoof it home on foot.  When you look at light lives (assuming a fresh battery), many of them will not last 10 hours.  However, you want to see where you are walking.  You also want to see around you.  I have a number of photon2 (has a permanent on-off switch) that lights an area in the dark.  However, I have no idea how long the battery will last and I want a focused unit.  My photons are on a neck chain.  That is fine for structure clearing.

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  Border Security
Posted by: David - 03-06-2019, 02:56 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (4)

National Border Patrol Council President: There is a national emergency on our border -- Here's proof

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Posted by: bmyers - 03-05-2019, 09:16 PM - Forum: Good for a Laugh - Replies (1)

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  Easter Bunny
Posted by: bmyers - 03-05-2019, 09:15 PM - Forum: Good for a Laugh - No Replies

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Thumbs Up California sisters, 8 and 5, survived 44-hour ordeal by drinking fresh water from Huc
Posted by: David - 03-04-2019, 07:24 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (3)

California sisters, 8 and 5, survived 44-hour ordeal by drinking fresh water from Huckleberry leaves

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  Its a zoo out there
Posted by: bmyers - 03-03-2019, 12:25 AM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (2)

We went to Walmart because I wanted chocolate chip cookies. We got to Walmart and the parking lot was packed. I hadn't seen it that full even at Christmas time. There was three police cars in parking lot, not sure what they were doing lights going and care with all the doors open. 

Anyway, needed my cookies, so braved on. We walked in the door and people everywhere. We made our way to the cookie aisle and got me my cookies. Wife decided she wanted some chips and hot dogs. So, we wandered through the store only to find everything picked over and lots of empty shelves. Workers were trying to stock the shelves, but people were take items right off the pallets. 

We couldn't figure out why everyone was there?

We checked out and on the way home we were talking about it. Three things lined up. First, everyone just got their government checks, which the stores are usually full. Secondly, it was Madiri Gras, which adds to the increase empty shelves. Finally, there is snow coming. For whatever reason, you must get bread, milk, and eggs, which was all in short supply. 

It is interesting to see how pushy and grabby people were and this wasn't even an emergency or disaster. I hope I never see what a real disaster looks like.

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  Top 5 Lies on YT Gun Channels
Posted by: David - 03-02-2019, 10:43 PM - Forum: Defense - Replies (17)

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  3T Tactical SG attachments
Posted by: David - 03-01-2019, 01:15 PM - Forum: Defense - Replies (1)

The S.T.U.D.

The above video shows a Mossberg 500 but the S.T.U.D. is available for other makes/models.  Can't comment on it's usefulness, durability or longevity but thought it interesting enough to put into a thread.

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