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    Default Two-Dollar LED Lantern

    I found these submersible non-flickering LED tealights - LINK - and thought that I would try them out as a supplement to candles in my UCO lanterm. They are rated for 48 hrs using two CR2032 batteries. I can stow one of these, two long-burning 6hour tea candles - LINK - and a cheap dollar store 2-3hour candle inside my UCO for a total of about 62 hours of light. This is opposed to carrying 5 cheap candles and getting 10-15 hours of light. They are basically the equivalent as those keychain squeeze lights...just a different enclosure.

    Anyhow, I had the ideal of using these as a standalone light. I dug up a couple of spice bottles to use as diffusers and glued them inside the lids. They work pretty well; most of the light is directed off the end of the LED so they can be used outside the diffuser as a flashlight. If they were hung up the ground would be fairly well illuminated.



    The photo shows the light a lot more evenly diffused than in person. I havenít added a bail yet, but it will most likely be in the form of a loop of cordage attached to the lid.
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    Thats pretty slick!

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    Good idea! I'll try it.

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    cool! did you find them locally, or did you have to pay the $6 shipping?

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    I ordered from the site I posted...after wasting gas trying to find the same thing locally. I didn't find any that were bright-white like these...and non-flickering.
    Last edited by Spork; 11-29-2010 at 07:54 PM.
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    Well, there goes more money. Why do you taunt me with such nifty things?
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    Thats pretty cool Spork.

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    There has to be other applications for these...maybe a $2 headlamp for a PSK...or a clip on light for a packstrap glued to a binder clip?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spork View Post
    There has to be other applications for these...maybe a $2 headlamp for a PSK...or a clip on light for a packstrap glued to a binder clip?
    You could make some cool little lanterns for your Christmas tree.

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    ...or attach them to your Speedos ...they are submersible!
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