Two-Dollar LED Lantern

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  1. Spork

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    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.

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    The photo shows the light a lot more evenly diffused than in person. I haven’t 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.
     
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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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    You could make some cool little lanterns for your Christmas tree.:D [​IMG]
     
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    ...or attach them to your Speedos [​IMG]...they are submersible!
     
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    :eek:
     
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    What a bright idea. :54:

    Paul
     
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    probably quite durable i'd imagine and who cares if they aren't for 2 bucks. good idea!
     
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    Great idea!
     
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    It's hard to get two of the CR2032 batteries cheaper than $2.00. Thanks for the link, I've got a few ideas, like tackle and tool boxes, stuff like that, back of my amplifier, saddle bags of the motorcycle, I seem to need more light than I used to :)
     
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    My UCO candle lantern has been my companion for 20 yrs, but I really like this. The UCO may lose favor. Thanks for the idea.
     
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    cool stuff and light I am sure!
     
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    Spork, that is an awesome idea!
     
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    Good thinking my friend.
     
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    Thanks for sharing that... I'm all over this one... :)
     
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    Actually the same site has them for .99 or less - LINK - they might not be top of the line, but they're cheap

    Interesting to note that when I received my order there were four extra batteries in the box. When I checked the operation of the lights I found two of them had drained batteries. I can only conclude that the sender took the time to check them before packaging and put in the extra batteries.
     
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    I admire your resourcefulness! Great idea!
     
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    you and your good idea's Spork.. i'm going to have to try that...
     
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    A shining example of ingenuity.....:4:
     
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    ....and thanks for the mental image.:17:
     
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    Ingenious idea Dave.
    Just ordered one on fleaby going to try it out with the Uco I recently bought .
    Makes it that much safer to bringing the lamp under the tarp too.

    Cheers,
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    I've been thinking that some sort of reflector would improve light output to the sides. Some sort of cone with a shiny material on it. What comes to mind is perhaps the tip of a kids birthday party hat placed at the bottom of the jar.
     
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    Great idea Spork never would have though about that I'm wondering now how they would work in the bigger spice containers. Hmmm maybe you could take some tin foil and tuck it under the lid then screw down might work ok for a reflector.
     
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    The one you made would be ideal as a tent lantern.:)

    Good job, as always!
     
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    Nice one, Spork. I gave some of those to my sis-in-law for her coffee table tea light candleabra. I'm going to see her next week and maybe I can slip them in pocket instead of having to buy some. Whatcha think? :36:
     
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    I hope you don't mind but, I was inspired by your lantern. I couldn't find the same L.E.D. lights you did locally but, I managed to find some small, waterproof lights at the Michaels here in town in the wedding section. I clipped the little loop off of the bottom and hot glued three of them to the top of an old Kool aid container. Screwed the bottom onto the top (I guess now it is the top onto the bottom lol) and Vois la...
     

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    How sturdy do are these lights Spork? Will they survive bouncing around in a backpack? And have you tried them under water for periods of time?

    Seems like a very good buy.

    Thanks.
     
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    I would say they are as tough as those little keychain pinch lights...I've had a $1 version on my keychain for a couple years now. I haven't tried the lights underwater.
     
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    What a cool idea! We bought some colored toothpicks last summer that came in a clear plastic container. Not frosted. Same size as the spice container you have..but taller by an inch.

    And another place to find some tiny battery operated lights would be for railroad and dollhouse lights. Small like a grain of rice..but bright. Maybe a line of those inside an altoids tin would be bright and reflect off the other side of the tin?

    Marsh.
     
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    THAT is going to make a nice lil nite lite for my 7 yr old when we go on her first hammock overnight. I really appreciate the post.
     
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    You could hang them in the top of a tent. They're probably not too heavy. They would probably make a good night light. (If you tent camp.) I've been thinking about something similar made from one of those solar path lights.
     
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    I was just eyeballing those solar lights at the Dollar store the other day. For a buck it would be interesting to re-work one. You'd have to add an on-off switch, but that is simple.
     
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    I haven't seen them for a buck. Best I've found is 2 but still that's not bad.
     
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    There's probably some difference in build quality and the rechargeable battery, but for a dollar or two it would be worth experimenting with to get an ideal of what is involved.
     
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    Back when this post was first published I ordered up 20 of them. While visiting with my mother I saw that she had 7 or 8 of the small plastic spice jars she had saved, she gave them to me and I put them together. At the last Florida BushcraftUSA get together at the KICCO WMA I gave them out.

    They are great tent lamps, a truly excellent idea, thanks for sharing it with us.
     
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    Thanks for trying it out hushnel. I appreciate the feedback :dblthumb:
     
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    I want a couple of those just to throw into different pieces of kit and to add to the cord of my neck knife. The one I have in the spice container makes a GREAT hammock light hanging on the ridgeline. Next time out I'm going to try it without the spice container. That was a good idea but I don't think it is even needed with this style of light since it has the little loop on the end for hanging. Without the extra bulk of the container I could permanently keep one or two attached to the ridgeline and in the compression sack with the hammock.
     
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    My wife is gonna be so pissed at you. Looks like I'm ordering on payday. Thanks!
     
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    Heck yeah, they've become one of my most used lights, my wife keeps stealing them from me.

    I've gone through 5 or 6 giving them away to campers, I've taken to carrying a spare or two. They have also influenced the way I buy spices "o)
     
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    Going on a spice run.
     
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    Here's one for you guys! Try a green one in the spice container with some splitshot and a recovery line and you have a submersible fish attracting light! ( bought 2 white and 2 green) thanks for sparking up the ADD!!! Still trying to finish some ferro rods!!!
     
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    that is cool, :45:that gives me an idea, the dollar store has the battery opperated tea light candles, wont give off as much light but.........
     
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    Good idea. Thanks for posting.
     
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    pretty nifty... I have some Lithium Ion rechargeable batteries for my photon lights that will work in this....!

    LIR2032
    LIR2032 Charger
     

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