[Tweeters] flashlight for owling RFI

Josh Adams xjoshx at gmail.com
Sat Apr 21 21:56:38 PDT 2018

I've had good luck with the 500 lumen Duracell LED flashlights Costco
sometimes sells in two packs for $20. They take 3 C batteries, have the
adjustable beam you mention, and have lasted well for me. Just make sure
you remove the batteries when storing for long periods of time. Alkaline
batteries are notorious for leaking and killing electronics.

Unfortunately Costco seems to currently be only carrying a single pack 4 C
1000 lumen model for the same price. I'm sure it's fine, but the larger
size and higher price are annoying.

Worth noting that lumen ratings should be taken with a grain of salt,
especially with online retailers.

Josh Adams
Cathcart, WA

> ---------- Forwarded message ---------

> From: Gary Bletsch <garybletsch at yahoo.com>

> Date: Sat, Apr 21, 2018, 8:43 PM

> Subject: [Tweeters] flashlight for owling RFI

> To: Tweeters Tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu>



> Dear Tweeters,


> My little LED flashlight went kaputt after only a year and a half. I have

> bad luck with LED flashlights, but also realize that the old flashlights

> with light bulbs are passé.


> I would love some recommendations for a good owling light. My criteria

> would be as follows.


> 1. Not too big--hopefully no bigger than a knockwurst.


> 2. Adjustable beam that can vary from wide-angle to narrow, and that can

> shine a good long way, to illuminate distant owls, goatsuckers, and so

> forth.


> 3. No oddball batteries--preferably either AAA or else some sort of

> rechargeable arrangement.


> 4. Durable--so far, I have bought two LED flashlights, with one lasting

> only a month, the other eighteen months. Meanwhile, I have a whole pile of

> decades-old light-bulb style flashlights, including one that weighs more

> than a whole package of the aforementioned wurst.


> Thanks in advance for any suggestions.


> Yours truly,


> Gary Bletsch


> PS This evening, the 21st of April, a Sora is serenading me at my house!

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