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    Default lightweight reliable backup flashlight?....

    I have a decent headlamp...looking for a very light weight, reliable flashlight as a decent backup......."light" is the operative word!

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    Princeton Tec Amp 1.0 - 2.0 ounces

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    Photon Freedom. Bright adjustable LED, doesn't weigh much more than the watch battery it runs on. For the price and weight, you can carry a couple.

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    Oh, and if you look around, there are knockoffs that lack the brightness adjustability, they run a buck or two. Sometimes they're called 'fauxtons'. Available in red, blue, white and green.

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    +1 on the Photon. For a backup it's actually quite good -- my hiking partner uses it as his only light in the summer.
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    Here is a link to the flashlight I use it weights nothing & is bright. If you watch the site you can get it on sale for . 59 or .99 shipped from China what a deal.

    http://www.meritline.com/mini-tripod...--p-42393.aspx

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    PS If you need a headlight they have some good ones also.

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    there are so many good LED flashlights for hiking its hard to go wrong.

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    +1 on the Photon...extremely, reliable, more than bright enough to set up camp or even read/write by if you need it.

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    Just get a decent quality headlamp and don't carry a spare flashlight. You can completely make do without one at all if you had to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Appalachian Tater View Post
    Just get a decent quality headlamp and don't carry a spare flashlight. You can completely make do without one at all if you had to.
    nah nah naaah. got to have a small spare. don't like darkness

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    Thumbs up Backup Light

    Quote Originally Posted by Panzer1 View Post
    nah nah naaah. got to have a small spare. don't like darkness

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    I agree, Mine weighs 2 ounces plus whatever 2 AA batteries weigh.


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    Harbor Freight keeps putting coupons in the paper giving away these little flashlights as a free "come on" to draw people into the stores...we have a drawer full plus a bunch of coupons yet to redeem. They're light, compact, bright, and perfect for hiking. http://www.harborfreight.com/3-1-2-h...ack-97036.html
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    I carry the tiny mag light. 2" long , only weights under a ounce and has a spare bulb inside, takes ONE AAA battery and its under 10 bucks . This is only my back up to my head lamp but it has enough light to do most chores or to use in your tent.

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    +1 on the Photon. Put a bit of velcro on it, and another on my hat, and I use it as my primary.

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    For backup lights take a supercheap squeeze coin cell battery LED lights (fake photon lights) attached to your pack or parka, someplace where you can find it instantly. 40 cents each (10 for $4.47), 8 grams each or 0.26 oz each according to one seller. Take two.
    http://www.dealextreme.com/products.dx/category.900
    I kind of like the yellow LEDs:
    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.12148
    They are very reliable in squeeze mode. The lock switch that some have that keeps it on without squeezing is not always reliable, but still lights when you squeeze it.

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    Another +1 for the Photon.
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    Adding my vote to the Photon.

    How many of us started out with a Mallory or Durabeam? Perfect shape/size to hold in the mouth while cooking or setting up tent.

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    I have a few of these, one of which is in my wife's purse, one in my glove box and one in my shed:
    http://www.flashlightreviews.com/reviews/dorcy_aaa.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocket Jones View Post
    Photon Freedom. Bright adjustable LED, doesn't weigh much more than the watch battery it runs on. For the price and weight, you can carry a couple.
    BINGO!!! And.... DITTO!

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