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  • MtnMan
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    Update: I recently purchased, received and started using my new NiZn batteries and charger.

    My first challenge for these batteries was a Canon PowerShot A720 IS digital camera, a camera that eats batteries for breakfast. Thus far, I am impressed with how a pair of these PowerGenix batteries work in the A720 IS. Normally, this camera would quickly drain either Alkalines or ordinary rechargeables. Not so far with the PowerGenix batteries.

    I'm also trying the PowerGenix batteries in some old incandescent flashlights. Not enough experience with them yet to report.

    At this point, PowerGenix only offers the NiZn batteries in "AA" size. "AAA" size batteries are supposed to be released for sale later this year.

    FYI, I bought my PowerGenix batteries and chargers from Accessory Genie via Amazon.

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  • MtnMan
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    Here's another wrinkle to throw into our living room rug!

    NEWS FLASH!

    I learned a few weeks ago from the Daily Giz Wiz (techno-geek podcast from Dick Bartolo and Leo Laporte, check out edition #1,021 from 7 Feb. 2010) that a new battery technology has just arrived on the market. It's called NiZn: Nickel Zinc, and it's from a company called Powergenix.


    These new PowerGenix NiZn cells currently come in AA size only (AAA's on the way) and they require a special charger. These NiZn's are supposed to surpass non-rechargable alkaline batteries in their charge capacity and they are supposed to hold a charge better than any NiCad or NiMH cells on the market. (These NiZn's put out 1.6 volts, as opposed to NiCad and NiMH's, which put out only 1.2.)

    This could make flashlights, digital cameras, recorders, wall clocks and other battery-powered devices more compatible than ever with rechargeable battery technology.

    According to Bartolo and Laporte, you can get a deal on these batteries if you shop on Amazon.

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  • bltkmt
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    Originally posted by moriond View Post
    Hi,

    I thought this 4Sevens LED light might be of interest, although it doesn't match the OP's requirement for a USA-made light. Doug Dyment recently updated the Tool's page of his OneBag.com site for his recommended travel lights. Of the Quark MiNi AA, he states:

    The Quark MiNi series debuted before Christmas, with small LED lights using AA and CR123 batteries (there's also a MiNi 123). Unboxing pictures of the Quark MiNi AA may be viewed at the survivaltoday site. 4Sevens is in Atlanta, Georgia, but their Quark lights are made in China. More details about the light may be found by following the link to the tools page of the OneBag site.

    moriond
    I have a few of the 4Sevens lights and love them. Good quality at a fair price.

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  • mboytim
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    Another option for a small LED flashlight is the Twist light from Brookstone or the Eco Twist from campingsurvival.com. I have the Twist as an emergency light for my car as I always find that when I need one, inevitably the batteries in are dead. It puts out a decent amount of light for about 5 minutes with 30 seconds of twisting. I am not sure if either is made in the US.

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  • moriond
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    4Sevens Quark MiNi AA travel light

    Hi,

    I thought this 4Sevens LED light might be of interest, although it doesn't match the OP's requirement for a USA-made light. Doug Dyment recently updated the Tool's page of his OneBag.com site for his recommended travel lights. Of the Quark MiNi AA, he states:
    for the go-light aficionado, I consider it the most perfect travel flashlight that has yet been produced.
    The Quark MiNi series debuted before Christmas, with small LED lights using AA and CR123 batteries (there's also a MiNi 123). Unboxing pictures of the Quark MiNi AA may be viewed at the survivaltoday site. 4Sevens is in Atlanta, Georgia, but their Quark lights are made in China. More details about the light may be found by following the link to the tools page of the OneBag site.

    moriond

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  • Chromogen
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    "Does anyone know of any USA-made high-quality flashlights and/or flashlight-lanterns?
    Are any of these USA-made lights using LEDs to conserve energy?"

    I find the Arc-AAA LED flashlight very useful. Extraordinarily bright, yet quite small and lightweight, and nearly indestructible. Made in the USA. www.arcflashlight.com/arc-aaa.shtml

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  • savoyard
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    My flashlight of choice

    is a standard Mini Maglite 2xAA converted to LED's with a conversion kit bought at cyberguys.com. I have three.

    I use Eveready NIMH's bought at the big box store and a LaCrosse charger.

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  • MtnMan
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    Looks the same as my charger.

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  • Zephyrnoid
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    Originally posted by MtnMan View Post
    Do the Sanyo Eneloops require a special charger, or are the typical Powerex battery chargers at Thomas Distributing able to handle charging them?
    They are spec'd to handle Enloops and I do it all the time and here's a pic of my charger. Thomas Distributing is top notch BTW..
    http://www.gearninja.com/Images/PwrTrp_1.jpg

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  • residue
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    see faq #13
    http://www.eneloop.info/home/faq.html

    the answer seems to be yes with a disclaimer.

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  • maverick
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    Originally posted by MtnMan View Post
    Do the Sanyo Eneloops require a special charger, or are the typical Powerex battery chargers at Thomas Distributing able to handle charging them?
    i'm not sure how they work with other chargers. my eneloops came with a charger and work great with it.

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  • MtnMan
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    Do the Sanyo Eneloops require a special charger, or are the typical Powerex battery chargers at Thomas Distributing able to handle charging them?

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  • backpack
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    I got the Guardian Dual Function Light from Tom Bihn a couple of years ago.

    I could not imagine living without it, I bought it without lanyard because I have my own with is a loop lanyard that can be warn around the neck.

    The GDG Light is clipped to my lanyard which is slipped into a C clip secured to an O-ring.

    Most of my Tom Bihn purchase get a quiet time at home when I enjoy them in their new/out of the box state complete with original Tom Bihn tags.

    Not so for the Guardian Light, I have clipped it the way I describe above, in my main bag, the day I got it.


    Sometime after I got it, our utility company decided to play "let's have an outage just for the fun of it". It got so bad we had to buy a UPC unit for our desktop.

    Our place has wires and power strips from the one corner of a room to the others because each room has only one always powered outlet necessary for computers.

    So when there is the light goes off and it's dark, I am at risk of tripping. This is where the Guardian Light comes in, very handy,
    strong, always in my main bag, in the same place.

    It is great if the night surprise us on the little trail nearby.

    I also use it as a book reading light when I don't want to disrupt my bedmate but really really want to read a great book or I have heartburn and need to go around without turning on the main lights.



    Guardian Dual Function Light
    http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/ACC/GDF-LIGHT

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  • savoyard
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    "One handy and important accessory I've insisted on carrying in my backpack for many years has been a flashlight. For the past several years, I've been using nickel-metal-hydride rechargeable batteries (NiMHs) in flashlights."

    Be aware that NiMHs do self-discharge at the rate of .5 - 1% per day when unused.

    They are fine in any device which gets used often and periodically has its batteries discharged/recharged (like my clip on book light or the kids' toys).

    But for that flashlight in my car's tool kit which might get used only once in two years, I stick with alkalines, which hold their charge far longer.

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  • yeti
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    I also use Eneloops in various electronics, particularly in ones that will be used intermittently. I have them in the (Princeton Tec Aurora) headlamp we use for backpacking, for example. They hold a charge between our trips (i.e. a couple of months).

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