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What sort of torch (flashlight) would you buy?

  • bedu

    Joined Travelfish
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    Would you buy a metal torch, like a Maglite or a plastic one, e.g. a Pelican.

    Both in Bangkok are around the same price.

    Are the metal ones as strong as the new plastic types and are they as weatherproof as well?

    #1 Posted: 19/1/2010 - 17:03

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  • christay2009

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    if its a real maglite [not a copy] i'd go for this one

    maglites are the best, durable, long lasting, you can unscrew the head and turn it into a lamp...

    i have a metal maglite which has done okay in rain but generally i put it in my sleave when it rains so it has protection. I wouldn't risk letting it feel the full force of any rain

    #2 Posted: 19/1/2010 - 20:30

  • tonysouth

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    What size torch/flashlight do i need to bring with me? The large ones are quite heavy and i woudl prefer to just get the mini one (http://www.amazon.com/Maglite-M2A01H-Flashlight-Holster-Combo-Pack/dp/B00002N6SN/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1307120868&sr=8-3) if possible.

    Would that work or do i need something larger?

    #3 Posted: 4/6/2011 - 00:11

  • caseyprich

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    I travel with a headlamp. They are usually quite small and more useful than a torch as you have your hands free - so good for reading, late night restroom visits, and walking with two beers.

    As an example - but there are any number from very cheap to high end:
    http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=headlamps&hl=en&prmd=ivns&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&biw=1215&bih=644&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=5390989232710508410&sa=X&ei=kXnpTc6EDIqCvgOSstnfDw&ved=0CIoBEPMCMAQ

    #4 Posted: 4/6/2011 - 07:18

  • goonistik

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    My first choice is an LED head lamp.
    An LED flashlight is my second choice.

    I find the headlamp more useful because it leaves both hands free.

    #5 Posted: 4/6/2011 - 08:22

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