Thursday, October 7, 2021

Gear Maintenance

The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.

This post is late. There was an earthquake! A terrible flood! Locusts! It wasn't my fault! I SWEAR TO GOD!

Yeah, yeah. The Mystery Woman, aka our long-suffering Editrix, ain't buying it either. I had a computer glitch that, if I had any sort of software knowledge, would have been an easy fix. Fortunately, things are back to business as usual. 
Gear Maintenance
Just the other day the Purple Pack Lady brought me her car flashlight and said, "The flashlight is blinking at me!" I  thought that possibly the strobe function of the Nitecore P12GT was on, but it wasn't. The flashlight has a battery life indicator built into the Mode Selection button on the body, which flashes as the battery runs down to show the user that it needs a new battery. If it does die, it's your own fault for ignoring the warnings.  

I really like Nitecore lights: they're reasonably compact, feel solid in my hand, and supply all the lumens I desire at a fair price.  
Unfortunately, this light (the Nitecore P12GT) is now discontinued, but features have been carried over to current models.

For comparison, here are the specifications for the P12GT:
  • Battery Run-Time (Using 18650):
    • 1000 lumens - 1 hour
    • 280 lumens - 5 hours 15 minutes
    • 55 lumens - 28 hours
    • 1 lumen - 520 hours
  • Battery Run-Time (Using CR123A):
    • 1000 lumens - 45 minutes
    • 280 lumens - 3 hours 30 minutes
    • 55 lumens- 20 hours
    • 1 lumen- 300 hours
  • Beam Distance: 350 yards / 320 meters
  • Beam Intensity: 25,700cd
  • Battery type supported: 1 x 18650 or 2 x CR123A

Here is the closest new model, the Nitecore P10i 1800 Lumen USB-C Rechargeable Tactical Flashlight. The current model uses a built-in USB charger to replace the charger in the original kit, which makes the newer set potentially much more user friendly.

Here are the newer light's specs:
  • HIGH PERFORMANCE TACTICAL LIGHT - The Nitecore P10i emits up to 1800 lumens with a max throw of 317 yards. Designed with law enforcement and military personnel in mind, this torch is easy to operate with 3 brightness levels and strobe.
  • STROBE READY - Simply press and hold the mode switch on the tail to enable the strobe mode at any time. Non-linear strobe patterns cause enhanced dizzying effects, highly effective for diffusing a tense situation.
  • USB-C RECHARGEABLE - An upgraded 21700i battery enables higher efficiency output and minimizes loss of power, for 90 minutes on high and a max runtime of 38 hours on low. Recharge the P10i via the fast charge USB-C port.
  • READY FOR DUTY - With an IP68 waterproof rating and anti-impact protection, the P10i is ready for high intensity, tactical operations. Included is a NTH10 tactical holster that is compatible with police duty belts and standard MOLLE systems.
  • P10i POWER BUNDLE - Included in this bundle are Nitecore P10i, NL2140i battery, CR123 battery magazine, NTH10 holster, USB-C charging cable, lanyard, clip, spare O-ring, and a LumenTac battery case

I'm not in the market for a new light, but I'm always looking for a good tool at a great price, and I think this fits all the points in my shopping list.

By the way, the Purple Pack Lady now has a recharged flashlight and an explanation of why she had flashlight that was blinking on the side. 

Recap And Takeaway
  • Make sure everyone is thoroughly trained with their gear and comfortable in its use. There's no telling when missing a critical indicator like a "Low Battery" warning might cause serious problems
  • Nothing was purchased this week.
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NOTE: All items tested were purchased by me. No products have been loaned in exchange for a favorable review. Any items sent to me for T&E will be listed as such. Suck it Feds.

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