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  1. #1

    Feb 2017
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    Flashlight for night digs?

    Just wondering what you night diggers use when you need to shed some light on the situation. Obviously I'd want something smaller to fit in a pocket or pouch and be durable.....and bright.

    Thanks for any advice!

  2. #2
    us
    Nov 2014
    Northern Ca.
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    There are many head lamps out there that are really bright, adjustable and can fit in your pocket really quickly. that is what I use if I night detect. You need to have the hands free..
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    us
    Aug 2014
    Laconia, NH
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    I use a Fenix USB rechargeable headlamp. Gotta have them hands free. I also have a little LED light that clips onto the brim of my cap. Pretty useful as well and costs only a few dollars.

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    us
    Jan 2017
    Western ny
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    i use a petzel head lamp

  5. #5

    Mar 2007
    Salinas, CA
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    It is not a good idea to use headlamps or lights. Until you stop to look at a find (date on coin, etc...). Because if you use headlamps of any sort, then pretty soon, your eyes will become adjusted to *JUST* that beam . And you will become blind to everything else around you .

    Hence better just to pick a full-ish moon night, and let your eyes adjust to the stars and moon. That's enough light to see where to swing and walk.

    Also: Not sure where you intend to hunt at night, but : a lamp makes you a sitting duck for passer-by scrutiny.
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    I use a clamp-on type lamp with rough service bulb, short extension cord, small generator and pull along trailer/wagon for night detecting. You can also use extra lamps to clip onto the trailer so you can flood the area with light. It all depends on how big a generator you have. Just clip the lamp to your head and use a strap or rope tied around your waist and chug along. Depending on how long you are out detecting you may want to take along a can of extra fuel. Click image for larger version. 

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    😂 lmao...I'm off work today wishing my V3i I ordered last week was here! Won't be here untill Monday dang it.😭

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    us
    Jan 2017
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom_in_CA View Post
    It is not a good idea to use headlamps or lights. Until you stop to look at a find (date on coin, etc...). Because if you use headlamps of any sort, then pretty soon, your eyes will become adjusted to *JUST* that beam . And you will become blind to everything else around you .

    Hence better just to pick a full-ish moon night, and let your eyes adjust to the stars and moon. That's enough light to see where to swing and walk.

    Also: Not sure where you intend to hunt at night, but : a lamp makes you a sitting duck for passer-by scrutiny.
    yeah mine only goes on when I'm in the hole looking for the target. and it has red mode for not attracting too much attention.
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  8. #8

    Feb 2017
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom_in_CA View Post
    It is not a good idea to use headlamps or lights. Until you stop to look at a find (date on coin, etc...). Because if you use headlamps of any sort, then pretty soon, your eyes will become adjusted to *JUST* that beam . And you will become blind to everything else around you .

    Hence better just to pick a full-ish moon night, and let your eyes adjust to the stars and moon. That's enough light to see where to swing and walk.

    Also: Not sure where you intend to hunt at night, but : a lamp makes you a sitting duck for passer-by scrutiny.
    Just needed for actually finding the target is all.

    Quote Originally Posted by hgoddin View Post
    I use a clamp-on type lamp with rough service bulb, short extension cord, small generator and pull along trailer/wagon for night detecting. You can also use extra lamps to clip onto the trailer so you can flood the area with light. It all depends on how big a generator you have. Just clip the lamp to your head and use a strap or rope tied around your waist and chug along. Depending on how long you are out detecting you may want to take along a can of extra fuel. Click image for larger version. 

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    �� lmao...I'm off work today wishing my V3i I ordered last week was here! Won't be here untill Monday dang it.��

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    That's a nice machine for sure. Good luck with her. As far as lights go i was looking for something with a little more candlepower!

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    Aug 2013
    OC
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    One of my favorite pocket flashlights also fits on my 9mm. It has an all aluminum body and only requires one battery.
    I also have the Streamlight one that does the same thing but requires two batteries and is way more expensive.

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    For real though, there are a ton of headlamps available just about anywhere. Check out Home Depot or Amazon. I usually get one with a red beam which works pretty well once your eyes get adjusted to it and you can still see your surroundings when you shut it off. (At least better than with a white light.) I only use the white beam when I'm in the hole. Those little clip-on hat brim lights are pretty handy also. I know Bass Pro has them and I'm sure amazon has them also. Hope this helps..

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  11. #11
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    Tom

    Jul 2012
    Mesa AZ
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    My Makro Racer 2 and Nokta Impact both have a back lit screen and a small LED headlight that shines on the coil. No other lights needed.
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  12. #12

    Sep 2012
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    I have a cap with lights built into the brim (Lowes sells them) that I could use in those situations, but I very seldom detect at night.

  13. #13
    us
    Low and Slow

    Sep 2017
    Southwest Washington
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    Here is a good article on headlamps

    https://theflashlightexpert.com/brightest-headlamps/
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    May 2014
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    Iím not a fan of using lights, but when in the hole sometimes they are necessary. Iíve found that my lights tend to get dirty so the cheapy free Harbor Freight lights do the job well. Despite its description they arenít too bright, and if one gets lost or damaged from water or dirt itís no big deal.
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  15. #15

    Mar 2007
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    Quote Originally Posted by sjvalleyhunter View Post
    I’m not a fan of using lights, but when in the hole sometimes they are necessary. I’ve found that my lights tend to get dirty so the cheapy free Harbor Freight lights do the job well. Despite its description they aren’t too bright, and if one gets lost or damaged from water or dirt it’s no big deal.
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    Ha, that's EXACTLY the light I carry on a lanyard around my neck. We got a dozen of them free ones lying around here, since you can pick up one , each time, @ Harbor freight for free.

    Then it only goes on if needed to see a date on a coin or whatever. Rest of the time: Let your eyes adjust to the natural light of moon and stars.
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