Attention, since the writing of this page I replaced my little torch by a real LD10, I really do not regret!
Here we are again in the series BoB – Bug out Bag. We saw together the bag, today’s second important point of equipment for a BoB – Bug out bag optimum:lighting, light.
Bug Out Bag Fenix ld10
72 hours of flight, it’s almost 30 hours at night. And believe me, for spending time alone in the forest in the middle of the night, 30 hours with noises all around you, it’s endless … So you’re going to have to think about the best (notice the plural) ways to see in the dark!
Choosing Your lighting system
There are a lot of bright systems with each of its specificities, advantages and disadvantages.
Tip # 1:Identify your needs
As for the backpack, think before you rush to your dealer to buy the lamp that you saw in the hands of the first survivalist come. There is no truth but truths. There is not a single solution to a problem but solutions to multiple problems. So take me for a few moments to identify our problem.
We’re preparing for our flight. So we need to enlighten ourselves during our travels and our excavations in enclosed places without electricity. We’ll also need a lamp to cook at night in our makeshift camp, and why not during night fights or guards …
Tip # 2:Choose your model
There are plenty of lighting systems. I already do a sorting by selecting the gear adapted to the conditions of our BoB – Bug out Bag. For information, here is a non-exhaustive list classified by gender and energy:
Battery Torch System
A panel of flashlight
From the most compact to the biggest:
Mini Flashlight – Led Lighting Lenser K3
Medium Torch Lamp – Fenix LD10
Medium Plus Flashlight – Fenix LD22
Big Flashlight – Maglite cu 6 Asterix
Battery Front System
The Petzl frontals, a reference
From left to right:
Lithium battery Tactical Headlamp – Petzl TAKTIKA 2
Compact Lithium battery Front lamp – Petzl Zipka plus 2
Rechargeable battery Front lamp – Petzl ULTRA WIDE
From left to right:
Dynamo-Shark Hand lamp
Lamp to be put dynamo-lantern
There are a whole bunch of variants but also different sources of energy, such as solar energy, oil (oil lamp, lantern), Wax (candle), acetylene gas (caving), Quicklite phospho, etc. All these light sources can be useful depending on the situation but I will put them aside, considering that we are in a short term emergency: 72 hours.
Update, the 100 Survival Candle
An emergency candle that lasts 100, useful!
Without overloading, it will be necessary in my opinion to combine 2 systems: a single headlamp for the night progression and a hand-held lamp for the exploration in detail. Indeed, the frontal is ideal because it frees you both hands to advance in the dark on rough terrain, to climb a fence or to wear gear.
On the other hand, this system quickly shows its limits when it comes to pointing a specific area or direction and requires you to orient your head in the direction of your light beam. That your eyes follow the direction you point, it seems obvious to me. On the other hand, whether you are forced to turn or raise your head, it is already less! You risk an injury, muscle fatigue, and especially death …
Ideally, I will therefore opt for a Fenix ld22 and a Petzl Taktika 2, but it should not be forgotten that once the 72 hours spent, it would still be amazing that everything returns to normal. You’ll have to think beyond 72 hours. Quickly comes the problem of batteries and accumulators. Also comes the problem of lighting in a camp or a more substantial installation than a simple bivouac under tarp. But you’re not going to bring a third lamp! I may have a solution …
Now, if you want to have my opinion on the subject, read the rest of this article, in which I present my detailed gear.
My Lighting Gear
So I own the Dynamo Shark headlamp, the Petzl Zipka plus 2, a waterproof aluminum torch from Lidl, a red rear bicycle light and Quicklite sticks. In this list, I remove the hand-held aluminum flashlight as it is not very powerful and above all consumes too much energy (3 batteries of type AAA). It is perfect for the house in case of power outage but that’s it! So I take four separate and complementary systems, that’s a lot? I do not think, you will understand why …
Always on me, the Petzl front
This model is perfect, it is compact because has a blood