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by mememememeitsme
Mon May 11, 2009 6:00 am
Forum: DIY Odds and Ends
Topic: DIY Ultra lightweight camping lantern
Replies: 50
Views: 37703

Re: DIY Ultra lightweight camping lantern

I bought a load of those solar garden lights myself, not for this application but for fun. The problem with them is that the solar panel is a bit weedy, it charges a single AA cell, and the LED it drives is really low power. For an average summer day they probably charge the cell enough to drive the...
by mememememeitsme
Sun May 10, 2009 11:36 am
Forum: DIY Odds and Ends
Topic: DIY Ultra lightweight camping lantern
Replies: 50
Views: 37703

Re: DIY Ultra lightweight camping lantern

I have put together a new version of my lantern. Using a single 1-watt white LED and a tiny DC power socket, I've made what I expect is the most minimalist light possible. http://www.westoleyourlogo.com/misc/lamp1.jpg I soldered the ground for the DC socket direct onto the solder pad on the LED, and...
by mememememeitsme
Thu Apr 23, 2009 1:45 pm
Forum: DIY Odds and Ends
Topic: DIY Ultra lightweight camping lantern
Replies: 50
Views: 37703

Re: DIY Ultra lightweight camping lantern

Yeah the freeloader is good, I like the idea of using one power source to power as many things as possible to reduce the number of different sizes of batteries that need carrying, and duplicating batteries in devices that you probably won't ever need to use at the same time. I don't have a dynamo on...
by mememememeitsme
Wed Apr 22, 2009 8:03 am
Forum: DIY Odds and Ends
Topic: DIY Ultra lightweight camping lantern
Replies: 50
Views: 37703

DIY Ultra lightweight camping lantern

I go cycling and take all my camping gear on the bike. It always weighs too much, and space is always a problem despite having front and rear panniers, handlebar bag, and the rear rack taking the tent on top. Last time I went, I took a book I was reading, but discovered to my dismay that I could not...
by mememememeitsme
Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: Fuel - what is going on
Replies: 17
Views: 7095

Re: Fuel - what is going on

No I don't prime the stove, just pour in my measure of fuel and light it in the middle, then I leave it burning til the jets around the edge have all lit and put my pan on it. This is the pan set I use http://www.coleman-eur.com/p-23454-exponent-non-stick-cook-kit.aspx Even if I put a full ounce mea...
by mememememeitsme
Sun Apr 19, 2009 3:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Fuel - what is going on
Replies: 17
Views: 7095

Re: Fuel - what is going on

Thank you both for your replies. I've done some more reading around the whole subject and yes it seems what alcoholic fuel is available is largely dictated by governmental policy.. The fascist bastards. Our methylated spirits I believe is ethanol as you say, with 10% methanol, and some other horribl...
by mememememeitsme
Sun Apr 19, 2009 1:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Fuel - what is going on
Replies: 17
Views: 7095

Re: Fuel - what is going on

PS - this is the stuff I've been using, it says 'mineralised', if that is relevant [url]http://www.diy.com/diy/jsp/bq/nav.jsp?action=detail&fh_secondid=9253610&fh_view_size=10&fh_eds=%3f&fh_location=%2f%2fcatalog01%2fen_GB%2fcategories%3C{9372013}&fh_search=spirits&fh_refview...
by mememememeitsme
Sun Apr 19, 2009 1:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Fuel - what is going on
Replies: 17
Views: 7095

Fuel - what is going on

I bought a cobalt via ebay, and I am so very impressed and happy with the whole package. It works seriously well, and is durable. I will love it for always. Anyhow, my problem is that I'm in the UK, so over here the best sort of fuel I can readily find is methylated spirits, 'meths' which is purple ...