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Beta light

Post by Ivan » Sun May 09, 2004 12:31 pm

I have tried to find out more information on beta lights and have had no luck. Kyle has mentioned the same. Whenever I search the internet I find:

Regurgitated survival kits listed, which just list the 'ingrediants', including a beta light, sometimes followed by a part number and suggested price in pounds and dollars,

Black Diamond beta light tents (or some such)

I figure SOMEONE here might know more about them, even that they may be known by a different name in the US? Its strange not to find anything about them ANYWHERE but in the SAS.

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Post by GySgtKnighthawke » Sun May 09, 2004 1:22 pm

Ivan,
Are Beta lights anything like solar powered lights or is that a totally different ballgame?

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Post by Red Panda » Sun May 09, 2004 4:49 pm

Ivan,

Just get a nice little waterproof LED. That beta crystal must be something that turned out to be toxic or radioactive or something.

Also, good luck trying to find potassium permanganate over the counter. I've only found 1 store that would special order it for me & ended up getting something similar called buro-sol that's available at any Shopper's.

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Post by Ivan » Mon May 10, 2004 10:24 am

Yeah, the way I was looking at it was:

Just recently a scientist came up with new LED technology that completly changes their applications. The SAS hasn't had that bit updated to reflect that yet. LED is mor than likely the better option, but...

I've never heard of a beta light, so WTF are they? I still want to know. I will probably just pick up another led keyring light like I have, only in red.
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Post by Ivan » Fri May 14, 2004 11:31 pm

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Post by Red Panda » Sun May 16, 2004 4:12 pm

I'm impressed, good detective work.

Too bad they're so expensive.

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Post by Joe Ghoul » Tue May 18, 2004 8:41 pm

I'll wait for them to go down in price. For now, I'll go with my newly purchased Maglights. I just got the 3 D cell and double A models at Home Depot.

I almost got the 4 D cell model, but its just too damn long.
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Post by Red Panda » Wed May 19, 2004 3:12 pm

Joe,

Ya know, I worked outdoors at night for almost 2 years straight. Tried all kinds of flashlights & for the money, Mags are the best. Take a beating, but just keep going. I just wish there was a rubberized sleeve for them. There's nothing like putting a piece of metal that is probably about 2 degrees celsius into your mouth. OUCH!

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Post by raptorman » Wed May 19, 2004 6:52 pm

Wouldn't it be cool if there were some type of LED conversion for a maglight? The battery life would be awesome, and it would be cheaper because you already have the aircraft aluminum casing. You just need the LED bulb assembly for the maglight.

I bet someone is working on this or already has this developed.
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Post by jamoni » Wed May 19, 2004 7:12 pm

You can buy a rubber dipping compound. You just dip whatever in the rubber, let it sit for 1/2 hour or so, and voila! Rubberized stuff! I used it for survival knife handles. (REAL SURVIVAL KNIVES, none of that hollow handled crap!) It's great stuff.
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Post by Red Panda » Wed May 19, 2004 10:56 pm

Raptor,

That would be good. I really like the mag, but would love to have the longer battery life of the LED.

I actually just picked up a flashlight tonite that has 1 LED bulb & doesn't require batteries. You just shake it for 30 secs & it gives a few minutes of light. It's called the Forever Flashlight & it's not bad. Bright enough for me to find my way in a pitch black room. Probably not so great for outdoor excursions, though. I'll have to try it out & report back here.

Jamoni, ya know, maybe I should've looked into something like that before. My mini-Mag has all the paint pretty much worn off at the end from biting it during work. I'm sure that can't be good for me. Do you know a brand name for the compound? Or where I could look for it? Home Depot?

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Post by Ivan » Wed May 19, 2004 11:06 pm

They sell it at home depot, and it comes in a few different colors even. Its called Plastic Dip. (at least the stuff we have used)
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Post by kyle » Wed May 19, 2004 11:11 pm

Red Panda wrote:I actually just picked up a flashlight tonite that has 1 LED bulb & doesn't require batteries. You just shake it for 30 secs & it gives a few minutes of light. It's called the Forever Flashlight & it's not bad. Bright enough for me to find my way in a pitch black room. Probably not so great for outdoor excursions, though. I'll have to try it out & report back here.


I got one of those as a Christmas present from a buddy of mine a few years ago. Thinkgeek has them but you can probably find them cheaper else where. I used it when I went on my last January camping trip. Normally it will hold a charge for about 2 minutes or so at a time but it doesn't hold its charge as well in the freezing cold temps. Not sure why not.
Still.. I have mine in my Bug out bag.

It's water proof and floats! (well.. unless you're crazy like Raptor and drag it 1000 feet below with his poor time piece)

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Post by Ivan » Wed May 19, 2004 11:12 pm

Hey, RaptorMan-
There are several LED conversions for the minimag out there, and one, it seems, from MagLite. Here is a site that seems to have different ones for the many Mags.

http://www.flashlights4less.com/Merchan ... y_Code=mag

An OFFICIAL one?
http://www.camping-hunting.com/product_ ... ils&bhcp=1
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Post by Joe Ghoul » Thu May 20, 2004 11:41 pm

Cool.

Great find, Ivan. I may invest in one of these.

My 'to buy' list is getting longer all the time.
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Post by kyle » Thu May 20, 2004 11:45 pm

Joe Ghoul wrote:My 'to buy' list is getting longer all the time.


I know what you mean. I'm going to need a second job if I keep hanging out on these forums.

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Post by Ivan » Fri May 21, 2004 1:45 am

its quite painfull, and I havent even begun to look at the more expensive items that will be on my list. I can already account for a couple of paychecks.
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Post by Red Panda » Fri May 21, 2004 11:50 am

Oh boy,

My "to buy" list is sick. Excepting guns & ammo, it's still got about at least $1000 worth of stuff on it.

I have a dilemma right now. Should I spend my money on a motorcycle or use it for some really nice guns? I'm leaning towards the motorcycle cuz I've waited so long for it. Any input?

Actually, I'm kinda kidding. I'll always make sure to have money for guns!!!

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Re: Beta light

Post by Asymetryczna » Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:29 pm

Hey, are you still looking for a beta light?
https://www.ebay.com/p/Tritium-Fluoresc ... 1531409172
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Re: Beta light

Post by Beowolf » Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:42 pm

13 years later...
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Post by Stercutus » Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:54 pm

Beowolf wrote:13 years later...
Yes but so much more affordable now.
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Re: Beta light

Post by flybynight » Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:55 pm

Asymetryczna wrote:Hey, are you still looking for a beta light?
https://www.ebay.com/p/Tritium-Fluoresc ... 1531409172
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Post by JeeperCreeper » Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:02 pm

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Re: Beta light

Post by Asymetryczna » Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:59 am

;/ I'll admit that I was going for the record.
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