March 23, 2020

What’s In Your Bag? Part 7 – Light

Welcome to the last episode of What’s In Your Bag?, where we’ll talk about light. Specifically, my EDC combined with what’s in my bag and how they work together.

Humans have an innate fear of the dark, likely due to the fact that we used to be nomadic hunter gatherers combined with the fact that there are scary things in the dark. Personally, I’m not too afraid of anything on four legs in the area I’m in, but I do like to avoid walking into things and two legged predators give me a certain pause. While I live in a relatively safe area, home invasions do occur and I can’t see them going away after any kind of collapse. So, I carry a single AA flashlight with my everywhere I go and I also carry a couple other light sources in my BOB.

This Fenix LD15 is part of my EDC and I am absolutely ecstatic about the quality of it. I’ve carried it for just about a year and I’m only on my second AA battery. Considering it packs 117 lumens into an lightweight (21 grams w/o the battery) aircraft grade aluminum body, that is very impressive to me.

Being that I’m a geek, this is quite possibly one of the coolest things I carry! The Goal Zero Nomad 7 solar panel is used to charge batteries and USB devices, but I’m including it in light for two reasons: First, it does actually include a quite powerful LED light and it keeps batteries freshly charged for the other lights I carry.

As you can see mine is pretty beat up due to extensive use, but it still functions just fine and dandy. The scuffs are from where I had to check it inside a backpack on an international flight; I wouldn’t consider them normal wear and tear.

I bought the kit instead of just the panel, which included the Guide 10 battery charger, 4 AA rechargeables, 4 AAA rechargeables (with size adapter), and a USB powered LED light bar. As you can see, the light bar is ridiculously bright. If you look on the part labeled “Solar Ports”, you can see that it has a USB port, which handily enough you can plug a phone or Kindle into to charge. However it takes MUCH longer than it would to charge the batteries in the Guide 10 and then charge the devices from that.

In addition to charging batteries, the Guide 10 Plus has a small light of it’s own and a USB port for powering either a phone charger or the LED light bar. This will NOT charge a tablet, I have tried. It likely doesn’t put out enough Amperage, but I haven’t looked.

I also keep a baggy of disposable AA & AAA batteries along with a 4 pack of Eneloop rechargeable batteries.

What About Your Headlamp?

If you’ve been reading along from the beginning, you might remember that I mentioned having a Princeton Tec Byte Headlamp but I had taken it out of my bag to use it during a recent power outage. Unfortunately it has been lost since then and they’re out of stock at my distributor. Eventually I will replace it, and in the meantime I’ve thrown a cheap one in my bag that I couldn’t be bothered to take pictures of. I do love those Byte headlamps…

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The End

That’s it, the end of the series. Thanks for reading! Below are the links to the other six parts. I’ve learned quite a bit and I’ll likely be putting together a post covering the things I’ve changed in my bag, what’s been removed, and the like.

What’s In Your Bag? Part 1 – The Bag & Gerber Survival Knife

What’s In Your Bag? Part 2 – Fire

What’s In Your Bag? Part 3 – Water

What’s In Your Bag? Part 4 – Shelter

What’s In Your Bag? Part 5 – Health & First Aid

What’s In Your Bag? Part 6 – Food & Cooking

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What’s In Your Bag? Part 8 – Epilogue

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