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    How do you read at night?

    To all those who camp while touring, how do you read for long periods at night. The obvious answer would be flashlight, but if I'm reading for 3 hours on a daily basis I'm going to plow through batteries. Can you recommend any economic flashlights designed for such activity. Or what about candle lanterns? Is it safe to take them inside a tent?

    I recall seeing a thread on this issue a while back, but couldn't find it through the search function. Sorry if this thread is redundant.

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    I set up near a street light or find a campground fancy enough to have lights in the loo.
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    I use an LED headlamp but find it annoyingly bright, so when I want to be less obtrusive I use a candle lantern hung from the tent peak, with enough clearance for heat dissipation of course. Much dimmer but more pleasant light and even gives off a few btu's.
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    compact led headlamp all the way, on low 3 AAA will last 100 hours or more. Check out the petzl tikka plus, or the Princeton Tec copy of it.

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    Check into those lamps you can buy to follow along at operas. It's just enough light for you to have a book under and read in total darkness.

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    I tour mostly in the summers now. My first cross-country trip was in the fall - with shorter days. I don' t know whether it's the longer days or a change in perspective - perhaps both - but I don't read very much at night anymore. Most of the time I prefer remote camping so I won't have any lighted loos. I love the evenings for watching wildlife until the lays rays of twilight are gone - - and then some. I look up at the stars, listen to the sounds of night, then go to sleep after a long day's riding. I do my reading in the early morning - maybe when it's still a little too chilly to get me out of the sleeping bag.

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    http://www.flashlightreviews.com/reviews/pak-lite.htm

    With a 9V Lithium battery the Pak-Lite LED lasts up to 1200 hours. I have not worn out a battery yet after four years of regular use on tour and at home. Simple durable and light weight. See the review at the URL above.

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    LED helmet light. Leave it on your helmet as usual, and then place the helmet on your head ... or sit it in such a way that the light shines upward (like a wall sconce) ... or whatever seems most effective for you.

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    headlamp.

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    Hi I've a Petzel MYO XP it's got four settings and a light difuzer, nicely sponsored by the guys at www.Lyon.co.uk, thanks guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ken cummings
    I set up near a street light or find a campground fancy enough to have lights in the loo.
    I read all of Slaughter House Five in the shower room of the campground at Nebraska City, NE one night. Only after I went outside to my tent did I find that I was under the world's brightest street light and could have read in my tent. Heck, with that bright a light, I could have read with my eyes closed
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    Windup LED flashlight.
    On low power you get several hours from a minutes wind.

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    Thanks for the input eveyone. I had no idea LED lights make such economical use of batteries. I kind of like the notion of a candle lantern—probably just because it seems more romantic—but can't justify the fire hazard and extra weight of all those candles.

    LED light it is.

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    Princeton Tec aurora, led headlamp.. has 3 settings.. works great for reading on the lowest setting..

    http://www.rei.com/product/47968569.htm?vcat=REI_SEARCH

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    I'd use a handheld device like Palm.

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    We have single LED Headlights that run on AA batteries.
    Our shortwave radio recharges AA batteries.
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    Deff go with a headlamp i have one by ll bean that works great 4diff modes high med low light and flashing on low light you can get alot of reading done
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    I use a small LED flashlight--lasts for many hours and is very compact and weather proof. If your stealth camping its not bright enough to attract attention.
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    You have time to read? Wow, I am impressed. On my tours I've usually been too tired to do anything but sleep once I set up the tent.

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    Those little LED lites with an elastic to hold it on your handlebars only cost a couple of dollars and last for a least several pocketbooks. I use a safety pin and pin it in the right spot on the ceiling of my tent (double wall tent). Funny the batteries cost more than the light with batteries. I got one for christmas, they're available from MEC. I supose it's not to much of a stretch of the imagination to think you might use it on your bike too?
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    I got one of these for a fiver:

    Alpkit Indigo head torch

    They have since introduced a "Stealth" model with black straps instead of the red.

    Alpkit is a great company with great service. Highly recommend them. They also make an awesome down sleeping bag if you are in the market for one.

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    I use an old toe clip strap to hang my headlight from the ceiling of the tent.

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    My back up LED headlight serves that purpose.
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    how about one of these: [URL="http://www.kriana.com/"/URL]
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