Rah Rah - rant rant
you should have been stuck behind jonny on saturday when his main beam went out. I thought he was going to explode. - maybe we could strap him to that gritstone boulder you were having bother with mudman, then all shine you fx led lamps in his face and get the contacts to flicker anoyingly. The boulder would be no more.
Personally I think the build quality on the FX cap lamps is sh*t. The batteries them selves - not so sure. I agree with jonny that the strap/bungee is poor and could easily be re worked to provide a better solution.
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The connector does get a bit iffy with use (the bit which takes the most abuse) but you need to bend the metal pins back with a small screwdriver from time to time
I have had my light for just over a year and already two resistors have gone
I am currently having problems with the switch
lean on the battery/connection the light goes out,
I've had lots of problems with the switch, shorting, stuff like that- flickering and dim light and intermittently not working
Reliable then :shock: - just what you need 8 hours into a trip. I reckon a big box of matches would be more reliable. :wink:
my setups are as follows.
when I started caving (again) I had 3 oldam cap lamps kicking about in the cellar. Tough as old boots - all the contacts inside were stil perfect. First thing I did was connect one with a new oldam T3 - Ive put a 3 led backup bulb in that. The oldham is tough as old boots classic design that has seen thousands of cavers through thousands of caves over the last 30 years. I tend to use it for long wet sports trips. Weekends away in the dales/mendips etc.
For the second one - I bought a raylite about a year later - as jonny says tough and O have it as my digging lamp.
then for the last one - I bought a 7 led fx reflector - with a bit of jiggery pokery it fits nicely in an oldam caplamp. For power I just got a petzl 4.5v battery holder and bungied it on to the helmet at the back.
Cave mostly on the 7 leds. halogen for when I need to see far. perfect for really tight trips. Friends used this setup with great effect in mexico where they couldnt use carbide or charge batteries. Works well as a back up for carbide too.
I do find the led lights flaten the light quite a lot - you dont get the same diffinition on things. Especially mud err I mean sediments. The colour rendering is also washed out - everything just looks bluey white.
Anyway - F**k it - Im off to the dolomites tommorrow - climbing :D . no need for head lamps there (hopefully :shock:)