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Gas Canester lights

Postby Poodle Jewel » Tue Sep 16, 2008 8:50 pm

My brother said the camp shop has lights that you put one of those gas canesters in the same as the stoves,anyone used one?
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Re: Gas Canester lights

Postby GypsyLady » Wed Sep 17, 2008 9:05 am

I'd imagine they would work out to be rather expensive to run over time PJ.
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Re: Gas Canester lights

Postby Redback » Wed Sep 17, 2008 9:21 am

Yep i have one, it's used as emergency lighting, there not too bad, but like the normal gas lamps it's the mantels that are a pain, we don't use gas light anymore, 12volt is much easier and with these 12v Nelson Globes that you can get from Bunnings, it works out pretty cheap over time.

They last anywhere from 2 to 4yrs, and only use 1 Amp hour, that's pretty good considering the punishment they must get packed away in the camper, and the amount of time we spend offroad :mrgreen:

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Re: Gas Canester lights

Postby Komodo » Wed Sep 17, 2008 5:12 pm

yep 12V or 6V fluros here too.
They take a fair knock and I can carry them around whilst they are on no worries.

I still have gas lanterns but im finding less and less need / use for them

Oh yeah and the gas canister lanterns are pretty meh. Kel and I have one along with a gas canister stove and we only use / keep it in case of emergency. Actually I use the stove occasionally when fishing but thats about it - I can honestly say other than to test it I cant actually remember "using" the lantern it was pretty dismal in output from memory. Actually I should really get that gear out and service it and make sure its all working.
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Re: Gas Canester lights

Postby Poodle Jewel » Wed Sep 17, 2008 7:43 pm

Thanks for your comments,the amount of crap lights i`ve bought that aren`t bright enough or don`t last long enough gives me the willies.Last time i went camping took a supply of solar garden lights :lol:
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Re: Gas Canester lights

Postby GypsyLady » Thu Sep 18, 2008 8:38 am

I agree with the others re 12volt lights PJ and 2 that I have are the COl Light and the Versa Light, both of which I have had for many years and they are still powering on strong.

Both have a low current draw and a reasonably long lead so you could run it from your car without any worries. Neither are cheap,the Col Light is around the $110-120ish mark and the Versa Light not far behind.

One of my Col Lights I have had for about 18 years so I suppose if you divide the $120 by 18 it is not very much at all. Of course if you were to wait until the upcoming Pre Xmas Caravan and Camping Sale 25-26 October you may well get one on sale.

Do not fall for the cheaper versions as the current draw will be much greater and the last thing you need is a flat battery in your car. From memory the current draw on the above is about .6 of a watt.

The other thing I have also done is buy a small sealed battery, 7 amps I think fror BCF and I run my external lights from it so that I do not have to worry about the vehicle battery. It also means that I can have my light where ever I want it. Think these are about $35 and are quite compact, easy to carry.

I actually have 2, one for lights and one for my 12 volt shower.

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Re: Gas Canester lights

Postby Redback » Thu Sep 18, 2008 9:44 am

This is what i did, i made my own using the Nelson globes, they are $30 from Bunnings, the Lead lights are $7 and i went too Vinnies for the bed lamps, i got 3 bed lamps for $5.

Here is where i got the idea from
Tuco's 12volt lights
http://www.campertrailers.org/tuco's_lights.htm

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Re: Gas Canester lights

Postby Poodle Jewel » Thu Sep 18, 2008 9:55 am

Thanks Gypsy and Redback I will get into those.
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Re: Gas Canester lights

Postby Redback » Tue Sep 23, 2008 9:48 am

Poodle Jewel wrote:Thanks Gypsy and Redback I will get into those.


Hey PJ, here is our canister gas lamp, from memory it was around $35 without the can or mantels, so not cheap.

They don't use the same can as the single burner stoves, this one uses a Primus canister and they screw on and off.
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Re: Gas Canester lights

Postby New_to_this » Thu Sep 25, 2008 12:12 am

Hi Gypslady
Where and with who is that sale.
New to this so looking for some good sales b4 xmas
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Re: Gas Canester lights

Postby GypsyLady » Thu Sep 25, 2008 8:37 am

New_to_this wrote:Hi Gypslady
Where and with who is that sale.
New to this so looking for some good sales b4 xmas


Hi New_to_this

The pre Xmas Caravan and Camping Sale I was referring to is in Brisbane at the RNA showgrounds 25-26 October.

It is held about this time every year, entry is free. You can buy anything from a top of the range motorhome to a pole for your tent.
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