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Flashlights and Batteries and Candles

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Just thinking about light for my house when power is compromised. I was thinking candles for constant light however they can be messy. What about lanterns with smokeless oil? That seems a good alternative. Any suggestions or thoughts?

As far as flashlights, there are so many. Suggestions, I see a lot on Amazon with CREE LED's.

What is best to keep in mind as far as power source? meaning CR123 or some other battery? Is there one rechargeable that is better than another and how long will it hold a chare without being used? Don't want to get caught with no power. Maybe some dry cells as a back-up?
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I would go with led lanterns and rechargeable AA batteries. All of my battery powered devices (except my tablet) use AA batteries. I have a solar panel that will recharge my AA battery packs, and these can output a 5V USB voltage, 6V, or 12V to power my 180W cup inverter.

I use 3rd Gen Sanyo Enloop 2000 mAh AA batteries that can be recharged 1800 times, so my lighting needs are covered for 5-7 years or more.

Amazon: 3rd Gen Sanyo Enloop AA Batteries
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Why do you need the 5V USB voltage, 6V, or 12V to power my 180W cup inverter. What is that? What kind of flashlights do you have?
I put together a system that will charge my AA batteries, phones, and laptop from solar or virtually any AC or DC source I can find. The system uses battery packs, each with 2 banks of 5 AA cells that can be connected in series to output 12V or in parallel to provide 6V, and I can run the 6V through a 5V regulator to power a 5V dummy USB port for charging my handheld devices.

The "cup inverter" is called that because it is designed to plug into the cigarette lighter and sits in the cup holder of my car. The one I have now (an ENERGIZER 180W Cup Inverter) has a 120VAC outlet for the laptop and a couple of USB ports for charging or powering other devices.

The flashlights don't plug into the system, but the system can recharge batteries that can be used in my lighting stuff. I have a couple of Energizer Weatheready 360 Degree LED Area Lanterns and Dorcy 41-2510 Floating Waterproof LED Flashlights along with a few other LED flashlights that take AA cells.
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