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    Turn Headlamp into a ridgeline lantern.

    As I am sure all of you do, I use a headlamp at night. Works great, however sometimes some ambient light that is not redirected every time I turn my head is nice to have sometimes.

    There are a multitude of lightweight backpacking lanterns such as the Black Diamond orbit series. My problem with these lanterns is A) I am already carrying a headlamp and B) Most of them take 4 AAA batteries which is not something I am interested in carrying spares to for night three in the backwoods.

    To solve my problem I took a lid off of a plastic Borba water bottle (no idea where it was bought, my g/f's mom saved it for me because 'it looked like something I might use for backpacking'). Anyways, I took the lid off of it, wrapped a layer of wax paper around it, then used clear packing tape to effectively wrap the lid up.

    The result was perfect. The tissue paper diffuses the bright bulb enough to spread it fairly evenly throughout my entire tarp. I have used nalgenes in the past, but the clear plastic (regardless of color) fails to diffuse the light, plus I don't always carry an empty nalgene at all times. I wanted something more dedicated for the lantern purpose.


    Weight is 16g

    *Bonus - works perfectly as a case for my headlamp

    Also Mammut makes a headlamp that actually comes with something similar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Towellie View Post
    To solve my problem I took a lid off of a plastic Borba water bottle (no idea where it was bought, my g/f's mom saved it for me because 'it looked like something I might use for backpacking').
    The headlamp diffuser is a great idea... but it's the statement above that really caught my attention. I think that's just precious!
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    You're gf's mom is one cool lady.

    Great idea dude!

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    Mad777 ... your compliment is as awesome as is that sweet lantern...awesome idea...
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    Clever!

    I definately will be modding my headlamp to so something similar.
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    Great idea. I have seen some black diamond (I think) headlamps that come with something very similar that clips on to the lamp. Also, I had that exact same gameboy when I was younger. Good times.

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    I like the idea. Very creative.

    As part of my EDC, I have a 4Sevens QMini 123 with a short piece of paracord attached to it. I have been attaching it to a s-biner and to my ridgeline. On its lowest setting, it provides good ambient lighting for me, but I may try my hand at a diffuser for it to subdue the light a little more.

    Thanks for the idea.

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