Light for camping kitchen

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010 at 14:41
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Hi all,

We have a Coleman Compact Deluxe Kitchen


We are looking to buy a light to put on top of the pole.
What should we be looking at buying? There are so many options out there, fuel, rechargable etc.
We want somthing that is reliable and worth the money spent and any advice or suggestion would greatly be appreicated.

Many thanks

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Reply By: Tenpounder (SA) - Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010 at 14:59

Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010 at 14:59
Hi there.
I have been known to be sarcastic, but BE CAREFUL! We have a very similar camp kitchen setup, and it is NOT very stable, so you really should not hang anything too heavy on the pole. Our disaster was without a light, and involved the whole shebang blowing over backwards when a gust caught the lid of the stove.
In fact, we now (literally) tie the frame of the kitchen to something solid (like an annex pole) whenever it is windy.
So no way would I hang a liquid or gas fuelled lantern off the pole.
What about a 12v fluoro? That, plus a headlamp, works wonders. Rechargeables have the habit of needing to be recharged, just when you don't want that.
But, for my money, the best light of the lot is sunlight! Cook while it is still light!
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Follow Up By: Jude&theboys - Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010 at 19:48

Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010 at 19:48
I can so relate to your comment about rechargeables! Was in the midst of cooking golden syrup dumplings for dessert Easter Sunday with the 3 boys - all of a sudden we were in darkness....dripped HOT syrup on my thumb and might have muttered some words young boys shouldn't really hear before we found a torch.
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Reply By: Member - GREENDOG - Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010 at 15:02

Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010 at 15:02
I just brought the Adventure light LED from ARB last week before we went to the Flinders and it worked great very impressed with the light out put,you can allso buy the metal brackets to secure it to the pole which came in very handy,cost outlay was 97.00 with the bracket.cheers GREENDOG
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Reply By: GoneTroppo Member (FNQ) - Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010 at 15:09

Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010 at 15:09
Versa light is hard to pass up
There are plenty of threads here on them, just do a search


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Follow Up By: Member -Dodger - Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010 at 15:21

Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010 at 15:21
Another vote for the versa light either flouro or Led both good.
I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

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Follow Up By: Member - Bucky - Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 04:52

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 04:52
Go the Versa

And get the orange insert too....Bugs are not attracted when cooking tea !

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Follow Up By: Member - Leon A (SA) - Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 21:54

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 21:54
Yep Versa light is the go.
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Reply By: feathery - Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010 at 18:00

Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010 at 18:00
Do your self a favour and move the light away from the table as you will have a plate full of insects as well as food when I have power or using generator I use a 100w flood light at about 3m away insects move to light not to table
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Reply By:- Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 15:11

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 15:11
Thank you all for you help.
12v fluro versa lite does sound good.
Probably a stupid question again, does this mean I need to buy some kind of battery? I have a 2006 RAV4 and there is a 12v Charger at back of car.
I put the battery in that charger while driving? Will that cause problems to my car battery?
Most of all, how many hours approx do I get out of the 12v Versa Lite?

Sorry for the questions but we are new at this :S
really thought the rechargeable 12v lights go flat quickly and takes forever to recharge.
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Follow Up By: Member -Toonfish - Saturday, Apr 24, 2010 at 12:05

Saturday, Apr 24, 2010 at 12:05
versalights and arb type flouros use about 1 amp per hour so you could leave it on all night if you needed to (but why would you!) .
so im guessing in theory a 40amp hour battery would give you 40 hours of light.
they do surge up slightly on starting.
i have two and have found them invaluable
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Reply By: IdahOz - Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 17:25

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 at 17:25
We have the exact same kitchen have found it great! So far it hasn't even offered to blow over! We don't put a light on the pole but use a separate gas light on its own pole on a t-junction on the same gas bottle we use to fuel the camp stove. This has worked well for us.
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