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    Figuring out how things work / looking to rent a clue. Can l buy a vowel?

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  1. robert k

    Health issues since moving to Philippines

    Bless you, for the allergies. I had horrible, ragweed, mountain cedar, allergies. But I haven't run into either one here. I have run into bronchitis though, but only if I were taking public transportation. In my sealed aircon car, I have not had any problems. I believe it's a combination of being packed in like sardines and traffic not moving fast enough to sweep dust from the road, but plenty fast enough to stir it up. Just a theory, but it fits the observations.
  2. My bank (Chase) doesn't care where I am as long as I'm not an official resident of the Philippines.
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    Old fathers raising a child in the Philippines

    I will let you know when I have some.
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    Stressed Beyond Belief by Online Shopping

    I've just had some items cancelled on Lazada. It happens frequently. It's drop shipping items they can't get, or they forget to take the offer down when they sell the last of the stock, take your pick. Shoppee is starting to annoy me and I just made one order with them. Evidently, there is some kind of embargo.
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    Flashlights and Batteries

    Well, it is a perishable good. Maybe someone who mattered noticed that the new batteries were no longer to spec. No manufacturer would use them in this shape for new battery packs. From what I understand, LG never intended the batteries to be used in vape as they are INR and not IMR. They can give good amperage in parallel or series parallel but they aren't rated for 35-40 amps like an IMR battery, they are rated for 20A and will tolerate 30A for short periods. It's possible I could condition my batteries and regain some of the lost capacity, discharging them with a moderate load of 3 amps and giving them a slow charge but that wouldn't be practical with a dozen shipping containers full. I just charged all mine up, threw an 8A load on them to get them hopefully between 3.8v and 4.1v for long storage, except the 4 I'm using on a regular basis. It is what it is.
  6. If you have been in country for 2 months, yes. I came in on the waiver, the first extension was 30 days because they wouldn't allow me to do 2 months. As my ACR-I card was about to expire, they charged me for a new one. I think the rule is if you are going to be in the country more than 90 days, you get charged for an ACR-I card, even if you won't be around to pick it up.
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    Flashlights and Batteries

    You got me to thinking. I wondered why anyone would bother to use such excellent batteries in a fake product so I checked with LG, they have the physical characteristics of LG cells, 4 leg positive, measurements, the ridges in the body before the ring groove...and the manufacture date of June 2017, corresponding with a large mainland China order which was declined. The batteries then went to HK and have been wholesaled out over time. The 17% loss of capacity is normal for new cells stored in good but suboptimal conditions for 19 months. It so happens, mine are real...or someone lost money on the materials to make counterfeits indistinguishable in looks and performance to the originals.
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    Have's and Have-not's in Philippines

    If it were the filipinas, it probably wouldn't even occur to me to take notice of it. It's when the men saunter across the road when they realize you are not actively trying to run them over. Even as wrecked as I am, I will pick up the pace if someone stops for me. Then again, the guide at Caramoan asked if I would make it up the hill to the lighthouse, but he was the one gasping halfway up, at barely half my age too.
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    Have's and Have-not's in Philippines

    When I slow or stop for a pedestrian to cross the road, all but one time they acknowledge the act by Sauntering across the road. The one man who picked up the pace shocked me!
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    Have's and Have-not's in Philippines

    Where I'm at, it's usually a trike on the national highway taking his own sweet time. They need a minimum speed limit. If you can't do 40kph, you don't need to be on the national highway.
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    Stressed Beyond Belief by Online Shopping

    Using Lazada, it's rarely free shipping or my minimum, economy shipping charge is p282. It's kind of hard to be philosophical about paying p282 shipping on a p117 magnet. Pardon me, the seller cancelled the other 13 (p9800) items and the standard shipping was p402, for a p117 magnet. But mostly, Lazada has worked.
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    Flashlights and Batteries

    My current project is to get my hands on some high drain 14500 3.7v (AA size) batteries. I have tried some marked Bike King and the Skywolfeye that came with some cheap lower power lights but I think I have damaged their capacity a bit running them in my Lumintop EDC05. They are just too high internal resistance to keep up, even at 3/4 power. I'm pretty sure I could get some Nitecore or OLight batteries off Lazada at a cost of p900 each and they would work but I need about eight of them. I'm not paying that, not when I'm going to have to go to the US in about 3 months anyway to oversee my tax preparation and I can bring what I have waiting for me there already. A 16 pack of EBL batteries that cost me 900 pesos, but Amazon refused to ship them here. Yes, I knew up to date technology was expensive here when I made the move. Maybe I can find something in Cebu City when I'm there next week.
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    Flashlights and Batteries

    I figure they are old stock that had lost some capacity or, they were substandard in capacity to begin with. They are certainly high drain, they power my true 1600 lumen Astrolux flashlight that takes plenty of amps, no problem and will power my 0.5 amp fan for just over 5 hours. I consider them high quality, and a bargain. You might try them and see if you think the same. I personally was impressed enough to buy 40 of the batteries at that price. As you have intimated, your wife is in the business and she can't give as good a deal.
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    Flashlights and Batteries

    The good old days. I still have some maglights. I once had a steel Kel Light, like a maglights but solid steel. Where you can run over a maglights with a car and it still works, you can run over a Kel Light with an overloaded 18 wheeler and it still works. Never loaned it out again after that.
  15. I'm going to call this a hobby as I have more flashlights than I can use after giving many away as gifts. I generally make my hobbies serve a purpose and I've experienced some brownouts lately. To get to it. My present favorite light for general use is a Nitenumen x1. I think they are discontinued so if you look them up and want one, I wouldn't wait a year to buy it. It takes a button top 18650 lithium ion battery. It has onboard charging by micro USB, 850, 360, 80 lumens settings along with strobe that is seizure fast and a slow "bike strobe". The light lasts more than 4 hours with the cheap (for now) LG Choco batteries I'm using at the very useful 360 lumen setting. It's only 100 mm long and the body diameter is the same as a 1 peso coin in diameter everywhere except the charging port which makes a slight bulge. If I recall correctly, it's waterproof to 2 meters depth. About the batteries I'm using. I'm not perfectly certain that the "LG Choco 3000mah" batteries I'm using are legitimate, but I'm certain that they are much better than the run of the mill. Possibly they are old stock being clearanced, maybe they were substandard and dumped on the Philippines market but they provide an honest 2500 mAh and can be found for less than p200 for a pair on Lazada (I suggest you choose among sellers by shipping costs vs. advertised price if you want to stock up too) They are roughly twice the weight and 3 to 4 times the capacity of the locally sourced "UltrOfire". I stocked up like I was building a tesla powerwall. They fit most of my flashlights but not the Nitenumen which requires a button top battery. I have a work around for this. I bought 100 (didn't need that many but that's how they sell them) cheap neodymium 6mm x 2mm round magnets and center them on the positive end of the battery. I then make absolutely certain they can't move with a drop of Cord brand Bulldog shoe glue. Batteries have been and are a stumbling block to this hobby while in the Philippines. The (AA size) 14500 Li ion batteries I have gotten from Lazada are poor. They sell better ones, but they cost more than the flashlight half the time. I have some (AAA size) 10440 Li ion batteries that I had Galleon sales ship from the US because I couldn't find them anywhere else and I paid way more than they were worth, but hobbies aren't necessarily sane. On the subject of AA and AAA size batteries, I had someone suggest that the best Eneloop rechargeable battery is not the largest capacity Pro variant but the lower capacity standard variant ( not the "light" variant). While all of the eneloops are low self discharge, the Pro variety give up some shelf life to gain a little more capacity so, if it's not something you are using all the time, the standard battery may have more retained energy when you need it than the Pro battery. Something to ponder for the rarely used keychain light. I have a ThruNight Catapult V6 which I suppose should take pride of place in my collection, it throws a beam a kilometer. I can't see that far anymore so it was an extravagance, but if I ever need to signal for help, it should fill the purpose. Hard to believe how compact it is. It's like a car headlight, but with better focus. I have a Budget Light Forum special edition Astrolux S2 1600 lumens. It's crazy bright. It takes a quality 18650 battery to even reach the highest setting (it defaults to a lower setting with a cheap or nearly dead battery). It gets hot on high but automatically dims after a minute, or it would imolate itself. I was ordering an LED and the power control board that would fit it, they sent the whole light. I have a Lumintop EDC05 800 lumens in a tiny package. It takes a AA size battery or 14500 Li ion, it just won't be near as bright with the AA. The EDC05's minimal size would make it a top choice for everyday carry in slacks. Excellent quality, reflected in the price but I can't fault it, except it's 3/4 the size of the Nitenumen, produces 1/4 the light (brightness vs time) on single battery and costs 50% more. I have a number of ThorFire flashlights that I care less for. They are supposed to be Natural or warm white light but it's a little too reddish for my taste. I have gotten a defective one also, but considering the budget price, I won't damn them for one slip. I have the VG15S, TK15S, TK15, TK05. Of the group, if you can stand the reddish light, I would recommend the TK15S as most interesting as it has a tail switch And a side switch. Less likely to turn itself on in your pocket but still the convenience of not having to hold it at an awkward position to be able to switch modes conveniently. Possibly the best bargain in a larger than pocket size flashlight is the Convoy C8+ with it's XPL-HI LED 1100 lumens, larger head and the ability to throw a beam 300 meters. Battery life is good due to using recent technology LEDs and they can be had for around p1200. Excellent workmanship. If you only have one light for everything, I would probably choose this one. I can at least see 300 meters! Interesting looking cheap flashlights? Too many to mention. Some are really quite good in function although they may be rough around the edges. I would have yet more flashlights save that Shopee won't let me order anything because I don't have a street and house number address. I found a seller who sells upgraded versions of the cheap lights. Maybe I can ask a friend to take delivery for me. I hope at least that the battery discussion is helpful to someone. Those LG Choco batteries will power my small 100mm desktop fan on highest setting for 5 hours while the batteries that come with the fan, the ones that work at all are at most good for 2 hours. I didn't include pictures as most stock photos would have advertising.