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Tritium Beads & Lanterns

Discussion in 'Flashlights & Other Illumination Devices' started by cbbr, Jan 12, 2021.

  1. cbbr

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    I have a couple, but want a couple more. Anyone know who may have them in stock? And please show us what you have! Thanks.
     
  2. Nick4305
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    For Tritium vials and co. you may have a look at mixglo.
    As for lanterns, my personal choice goes to TEC Accessories items. @TECENG is a member here on EDCF too... :)
     
  3. Slipjoint

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    These are neat, but be aware that Tritium has a really short half-life and it will lose its glow over time.
     
  4. Bad Company

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    Aren't tritium vials, well, radioactive??
     
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    Yes. Less radioactive than your television, but more radioactive than your flashlight. There is endless debate about this on various forums, but the general consensus of scientists is that tritium is harmless in the amounts used in commercial products.

    FWIW, a lot of people who think about the dangers of tritium are actually thinking of radium, not tritium. Radium is very bad news.
     
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    I got a bunch of vials, but just been sitting in a tiny bag. Not sure what to do with them.
    Glued one on my car key fob.
    Have a tritium keychain on the car key as well.

    None of my lights have a place for tritium anyways.
     
  7. TheGremlin

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    Does anybody have any recommendations for reputable online dealers where I can get tritium vials? I've been searching for a few months and the only places that have them seem sketchy to me.

    Sent from my SM-G970U using Tapatalk
     
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    B@rt or Merkava on CPF
     
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    Really short? It has a half life of 12 years. That means that it will be about half as bright in 12 years. However, our eyes require 4X the light to perceive twice the brightness. Therefore, tritium has a serviceable glow of around 20~25 years.