Frequently Asked Questions

How do BATLite® units connect to one another?

Each BATLite unit has a short cable terminating in a standard NEMA 5-15 female receptacle and a longer cable terminating in a standard NEMA 5-15 male plug. The lights are connected to one another by inserting the next light’s male plug into the previous light’s female receptacle.

How long are the BATLite cables?

The cable is integral to the light. The total cable length, measured from end to end, is 60”. Any excess cable length may be coiled up, if desired.

How many BATLites can be used in a series?

Up to 60 BATLite fixtures may be connected to one another in series. (Using more than 60 may degrade the illumination output and/or trip the circuit breaker.)

How many BATLite lights are needed for a shelter or tent?

US Military standards call for using 30-50 foot-candles of illumination for most tasks and activities. To achieve this illumination, a rule of thumb is to use one BATLite units per 25 square feet of shelter floor space. (This assumes a floor-to-light height of about 90”). A single 20’ x 32’ shelter will need about 14 BATLite units spaced 60” apart. The mounting “quad” would be 5’ x 5’. Lowering the mounting or hanging height reduces the number of lights needed per shelter.

How is the BATLite light attached to the shelter?

A single hanging/adjustment hook-and-loop strap is inserted through the integral BATLite hanging port, then extended and wrapped around any available support point. Only one strap is needed in most cases. Normally, no leveling is required, as each light auto-levels upon being unfurled. A second strap may be used to coil up any excess cable.

Can lights be added or adjusted after installation?

Absolutely. These are the most versatile shelter lights available. Changing their spacing or quad size is as simple as re-attaching the hanging strap to a new support point. If an area of high intensity illumination is needed, four or five of these BATLite units may be removed and re-hung in a very tight arrangement to provide more than 150 foot-candles at the task.

How is a BATLite light plugged into power?

The first BATLite unit in the series is plugged into a regular NEMA 5-15 female wall receptacle or a switched receptacle or the Master Control Switch, which is included in each BATLite Kit.

Can the lights be switched ON/OFF by a main light switch?

If the first light in the series is connected into a switched receptacle, then the entire string may be turned ON/OFF by flipping that single switch.

If one light is turned off, do all in the series go off?

No, all lights in a series of lights remain ON even if any other lights in the string have been individually turned OFF.

Is each individual BATLite unit controllable individually with its own switch?

Yes, each BATLite unit has an integral top-mounted three-way switch allowing the single light to be powered ON, powered OFF, or switched to Low Power Black-Out.

What do I have to do to maintain my BATLite units?

The BATLite units are engineered and manufactured to be totally maintenance-free. There is nothing to replace or reset on the lights. No part of the light is replaceable nor should it ever have to be. All you should ever need to do is keep dust off the outside of the lenses to assure good illumination.

Are the lights heavy?

No. The BATLite system helps you battle light. At less than two pounds each, these are the most lightweight military shelter lights you can find.

How are the lights initially shipped?

Normally BATLite kits are shipped in sturdy corrugated cartons accommodating 8, 10 or 14 lights and the Master Control Switch. All required straps, a 10′-long extension cable and instructions are packed into each carton.

What is required if we want to remove lights at strikedown?

BATLite lights are so rugged that no special handling or packing is required. They don’t need to be handled with kid gloves. Simply unplug and remove each light from the tent, and use the hanging strap to band the coiled cords around the T-handle of the light. Drop each bundled light and the Master Control Switch into a backpack, duffle bag or container and you are done. Heavy Duty shipping containers are available as an option, but you won’t need them.

Can the lights be left in a tent/shelter at strikedown?

Yes, the lights are engineered and built to simply leave in place and attached inside most shelters. There is no need to remove them. They are compact and rugged enough to be left attached and folded up with the tent/shelter. Basically the BATLite system is nearly indestructible unless there is severe misuse.

What happens if other electrical devices are plugged into the BATLite system?

We do not recommend powering any other electrical equipment from the BATLite receptacles. Since such equipment could draw far more current than a typical BATLite unit, the system could be damaged and warranty voided.

How to I request a quote or place an order?

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