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The Nokero bulb is the “world’s only solar light bulb”

on Monday, September 15th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear

I don’t know if this is the world’s only solar light bulb, but the Nokero Solar Light Bulb certainly looks useful for off-grid situations.  It charges its AA-sized NiMH batteries with a high-efficiency solar panel, and it can provide 6+ hours of 13.5 lumens of light from its four LEDs.  The bulb has a shatter-resistant polycarbonate globe,Read More…

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Shomer-Tec Covert Escape Compass review

on Friday, September 12th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, Reviews

Which of these objects does not belong? Would you be surprised if I told you they are all compasses, even the nickel? It’s true. The nickel that you see in the image above is actually the Covert Escape Compass from Shomer-Tec. I was intrigued to learn how an ordinary nickel could be used as aRead More…

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It’s easy to keep up with your glasses when you have a Lens Friend

on Friday, September 12th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News

The Lens Friend is a strip of silicone with magnets embedded in each end; when it’s folded in the middle, the ends grip together.  You can fold them over your shirt pocket, a collar, or your bag.  It has three 0.5″ loops on one end for you to slip one of the temples of yourRead More…

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The Seven Year Flashlight will be ready whenever you need it

on Friday, September 12th, 2014

The Seven Year Flashlight from Hammacher Schlemmer is a rechargeable flashlight that can hold a charge for seven years.  It has “specially-designed nickel metal hydride batteries that minimize power loss, ensuring reliable, full-power light for seven years on a single charge.”   It produces 200 lumens of light for 6 hours on a full charge,Read More…

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This backpack holds an already assembled emergency preparedness kit

on Sunday, September 7th, 2014
Posted in: Bags, Gear, News

The Catastrophe Backpack from Herrington is equipped to help you withstand a disaster or to help you assist in recovery efforts.  It has 14 pockets and sleeves that come loaded with a lot of gear:  poncho; thermal blanket; respirator mask; personal hygiene and medical first aid kits; signal mirror and whistle; compass and magnifying glass;Read More…

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September is National Preparedness Month – let Champ Preparedness help you get prepared

on Friday, September 5th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, Home, Kitchen, News

Were you aware that it is National Preparedness Month?  Are you part of the sixty percent of Americans determined by the American Red Cross that are wholly unprepared for a disaster?  Emergencies don’t have to be huge things, like hurricanes, tornados, or floods; they can be smaller things like car accidents or smaller damages to yourRead More…

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Survival Pucks Compact Emergency Kits

on Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Each of these little 3.25″ diameter X 1.1″ thick canisters contain emergency supplies.  The containers are made of 5000-series aluminum and have knurled screw-on lids; they are waterproof and have waterproof labels.  When you pull the label off, the the lid is a serviceable signal mirror.  What’s inside these little canisters are the kits that canRead More…

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Does your pet have an emergency preparedness kit?

on Saturday, August 30th, 2014

If you live in areas prone to natural disasters, you probably have made some preparations for emergencies.  Do you have an survival kit for your pet?  Quake Kare sells survival kits for dogs and cats, filled with products you’ll need to keep your pet healthy and fed until things start to return to normal.  The kits comeRead More…

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Did you know a donkey’s mouth is 20 times cleaner than most keyboards?*

on Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News

*That’s what the folks at AM Labs postulate, anyway.  There’s no data that actually quantifies and compares the cleanliness of the two, but you have a pretty good idea from just looking that your mobile devices and computer keyboards and screens have “schmutz” on them.  They have oil from your skin, dirt, dust, and grimeRead More…

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Let your tablet take a seat in this beautiful wood Desktop Chair

on Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Although BiteMyApple populates their store with successfully-funded, commercially-available crowd-funding projects for Apple products, the Desktop Chair v2 will actually work with most any tablet.  The Chair is made of “premium wood sheets that are cross-grained (layered perpendicularly) and hydraulic-hot-pressed to achieve maximum dimensional durability and precision.”  It’s bent and folded, and each end has aRead More…

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Ladies, these boots are made for walking – and for holding your gear

on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News

The PURSE N’ BOOTS – EUROPEAN knee-high boots from Elizabeth Anne shoes are made of luxurious cowhide, and although they are made in a riding boot style, you can wear them for most any activity.  They are available in brown or black, in sizes from 5-12, and in slim, regular, and wide calf widths.  What setsRead More…

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This baseball cap will defend you against bad guys

on Sunday, August 24th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News

If you ever find yourself in a sketchy situation where you feel threatened by bodily harm, the Fab Defense “Gotcha” Cap Less-Lethal Self-Defense Tool may help you escape. The Gotcha cap looks like an ordinary cloth baseball cap, which comes in five different colors and has an area on the front to attach your favoriteRead More…

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Microwave your lunch in your lunch bag and eat directly from it, too

on Monday, August 4th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, Home, Kitchen, News

We’ve mentioned a couple of different Unikia products for carrying your lunch in the past.  One was a Compleat Robust lunch box, one was a Compleat FoodSkin that cradled your sandwich to keep it together as you assembled it (see related posts at the end of this article).  Today’s product is the Compleat FoodBag.  Like theRead More…

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Leave your reminders and to-do lists on your door, so you’ll never forget them again!

on Sunday, August 3rd, 2014
Posted in: Gear, Miscellaneous, News

When I need to remind myself to do something that’s not part of my normal routine, I leave a note on the front door.  I don’t like taping things to the freshly painted door, and tiny little sticky notes can be overlooked or fall off during the night.  I usually write my reminder or to-doRead More…

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The Olight H15S Wave headlamp is controlled with hand gestures

on Friday, August 1st, 2014

Remember that time you were in a cave and your hands were all muddy, so you didn’t want to touch your headlamp to turn it on? Yeah, me neither… But the NEXT time you do find yourself in a similar situation, make sure you have an Olight H15S Wave rechargeable LED headlamp on your head.Read More…

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RTG R-PAL Personal Area Light review

on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, Outdoor Gear, Reviews

My son just entered Cub Scouts not too long ago, and that got me thinking about camping lights… or just any light.  I grew up with bulky steel flashlights that never lasted long, or fidgety gas Coleman lights that some unlucky adult was constantly pumping up.  How does a modern LED lamp, such as theRead More…

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Security goes tiny with the Safe+ Microlock

on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News

The Safe+ Microlock is a very small 2 digit combination lock (the combination comes preset and as far as I can tell, can’t be changed) with a 2.17ft (66cm) long wire cable that can be used to secure your belongings. When it’s not being used, it wraps up into a compact package that will easilyRead More…

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Tailgate or camp with the comforts of home

on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear

It hardly seems possible, but it’s only a few weeks until my daughter leaves for college – and that means football and tailgating season isn’t far behind.  And of course, it’s still summer, so it’s still camping season.  Why should you have to rough it while participating in either outdoor activity when you can takeRead More…

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You can even cook in this emergency preparedness kit

on Friday, July 25th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear

This survival kit is expensive, but it has 25 life-saving items inside a box that you can even use to cook in.  The SOLKOA Survival Kit for Best Made is stored in an 18.75-cubic inch box machined from a single block of aircraft grade 6061 aluminum.  The box can be used for cooking or for boiling drinking water.Read More…

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Always be prepared with the M48 First Aid Kit

on Monday, July 21st, 2014

M48 is known for tactical and survival gear, and part of your survival gear should be a good first aid kit.  M48 has created a First Aid Kit, and ThinkGeek has them.  They’ve packed 56 necessities, like hand sanitizer, gauze and bandages, elastic bandages, antibiotic, gloves, sterile sponges, and more, into an 8″ X 5.25″Read More…

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MakerBot available in some Home Depot stores

on Sunday, July 20th, 2014
Posted in: Computer Gear, Gear, News

If you visit certain Home Depot stores in California, Illinois, or New York in the next few months, you may notice something new on sale that could prevent you from having to go back there for little widgets and such: they will be stocking three models of MakerBot 3D printers in those states soon! For Gadgeteers,Read More…

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Fold & Go tablet stand and Smartphone Lounger stand review

on Saturday, July 19th, 2014

  There are many types of stands for tablets. Some are a single angle, built for either reading and movies, or for typing and heads-down work.  Others (such as those from Apple and the kickstands on Microsoft’s Surface) mandate that you cannot change the orientation – it’s horizontal (usually), and that cannot be changed. ButRead More…

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Signal your intentions with the Biking Glowes

on Friday, July 18th, 2014

Bicycles don’t usually come with lights on them, and the add-on kits are usually either reflectors or lights that just alert drivers that someone is cycling in front of them.  During the day, you can use the hand signals you learned in driver’s ed classes to indicate when you will be making a turn, butRead More…

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Dry your hair as you brush it with this Goody hairbrush

on Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Drying and styling your hair will be quicker with these new QuikStyle Brushes from Goody.  Instead of natural or plastic bristles, these brushes incorporate microfiber “bristles” with some stiffer, detangler bristles.  The microfiber bristles are antimicrobial to keep the brush fresh and free of mold and musty smells.  The brush is lightweight and the handle isRead More…

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Eton Blackout Buddy emergency lighting and LED flashlight review

on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, Home, Kitchen, Reviews

We live in a high-rise condo building, and the main hallways and stairways are all interior and windowless.  The building does have emergency lighting, as we found out during a recent power outage, but those are only in the public areas of the building.  Most of the rooms in our condo have floor-to-ceiling windows, soRead More…