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Keep this hand-cranked emergency lantern everywhere you need one

on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear

The Enhance Nightlux EXP lamp works as a lantern or an LED flashlight, and it’s perfect for use camping or as an emergency light in your car or home.  You can charge the Nightlux lamp via USB; a fully charged battery will give you 40 minutes of lantern use (65 lumens) or 4.5 hours of Read More…


ZEROHOUR Tactical USB battery backup flashlight

on Thursday, November 28th, 2013

There are a lot of multi-purpose flashlights on the market today with a lot of different options and sizes. So how do you make your multi-purpose flashlight stand out? The ZEROHOUR modular tactical USB battery backup flashlight, a Kickstarter project from Amy Truong and Aaron Son, does it by being versatile and modular. As the Read More…


The GoBe is a flashlight with multiple personalities

on Friday, November 22nd, 2013
Posted in: Gear, News

We live in a world of uncertainty – hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes, tornados, blizzards. I would venture to say that most of us have some sort of emergency kit set up for such occasions. One common item that we all probably carry is a flashlight. Unfortunately, most flashlights are limited by the design of the light Read More…


The SmartLantern is more than just a light source

on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Bracketron is debuting their new SmartLantern at booth 11630 at the SEMA Show 2013, November 5-8, in Las Vegas, but you don’t have to wait to buy one now.  The SmartLantern is an ideal accessory for travel or for emergency preparedness.  It contains a 7800mAh battery and a 2.1A USB port that can recharge some mobile Read More…


Charge an emergency flashlight in your bed-side lamp’s socket

on Sunday, September 15th, 2013
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

Here’s a new one for me.  This low-heat LED lightbulb from the MoMA Store becomes an emergency flashlight when you need one.  It screws into a standard socket, and it produces as much light as a 40W bulb using only 6W of electricity.  The LEDs will produces up to 60,000 hours of light.  When you Read More…


Charge your device with a flashlight, or is it use your charger as a flashlight?

on Thursday, August 1st, 2013

No matter how you phrase it, the ChargeLight is a backup battery and an LED flashlight in one compact package.  (Click the image for a larger view.)   Charge the ChargeLight on its little dock, and you can use the dock’s USB port to charge up another device at the same time. didn’t include Read More…

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Here’s an LED flashlight that you can use underwater

on Monday, April 29th, 2013
Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear

The  YP-9304 CREE 5-Mode White Diving Flashlight will laugh at any rainstorm you find yourself in, because this flashlight has been designed to operate up to 40 meters underwater!  It has a black anodized aluminum body, one XM-L cool-white emitter, and produces 500 lumens.  Operating modes are high, medium, low, slow strobe, and SOS.  A Read More…


NiteCore’s “Tiny Monster” is perfect for when a regular flashlight just won’t do

on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013
Posted in: Gear, News

The “Tiny Monster” TM26 flashlight from NiteCore is stated to be the world’s smallest 3500 lumen flashlight.  It has a 5.6″ length, 2.0″ tube diameter, and 2.8″ head diameter and weighs 15.5 ounces without the batteries.  It has four  CREE XM-L LEDs and is powered by either four 18650 Li-ion or eight CR123 batteries.  It’s made of Read More…


INOVA Microlight STS – Keychain flashlight with touch controls

on Saturday, April 13th, 2013
Posted in: Gear, News, Pocket Gear

EDC flashlights are usually either of the clicky or twisty variety. The INOVA Microlight STS (Swipe to Shine) just blew my mind because it is  a touch controlled light for your keychain. That’s right, this small 16 lumen LED flashlight does not have any buttons or switches that you have to press or slide in Read More…

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Is that an army in your wallet or just the SwissCard Lite?

on Saturday, February 9th, 2013
Posted in: News, Pocket Gear

Have you ever needed a pair of tweezers, scissors or a ruler while out and about? How about a magnifying glass, light or screw driver? What if you could carry all these items and more in your wallet? You can, if you carry the Victorinox SwissCard Lite. The SwissCard Lite is a credit card-sized device Read More…


Self defense baseball bat doubles as a flashlight

on Monday, February 4th, 2013
Posted in: Gear, News

Here we have a 15 inch long anodized aluminum self defense baton that is shaped like a baseball bat. A 200 Lumen LED flashight is built into the business end of the bat. A clicky switch is located in the handle and features 3 light modes (high, low and tactical strobe settings) which can temporarily Read More…

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The QuiqLiteX has more versatility than the standard pocket light

on Saturday, February 2nd, 2013
Posted in: News, Pocket Gear

There are a boatload of flashlights on the market these days, so to get my attention, a flashlight needs to be a little different, a little unique, and a lot cool. The QuiqLiteX from Quiqlite has piqued my curiosity in all three of those categories. The QuiqliteX is a USB rechargeable, dual-LED, hands-free light source Read More…


Thin is in with the Flatlight flashlight

on Friday, January 25th, 2013

Bucking traditions in the flashlight form factor, Flatlight, a Kickstarter project by Tater Tot Designs, brings in the thin. The Flatlight is 3.57″ X 1.99″ X 0.11″, giving it a credit card-like profile. An array of LED transmits light to a fiber optic backlight that evenly distributes the light through the lens. Although I don’t think Read More…


Don’t Get Caught Flat-Footed Without a Flashlight Again

on Thursday, September 6th, 2012
Posted in: Gear, News, Pocket Gear

The Gadgeteer has covered a lot of flashlights in the past, but I don’t recall seeing a flat one before.  This little Flat Flashlight from Perpetual Kid is small enough to fit on your keychain or in a pocket, so you’ll never find yourself without a flashlight again.  It’s only 2.5 inches long X 1.75 Read More…


Trioh! is a Flashlight that Automatically Turns on when the Power goes Off

on Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

When the power goes out, does it take you awhile to find a flashlight? How about a flashlight that has batteries that actually work? Before I got my generator, I would have to go down the stairs in the dark and then fumble around trying to feel for the battery powered lantern on the shelf Read More…


Bushnell HD Torch – Now Even Flashlights Have Gone HD

on Thursday, June 7th, 2012
Posted in: Gear, News

I love flashlights and sometimes spend hours looking at them on various retail web sites. But you have to admit, other than size, style and lumens, there really isn’t THAT much of a difference from one torch to another. That’s why I was really excited when I stumbled upon the Bushnell HD Torch during a surfing session. I’d Read More…


HexBright Flex – The Hackable LED Flashlight

on Friday, July 15th, 2011
Posted in: Gear, News

The HexBright Flex is another innovative product looking for funding via KickStarter. It’s a 500 lumen LED flashlight that is USB rechargeable and USB programmable. The owner of the project asked me to share the background story on this product in hopes that he’d get funded in time. That’s actually already happened, but since the flashlight Read More…


Maglite XL100 – A Flashlight that is controlled with wrist motion

on Sunday, July 10th, 2011
Posted in: Gear, News

The Maglite XL100 is one of the most unique flashlights that I’ve seen in a very long time. It is an LED flashlight with 5 advanced modes that include Strobe, SOS, Signal, Dim and Night modes. So that’s cool right? That’s not the best part though. The most impressive feature is that all these modes Read More…


Brite-Strike EPLI – 160 Lumens Flashlight for Executives

on Sunday, June 12th, 2011
Posted in: Gear, News

Are you in the market for a tactical LED flashlight that is powerfully bright but looks like it should be clipped to your suit jacket like a fine writing instrument instead of your belt? The Brite-Strike EPLI fits that criteria. This flashlight features a polished stainless steel body with a brass bezel. It has High, Read More…


Work Handsfree with the ICON Irix II Headlamp

on Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
Posted in: Gear, News

A good light source is something everyone needs – not just gadget-lovers.  Maybe you have a hobby that requires the use of both hands, like fly-tying or jewelry making.  Maybe you get a flat-tire at night and don’t have AAA – and no one to hold a flashlight so you can see to change the Read More…


A Covert Surveillance System Small Enough to Fit in Your Pocket for Portable Evidence Capture

on Thursday, January 27th, 2011
Posted in: Gear, News

Brickhouse Security offers a small flashlight (0.9″ X 4.3″) with an 8-LED array for good light and a 2MP camcorder to capture evidence when needed.  The Flashlight Hidden Camcorder with Recording has a rechargeable battery that gives you 2-3 hours recording time while using the LEDs or 5 hours without LEDs.  The camera can record Read More…


Titanium Innovations IlluminaTi Flashlight

on Friday, December 3rd, 2010
Posted in: Gear, News

This little beauty would be the perfect small flashlight for your everyday-carry kit.  The Titanium Innovations IlluminaTi from Battery Junction has a machined titanium body (Grade 2) with extensive knurling for a secure grip.  It’s 2.66″ long X .56″ in diameter and weighs .49 ounces.  It uses a Cree XP-G R5 1B LED and an Read More…


Etón Announces American Red Cross Aluminator Flashlight Series

on Wednesday, October 27th, 2010
Posted in: Gear, News

Etón has launched their first line of flashlights with the American Red Cross brand. The weatherproof aluminum LED flashlights are available in four models, varying in size and lumens. They are constructed with an IPX-4 splash-proof material and produce from 100-120 lumens of light from Cree LEDs. They provide between 1.8 to 2.2 miles of Read More…


You Got Your Laser Pointer in My Flashlight! SE 8 LED +1 Laser Pointer and Flashlight

on Friday, October 1st, 2010
Posted in: Gear, News

Remember the old commercials for Reese’s Cups?  “You got your chocolate in my peanut butter!  You got your peanut butter on my chocolate!”  Well, with the SE 8 LED +1 Laser Pointer flashlight, you’ll have your laser pointer in your LED flashlight!  This little flashlight has eight super bright 100,000 hour LEDs and an FAA-approved red Read More…


New LED Flashlights from ICON

on Wednesday, July 14th, 2010
Posted in: Gear, News

ICON offers some uniquely designed flashlights that are both eye catching and useful. We’ve reviewed the ICON Rogue and the ICON Modus torches in the last year and I’m happy to see that they’ve added two new flashlights to their lineup. The Link and the Solo. The Link (love the Orange aluminum case) has a Read More…