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RAVPower Dynamo On-the-Go Power Bank review

on Monday, July 28th, 2014

Flashlights are a long-time geek obsession. Recently, we’ve had to add USB chargers, just because so many of our devices charge this way. Imagine combining the two into a single, portable device. Mmmmmm… Geek heaven! Well, that’s what the fine folks at RAVPower have done. The Dynamo On-the-Go Power Bank is a flashlight, a reading light,Read More…


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…


This Buddy will protect you from the dark

on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, Home, Kitchen, News

Several years ago, a terrible storm in Greensboro knocked down a pine tree across the street from us.  The pine took down the power lines, which lit the tree on fire and caused the most incredible noises as the line arced and jumped around.  I knew just where my flashlight was, but was dismayed toRead More…


An LED flashlight so minimal, it doesn’t even have a barrel

on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
Posted in: News, Pocket Gear

The Blocklite Mini Compact 9V LED flashlight consists of little more than a 9V battery.  Actually, the flashlight is a small plastic piece that snaps onto the 9V battery.  It has six bright white LEDs and a power switch with two brightness levels (high and low).  It’s so small, you’ll be able to keep one inRead More…


This emergency flashlight can save your life in more ways than one

on Friday, May 23rd, 2014

With this flashlight in your car’s glove compartment or in an emergency preparedness kit, you’ll be ready for most any emergency.  The Satechi LightMate Emergency LED Flash Light  looks, at first glance, like many small flashlights on the market today.  It’s much more versatile than other flashlights, though.  Without the lozenge-shaped plastic cover, you canRead More…


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 ofRead 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 theRead 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 mobileRead 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 youRead 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 includeRead More…

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True Utility TrueLite Maxi 3W Flashlight review

on Thursday, August 1st, 2013

I must admit that I have not, until this review, really joined the LED flashlight revolution. I do have a pen knife and other little knickknacks with LED lights incorporated into them, but they are not what I would call full-fledged utility flashlights. So getting a chance to review the True Utility TrueLite Maxi 3WRead More…


Fenix TK75 LED Flashlight review

on Sunday, July 7th, 2013
Posted in: Gear, Outdoor Gear, Reviews

Several years ago, I reviewed the Fenix TK70 LED flashlight (see related posts) and raved about how bright and well made it was. I even gave it a nickname, referring to it as the Ark of the Covenant (AotC) because of the very bright pillar/beam of light it produces, as shown in the picture above. Well fortunately the folks at sent meRead 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.  ARead 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 ofRead More…


Fenix LD22 LED flashlight review

on Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Several years ago, Julie reviewed the Fenix LD20 LED flashlight (see related links) which, for the most part, received a positive review. The only negative comment she gave involved how Fenix engineered its brightness/mode switching feature. With the LD20, you had to twist the cap to switch between modes. Well, it looks like their designers listenedRead 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 sourceRead More…


Spotlight Shifter 3 flashlight review

on Sunday, January 20th, 2013
Posted in: Outdoor Gear, Reviews

A while ago, I was sent a selection of personal flashlights from Spotlight ( see related items below). Out of the blue one day, a package arrived from Spotlight that neither Julie or I knew anything about.  Inside was their new Shifter 3 flashlight. It’s nice when a review item arrives when you’re expecting it, but it’sRead More…


Spotlight Shifter 1.0 LED Torch/Flashlight Review

on Friday, September 7th, 2012

In the  1990s for me there was only one EDC (Every Day Carry) flashlight, and that was the Mini Maglite AA.  Its small size, aluminum construction, adjustable spot to flood light beam,  ruggedness, water resistance, candle mode, and spare bulb in tail made this so versatile for me. From in my toolkit for work, toRead More…


Spotlight Turbo LED Torch/Flashlight Revisited Review

on Thursday, August 30th, 2012

When Spotlight offered to send me a few samples of their flashlights, I was really happy to recieve 3 of their different models.  It wasn’t till I was doing a quick search for information on the Spotlight Turbo that I found that Julie had already done a review of the Turbo in April 2008. It’sRead More…


Dealextreme 22000mcd LED Keychain Light Review

on Saturday, May 26th, 2012
Posted in: Pocket Gear, Reviews

With the annual Dance Eisteddfod coming up, I needed to replenish my supply of small LED flashlights.  Trying to read a program to see when the boys are dancing in a dark concert hall is a pain, you can’t use a light that’s too bright and these 22000mcd LED Keychain Lights from DealExtreme fit the bill perfectly. Gadgets don’tRead More…

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Maxxeon WorkStar 2000 Technician’s Floodlight Review

on Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Make no mistake.  We’re suckers for flashlights at The Gadgeteer!  I thought I’d seen it all, but this odd duck grabbed my attention.  The WorkStar 2000 Technician’s Floodlight from Maxxeon has a swiveling head, magnets, a hook and a rechargeable battery?  Let’s take a look!


SureFire UB3T Invictus LED Flashlight Review

on Sunday, October 23rd, 2011
Posted in: Gear, Outdoor Gear, Reviews

Over the years, I have reviewed multiple very nice flashlights. The cream of that crop has always been the SureFire flashlights I have had the privilege to review. There is little argument that the folks at SureFire make extremely well made hardware. However, many comments in my SureFire reviews say they are too expensive andRead More…

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Maxxeon WorkStar 220 LED Flashlight Review

on Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
Posted in: Gear, Reviews

LED flashlights continue to amaze me. I’ve been using them for half a decade now, and they are still getting better – more light from fewer diodes and smaller power requirements, for longer times. The WorkStar 220 from Maxxeon is no exception.


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 theRead More…


4Sevens Preon ReVO LED Flashlight Review

on Monday, February 14th, 2011
Posted in: Gear, Reviews

The Preon ReVO from 4Sevens is the latest mini sized keychain flashlight that packs quite a punch for its diminutive size.