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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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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…

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Luci is a solar-powered LED lantern

on Monday, June 23rd, 2014

The folks at MPOWERD were inspired to create their LED lantern after the earthquake in 2010 left Haiti devastated and in the dark.  They developed Luci, a tiny but powerful solar-powered lantern that can provide light and safety to people worldwide.  You can keep one in your emergency preparedness kit or in your camping gear.Read More…

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An emergency lantern that works for 30 days

on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear

What with all the Arctic temperatures and snow this winter, I find my thoughts turning to power outages and emergency preparedness.  This 30-Day Emergency Lantern from Brookstone promises to keep you in the light even if you lose power.  The LED lantern has fourlight modes – low, medium, high, and flash – that can produceRead More…

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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…

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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 CR123Batteries.com sent meRead More…

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New-fangled, old-timey LED lantern

on Wednesday, October 17th, 2012
Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear

The Olde Brooklyn Lantern has an unusual look for an LED lamp.  Instead of the sleek, modern look LED lighting usually has, it looks like an old-fashioned lantern like my Dad used to use for camping.  Inside are 9 ultra-bright dimmable LEDs that are said to last 100,000 hours.  The lantern requires two D-cell batteries,Read More…

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Coleman Quad Lantern

on Thursday, October 14th, 2010
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

We went camping a few times when I was a kid, and I remember my dad lighting up his Coleman kerosene lantern with the little fabric mantle.  My mother was always afraid one of us kids would somehow set herself on fire with that thing.  She would have been much happier if my dad had owned oneRead More…