Archive for August, 2012

LED Flashlight Comparison: COAST HP3 vs. COAST A10

Monday, August 27th, 2012

HP3 vs. A10 LED FlashlightAt first glance, one might think every small LED flashlight is the same – cylindrical casing, LED bulb, power switch, batteries. However, today’s technology is so advanced that different diminutive LED flashlight models vary widely in terms of brightness, focus, run time and other crucial characteristics. If you’re looking for a mini LED flashlight for your purse, glove box, shirt pocket or other compact space, check out the table below, which contrasts two of our most popular small LED flashlights: the HP3 and the A10.


LED Maker Cree Adds New Technology Centers in China

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Shanghai At Night: A Growing CityThe so-called “butterfly effect” is well and alive in today’s LED lighting market. This theory states that everything on this planet is interconnected, so the flapping of a butterfly’s wings could launch storms in another part of the globe. In the LED world, a butterfly effect of sorts has begun, in the form of an important development in the quest to conserve energy by switching to LED light bulbs – namely, the opening of new Cree technology centers in China.

Cree Adds New Tech Centers in China to Meet LED light Demands


ToolSkool Interviews COAST Products Owner David Brands [video]

Monday, August 20th, 2012

ToolSkool recently interviewed COAST Products owner David Brands about the Coast 2-LED Pro Pocket Pliers, as seen in this video. Why would ToolSkool writer Brad Staggs be so interested in this particular set of pliers? Well, because we pulled off quite the feat with this new product: The 2-LED Pro Pocket pliers won a prestigious Popular Mechanics Editor’s Choice Award at the National Hardware Show this year at the Las Vegas Convention Center.


COAST Emergency Area Lights (EAL) Put Focus on Disaster Prep Kit

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Earthquake Survival KitIf there’s anything the recent flooding in Florida and devastating wildfires in the western U.S. have taught us, it’s that disaster can strike at any moment, without a smidgeon of warning. Indeed, across the globe, those who are in the path of floods, earthquakes or fires rarely get much of a head start. In Russia’s recent flooding, many families had virtually no warning of the coming floodwaters. In Colorado’s recent rash of wildfires, a telephone system intended to warn residents failed to function properly. And many Japanese in 2011’s devastating tsunami had just 15 minutes of warning.

When time is the only thing that stands between your family and an impending disaster, it’s extremely helpful to have a pre-packed disaster prep kit (sometimes called a BOB, or Bug Out Bag) ready to go. That way, even if you only have a five-minute head start, you can grab your bag and run, knowing your kit contains all the essentials you’ll need for two or three days away from home. (Typically, this is the maximum amount of time needed for government agencies and nonprofits to lend a hand to disaster victims.)


Hiking Gear Checklist: COAST’s Most Popular Hiking Info

Monday, August 13th, 2012

camping gear scoreHere at COAST, we aim to provide helpful information for campers, backpackers, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts. As peak hiking season hits, we’ve compiled some of our most popular hiking-related resources to help enrich your outdoor experience and keep you safe on the trail:

5 Desert Hiking Tips. Learn the best time of day to hike in the desert, as well as quintessential hiking gear to bring, including an LED flashlight or headlamp. This post also includes tips to help you compensate for the extraordinary dryness and quickly shifting temperatures of a desert environment.


The C5899 LED Pro Pocket Pliers: Your Labor Day Multi-Tool

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Labor Day WeekendAh, Labor Day – that end-of-summer holiday that we so love to fill with fun outdoor activities such as camping, hunting and barbecuing. This summer, make your Labor Day as easy and carefree as summer itself; carry the C5899 LED Pro Pocket Pliers multi-tool in your pocket or tool belt.

Skeptical that a multi-tool could have such a huge impact on the success of your Labor Day activities? Well, this isn’t just any multi-tool. It’s the only multi-tool selected for a 2012 Popular Mechanics Editor’s Choice Award. The Popular Mechanics editors chose just 16 tools for this honor, from the thousands of products featured at the 2012 National Hardware Show.


From Radio Receivers to LED Flashlights: An LED Odyssey [Infographic]

Monday, August 6th, 2012

COAST LED Timeline InfographicWith the increasing global focus on energy-efficient lighting – prompting many countries to swear off traditional incandescent bulbs – LED technology has emerged as a top contender for mainstream use in home lighting, LED flashlights and other applications. Offering a long life span, significant energy savings and non-toxic construction, LED lights are taking the world by storm.

However, the LED bulb is far from a new technology. Its odyssey began near the turn of the 20th century, when the discovery of LED lighting failed to make a blip on the public radar. Check out the timeline below to learn how the LED light evolved from an unsung technology into a worldwide energy conservation hero.


LED Flashlight Comparison: COAST PX10 vs. COAST A15

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

COAST PX10 vs. COAST A15Perfect for carrying on a key chain or lanyard – or clipping onto a vest or backpack – the COAST PX10 and A15 are small yet mighty. Don’t let the size of these LED flashlights fool you, because they are a favorite among those who work with their hands and get dirty. Use the chart below to compare these two compact models and see which LED flashlight is best for you.