LED Flashlights for Automotive Technicians

October 29th, 2013

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For automotive mechanics, an LED light is a must-have tool. LED flashlights and headlamps allow car experts to peer deep into engine blocks. Sometimes, a strong, far-reaching beam is needed to diagnose a problem inside the engine. At other times, more scattered LED light is required, for seeing the bigger mechanical picture. Beyond these needs, mechanics’ flashlights should be tough (look for a strong warranty, such as our lifetime guarantee), waterproof (engine liquids are not kind to cheapo torches) and ergonomic.

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Why Should I Invest in a Pressure Switch For an LED Flashlight?

October 24th, 2013

COAST's TX40 LED FlashlightWeapon-mounted flashlights are extremely important tactical tools. They allow officers and military personal to properly identify targets before pulling the trigger. There are a variety of mounting methods and manufacturers, including the Picatinny rail.  A Picatinny rail is a standardized mounting bracket. With a mounting system in place, you can also add a pressure switch. The advantage of a pressure switch is that it allows for correct operation, as the user is able to turn the flashlight on and off without removing his or her hand from the barrel of the weapon.

For precise operation, we recommend a combination pressure switch. Law enforcement officers and military personnel are especially keen on combination pressure switches, as they allow for multiple lighting modes. A combination pressure switch can create either momentary or constant light. When a single flash could give your location away, it’s important to have such sophisticated lighting options at your fingertips. The inclusion of a master kill-switch also keeps the flashlight off at unwanted times.

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Be Prepared for Anything: Flash Floods Survival

October 22nd, 2013

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With the recent catastrophic flooding in Colorado safely behind us, it’s the perfect time to make sure your family is prepared for the next flooding or high water event. Floods are one of the most common natural disasters in the US, so it’s wise to prepare for them. This blog will help you get ready.

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Equipment for the TX40 Flashlight

October 17th, 2013

COAST's TX40 LED FlashlightThe TX40 is a powerful, professional use LED flashlight that is easily adapted to a variety of uses and conditions. Its sophisticated optics system produces a bull’s-eye spot beam, which throws light as far as 518 feet (158 meters), while also providing an outer ring of scattered floodlight.  While light output is the first consideration for any worthwhile torch, the TX40 LED flashlight also offers several different accessory options that you might not know about.

First, you can attach the TX40 to the undercarriage of a rifle using our Universal/Picatinny Rail Mount (7733RM). Actually, since the 7733RM has a one-inch interior diameter, you can use the rail mount to attach any flashlight with a one-inch diameter to your rifle. The rail mount is constructed from solid aluminum; it is rugged enough to last a lifetime.

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COAST Resources: More of Our Popular Articles on LED Lights

October 15th, 2013

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When you’ve been blogging about LED lights for as long as we have, you get creative about finding topics. We’ve covered LED flashlights and headlamps from every conceivable angle—scientific, environmental, thermic, and even bovine.

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COAST LED Flashlights Used in Even More Art Projects!

October 8th, 2013

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Did you know that some artists use COAST flashlights to create art? Jason Page is one of these artists, as we’ve discussed in previous posts. Recently, Jason has been “at it again,” painting an incredible image of a waterfall with COAST’s HP314 LED flashlight.

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Check Out Industry Outsider’s Review of the HP7R LED Rechargeable Flashlight

October 1st, 2013

COAST´s HP7R LED rechargeable flashlightIndustry Outsider recently published a glowing review of COAST´s HP7R LED rechargeable flashlight. Industry Outsider is an online magazine devoted to outdoor gear reviews. Site founder and reviewer Brian seemed most impressed with the LED flashlight’s extra batteries (Coast packs each HP7R with two lithium ion battery packs), as well as the versatility that the Flex Charge Dual Power system provides. Brian’s review also praises the overall qualities of the HP7R—being the self-acclaimed flashlight geeks that he is, Brian knows that having a flashlight that is compact, powerful, versatile, and durable is important to people who use their equipment daily, “sometimes in life or death situations,” as he writes in the review.

Other positive features highlighted in the Industry Outsider review include the ergonomic design, the consistent and powerful light output, and our innovative Flex Charge Dual Power system. Since, as Brian points out in his review, “a flashlight with dead batteries is pretty useless,” we’ve built this flashlight for power versatility. Each HPR7 kit comes with two rechargeable lithium ion battery packs, a battery cartridge with four AAA Duracells included, a USB charging cable, a wall outlet adapter, and a 12V DC charger for plugging into your car’s cigarette lighter.

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COAST’s HL7 LED Headlamp and a Story of Survival in the NZ Wilderness

September 24th, 2013

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The COAST HL7 LED headlamp recently saved Matthew Parrett’s day—and perhaps his life! Matthew works for Charton International, one of our major distributors in New Zealand. He and his lively crew have quite a mountaineering tale to tell—one that involves over 30 extra hours of hiking, walking, and route finding. Read the rest of this entry »