Posts Tagged ‘LED flashlights’

Product Comparison: A9 LED Penlight vs. HP3 Focusing LED Inspection Light

Monday, April 8th, 2013

A9 LED Penlight vs. HP3 Focusing LED Inspection LightFor mechanics, home inspectors, firefighters and police, a professional use LED flashlight is part of the everyday work uniform. Firefighters use LED lights to see their way through burning buildings. Police officers use LED flashlights during roadside inspections and arrests. And mechanics and inspectors use LED lights to peer far into the crevices and crannies of engine blocks and crawl spaces.

Today we’re focusing on two LED flashlights that were designed for professional use: the A9 LED penlight, a favorite among inspectors as it is slim enough to tuck into a shirt pocket, and the HP3 Focusing LED Inspection Light, popular among mechanics as its beam may be focused into a high-power spotlight beam with a surrounding halo of usable light. To help you choose between these two similar LED lights, we’ve compared some of their major characteristics in the handy table below. (more…)

Congratulations COAST HP21 January Winner

Thursday, February 21st, 2013
HP21 LED Flashlight

HP21 LED Flashlight

Our sincere congratulations go to Evan S. of San Jose, CA, the winner of our January drawing for an HP21 LED flashlight! If you missed out on entering our last HP21 giveaway, don’t despair – you get one last chance to fill out our online entry form and enter February’s drawing.

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How to Turn Any Flashlight into a Bike Light

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Fixed-gear IRO Commuter - 2010

If you’re an avid cyclist, you probably see lights as a necessary nuisance. Clearly, your two-wheeled ride must be outfitted with bright, impossible-to-ignore lights; otherwise you risk a nasty (and potentially deadly) run-in with a car. However, since most affordable bike lights are cheaply made battery hogs, bikers abhor the fact that they must replace their lights and batteries so frequently. Well, no more! There is a different option: strapping an LED flashlight or two to your bike’s handlebars.

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Congratulations COAST HP21 December Winner

Thursday, January 17th, 2013
HP21 LED Flashlight

HP21 LED Flashlight

Let’s face it: If you’re reading about LED flashlights, there’s a good chance you’re a flashlight junkie. Not that we blame you! We’re obsessed with creating the world’s best LED flashlights, and we love to share that enthusiasm with others – so much so that we have been giving away a free HP21 LED flashlight every month to one lucky winner. Last month, Mike B of Lambertville, NJ won our giveaway. You could be January’s HP21 LED flashlight winner – all it takes is a few seconds to fill out our online entry form. And this month is your final chance to get in on this incredible giveaway, as February’s drawing will be the last.

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3 Reasons to Choose an LED Flashlight for Your Emergency Kit

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Aerial photos of New Jersey coastline in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Hopefully, the devastation of Hurricane Sandy has made every American a little more aware of his or her level of emergency preparedness. If the “Frankenstorm” has inspired you to create or supplement your disaster readiness kit (or “bug out bag,” as it is known in some circles), we recommend including an LED flashlight for the following reasons:

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Checking in on Mercy Ships

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

In sub-Saharan Africa and other struggling parts of the world, many people suffer from preventable diseases – conditions that are rarely seen in first-world countries. For instance, it is estimated that almost half of the population in sub-Saharan Africa suffers from cataracts, a preventable, curable visual disorder that eventually leads to blindness. In such circumstances, charitable organizations can make a big difference by screening for preventable disease and by providing treatment if needed. One laudable charity that is having a great impact in this and other poor countries is Mercy Ships.

The goal of Mercy Ships is to “bring hope and healing to the forgotten poor.” With its fleet of watercraft, Mercy Ships delivers high-quality health care to needy individuals across the globe. COAST supports Mercy Ships by donating our G10 and A5 LED flashlights, which are utilized in visual screening tests, as we blogged about last November. Back then, Mercy Ships Eye Program leader John Foster reported that the COAST LED flashlights were “a critical part of our screening process, enabling us to check every person who comes to us for help.” Now, almost one year later, we’re checking in on how Mercy Ships is doing and how its patients have healed.

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National Preparedness Month: Be Prepared with LED Lanterns, Flashlights and More

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Hurricane Isaac Near LandfallSeptember is National Preparedness Month, and although it’s almost over, it’s not too late to start preparing your home, car and office for a potential emergency. Americans run the gamut in terms of how they approach disaster preparedness. For some, creating an emergency kit means stashing a few LED flashlights around the house. On the other end of the spectrum, staunch survivalists known as “preppers” spend small fortunes on building and stocking their own emergency bunkers.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency encourages families and businesses to aim for something between the two extremes: creating a disaster plan and stocking enough food, water and supplies for a three-day emergency.

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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.

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