Posts Tagged ‘LED torch’

Waterproof vs. Water Resistant: Which is Your LED Flashlight?

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

waterproof px50 led flashlightIf you’re shopping for an LED flashlight to take out into the wilderness with you, it’s important to choose a model that can withstand getting a little wet. While many manufacturers may claim their flashlights are waterproof, however, there’s no way to tell whether those assertions have any truth – unless you choose an LED torch that’s been tested according to the voluntary FL1 Standards.

The FL1 Standards provide guidelines for how LED flashlights are tested and rated, so consumers can make accurate comparisons between models. By choosing a torch that has been rated for water resistance according to the FL1 Standards, you can rest assured that the product will deliver on the manufacturer’s claims. If the FL1 Standard logo is missing from your LED flashlight, then it’s impossible to validate how its water resistance was tested.


“Female Friendly” LED Lighting Products…Seriously?

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

An LED lighting manufacturer is preparing to “unveil female friendly lighting products” at an upcoming home and housewares show in March, according to a recent press release. Female friendly? Gimme a break. If that doesn’t shout, “Women are inferior!”, I don’t know what does.

Apparently, the company’s research shows females are expressing a growing interest in their LED lighting products, so they decided to develop a new line of products that cater to women. I’ll stop here and say, kudos — they’re analyzing the numbers and attempting to capitalize on a trend — but their delivery is downright degrading. I mean, doesn’t the term “female-friendly” imply that women have difficulties using conventional flashlights?


The X21 Light Cannon vs. The Torch

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

For readers who saw the previous post, I want to include a follow-up post today. Yesterday, I shared my thoughts on a new flashlight called The Torch that retails for $300. Needless to say, I wasn’t impressed with its perceived value. What I failed to mention, however, was that LED Lenser also produces a similar flashlight that retails for the same price — the X21 Light Cannon. As such, I thought I’d clear the air and share why, if you’re going to drop 300 bucks on a flashlight, the X21 is the way to go.

First, let’s look at battery life. I mentioned yesterday that the Torch lasts for a whopping 15 minutes before it needs a recharge. The X21 lasts 600 hours. Additionally, the X21 uses D-cell batteries, which you can pretty much find anywhere. The Torch uses a custom battery pack that looks like a pain to recharge. And what happens when that breaks? I’m sure the manufacturer would replace it for a small fee…


Flashlights: Why Pay More for Less?

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

In short, there isn’t a good answer.

A laser company recently manufactured a flashlight that retails at $300. The light is said to be the brightest flashlight in the world, producing around 4,100 lumens. Legend even has it that the instrument has the ability to light fires and scramble eggs.

The light comes with more than its fair share of flaws. Firstly, because of its high light output, its custom battery only lasts for 15 minutes before it needs to be recharged. Additionally, the shaft of the light becomes so hot during use, the user’s manual recommends only holding the flashlight for a maximum of three minutes or it will become too hot to hold.


How to Enjoy Camping in the Rain

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Well, it’s raining in the Pacific Northwest — again. And with fall officially here, rain will become the norm. In spite of that fact however, don’t let the foreboding thought of rain discourage you from venturing out camping. Contrary to what some may think, camping in the rain can be just as fun and relaxing as in the summer sun. Don’t believe me?

A large reason why people struggle in the elements is that they’re ill-prepared for what the weather may bring. As such, here are a few tips to prevent the rain from ruining your outing, courtesy Camping Blogger. (more…)

Happy Halloween: Creatures of the Night

Friday, October 31st, 2008

It’s Halloween night, and scary sights lurk around every corner.  Ghosts and goblins, werewolves and witches, villains and vampires—all these frightful figures are so dark and spooky, especially during this haunting holiday.  Well, as the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) reports, there’s one creepy creature that’s been getting a bad rap.

Sarah Barnes, wildlife diversity biologist with ODFW, says that bats have been unfairly portrayed as scary or dangerous.  “Nothing could be further from the truth,” she says. “Bats play an important role in a healthy ecosystem.”