Posts Tagged ‘multi-tool’

Holiday Shopping: How to Spot a Quality Multi-Tool

Monday, December 17th, 2012

LED 130 LED Micro Pliers multi-toolA smart shopper always prepared to compare products. However, this kind of informed buying can be difficult when you’re shopping for a gift. Multi-tools, for instance, are sophisticated enough to offer dozens of different features. How can you be sure the multi-tool you purchase for a loved one will be used regularly, and that it will last? Our holiday shopping guide below is the answer. Read on to learn what to look for in a quality multi-tool.

Features. First, decide which features your gift recipient needs most. Multi-tools can be used for hunting, on-the-fly repairs, camping and much more. Figure out where and why the multi-tool will be used most – this will help you prioritize attachments and features. For instance, a computer technician would benefit from a tool that includes lots of slim screwdriver attachments for opening computer cases. Campers, on the other hand, would look for a saw blade (for cutting up firewood), a can opener, a strong knife and perhaps wire cutters for tent repair.

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Holiday Shopping: Give the Gift of Disaster Preparedness

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

My gifts were the prettiest, as alwaysGiving emergency supplies as a holiday gift may seem boring or overly practical, but doing so sends the sign that you deeply care about your loved ones’ welfare. Plus, many emergency items are great “tuck-ins” for those presents that just need a little something extra. For example, an emergency LED flashlight is easily tucked into a stocking, as is a multi-tool. Finally, with all of the natural disasters around the world these days, no one on earth would turn away an extra chance to be prepared. Giving a disaster prep item as a present gently encourages your family members and friends to put together their own emergency kits.

Here are our top five disaster preparedness gift ideas for the holiday season:

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Disaster Checklist: LED Flashlight, Multi-Tool and… Smartphone App?

Monday, November 26th, 2012

iPhone Home Screen ca. January 11, 2010Smartphones are humanity’s wünder-multi-tool. These tiny gadgets can contain a universe of information and a forum of applications – no wonder so many people walk around looking like their smartphones are surgically attached to their palms. When disaster hits, your smartphone can even take on extra importance as a survival tool. And we’re not just talking about the built-in LED flashlight on many smartphone models. With the right apps, you can prepare for and respond to any emergency more effectively.

FEMA recently released a thorough disaster smartphone app without flashy visuals – a good combination for post-disaster usability. The FEMA app is organized into several tabs:

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Product Comparison: LED Pro Pocket Pliers Multi Tool vs. LED Micro Pliers Multi Tool

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

LED 150 2-LED Pro Pocket Pliers Multi-Tool vs. LED 135 Micro Pliers Multi-ToolSmartphones are changing the way we shop. According to a recent study from Ecoconsultancy, half of all American shoppers have used their mobile phones to compare prices and check out product reviews while shopping. Although our comparison-shopping prowess has certainly increased due to internet-enabled cell phones, it’s still not easy to figure out which purchase is best – especially for specialized products such as multi-tools. When you want high-quality knowledge about niche products, you have to go to the experts.

A multi-tool is a highly personalized thing – it’s a gadget that many people rely on daily. Therefore, you want to make sure you buy a multi-tool that will serve you well for years to come. Below, we compare two of our top-rated multi-tools, the Coast LED150 2-LED Pro Pocket Pliers multi-tool (model #C5899B) and the Coast LED135 micro pliers multi-tool (model #C2899B).

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Product Comparison: LED Micro Pliers Multi Tool vs. LED Pocket Pliers Multi Tool

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

COAST's LED Micro Pliers Multi-Tool and LED Pocket Pliers Multi-ToolToo many choices – that’s how many modern consumers feel. The grocery store leaves us overwhelmed. The malls are so large and full of potential buying decisions that the elderly among us traipse through them for exercise. Well, we feel your pain, shoppers – and we want to make your multi-tool decision a little easier. The chart below compares two of our most popular multi-tools: the LED Micro Pliers multi-tool and the LED pocket pliers multi-tool. Our hope is that listing the basic information about each multi-tool side-by-side will help you figure out which is the best option for your needs.

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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.

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Professional Power Tool Guide Reviews the COAST LED Pro Pocket Multi-Tool [Video]

Friday, July 27th, 2012

COAST LED Pro Pocket Multi-ToolHaving a good multi-tool you can trust in your everyday carry is important for active, fix-it types. Eric Jopp, a blogger and power tool reviewer at “Tools in Action” recently praised the COAST LED Pro Pocket Pliers multi-tool for its quality design and handy features. He was especially impressed with the LED lights at each end, which provide illumination whether you’re using the multi-tool’s knife blade or pliers.

“Overall the tool is very nice and handy,” he said. “If you’re looking for an inexpensive knife that will give you the tools you need, this is hard to beat.” (Read the full review.)

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Tactical Knives Magazine Gives COAST Rapid Response Knives a Review

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

COAST Products' Rapid Response 3.9-inch bladeIn the September 2012 issue of Tactical Knives magazine, Steven Dick reviews COAST’s Rapid Response Knives. Dick starts the review by giving a brief history of COAST (the same company that offers a multi-tool for every occasion, as well as the always-handy LED flashlight and LED headlamp) and states, “…it takes something special to impress me, but COAST has managed.”

In the article, Dick discusses the Blade Assist Technology (and Max-Lock blade locking system that knife maker Ron Lake integrated into our line of tactical knives. The reviewer has a bias toward larger every-day carry knives because of his larger hands, but he favored the Rapid Response 3.9-inch blade in his field tests. Incidentally, he found that even the knife with the 3-inch blade comfortably fit his hand. Elements of the 3.9-inch tactical knife that Dick appreciated include the texture of the checkered nylon on the handle; ambidextrous thumb studs; a reversible steel carry clip; and other features that both right- and left-handers will find helpful. In addition to tactical uses, the author suggests using the knife for cleaning fish, gardening, home improvement projects and self-defense.

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