Social media continues to change our lives in myriad unexpected ways. Survival may not be the first application that comes to mind when you think of Twitter or Facebook, but the truth is that these and other social media outlets can make a big difference in disasters. For instance, during Japan’s 2011 nuclear disaster, 20,000 tweets were sent per second. Likewise, in its 2013 National Preparedness Report, FEMA reported that “users sent more than 20 million Sandy-related Twitter posts, or “tweets,” despite the loss of cell phone service during the peak of the storm.“ Social media sites help bridge communication gaps when cell phone service isn’t available. And these services are shifting disaster management from a one-way affair, with officials broadcasting announcements, to a conversation between disaster survivors, emergency agencies, and people all over the country.
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Each month, we offer a side-by-side comparison of two of our products in a format that’s simple to read. This month, we’re comparing the LED155 and LED122 multi-tools. Both multi-tools offer a generous blade and LED lights. The LED155 Pro Pocket Pliers has a spring-loaded pliers head that’s perfect for DIY enthusiasts, while the LED122 LED Pocket Tool is a fold-out knife with the basics. These multi-tools vary by weight, overall length and accessories, as outlined below. (more…)
If you’re like us, you prefer to be prepared whenever possible. Understanding the jargon surrounding a particular product, for instance, allows you to make more informed consumer choices; when you know how power tools are rated, you can more easily select the best model for your needs and price point. With such educated shoppers in mind, we’ve created two highly informative eBooks that will bring you up to speed on the ins and outs of the products we’re passionate about – namely LED flashlights, multi-tools and tactical knives.
The first title in our library of eBooks is A Flashaholic’s Guide to LED Flashlights. This is the perfect quick read for understanding the ANSI FL1 LED flashlight rating standards. You’ll learn how many lumens you actually need according to your intended use of the torch. Run time, light output, impact resistance and other features are illuminated in our guide. You’ll also gain insight into what makes a truly long-lasting, durable, high-quality LED flashlight.
Every folding blade knife and multi-tool enthusiast knows the weakest part of a gadget is typically the area that sees the most use. For instance, a folding knife often breaks at the point where it opens and closes, and the attachments most likely to break off of multi-tools are those that see the most use. Ingenious knife designer Ron Lake took this tendency into account when designing our innovative Rapid Response Knife. Read on to learn about Lake’s unique design features that prevent each Rapid Response Knife from breaking at the assisted-opening mechanism.
Blade Assist Technology: An Innovation in Assisted-Opening Knife Design
e a month, we compare two of our products side-by-side in a lucid table format. This month, we’re comparing the Rapid Response Knife 3.90 with our LED Pocket Tool Black multi-tool. Both of these products feature a large blade, so at first glance they may seem quite similar. But after a closer look, knife aficionados would probably opt for the Rapid Response Knife (especially because it was designed by legendary blade maker Ron Lake), while DIY types may prefer the LED Pocket Tool. These two tools to vary by weight, material and accessories, as outlined below. (more…)
A 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.
Smartphones 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).
Too 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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