Review – Convoy S3 Flashlight

Review – Convoy S3 Flashlight

The Convoy S3 is an attractive light with great output, decent grip knurling, and some attention to detail that I’ve found lacking in some higher end lights, lately. This medium EDC light comes with your choice of LED emitters. You can choose either a cool white XM-L2 U2 or the more neutral white XM-L2 T6. With your emitter choice you can also pick your maximum lumen output. Options range from 500 lumens to 1100 lumens. The S3 offers an option usually seen on lights from higher end companies like FourSevens and Thrunite; the ability to change the output choices or “group”. In this instance, you get to choose “Group 1”: A 5 mode setup – Low, Medium, High, strobe, and SOS Or, for those who prefer a simpler setup you can choose “Group 2”: The normal – Low, Medium, High arrangement. It sounds simple in the instructions but took me a couple of tries to figure out. Here goes: -Turn on the light with a full “click” of the tail switch. -1/2 press (no click but the light will change) the tail switch, a couple times, until you get to Low mode. -Once there, wait a few seconds and the light will blink once. -When it does, 1/2 press the tail switch and hold for a couple seconds and then release. -The light should still be in Low mode. Wait a few seconds for the light to blink once again. -Turn the light off (full click) for 5 seconds (to bypass the setting memory). -When you turn the light back on, it will be in the other mode. Sounds...
Review – Ganzo G7412 Pocket Knife

Review – Ganzo G7412 Pocket Knife

The Ganzo G7412-OR-WS Axis Lock Pocket Knife – I was contacted by Gearbest.com about reviewing some items from them (look for the review on their Convoy S3 flashlight; Coming Soon). I was surprised when the package showed up from the UK pretty quickly. In the box was the Gonzo G7412 and the Convoy flashlight. Both arrived in pretty basic packaging. I’m ok with that. They were bubble wrapped for protection and packaged well. On to the review… I carried the G7412 for a couple weeks. Now, I use my knife several times a day, for work. I cut everything from cardboard, to thin plastic sheeting. I cut masking and duct tape, electrical sheathing, puncture metal can caps (it’s the only way to open them), and cut masking against metal and concrete. Needless to say, I’m hard on a blade. So, when the Gonzo showed up, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it had an excellent edge on it. Literally “shavin’ sharp”. Seriously, I have the bald spot on my arm to prove it… I put this thing through my usual daily torture and it held up very well for a 440C blade. 440C is good metal but it isn’t exactly tier 1 steel. What I do love about 440C, is the ability to put a great edge on it easily. A quick pass over my DMT fine grit diamond stone and a few passes on the Tandy Leather Strop (at home) or the Lansky Strop I keep in my EDC kit, and the edge is slicing through that pesky 0.3mil plastic like butter. The Ganzo 7412 uses an...
Review – Olight S30R Javelot Flashlight

Review – Olight S30R Javelot Flashlight

Sadly, the S30R Javelot has been phased out. A new, similar model is available here: http://amzn.to/2wNMpFo Similar size and function with more output but shorter throw.  When I first learned about the S30R Javelot, I was looking to replace one of my EDC lights with something that had more throw (beam distance). The specs on the S30R Javelot seemed to fit that perfectly. So I shot an email off to my contact at Olight. I just wanted to check and see when it would be available and if he had a place that he would prefer me to purchase it from. He replied with a coupon code for me to get it from Amazon.   Ahhhh, the perks of being an Amazon Prime member…I had my nifty new gadget in just 2 days. That was 3 weeks ago (from the time I’m writing this). In those 3 weeks, I’ve had a lot of time to use and abuse this little beast. The light uses a textured reflector to create a smooth wall of light – no artifacts or rings just the focused hot spot in the center and a broad spill of light around it. Every seam is O-ring sealed. The pocket clip has a deep carry design, like all of the Olights I’ve owned, but the battery cap sits about 3/4″ above it. This leaves just enough exposed to be able to grab it easily from a pocket. The soft-touch switch has several functions. Clicking it once will turn the light on, in whichever mode was active last time the light was used. With the light OFF, a...
Review – NEBO Casebrite Flashlight/iPhone Case

Review – NEBO Casebrite Flashlight/iPhone Case

So, I was cruising around those fancy interwebz looking for other flashlights to review. I dropped in a search to see what NEBO was up to. I’ve owned several and they make a great midline series of lights. They also seem to be good about bringing useful options and accessories to market before many of the bigger names. A NEBO was the first light I owned with a magnetic tail. That’s a fabulous feature that I’ve grown to love.   As I searched though the current lineup from NEBO I came across the the Casebrite. I was a little indifferent, at first. I found some pictures that helped make up my mind. I have 2 basic requirements for a phone case: 1. The ports MUST be accessible. The mute switch, the headphone jack, the sleep and volume buttons… The all must be easy to access. 2. The front of the case must sit above the surface of the screen. Meaning; if you place the phone on a table, screen side down, the screen must be kept off the table. It should rest on the lip of the case. The Casebrite appeared to fit my requirements and adds a new layer to my EDC…an additional flashlight. I usually carry 2 anyway but this allows me to leave one behind. Now, some of you might be saying, “…but the phone already has a flashlight!” No, it really doesn’t. The built in light on an iPhone, and most cell phones, is a joke. Compared to the Casebrite, the iPhone flashlight is abysmal at best. The Casebrite, on low, is easily 3-4 times brighter....
Review – Olight S10c

Review – Olight S10c

Olight has customized the S10 Baton http://amzn.to/1nNGszk with a new emitter. Utilizing the newest CREE XPL-W2 LED, max output is 500 lumens. The new Olight S10c is a very compact CR 123 powered light with a slightly recessed side switch. The old switch sticks out a bit and was easy to activate accidentally. The new switch is almost flush with the trim ring. Maybe even a millimeter recessed. It gives a good positive feedback when engaged and is still easy to operate even with gloves on. The operation sequence is similar to other Olights…click to turn on and click and hold to step through the various levels. With the light OFF, a double click will go to high mode. With the light OFF, a click and hold will turn the light on in Moonlight mode. Great way to avoid blinding yourself in the middle of the night. With the light ON, a double click will go straight to Strobe. There is also a great Lock Out mode to help prevent accidental activation. With the light OFF, press and hold the button. The light will come on in Moonlight mode. Continue to hold the button until the light cycles off. Now, the light won’t turn on with a single press. Press and hold the button again, and the light will come on in Moonlight mode. This will deactivate the button lockout. The beam throw is 105 m. While not stellar, it is a nice useable beam for a light that is under 3″ long and is more than adequate for most EDC tasks. The beam is much tighter than its...
Review – The Survival Tabs

Review – The Survival Tabs

So, while cruising eBay for preparedness goodies, I came across these http://amzn.to/1KO87mM Survival Tabs. They were fairly affordable and compact so I decided to order some. Besides, I could always write a review! Well, here we are. TeenTactics missed out on this taste testing adventure but we got a good consensus from the rest of the TacticsFamily.  FROM THE MANUFACTURER -
Evolved from the Early Space Program the Survival Tabs have a long history. Back in the 1960’s the Federal Government was searching for a food source that could be used in specialty situations. The objective was to find a product that would provide…”The Best Possible Nutrition in the Smallest Possible Volume” The resulting research was extremely involved and intense, and the product that evolved was used in the early space program. Eventually, a tablet was perfected and used widely as an emergency food. It came to be known as The Survival Tabs. The Survival Tabs are a convenient, compact, lightweight, lifesaving food ration for any emergency. They are completely nutritious, have a 25+ year shelf life and are absolutely delicious. Just let them melt in your mouth…you’ll probably chew them up…they are so irresistibly good-tasting! These tabs are approximately 1″ in diameter and about 1/2 as thick. They look like a small chlorine tablet for swimming pools. They have other flavors but this particular package was Butterscotch. They seem to offer Vanilla http://amzn.to/1ivy3wT and Strawberry http://amzn.to/1NJfNLQ , as well. The small Mylar bag package says that it’s 12 Tablets per serving but there are only 4 tablets in a package and a package is 1/3 serving. It also says...
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