iTP Light has just released a slick little AAA light, the A3 EOS. The A3 EOS comes in two different versions, standard and upgrade, both using a CREE XP-E Q5. The standard edition has one brightness at 80 lumens and the upgrade edition has three brightnesses. The best part? The standard edition is $18.50 and the upgrade edition is $20.50. No, that’s not my cost, that’s YOUR cost.
Both versions come with a pocket clip and a nice little keychain. I’m impressed with what they have done with this little light, and am excited to see what other people think about it.
I have the standard edition on the way, and it should be here by the end of July. The upgrade edition will soon follow.
I take customer confidentiality very seriously, but I can’t contain it any longer. Les Stroud (or his assistant) ordered a Badger firesteel from me a couple of weeks back. I could tell from the shipping address and email that the order was legit. I sent him about 20 times the value of the firesteel in all kinds of other stuff, so maybe you’ll see a Going Gear product for 1/10th of a second on one of his future shows.
Thanks to a recent out of town trip and some forgotten food in the trash can, I have a modest proposal for a delicious and easy survival food source. The traps (shown to the right) for the food are cheap, and can catch a large amount of countless food types before being completely used.
Initial effort in setting the traps is minimal, and maintenance is almost nil.Ã‚ The traps can be set almost anywhere, negating the need to spend precious time scouting and planning your traps.Ã‚ You can simply check the traps periodically for newly acquired morsels, and enjoy the calories as necessary.
I procured some WetFire from UST recently and was honestly not really expecting a whole lot.Ã‚ I mean, how much better could a fire starting tinder be than the five million other ones I have tried (slight exaggeration as I think I only have four million different tinders sitting in my house)?Ã‚ I have to say that the WetFire did impress, especially with its resistance to water.Ã‚ The stuff floats, lights very easily, and can even be lit while floating in a puddle of water.Ã‚ You can’t say all that about many tinders, if there are even any other ones out there like it.
Here is a video I made showing the WetFire in action:
I’ve got some new goodies from JETBeam that are pretty friggin’ cool.Ã‚ JETBeam is fast becoming one of my favorite flashlight companies, thanks to their customizable interfaces and good looks.Ã‚ The Jet III M is probably still my favorite light from them, but these new ones are bringing some serious competition.
JETBeam RRT-1 Raptor – This is one of the first of the premium flashlights on the market to use a selector ring.Ã‚ Instead of twisting the head or messing with the tailcap button, the RRT-1 hasÃ‚ a silver ring toward the front that you turn to select between low, medium, high, and strobe.Ã‚ The reflector is massive, so it can light up objects a few football fields away.Ã‚ Awfully impressive for a relatively small light.
JETBeam RRT-2 Raptor – The RRT-2 is basically the same as the RRT-1 in terms of technology and functionality, but the reflector is much smaller, so you have a more compact package with the same selector ring.
JETBeam Jet I Pro v3.0 – The Jet I Pro is a little guy, using only a single AA, but it can compete with lights several times larger thanks to its ability to take 14500 (AA sized) rechargeable lithium batteries and its top of the line CREE R2 LED.Ã‚ My favorite part about the light is that it uses JETBeam’s customizeable interface, meanging that you can set all three modes to whatever you want.Ã‚ You can have different brightness, strobe, SOS, flashing, or any combination of those.Ã‚ I like to set one mode to all the way up (240 lumens), one all the way down (2 lumens), and one a bit in between (30 lumens).Ã‚ Those three settings cover almost everything that I normally do with a flashlight.