A Review of the Leatherman Wingman Multi-Tool

Just for the record, I do not own the featured image on this page, rather it is the property of Leatherman Tool Group, Inc.

I have been fascinated by tools and gadgets since my mid-childhood. I bought my first multi-tool at the age of nineteen (March 2006.) It was a Winchester and one of the very many Leatherman knock offs. I’ve also carried Gerber and Garrity multi-tools.

I bought my first “real” Leatherman, a Kick model, in January of 2010 as a birthday present to myself. That Leatherman Kick was what I was EDCing on my wedding day. Because that marriage was very faulty, I don’t like to be reminded of it and therefore I sold that particular Leatherman tool of mine at some point in late 2019 or early 2020. I wish wouldn’t have sold my Leatherman Kick, because it is now a discontinued model. For those of you who criticize me for being a divorced Christian let me just say that I bent over backward to make that marriage work, but after years of all sorts of abuse and neglect I suffered, not to mention frequent harassment from her family members, I gave up. I never once hit my then-wife now ex-wife and I never cheated on her either, though many times I was very tempted to cheat. I have since forgiven her and I’m only mentioning this as a teaching tool.

In the Fall of 2017, I purchased a Leatherman Style CS, second hand, but eventually sold it.

In February of 2018, I purchased a Leatherman Style PS, misplaced it and purchased a duplicate one in May of 2018 and I still EDC it to this day. It is featured in many of my selfies, usually clipped to the belt loop on my pants. I even wrote a review about it last year.

Earlier this month, I purchased a second hand Leatherman Micra.

Now, let me tell you, the reader, about my latest Leatherman, a Wingman, which I recently purchased and the story behind it.

I’ve wanted a Leatherman Wingman since it first came on the market in 2011 or 2012.

At the time I was married and definitely could not justify spending $30 for a multi-tool. But, oh man, did I ever want one!

I think most of all because a former coworker who was recently divorced in 2011 and had wanted me to be his wingman while he would frequent the bar rooms. As a Christian, I felt totally out of place in a bar room, but I didn’t mind drinking the very light amounts of excellent beer (for the taste, not the buzz) as well as eating the Buffalo Chicken and gourmet pizza, all on my friend’s dime. He’s now happily remarried and I can take some partial credit in that because I helped him set up his dating profile online in addition to being his wingman.

Anyway, I first saw a Leatherman Wingman at my local Academy Sports and Outdoors. When I got home, I did some reading on the said multi-tool and was thoroughly impressed. However, I was more focused at the time on buying budget-friendly (but name brand) flashlights because I always liked flashlights and entry-level scanners along with their accessories for my foaming hobby.

My EDC at the time consisted of either a Pelican MityLite 1900 (Xenon) or 1960 (LED), a 3 D sized Maglite (Krypton), a Klein Electrician’s knife, a Radio Shack Pro-404 and later a Mini Maglite (Xenon) along with a TI Math Explorer calculator. That was 2012 and incandescent flashlights were still in the mainstream market.

Fast forward to 2018-2020, I enjoyed my Leatherman Style PS very much and EDCed it continuously. I had a Sunday School teacher from May of 2018 until October of 2019 who also carried Leatherman tools on him, but his Leatherman tools were higher-end models than mine.

Starting in early December of 2019, I was footloose and fancy-free which meant that I didn’t have to answer to any significant other about what I had purchased. So I began to revisit the idea of purchasing a long wanted Leatherman Wingman

In January of 2020, I started going to my current church.

Now, Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior commands me not to brag about my love offerings and the only reason why I will in this piece because I find it to be a powerful testimony, otherwise, I would keep this to myself:
I do set aside a little cash each month to spend on myself for enjoyment, after my tithe, rent, utilities, credit cards, and debt management program are paid. In February of 2020, I was looking at eBay and discovered that gently used Leatherman Wingman tools were selling for $25 on there. I was planning on using that extra money to purchase a gently used Leatherman Wingman the following March. Then I was sitting in church one Sunday in late February 2020 and we were asked to consider giving to the building fund. God spoke to me right then and there and He told me to use that $25 for the building fund. He went on to say that if I did so, He would provide me with the funds for a brand new Leatherman Wingman instead of a used one. Because of some factors unknown to me, the MSRP for a brand new Leatherman Wingman is no longer $30 but $60. But I made a leap of faith and when I received my disability pension for March of 2020, I gave $18 of the $25 to the building fund. I needed to get some groceries with the other $7. Later this month I unexpectantly came into a decent sum of money, which allowed me to pay off the court fees for my divorce among other things. I also gave the remaining $7 of the $25 I promised God to the building fund as well as another 10% of the sum I recently received to my church. And of course, on March 17, 2020, I went to Lowe’s and purchased a brand new Leatherman Wingman and I own it free and clear! God did for me just as He had promised and He went above and beyond for me!

I’ve been so excited to share this testimony!

Now that I have shared it, I will write my review on the Leatherman Wingman:

This will be mostly my initial reaction because I have only owned it for about two days.

Let me first say that it is everything I hoped it would be.

It feels very comfortable but equally solid in my hand.

I dig the shiny finish.

The pants pocket clip is very sturdy and secure.

The spring action for the pliers and wire cutter implements are highly robust!

The nice clicking sound it makes while lining and locking the implements in place is very reassuring of how well it is made!

The Leatherman Wingman generously features 14 tools in 1:

I have commented on the implements that I have used since purchasing this awesome tool.

01. Spring-action Needlenose Pliers.
02. Spring-action Regular Pliers.
03. Spring-action Wire Cutters-I’ve tried these out on twigs and branches and they cut fairly decently, especially on drier pieces I’ve cut.
04. Wire Stripper.
05. 420 HC Combo Knife-This is both serrated and straight-edged and I must say the sharpness is almost on par with that of a Victorinox blade.
06. Spring-action Scissors-For these to work properly, the implement must be line and locked completely out, but it works very well.
07. Package Opener.
08. 1.5 inch/3.8 centimeter Ruler.
09. Can Opener-I wish the can opener design would be more like that of Victorinox, but maybe that would result in patent infringement?
10. Bottle Opener.
11. Wood/Metal File.
12. Phillips Screwdriver
13. Medium [Flat Head] Screwdriver.
14. Small [Flat Head] Screwdriver.

My only complaint thus far is the can opener because it isn’t as smoothly operated as what I usually use which is the can opener implement on a Victorinox Swiss Army Knife.

I know I’ve only owned it a couple of days, so maybe it will eventually wear out due to fatigue, but I plan to keep it and cherish it as a reminder of how my God blesses me and what just a little bit of faith will accomplish.

If I had my way, I would keep it on me at all times, but I must follow the laws of the land as a Christian, so therefore I will only carry it where I am legally allowed to do so.

Let me just say that weapons carrying ordnances won’t stop someone who wants to cause harm and may allow him or her to cause even more harm. We don’t have a weapon problem but we do indeed have a heart problem. Anyway, I wouldn’t want to use this as a weapon, to begin with, I see it more as a cool tool that happens to have two sharp blades on it, of which I could take or leave. But, I get it, the very concept that brought forth Leatherman tools, to begin with, was to have a pair of pliers with a knife on it and it was a multi-million dollar idea (maybe even in the billions now if we consider all of the knockoffs and copycats made globally.)

All in all, I give the Leatherman Wingman a 4.95 out of 5 stars, because the can opener implement is not what I am used to.

This, therefore, concludes my review of the Leatherman Wingman.

I hope you, the reader, have been informed, entertained and maybe even a little enlightened.

Thank you for reading!

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A Review of the Maglite ML25LT LED Flashlight

Just for the record, I do not own the featured image on this page. Rather it is property of Mag Instrument, Inc.

Similarly to December of 2019 (but not as bad), money was tight again for February of 2020.

I wasn’t able to get out much or splurge much either.

However, a family member owed me $10.

Since all my other expenses were paid, I could get some groceries and something small for myself with that $10.

So on February 27, 2020, I went shopping at the Wal*Mart in East Houma, Louisiana.

As I always do, I checked out the flashlight section. It was there that I saw several quality flashlights on clearance.

One of them was a Maglite ML25LT LED flashlight going for $5.00 marked down from ~$20! I knew I couldn’t pass that up, since, almost three years prior, I had owned the incandescent version of it and it performs very well.

And it is that flashlight that this piece will be a review thereof.

I guess because of the increasing amount of crime of which our society is unfortunately subject to, Wal*Mart keeps even their flashlights under lock and key. So, to purchase this flashlight, I had to get an associate to unlock the glass case. I had to talk to several people and wait several more minutes to get that done, but finally, someone unlocked the glass.

After I selected the flashlight I had my eyes on, I walked to the grocery section and bought a few snacks.

The line to check out was agonizingly long, but then I finally checked out.

My total was just under $10 and I was happy.

Then, upon exiting Wal*Mart, the customers in front of me who had an extremely large order were checked by a doorman upon exiting and I thought I would be as well so I waited behind them, only to be told they didn’t need to check my purchases.

Talk about a waste of my time.

If Wal*Mart keeps up with these practices, no matter how necessary, it will begin to lose customers.

I get that these practices are in place in response to the ever-increasing amount of crime our society is subjected to, but the good are suffering for the bad.

Anyway, let me get off my soapbox because my preaching of morality probably does no good.

Now let’s talk about the flashlight I bought:

So when I got home, I unpacked it and installed two sparingly used Alkaline C batteries. Immediately, I was impressed by the brightness!

Days later, I discovered that mine is an updated version of the original ML25LT because it has two power settings whereas the original only had one.

To turn the flashlight on, turn the head counter-clockwise and turn until you have the beam pattern of your desire be it to spot or flood or something in between.

At the most optimum level of focus, the ML25LT is rated to have a beam distance of 337 Meters or ~1,105 Feet. This rating is believable as I will explain so in a bit.

On High Mode, it is rated to have a Light Output of 192 Lumens, which is also believable and it seems brighter than that, though I don’t have access to light measuring instruments.

The Peak Beam Intensity is rated at 28,474 Candelas, which is maybe why it seems to be brighter than 192 Lumens-there is quite a difference between Lumens and Candela/Candlepower, don’t be fooled!

It is rated to survive the impact of a 1 Meter fall onto concrete, which knowing Maglite, it can probably sustain much worse than that and still function perfectly! I’ve read stories of Maglites withstanding far worse abuse and still working, Mr. Maglica probably gives such a humble rating for CYB purposes.

It has a Water Resistance rating of IPX4, which means it is immune to splashing water from any direction (like commuting on foot at night in the rain.) Again, Tony Maglica probably agreed to that rating for CYB purposes because I’ve read testimonials of Maglite being immersed in deep water for months to years and still working. But don’t try and test the limits.

At High Power, it has a runtime of 7 Hours on two fresh Alkaline C sized batteries and at Low Power, it has a run time of 72 Hours on the same power source. Those specifications are pretty gosh durn generous if you ask me!

While I did buy this on impulse, I do find myself carrying it in my backpack for two reasons:
It is far lighter and more compact than my Bushnell T750L, which was weighing down and probably would eventually damage my backpack.
AND
While not as bright as that Bushnell, it is still bright enough for the purpose I was ultimately using the Bushnell, which was night time commuting on foot.

In December of 2019 when I purchased my Bushnell I was not attending church, but about two weeks later I found another church and I love it there. One of my evening foot commutes is for a weekly Bible Study. In the dead of winter, it is dark both going to the evening church service and returning, however, in the very late winter, spring and summer it is only dark for the return commute. I also sometimes make groceries or buy a small meal at night and I go on foot to save gasoline.

When the beam is set to focus, the downrange light foes very far and maybe even further than the rated 337 Meters or 1,105 Feet, of course, I’m just eyeballing it. And I can lower the power level by turning it off then quickly back on if I think the brightness will disturb neighbors or motorists I encounter while walking around at night.

There had been some talk floating around for years that Maglite was late in the game as for coming out with high powered, high quality LED flashlights, but now I think they are finally catching up. While they may not be a bright as their fellow American SureFire, they may be on par with the high-quality Chinese lights such as NiteCore.

Tony Maglica will be turning 90 years old this year (2020 at the time of writing this) if he hasn’t already, so I only wonder how much longer will he stay at the reins of Mag Instrument?

I hope whoever takes his place will have the same commitment to top quality and American-based manufacturing!

My main EDC flashlight which I have on my person almost constantly is a Streamlight JR LED. This Maglite ML25LT does seem brighter and depending on how you look at it, it is. While the Streamlight JR puts out a whopping 225 Lumens, the Peak Beam Intensity is only 2,700 Candela and the Beam Distance is only 104 Meters or ~341 Feet. Did I not say there was a difference between Lumens and Candela/Candlepower? I will still probably carry my Streamlight JR no matter what, but while I’m commuting on foot at night, I would like something more powerful, hence the Maglite ML25LT. The Bushnell was also good, but too bulky.

All in all most of the time and especially this time, Maglite is a tried and true winner!

I give this product a 5 out of 5 stars!

This, therefore, concludes my review of the Maglite ML25LT LED flashlight.

I hope, you, the reader, have been informed and maybe a little entertained.

Thank you for taking the time to read my review and may God richly bless you!

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A Review of the Casio DataBank CA53W-1 Wristwatch

For the record, I do not own the featured image on this page, it is property of Casio America, Inc.

I have been fascinated by calculators since infancy.

I am also pretty adamant about wearing a wristwatch, especially one that is accurate.

So, you, the reader, are probably not shocked that I own a wristwatch with a built-in calculator.

I first bought a knock off calculator wristwatch in early 2015, but it didn’t last.

Then in, January of 2019, I bought another one, a Casio Databank CA53W-1, of which I still have over a year later.

This piece will be a review of that said watch.

First of all, let’s go back to January 2019.

I was going out for a night time drive. I drove all the way to the Gulf Coast in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana.

There is something about cruising those roads in lower Terrebonne Parish that I find good for my soul.

I drove State Highway 56 all the way to its terminus at the Gulf of Mexico in Cocodrie, Louisiana.

Then I turned around and started up Highway 56 again, but turned onto State Highway 57 and drove it all along the lower parts of Bayou Grand Calliou.

Highway 57, especially in the lower parts of Terrebonne Parish is very curvy like a beautiful woman!

I stopped at a convenience store well below Dulac, Louisiana for a bottle of Starbucks Coffee and a Mister Goodbar, which was a frequent snack for me. Well, my peanut allergy has gotten worse, so I no longer eat Mister Goodbar or any other peanut product and I miss them terribly. However, I don’t like breaking out in eczema or any other adverse reactions that will result from me eating peanuts. One other family member of mine has had a peanut allergy since the age of two, but I gradually developed a peanut allergy in my late teens to early twenties but it didn’t get that bad until my early thirties. Peanuts used to be one of my favorite foods and I miss eating them.

…Anyway…

After getting the snack and coffee, I drove Highway 57 all the way to Houma. I wanted to do a little shopping because I had some extra cash on me. First I stopped at a truck plaza but didn’t find anything worthwhile.

Then I went looking around at the Wal Mart on Highway 57 AKA Grand Calliou Road.

I looked around at the sporting goods, then the men’s clothing then finally the jewelry.

I was looking at watches in particular.

There were three watches I previously had in rotation.

My Casio G-Shock DW-5600E which was starting to go on the blink.

My Victorinox Original whose nylon band was tearing.

AND

The Wenger that I only wear on special or formal occasions.

There, I saw a Casio wristwatch with a built-in calculator for ~$20.

I’ve owned several Casios prior to that, and I will say that they are more accurate than the Swiss models I’ve owned and they are built well.

So, without much thought, I purchased it then went home.

As soon as I was home I set it up and synchronized it with the Atomic Clock.

I would end up wearing it for most of the year 2019 and extremely early 2020.

In addition to telling the time quite accurately, it features:
An 8 Digit Calculator with the four arithmetic functions.
A Stop Watch-this came in handy when timing the four-minute intervals to flip my pieces of chicken when frying them.
A Calendar-In case I forget the day of the week or date of the month.
An Alarm Clock-I sleep to heavily to hear it but I suppose I could use it as a reminder to take medication.
An Optional Hourly Chime-Great to know when a new hour is upon me.
A Secondary Time Zone-I set it to UTC because of my amateur radio hobby.

Even though I bought this watch because it has a calculator, I rarely used that feature. This is mainly because the buttons are too small for my fingers. Also, I regularly EDC a calculator anyway. I wore it because it was accurate and to show off my fondness for calculators. It was as if I was making a statement!

Aside from the buttons being a bit small and hard to press, my only other complaint about it is it has no backlight. But maybe that is to make the battery last longer.

It also is not waterproof aside from maybe a little rain, but this isn’t the type of watch one would want to take swimming or diving anyway.

However, for light home or indoor work use, it is perfect!

I wore it until January of 2020 when I bought my second G-Shock, a G100-9CM, which I currently wear.

However, I may still wear this one, especially if I want my inner nerd to come out!

All in all, I give this product a 4.25 out of 5 stars because of the lack of a backlight and difficulty to press the buttons. But the timekeeping is very accurate and makes up for what it lacks.

I guess this, therefore, concludes my review of the Casio DataBaank CA53W-1 wristwatch.

I hope you, the reader, have been informed and maybe even entertained.

Thank you for reading!

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A Review of the Casio G-Shock G100-9CM Wristwatch

For the record, I do not own the featured image on this page. It is property of Casio America, Inc.

I will never be a Special Forces Operator.

Heck, I will [probably] never be in the military to begin with because of my disabilities.

However, since my teen years, I have had a preoccupation with tactical grade equipment.

I have worn a watch on and off since the age of six, but almost permanently since the age of eighteen.

Everyone in my immediate circle will comment on how punctual I am-and I will agree with them 100%.

Me being so punctual is admired by some but it also irritates others, especially those coming from cultures and ethnic backgrounds that do not realize the need to be on time. Let me just say that the feeling is mutual and that I get just as if not more irritated by those who are frequently late!

One of the items I use to aid me in being so punctual is, of course, a wristwatch.

But I am on a fixed income due to being disabled, so I cannot afford most of these high end watches.

However, as long as it is very accurate and reasonably rugged, I am happy!

Meet the Casio G-Shock!

Yes, I know, there are some G-Shocks that cost hundreds and even thousands of American Dollars. I know I’ll likely never be able to afford them.

However, I can afford an entry-level G-Shock once every few years.

I bought my first Casio G-Shock, a DW-5600E-1BV, in March of 2016. I wore it daily until the Summer of 2018. At the time, it was more accurate than any watch I ever owned. It was even more accurate than the Swiss-made Victorinox Original and also Swiss-made Wenger I had purchased as an upgrade to it. I did have a little extra money that Summer and I promised myself I would always buy a Swiss watch if I ever had some extra money. But this Casio G-Shock was off only 1 or 2 seconds per month if that. By the way it is specified to be accurate within 15 seconds a month. My Swiss watches were off by between 30 and 35 seconds a month.

By the way, I synchronize my watches and clocks with The American Atomic Clock at the beginning of every month.

At some point my first G-Shock started going on the blink. I don’t know if it needs a new battery or if there is some damage to it, but it will randomly reset itself which is very frustrating for me. The display also fades in and out which is also annoying. So, for now and until I can get it fixed, it will be a shelf queen.

From January of 2019 to early January of 2020, I pretty much wore a Casio Databank CA53W-1. I wore other watches as well, but this was my go to watch and I plan to write a review of it as well in time.

In December of 2019, I had been wanting another G-Shock. So I planned to get one for myself as a birthday present (my birthday being in early January.)

I did a little bit research and finally decided to get the Casio G-Shock G100-9CM, of which this review will be about.

I ordered it on eBay a day after my birthday and it arrived in my mailbox on January 10, 2020.

It features two digital times, an alarm clock, a stop watch, a calendar and an analog time. The digital portion has an electroluminescent display and the hands and markers glow in the dark.

Initially I was quite frustrated because while the digital times were easy to set, the analog time was a nightmare to [precisely] set.

For the first day, I went about with the wrong time on the analog portion of my new watch. Granted it was only off by a minute and some seconds, which wouldn’t bother most, but it drove me pretty insane though I was able to conceal it. Well that and my sister was getting married, so I couldn’t let it bother me too much.

My digital times were right on the money because I had synchronized them with my Atomic Clock receiver, but my analog time was off.

Then on the evening of January 11, 2020, I eventually figured out how to properly synchronize it.

One must hold down the H-SET button continuously until the hands point to just a minute before the current time. Then when checked against a clock with a referential time such as The Atomic Clock wait for the time to hit 59 seconds past the minute then when it strikes the next minute, press and hold the MODE/SET FWD button and it will advance to the next minute then quickly release and the analog portion of the watch will be synchronized. Yes this is a pain in the rear end, but once set, it keeps time very accurately. Theoretically, unless traveling across time zones one should only have to do this twice a year, unless one is like me and will do it once a month if necessary. By necessary, I mean not exactly synchronized with The Atomic Clock. Still, I am taking some points off for this. Another annoying thing is that one can only go forward, not reverse, so if one passes up the time while holding the H-SET button down, he or she must start over. Another area to subtract points.

However, this watch looks very attractive on the wrist and it seems to be quite rugged, though I have yet to put it through anything stressful.

According to Casio’s website, the G100-9CM has:
Shock Resistance-could be worn as a beater watch.
Water Resistance to a depth of 200 Meters-more than enough to take swimming.
Magnetic Resistance-perfect for an industrial setting where heavy machinery is involved.
Accuracy +/-15 seconds in a month-probably even better than that.
and
Runs on a 3 Volt Lithium CR2016 battery-will give the end user up to three years of service before needing to be replaced.

Mine has the module 5158, so hopefully it’s automatic calendar is preprogrammed between the years 2000 and 2099.

The MSRP is $99, but I only paid $47.95 and free shipping for it. Thank God for eBay!

I do like the stylish yellow against the black in my particular model.

Casio G-Shocks are frequently worn by special forces operators around the globe, so even though I will never be a special forces operator, I get to feel at least a little bit like one when I wear this watch. Well that and I will be turning 34 in less than a year which is the average age of an officer in the special forces.

I sincerely hope this lasts longer than my other G-Shock, but I like Casio watches in general because they are so accurate.

All in all, I give this product a 4.25 out of 5 stars due to the difficulty of setting the analog time.

This therefore concludes my review of the Casio G-Shock G100-9CM, I hope you, the reader, have been informed and maybe even entertained…

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A Review of the Olight I3E EOS

Just for the record, I do not own the featured image.  I must give credit where credit is due and I downloaded it from Google Shopping.

Money was tight for me during the month of December 2019.

Usually each month I am able to get something for myself.

However, money was so tight that I wasn’t able to.

But, for a Cyber Monday 2019 deal, I was able to get an Olight I3E EOS keychain flashlight for next to nothing.

The flashlight was free, but I still had to pay $5.00 for shipping. So I did.

Cyber Monday was December 2, 2019.

My disability pension is paid on the 3rd of every month, but somehow I get my money on the 2nd at 10:00 PM local time.

The deal ended at 11:00 PM and I was actually nervous that supplies would run out.

I monitored all day on Cyber Monday, then when 10:00 PM rolled around I checked my account and the money was in.

Happily, I paid the $5.00 for shipping on Olight’s Store website and the next day my order was processed.

Then I paid the other bills that I could and went to bed.

My flashlight was delivered a few days later and it has been carried in my EDC backpack ever since.

I first saw one of these in person a few months prior to this at my Aunt’s house. Her daughter, my first cousin, had one on her key-chain that her husband got as a gift when he purchased some hunting supplies.

Now, I am very accustomed to seeing high end Chinese flashlights like NiteCore, Klarus, and of course, Olight.

However just about everyone around me usually purchases flashlights at brick and mortar establishments, especially my family members, so I was very shocked to see my cousin in possession of a flashlight made by Olight. Her Dad actually gave me my first flashlight some 31 years ago almost to the date.

I tried hers out and was thoroughly impressed by the brightness. I was secretly wanting one but had no plan to purchase.

Actually, since June of 2019, I had been EDCing a Klarus MI6 on my keys. I definitely should write a review about my Klarus MI6 too one day, but I’ll admit the Olight I3E EOS is much sexier. They are definitely in the same class of flashlights and one was possibly the answer to the other.

This light is definitely powerful, especially for its minimal size.

I think it could be a hit with school children who want to attach it to the zippers on their backpacks.

Let’s teach children that flashlights are cool (which they indeed are cool and I don’t care who you are!)

Besides, when I was a kid I was harassed for liking flashlights and that did a good bit of damage to me mentally, of which I still haven’t fully recovered and I’m 32 about to be 33.

…Enough about that…

According to website specs, the Olight I3E EOS has the following:
a Beam Distance of 144 Feet.
a Light Output of 90 Lumens.
a Power Source of 1 AAA Alkaline or NiMH Battery.
a Beam Intensity of 500 Candlepower
a Run Time of 45 Minutes on an Alkaline Battery or 1 Hour and 10 Minutes on a NiMH Battery
a Waterproof Rating of IPX8.
a Weight or 0.68 Ounces or 19.4 Grams.
a Length of 2.38 Inches or 60.5 Millimeters
a Philips Luxeon TX LED Light Engine.

The flashlight is operated by turning the head to switch on or off. The head also is what keeps the battery in. The key ring attaches to the tail which is a permanent and continuous part of the flashlight body. THIS is a genius and very necessary design!

Most key chain flashlights have a tail cap to access the battery and keep it in place, but this is a fatal error when the key ring attaches to the tail cap:

When attached to keys or even just a lanyard the constant motion unscrews the tail-cap and the body of the flashlight falls off and is lost to only God knows where.

And equally only God knows how many Maglite Solitaires and similarly designed flashlights have suffered this very fate!

Now while this flashlight is indeed powerful for its size, I think some run time was sacrificed for light output.

As stated before, the user only gets 45 Minutes of use with an Alkaline Battery but a very bright 90 Lumens.

However, this flashlights is for brief lighting for nightly situational awareness or locating a lost item that fell into a dark spot. This is not for any tactical situation or much less a search and rescue mission.

I still think 90 Lumens is overkill, especially since so much run time was highly sacrificed.

Maybe it could have been bumped down to 50 or 60 Lumens with a run time extended to 1.5 to 2 hours, but then there wouldn’t be such a “Wow!” factor when the light is turned on. Maybe just a few years ago there could have been, but not in 2019.

My other complaint is: Exactly how secure is the head and LED lamp module on this flashlight? It seems to turn much too easily which could lead to accidental activation or worse a misplaced head. I think it should have been machined with much tighter threading, but that’s just me.

I could be wrong, of course. I mean it moves around in the pouch of my EDC backpack a durn good bit and has yet to have an accidental activation.

But this still makes a great EDC item, but shouldn’t be the main EDC item.

It would indeed make a great gift, especially for bae!

It could also make a gift for a child as I’ve stated before.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if class was being taught and the power went out but all the students turned on their flashlights that they were carrying?

…I know I’m being a dreamer…

I don’t have anything else to say, so this therefore concludes my review of the Olight I3E EOS.

All in all, I give this product a 4.65 out of 5 stars.

I hope you, the reader, have been informed and entertained…

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A Review of the Bushnell TRKR T750L Multi Use Flashlight

Just for the record, I do not own the featured image on this page. I downloaded it from Wal Mart’s website.

I have been a fan of Bushnell flashlights since the late Spring of 2014 when I saw them selling at Wal Mart.

By the way, every time I go to Wal Mart, I always check out the flashlights section.

In November of 2014, in fact on Black Friday, I purchased the Bushnell T125L, which I sold in late 2018. I was so impressed by it, that a few days later, I purchased the Bushnell T225L, which I still have. Then in March of 2015, I purchased a Bushnell Pro 100L, also of which I still have. These three have since been updated by Bushnell with brighter LED engines.

Since I always check out the flashlights at Wal Mart every time I shop there, I had long wanted the Bushnell T750L. However, with me being on a fixed income, I cannot frequently fork over almost $40 ($32.44+tax) for a flashlight, no matter how cool it may be.

So I scraped some cash here and there and then finally on December 26, 2019, I went to my local Wal Mart and purchased a Bushnell T750L, which is what this review will be about.

This review will be more of less of my initial reactions, since I have maybe owned it for a little over twenty four hours.

I know this flashlight is mainly targeted towards hunters and I don’t hunt simply because I cannot afford to.  I would love to go hunting but there is so much red tape entailed in being allowed to do so.  Then there is all the required equipment which can go into the tens of thousands of dollars.  If I could afford to hunt, I definitely would, because I would like being able to have a lot of good, healthy meat and to bless others with it as well.  And not only that, I find shooting guns to be very therapeutic!

However, I can find other uses for this flashlight and if there is anything I am good at it is finding non-conventional uses for certain products.

There are three lighting systems on this flashlight:

The main White Cree LED that gives off 750 Lumens for 6.5 Hours with a Beam Distance of 280 Meters-Quite possibly my brightest LED flashlight at the moment and used for general purpose illumination.

4 Red LEDs that give off 16 Lumens for 80 Hours but Wal Mart’s website didn’t specify the beam distance-These are designed for any night time activity without disrupting night vision.

4 Off-Blue LEDs that give off 6 Lumens for 93 Hours with a Beam Distance of 7 Meters-These allow hunters to find and follow the blood trails of wounded game at night.

The durable Aircraft Aluminum body is designed to withstand a 1 Meter drop on a hard surface.

The tactically correct switch allows for a momentary on in any mode.

The power source is 6 AA Alkaline batteries, which fit snugly and securely inside and come bundled for free.

I wish the light cycling system could be custom programmed instead of White-Red-Off Blue.

If it were possible, I would have programmed it to Off Blue-Red-White, so night vision would not be adversely affected whilst initially turning the flashlight on.

However, there is an advantage to that setup and it is self defense tactics.

A full 750 Lumen White light could definitely disorient any opponent in total darkness.

Then the size and weight of this flashlight make it the perfect impact weapon, yet it can still be mostly concealed.

This could definitely be a hit with security personnel, especially those employed at truck stops or marine terminals.

If you could get over that bright White light coming first, then this flashlight could also be a hit with nighttime transportation and logistics workers, because the Red LEDs are generous enough with light to see whatever you’re doing, but won’t adversely affect your night vision.

Then of course there are the Off Blue LEDs, which are for following the blood trails of wounded game at night. This is the main selling point of this flashlight with hunters.

I did drop mine on a hard floor by accident, but it still performs flawlessly and doesn’t even have a ding on it!

I might sometimes carry this in my EDC backpack, because it is indeed compact enough.

I will say that there are very few good flashlights still sold at Wal Mart, when just a few years ago there were plenty.

Wal Mart also sells a very limited variety of Maglites as well, way much less than in previous years.

This downward trend began in 2018 and now we are in a death spiral as far as I’m concerned.

There may be hope like there may not be hope.

All in all I give this product a 4.9 out of 5 stars and the tenth of a point is debatable to begin with, because some may find the light cycling system useful while other may find it detrimental. It all depends on the end user.

This therefore concludes of review of the Bushnell TRKR T750L Multi Use Flashlight.

I hope you, the reader, have been informed and entertained…

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A Review of the Oregon Scientific WR601N Handheld Weather Radio with S.A.M.E.

For the record, I do not own the featured image on this page, rather I downloaded it from eBay and I give credit to whomever credit is due.

As you, the reader, can probably tell, I have an strong interest in Weather Radios.

I first read about a NOAA Weather Radio in the Summer of 1997 at the age of ten and a half whilst reading a hurricane preparedness pamphlet.

I wouldn’t actually own a NOAA Weather Radio until December of 2001 at the age of fourteen going on fifteen.

However, once I owned one, I would be completely fascinated.

My parents thought there was something wrong with me because of it.

Well technically there is something wrong with me, but when I was a teen, I was the only teen I knew of that was interested in radio electronics.

Nowadays, there are plenty of teens who are interested in radio electronics, especially weather radio, and sites like YouTube are living proof.

Sometimes I feel like I was born in the wrong generation and should have been born ten to fifteen years later.

It was in my mid-twenties that I began to collect weather radios.

Now at the age of thirty-two-going-on-thirty-three, I am frequently visiting thrift stores, flea markets, antique shops, and hamfests to purchase gently-used vintage weather radios.

On November 2, 2019, I had some cash on me and went to my local GoodWill.

It was as if God Himself was telling me to go there because I would find a weather radio.

And in the electronics/appliances section, I found an Oregon Scientific WR601N in very good condition, but selling for only $1.97+tax.

I had been wanting one of these for a couple years but didn’t want to pay the MSRP.

This piece will be a review of that aforementioned weather radio.

What I purchased at GoodWill only included the radio, battery door, and lanyard. There was no manual, cradle or AC adaptor.

Still, for $1.97+tax, I’m not going to complain.

Performance-wise, this radio is a true winner:
The size is very compact and can be carried on your person or in a backpack without weighing the user down.

The antenna is short and stubby, but is rugged and pulls in the Weather Radio broadcast very well, even from forty miles away!

The speaker audio is clear and crisp but can be annoying when there is noise in the signal.

The radio runs on 3 AA batteries and the runtime seems generous.

There are a clock and calendar which I must say keeps time very accurately, like +/-1 second in a week!

There are two separate alarm times that can be set and the alarm is loud enough.

The radio receives all seven weather radio channels.

The radio is equipped with S.A.M.E. technology and can store up to six administrative divisions or monitor all six.

The blue backlight lights up the display brightly and evenly. It is activated by pressing the snooze button.

The housing seems to be built very well and could probably survive a few drops.

Also, the face of the radio is yellow, meaning it can be easily found in a dark room or cluttered baggage.

There is an external speaker jack.

The display can be expressed in English, French or Spanish.

There are only three real [albeit minor] complaints I have and they are:
The radio can be a bit tricky to program and operate and takes some getting used to.

The radio also has trouble standing by itself, even on a flat surface.

The radio should have better noise limiting circuitry since it will not work well near any source of electrical noise.

However, at the price I paid, I’m not going to make any case about the complaints.

Even though I didn’t buy it brand new and I don’t have all the right accessories, I have been EDCing this radio for the past week and I am totally satisfied.

While Midland is my favorite brand of Weather Radios, I’ll admit they could learn plenty from this model.

What I like most are the rugged and compact build and clear crisp reception.

It is good to have S.A.M.E., but I could take it or leave it since I would use this for traveling or outdoor activities, where S.A.M.E. isn’t always necessary.

Like other compact portable models, the WR601N would be well suited for an EDC bag, a bug out/bailout bag, or a safe room, all for monitoring the progress of the weather, without needing line current.

I’m really impressed all in all and this is a vast improvement over the Oregon Scientific WR-8000, which actually was the first weather radio I had ever owned.

I give this product a 4.7 out of 5 stars!

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