Wednesday, June 18, 2014

EDC First Aid - QuikClot Sport

I've written about this numerous times, because I am a firm believer that having a First Aid Kit is a very important part of your EDC. You never know when an emergency, minor or serious, can occur. Emergencies that require first aid attention are some of the most dangerous, so it would make sense to try and prepare for them.

QuikClot is a product that's easy to have with you
and can save a life.
Even a minor scrape can become a serious infection in today's day of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Such a problem can be easily avoided with simple first-aid supplies.

For injuries that are especially serious, and by that I mean injuries that involve heavy bleeding, there is a lightweight product that just might save a life. This product is called QuikClot. QuikClot is a hemostatic agent, meaning that it stops bleeding. It contains a mineral called kaolin, which starts the body's natural blood clotting mechanism..

QuikClot used to be used as a powder, but was found to be safer and more effective as an impregnated sponge, which is what QuikClot Sport is. This product comes in two sizes: 3.5" x 3.5" and 5" x 5"

Directions for using QuikClot are very simple.
To use this product, place it on a wound and apply pressure until the bleeding stops. Then wrap the sponge with a material to secure the wound and seek medical attention.

While I have never used this product, there are videos on YouTube of this product being used on animals and stopping bleeding instantly. Due to the graphic nature of such videos, I will not show them here.

Serious injuries do happen. They're not confortable to think about, but if ever confronted with one, you'll be happy that you were prepared with QuikClot. Since this product only weighs about 1-2 ounces, throwing one into your First Aid Kit wouldn't be a large burden, but would greatly increase your ability to deal with emergencies that involve serious bleeding.

Do any of you have any experience with QuikClot? If so, let me know in the comments below.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Review - Olight S10 EDC Flashlight

As somebody who is conscious of their EDC (Everyday Carry) Gear, I'm always looking for the best and brightest (and smallest) flashlight. In the search for such a light, I recently came across the Olight S10-L2 Baton.

The S10 Baton, combines incredible brightness with good runtime and great functionality, all in a small package.

The Olight S10-L2 is an amazing EDC Flashlight.
What you first notice when picking up the S10 is just how small it is. It is 2.8" long and 0.9" in diameter. The light is constructed out of aluminum and is type III hard anodized in black for strength. The grip area is well textured and easy to hold.

The S10 uses a CREE XM-L2 LED that outputs a whopping 400 lumens out of a single CR123 battery. The light also has different modes that are less blinding and provide a longer runtime.

Here are all of the S10 lighting modes:
Max: 400 lumens - 1.25 hours runtime
Medium: 85 lumens - 7.5 hours runtime
Low: 5 lumens - 108 hours runtime
Moonlight: .5 lumens - 360 hours runtime
Strobe: 400 lumens

The modes are switched with a blue switch on the side of the light. The operation of the light is a little complicated at first, but can be learned with some practice. Instead of trying to explain how to operate the light, just look at the image below.

Instructions on how to change modes on the Olight S10.
The S10 provides a fairly floody beam, great for short to medium-range use. The reflector has orange-peel texturing to aid in providing a soft light. The flashlight also comes in a Neutral-White version, which has a whiter-colored LED, but has a 360 lumen brightness, as opposed to 400 for the standard version.

For easy carry, the S10-L2 has a
deep-carry pocket clip.
The S10 is a great carry light because of it's excellent pocket clip. The clip is removable and carries very deep in the pocket. In case you feel like going swimming, the S10 is also rated waterproof to 2 meters, but I'm sure it will go deeper and still be fine.

Great for lighting up a room, the S10's flat tailcap allows the light to be stood up in what's called "candle mode". This allows the light to be reflected off of a ceiling, even brightly illuminating a medium-sized room.

One "hidden" feature that the S10 has is an integrated magnet in the tail. This allows you to stick the light to any ferrous surface, similar to the Preon P0 and Atom Series of flashlights by FOURSEVENS.

Do I think that Olight S10 is a great EDC light? HECK YES! If you're looking for a bright, compact and functional flashlight, and don't mind using CR123 batteries, which can be sometimes difficult to find, then the S10 may be your perfect flashlight.

Do any of you have any experience with the Olight S10? If so, let me know in the comments below.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

EDC Water Purifier - Lifestraw Water Filter

The LifeStraw water filter is portable, effective
and can filter up to 1,000 L of water!
One wouldn't exactly consider water to be part of your EDC (everyday carry), but there are some situations where it can be. Like I've said in the past, your EDC really depends on where you live, the current situation that you're in, and what you're about to do. For example, if you see that it's cloudy outside, you may incorporate an umbrella into the gear that you take with you today.

In a situation where you may get caught without drinking water for an extended period of time, a small and portable water filter may be a good idea to have with you. Of course, for this to be practical, you would have to either work or live in a remote area far away from running water sources, but there are situations where you would want such a filter. Also, if you normally carry a "Bug Out" or "Get Home Bag", having a water filter in it is a really good idea.

The LifeStraw removes 99.9999%
of waterborne bacteria.
One of the newest portable water filters on the market is called the LifeStraw. This 9" water filter is easily carried in a backpack or large pocket and can filter up to 1000 liters (264 gallons) of water. It weighs only 2 ounces and removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of protozoan parasites. The LifeStraw uses no chemicals or batteries and has no moving parts. This filter can also be stored indefinitely, making it an even better idea to have in an emergency kit.

Also, at an affordable price of less than $20, it is a small price to pay for the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you can filter water quickly an easily in an emergency.
LifeStraw being used in a river.

Do any of you have any experiences with the LifeStraw? If so, let me know in the comments below.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Increase Your Preon P1 Functionality!

The Preon P1 is a great EDC Flashlight!
If you haven't yet read our review of the FOURSEVENS Preon P1, I would highly recommend it. Click HERE to go to our post reviewing this great flashlight. This extremely functional and tiny little flashlight is one of the best EDC flashlights on the market. I've got a quick tip that can make your light even more functional.

Many people really like the bigger brother to the P1, called the Preon P2. The P2 is a brighter flashlight with a very similar form-factor to the P1. Instead of using 1 AAA battery, the P2 uses 2 batteries. Another difference is that instead of requiring you to twist the flashlight head to turn it on, the P2 has a clicky tailcap, making it much easier to use the flashlight with one hand.

A lot of functionality is gained with the addition
of a Clicky Tailcap to your Preon P1.
Despite these seemingly major differences, the P1 and P2 share the same flashlight components. The difference between the two lights is mainly in the body and the tailcap.

For a fairly small bit of money (definitely cheaper than buying a new flashlight), you can purchase a Preon Clicky Tailcap and even a P2 Body to upgrade your Preon P1. That way, you can modify your light to your task at hand quickly and easily.

One of my favorite modifications is adding a clicky tailcap to the P1. This gives you a very tiny flashlight, with a single-hand functionality, something that I have not seen in a flashlight of this size.

For the ultimate in versatility, get a
Preon P2 body to add to your Preon P1.
If you choose to also upgrade to a P2 body, to use with your Preon Flashlight Head, you will get a brighter flashlight with longer runtimes. This increase in brightness is because you will now be using 2 AAA batteries which have 3.0V combined versus 1.5V with the single AAA battery that the P1 uses.

So, if you already own a Preon P1, with a few small upgrades, you can greatly increase your usability and brightness of this amazing little flashlight.

Do any of you have any experience with the Preon P1? If so, let us know in the comments below!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Review - Nebo Pocket Work Light - The Larry

A great and inexpensive little light that I recently came across has a very unique name. It's called The Larry and it's made by NEBO Tools.

This simple light consists of a strip of 8 LEDs and a single-mode push button switch. The Larry outputs a respectable 60 lumens in a nice, wide beam, great for up-close lighting. The light uses 3 AAA batteries, is 6.3" long and 0.63". It is very similar in form factor to a pen.

Apart from being very functional,
The Larry also comes in 4 attractive colors.
This light was designed for the worker in mind. It was designed to be very functional in lighting up a small work area, especially those hard to reach areas. In my opinion, this flashlight excels at this task and let me explain why.

Part of having a functional worklight is having a reasonably bright (but not too bright) flashlight in a small (but not too small) form factor. The other part of a functional worklight is the problem of mounting your light for hands free operation. One option is to have a headlamp. However, this isn't always the best option.

The Larry conquers this problem in a very unique way. The Larry has a clip on the back with a swivel. This clip allows you to clip the light onto a shirt pocket or other thin surface and also swivel the light to direct it towards your work area. If that wasn't useful enough, the clip is also magnetic, allowing you to stick it to any ferrous surface.

The usefulness of The Larry is limited to one's imagination. If you've got a job that often requires lighting up a work area, such as an electrician, mechanic, computer technician, etc. then I would highly recommend checking out The Larry by NEBO Tools. It's an inexpensive but very functional lighting solution and may be just what you hvae been looking for.

Do any of you have any experience with The Larry? If so, let us know in the comments below.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Review - Ballistol Multi-Purpose Lubricant

Ballistol comes in
an aerosol can.
We all love to be prepared. Part of being prepared means having the right tools for the job. When it comes to everyday carry, we often do not know the jobs that await us throughout the day, and like to have extra tools just in case. These extra tools are often knives, multi-tools, flashlights and firearms. However, many of these tools require maintenance to remain in good working condition. I'm not talking about repair, I'm talking about normal everyday cleaning to keep your tools (which are often made of steel) rust-free so that they work when you need them to.

The best cleaner/lubricant that I have found is Ballistol. Many of you have heard of Ballistol; it is a multi-purpose all-in-one solution to cleaning, lubricating and preserving your knives and guns. I have been using it for years and can't say enough good things about it.

If you have a knife, especially a folding knife, you need to keep it lightly oiled and free of dust and debris to keep it working well. A light coating of oil will prevent oxidation (rust) of your steel, and will also keep the hinge lubricated, so that your knife will open smoothly. It is a good idea to lubricate your blades every few days under light use, or every day under heavier use.

Ballistol also comes in a spray bottle, which is
my personal favorite. The spray bottle allows
you to control how much Ballistol to dispense.
Another EDC tool that often needs cleaning are handguns. Many people with concealed carry permits carry firearms for self-defense. These often get full of lint and need to be cleaned. Firearms are also often carried close to the body, making them prone to rust due to sweat, something that can actually be corrosive over time. Depending on your method of carry, it is also a good idea to clean and lubricate your firearm every few days. With Ballistol, you have are able to do both.

What I like most about Ballistol is how well it works. It does a darn good job of dissolving grease and removing most types of crud that can often stick to knives or guns. It also works great to clean the barrel of a firearm after you've shot it. Using Ballistol, I can clean a pistol in about 5-10 minutes. After cleaning the inside about the barrel looks as good as new.

For easy use on the go, Ballistol 
comes in individually packaged wipes.
Ballistol is also a natural and non-toxic alternative to smelly cleaners and solvent such as Breakfree CLP and Hoppes 9. There's nothing wrong with those cleaners, but from personal experience, I often get headaches from the fumes of those chemicals. Ballistol, to me, smells like licorice and I kind of like it!

If you haven't tried it yet, I recommend taking a look at Ballistol for cleaning your knives and guns. It's not only great for those, but it can also be used to clean any sort of mechanical metal tool, and it's great because after you're done cleaning, your tool is already lubricated and ready to use.

Do any of you have any experience with Ballistol? If so, let us know in the comments below.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Incredible EDC Matches - UCO Stormproof Matches

A staple EDC (everyday carry) item for those who are really preparedness-minded is a firemaking tool. Now this is often a lighter, or a fire steel. All too often, however, do we forget the device that is most commonly used to start fire around the world, the common match.

Modern matches have been around for around 200 years but they are still as popular as ever. This is because of their simple and reliable function, and most of all, their cost.

Well, the modern match has had the design tweaked a bit with the Strike Anywhere Match, that I'm sure many of you have seen. Another great design is the Stormproof Match, which is what I wanted to introduce to all of you today.

The Stormproof Match has the match-head
chemical extending halfway down the match body.
This match has the chemical found on a match head, the one that causes a match to ignite, extending about halfway down the match body. This enables the match to burn in high wind, rain, or even underwater. I know that sounds too good to be true, but you can see this in the video below.

These matches are great for EDC, since we often need matches outside, and common matches very often blow out in even a light wind. These Stormproof Matches keep on burning no matter what.

Like all matches, they are also very affordable. You can purchase them in a 10-Pack, 25-Pack, 50-Pack, in a Small Waterproof Case or Larger Waterproof Case. Basically, there are many ways to carry them. Personally, I would carry a 10-Pack of these matches in a jacket pocket. Heck throw one in each of your jackets so that no matter what, if it's cold and you go outside, you'll have a way to start a fire.

Do any of you have any experiences with these UCO Stormproof Matches? If so, let us know in the comments below.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

EDC Flashlight Review - NEBO HIGHBEAM

Every once in a while, you see a new product that is just so innovative and useful that you have to get one. The HIGHBEAM LED Flashlight by NEBO is just such a product.

On it's own, it's just an ordinary flashlight. It 2.4" long and about 0.87" in diameter, making it fairly small. The 35 Lumen LED also isn't much to talk about. However, it is still a remarkable light and let me tell you why.

The NEBO HIGHBEAM also comes in a variety of colors!
First off, it uses an internal rechargeable battery, so you can forget about ever having to purchase replacement batteries. Not only that, but charging the light for only 2 hours gives you 6 hours of continuous light!

I left out the feature that makes this light really shine. The HIGHBEAM also has a feature that will make sure that the battery is ALWAYS charged. The end of the light fits into a standard 12V outlet (aka cigarette lighter). You know, that outlet that's in your car and doesn't get used a whole lot. Sticking one in your car ensures that it will always be charged, and that you'll always have it when you leave the house, if you leave in you car.

When charging, an LED in
the HIGHBEAM glows red.
Having a flashlight in your car can be very practical. Personally, there have been many times when I've dropped something and it's fallen under a seat or rolled away somewhere. I could have used a flashlight to find it, but I didn't have one. The cabin light in a car often doesn't work well enough to light up those dark areas that seem to be magnetic to dropped objects.

With the HIGHBEAM, you don't have to be stuck in that situation again.

Did I mention that this flashlight is also very affordable? With the functionality that you get, there's little reason not to get a HIGHBEAM or two and stick one in each car that you own. It's a great and simple way to have a light source with you whenever you're on the road

What do you guys think? Have any of you had any experience with the HIGHBEAM? Let me know in the comments below.