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.