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September 9, 2013
by Carter Hargrave
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Princeton Tec Tactical Quad Headlight Review

I have the bigger Princeton that has the big battery pack in the back also and I love it but sometimes its just overkill and a tad heavy. This is very light weight and good for most things. When outdoors you most likely would want to use the highest setting to light a path. I thought the red lens would be more useful but havent foiund a great need. You cant use it to light a path so it would be more for reading and adjusting equipment relatively close up within a few feet. Has a very long run time and like all Princetons it is water proof so you can drop it in the creek or lake and it will still keep working. Its sometimes hard to tell which side is up on it when you put it on, as both look almost the same. Its great having your hands free to do whatever. My kids still give me crap about the geekiness of it though. Hmm I wonder if I got them one if they would see the light :)
Tactical Quad headlight with nylon strap
Heavy-duty plastic
Available in black and sand color options
Interchangeable red, blue, and green lenses
4 white ultrabright LEDs

September 9, 2013
by Carter Hargrave
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Makita TD020DSEW 7.2-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver Kit Review

First let me say that this is good quality and the padded bag it comes in is very nice. The ergonomics are good as well. The problem unless you are going to use this as a drill is the high RPM. I though a few of the reviewers were just being weenies until I tried it on something simple like a light switch plate. One little blip on the power button and the screw was out (wow that was fast I thought, this thing is cool) now to put it back in you cannot use the screw driver to do it as it spins too wild. So I put in in by hand and got the threads started, then applied the drill with another very slight blip, the lightest possible touch, and slam the screw was all the way in and the driver was jumping out of the slot jacking up the screw. It just has way too much uncontrolled power. I can see it as a drill like I said or a nut driver because it has so much torque, but not as a screw driver unless your driving deck screws and for that you would want the larger LXT driver for that project. I am thinking about returning it and getting the makita variable screw driver, but jeez its over twice the price. I dont know.
Makita-built motor delivers 177 in.lbs. of Max Torque, with 2,300 RPM and 3,000 IPM
Compact design at only 1.1 pounds for reduced operator fatigue
Quick release 1/4-inch hex chuck, built-in LED light illuminates work area
Lithium-ion battery and Energy Star rated charger produce 430% total lifetime work, 2.5X more cycles
3-year warranty on tools; 1-year warranty on batteries and charger

September 9, 2013
by Carter Hargrave
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Makita DF010DSE 7.2-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Driver-Drill Kit with Auto-Stop Clutch Review

First I can see from the numbers and percentages that many of these are being purchased. I had serious reservations mainly due to the cost, after all its a freakin screwdriver. I had a black and decker that lasted a long time and it came time to replace the battery and it was the same price as the driver so that was just stupid. I have other good cordless stuff like dewalt and makita. Dewalt does not have any ion drivers so that was out. The one driver dewalt has weighs like 80 pounds or so it looks. I purchased the single speed white ion Makita thinking that would do the trick, but no. The RPM are so high it was like a drill all the time, great build and torque though. This one while costing out the butt seems to fill the bill. It has half the torque of the white one but at least it can be controlled. The settings for torque are nice so you dont strip out delicate screws like in electronic stuff. The one thing I wish it had was the led light should stay on for a few seconds after being activated like the other makita tools. This one is just an on and off switch. Oh well what do you want for a hundren and eighty bucks huh. I still cant get over that fact. Oh well its done and it works and it will last a long time.
Makita-built motor delivers 44 in.lbs. of Max Torque in a compact design
Auto-Stop Clutch: Tool shuts off when clutch disengages for extra fastening control and prevents overdriving the fastener
21 clutch settings and drill mode for added fastening control (fastening torque range: 2.7 in.lbs. to 27.0 in.lbs.
2-speed gear selection design (200 RPM / 650 RPM) for high or low torque applications
3-year warranty on tool and 1-year warranty on battery and charger

September 10, 2013
by Carter Hargrave
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Apple Disapoints With Sept 2013 Release Of “New” Iphone 5s – Samsung Board Sighs With Relief

Here we are with yet another incremental iPhone update from the 4s. The world is still waiting for Apple to catch up to the feature set that has made Samsung take ever more market share from Apple mainly the larger screen size of the Galaxy and Note series. For the second time Apple has ignored what the market wants in lieu of telling the market what it wants. Only time will tell if Apple is correct in not making the large screen Iphones.

Samsung has made it thier goal to meet sonsumer demand no matter what it takes, and it appears for the most part to be working as they take more sales away from Apple, even having die hard Apple Iphone users dumping thier phones for the large realestate screens. Those that switch like the features although they are clearly not as refined as an Apple product, but by the time Apple releases a compatible size screen Samsung will most likely worked all the bugs out, leaving Apple wondering what happened.

Ignore the market place at your own risk, and I want a big screen. The only thing that has kept me from switching are my apps (not that big of a deal) and the plastic feel of the Samsung Galaxies (big deal).

Disclosure I have an Iphone 5

September 9, 2013
by Carter Hargrave
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Wilson Electronics – MobilePro – Portable Cell Phone Signal Booster – Includes 12-Inch Magnet Mount Antenna Review

Hey this is pretty neat. Does what it says. You can use it in the car to get rid of the dead spots on your dirve. I tried this out streaming music and did not loose conection in the “dead zones” I was used to. Its also cool that it can run off a regular USB so you can power the booster off a laptop when a plug in power source is not available. It also cigarette and regular home outlet plug that the USB power cable plugs in to. I would reccomend this booster no problem.
Booster Kit provides a signal 12 times as strong as your cell phone, improving reception and data rates
Designed for portability and mobility; great for use in your office, car, hotel, airport, or home
Plug & Play Kit–easy installation; everything you need is in the box!
Compatible with all US and Canadian cellular providers (except iDen/Nextel/MIKE)
Comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee and a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty