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Super Spooky Halloween Flashlight Pumpkin Face Project

What’s more spooky than an eerie floating face hovering in the darkness?

Inspired by a crafty blogger, we decided to celebrate Halloween with cut-outs to overlay on our high-powered flashlights.

img_7452First, we measured the head of our flashlight to find out how big our cut-out should be.

img_7439Then we printed up a terrifying jack-o’-lantern face that we found on the internet.

img_7441We  cut it out with scissors,

img_7443and our helpful Marketing Coordinator jumped in and used a razor to cut out the details like the eyes and mouth.

img_7445While cutting out the details, our Marketing Coordinator accidentally sliced his hands open and died a horrible death. We’ll miss him.

img_7449Our friend Mr. Meeseeks (from Rick and Morty) was left to finish the job.

img_7453With the details all hacked slashed cut out, we affixed the filter to the front of our trusty Nitecore EA8 Caveman searchlight. We left little tabs along the side to tape the filter onto the light’s bezel.

img_7456It works, kind of! We just couldn’t get the big bright spot the center to go away, even by adding extra layers of paper. Our flashlights just have TOO MUCH POWER.

That, or they’re haunted.

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Let us know if your flashlights come in handy this holiday!

Guide to LED Lights

In this blog post I will talk about the reason your flashlight has so many colored LED options, and what situation each color is useful for.LED1

Red LEDs:

If your flashlight is going to have any extra colored LEDs, it is most likely going to be red. This color is useful for a couple reasons. Firstly, red is the universal color signal for caution. It also works well as an attention-getting color if you need to get help. Red LEDs also help to preserve your night vision. In a situation where your eyes are adjusted to darker surroundings the red LED will require less light adjustment than a white LED. This difference in color between white and red will help illuminate your surroundings while allowing your eyes to continue to see more clearly outside of the flashlight’s beam area.

hog_hunter_800x800__91742.1441049334.1280.1280-660x660Green LEDs:

Green LEDs are useful for hunters and fishers when they are outdoors. Fish, deer, and other animals have a harder time seeing green light than white or other colored lights. This advantage allows people who are in nature to illuminate their surroundings with a reduced risk of alerting nearby animals to their presence. Green LEDs also tend to have longer run times than other color LEDs which can be useful in a survival situation where saving battery power is important.

s2ee83Blue LED:

Blue LEDs are great for multiple applications ranging from nighttime map reading to easily identifying bodily fluids. They are often used for reading maps in dark conditions because they do not blend out the red colored lines on maps. Law enforcement and hunters use this light color because the LED illuminates blood and other bodily fluids. Blue LEDs accomplish this better than a red or white LED, but not as well as UV, which we will look at in a moment. Blue lights are also useful for low visibility situations because they cut through fog more effectively than other LEDs.

Infrared/Night Vision Green:

Infrared lights are used for seeing at night. The infrared beam will illuminate a relatively short distanceNightvision ahead of the wearer in most situations, and is great for remaining undetected as it is invisible to the naked eye. The green color that you see through most night vision goggles is due to the fact that the human eye is more sensitive to green light. When images are converted through night vision goggles they appear in black and white, but a green filter is applied because human eyes can look at green for a longer amount of time. (This is one of the reasons that many early computer screens used green text.) The combination of the two is common and leads to the best visual results at night, here is an informative thread with pictures of the differences.

Ultraviolet Lights:

Ultraviolet lights are common and can be used for a variety of applications. One of the most common uses is the ability to authenticate IDs, money, and any official document that uses a UV-sensitive watermark. Ultraviolet lights are even better than blue LEDs at identifying blood and other bodily fluids, making them a favorite of law enforcement and crime scene investigation workers. In an odd but potentially life-saving usage, UV lights can be indispensable if you live in a climate where you need to watch out for scorpions. Believe it or not, scorpions’ shells react brightly under UV light, making a UV LED a piece of helpful safety equipment. UV lights are also good for quickly recharging watch faces, compass needles, or other glow-in-the-dark items when the sun is down.

Hopefully the information on the different LED colors and their individual uses can inform your next flashlight purchase, or introduce the potential you didn’t know your current flashlight possessed. And as always we have a large selection of LED flashlights at Battery Junction, so come by with your newfound knowledge and see what products we have to offer.

Light up Frisbee

Five Summer Cookout Essential Items

Summer is here! Burgers are grilling, hotdogs are roasting, the potato salad is getting hot, and you’re thinking about how great your cookout is going thanks to Battery Junction! In this short blogpost we will go over some cookout essentials that can make your summer BBQ one to remember.

GetLit!GetLit Bottle Opener, Cookout

Yes, GetLit is the best bottle opener/S-Biner/light source for your summer picnic purposes. This gear is a perfect keychain companion for opening bottles and finding your way around once the sun starts to set. Simply use the S-Biner clip to attach the GetLit anywhere you need continuous glow or flashing light for up to 20 or 25 hours respectively! Silly name aside, this weatherproof keychain is a sturdy and useful tool to have with you at your next cookout.

Niteize Flashflight LED Frisbee:

Light up FrisbeeThe Niteize Flashflight LED Frisbee is a light-up disc that is perfect for your next evening cookout. The Flashflight features a fiber optic array which lights up the entire disc making it easily spotted. The disc is made to ultimate frisbee regulations, meaning it is also great for use during the day even when you won’t need the light. This light up disc is perfect for playing with the dog, and comes with a replaceable battery that provides up to 20 hours of light.

 

UST KLIPP Utensil Set:

Cookout UtensilsThe UST KLIPP utensil set is a must have for any summer cookout. The KLIPP set has a fork, knife, and spoon made of durable and lightweight stainless steel. All the utensils are kept together with a handy carabiner which allows the KLIPP set to be attached to any belt loop, backpack, or gear that you can think of. This utensil set is an absolute essential if you are looking for an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic utensils at your next cookout.

 

UST Water Cube: 

The UST Water Cube is another essential for planning the best cookout. This water holder is a collapsing cube made from strong polyethylene plastic. It Water Cubeincludes an on/off spigot as well as an opening large enough to cool the water with ice cubes. The Water Cube is especially useful because when it is not filled the container can be collapsed to a smaller and lighter version. With a strong handle and dent/crack resistant plastic, this water cube is a necessity for a good cookout.

Fenix CL25R Camping Lantern:

theshorelinemarket_2425_258617078This Fenix rechargeable camping lantern is an unassuming lantern that packs a punch. Known as “The Little Penguin”, this lantern will give you 2.25 hours on the 350 lumen turbo mode or up to 600 hours on low mode. The Little Penguin can be recharged via USB, includes 6 output modes, lights up an area up to 25 meters in diameter, and has a hanging loop and magnetic base allowing for optimal placement. Small enough to easily bring anywhere but strong enough to light up almost any area, this light is a perfect cookout companion.

 

These are just a few of many cookout essentials that are sure to make your summer better than you imagined, all thanks to Battery Junction!

 

 

 

 

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November 2015 Newsletter

The time has come; November is here and brings with it a perfect storm of gigantic sales the likes of which no one has ever seen before. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are set to converge to form a super-cell of savings, and in its midst is a hailstorm of hot new products. This month we’ve got big entries from some of the biggest names in LED flashlights: Nitecore, Klarus and Olight. Particularly of note are all of the great holiday edition flashlights that are sure to make great gifts or stocking-stuffers for your beloved flashaholic friends and relatives. So kick back, relax and prepare to weather this storm of great new deals from Battery Junction!
Nitecore Tiny Monster TM26GT Flashlight
The Nitecore TM26 is back and this time it’s not pulling any punches. This new version is the TM26GT, a throw focused hand-held searchlight that is pushing boundaries with an incredible 4000 lumen output and 704 meter beam distance! Using 4 individually-mounted CREE XP-L HI V3 LEDs, the TM26GT may be the most powerful hand-held light we’ve ever seen, and with its impressive output and throw we can’t wait to see it in the hands of serious flashlight enthusiasts, search and rescue teams and outdoorsmen.

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Choosing the Best Accessories for Your Bike

As the weather gets nicer and you begin to use your bike more it might be time to think about what accessories will make your rides better, and safer.

Working your bike rides around your work schedule and obligations can be difficult and usually leads to early morning or evening bike rides. Many prefer biking at these times when it is cooler and there are fewer people on the road. The only problem is that biking at these times of day can present safety problems in poor lighting conditions that may make it difficult for you to see the road, and for others who are driving to see you. Fortunately there are many lighting options two of which are the See’Ems spoke lights and the Fenix Bike Light.

 

17db_see_ems_mini_led_bicycle_spoke_lightsThe See’Ems are an inexpensive and easy to use way of being certain that you are visible to drivers. All you have to do is attach the See’Ems to your bicycle’s spokes and give them a twist to turn on the lights. These lights are very eye catching as they create a glowing circle of light while you pedal. You can also combine different colored LEDs to make yourself even more noticeable with multicolored rings.

 

 

 

 

The Fenix Bike Light is a high quality bike light that mounts to the handlebars of your bike and is rechargeable. The light features a dual beam system, one that stays at the handlebar level and illuminates the area ahead of you, and another that is pointed downward to make sure you can see any obstacles that may be on the ground. The light is also made with durable aluminum alloy,201552017261967518__30716.1432141887.1280.1280 and is IPX-6 water resistant which means is can be used in any type of weather conditions. This light is great for people who live in cities or who are riding bikes on main roads at night. The Fenix is also more than strong enough to make up for areas that are low on lights such as side roads or bike trails. The light also features a back-lit display of the remaining run time left on the battery. If you truly do plan on riding in the early morning or late evening then this light is a must have.

 

Navigation:

If your looking to try new bike routes, or are biking in unfamiliar territory Nite Ize has come up with the perfect product for those situation. The HandleBand is a handlebar attachment for smartphones that makes exploring new areas easy and stress free with the ability to use GPS navnihdb02r3aigation. The HandleBand has the ability to fit almost all smartphones, and can even be used for strollers or shopping carts if need be. This product is great for helping to track your biking distances and progress as well as providing a much safer means of using your smartphone while you are riding your bike.

These are just a few of the many great bike accessory products that are available, all of which will make your early morning and late evening bike rides much more enjoyable and safe.