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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!

Archer searches for his bug out bag.

7 Things They Don’t Want You to Know About Bug Out Bags

It Began With a Lewd Cartoon …

Archer searches for his bug out bag.
“My bug out bag. It was right here.”

Call me late to the party, but I first heard of Bug Out Bags a couple of years ago on the TV show Archer. (Sterling Archer’s bag is “full of fake passports and mustaches … And two hundred grand in cash!”) Archer is probably definitely not the greatest role model, but I could definitely see the appeal of having a pre-packed contingency plan. So I did a little Googling for information about Bug Out Bags.

And that was kind of the problem: There was TOO much info out there about Bug Out Bags. A lot of it was on forums dedicated to survivalism, military-style planning, and outdoors skills. Frankly, many of the dudes seemed like nutjobs. Everyone wanted to sell me their eBook. Everyone claimed to have the definitive list of stuff to pack, and much of the equipment was specialized and expensive. It was hard to know who to listen to, or where to begin. I sifted and sifted, and here’s what I learned after those long hours of reading and research: (more…)

New i2 2016

New Product Spotlight: Nitecore’s Chargers Get Beefy Upgrades

Remember this guy?i2 Charger 2014 Model

It’s one of the best chargers we sell. Heck, it’s one of the best-selling chargers of all time. But doesn’t it look a little … I dunno, Radio Shack? Well, Nitecore decided that it was time to give their charger a makeover. They threw in some extra muscle as well. Meet the New i2.

 

New Paint + More Power = Better Charger

New i2 Charger 2016 ModelThe strength of the i2 series (and its 4-bay sister model, the i4) has always been that it can charge anything you throw at it. (I recently used our office’s old i2 to recharge my desk’s mini stapler and a piece of broccoli. Seriously, those bays will accept anything.) The New i2 upgrades the display of the previous version, offering more information about real-time charge level and voltage. The addition of buttons under the display allows you to set the charging voltage on each slot independently. Best of all, the new i2 allows you to put double the juice into whichever bay you select. The old i2 topped out at 500mA per bay, but the new version allows you to fast-charge one of your cells with 1000mA. One full amp of current means your battery is ready to rock that much more quickly.

 

 

Meet the Monster

SC2 ChargerWant even more control and flexibility? Step up to the new SC2, with even more features and raw power than the i2. With a selectable charge up to a whopping 3 amps of current, the SC2 allows you to recharge your lithium batteries in record time. This feature is ideal for IMR batteries, which are popular for vaping. (IMR chemistry can often accept higher recharge currents than other types of batteries. So while the new i2’s 1000mA current may be pushing it for some cells, lots of vape batteries are happy to accept 2 or even 3 amps of current.) Dual power inputs and a USB output give it maximum versatility. Compatible with a wide variety of cell formats, chemistries, and voltages, the SC2 is perfect whether you’re a vaper, flashoholic, photographer, or tinkerer.

 

It’s hard to beat Nitecore‘s chargers for their versatility, features, and speed. If you’ve been looking for your dream charger, grab an upgraded i2 or SC2 today!

Niteye MINI-1 Rechargeable

These Seven Keylights Will Make You Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

If you’ve never carried a flashlight by your side daily, it may not sound that useful. But much like a pocketknife or a lighter, once you begin carrying a keylight, you begin to see uses for it everywhere. Eventually you begin to wonder how you ever lived without one.

If you’re looking for the TL;DR version, jump to the bottom to see my top recommendations.

Carabiner LED flashlightI still remember the first time I used a keychain flashlight and saved myself some grief. It was a classic “fumbling with keys in the dark” moment. I had parked my car in a woodsy area off the road from where I worked. By nightfall it had become a minefield of rocks and tree branches, the kind of place where you might accidentally sneak up on a skunk or other critter. What’s worse, it was a moonless and overcast night, and the darkness was so inky, I could barely see my white car! I had to stumble over a rock before I remembered that I was actually carrying a light with me: a rinky-dink combination LED and carabiner.I was so used to thinking of it as the hook that attached my water bottle to my bag, I had forgotten it had a built-in flashlight. When I turned it on, I could see everything so clearly that I actually chuckled at myself for not thinking of it sooner. Instead of taking slow, cautious steps over the rocky ground, I was able to breeze right up to my car, unlock it, and get on the road after a long day’s work. From that point on, the problem wasn’t remembering to use my flashlight – it was keeping it loaded with fresh batteries!

So if you’re bewildered by all our gear, technical specifications, and unfamiliar brand names, no worries! As of this post I’ve been at Battery Junction for just over a month, and I feel like I’ve just dipped my toes in the water. In fact, part of the reason I’m writing this post is because I’m considering picking up a couple of these lights for myself and my loved ones. Let’s take a look at some of the coolest keylights in our inventory and find you a good match.

 

1) Niteye MINI-1 Rechargeable KeylightNiteye MINI-1 Rechargeable

The Mini-1 is so adorable I could explode. This stubby little guy is basically the size of a pen cap, but it blasts out an impressive 130 lumens, which puts it near the top of this list in terms of raw power. The real kicker is the durability of its construction. Machined out of stainless steel, the Mini-1 is rugged, waterproof, and 1M impact resistant. It’s far and away the toughest of the keylights I’m reviewing. It’s almost like they knew you’d be clipping it to your keychain and then dropping it. God, why is it so adorable? It comes with a rechargeable battery, and you can recharge it with a micro-USB cord. Cute overload!

How it ranks:

  • Easily the most durable keylight on this list!
  • In terms of brightness, it’s essentially tied for second place with the 132 lumen Titanium Innovations Illuminati.
  • Tied with the Photon for smallest form.
  • Moderately pricey, but probably the last keylight you’ll ever have to buy.

 

2) Titanium Innovations KEYLIGHTTitanium Innovations KEYLIGHT

I’m not gonna lie: we give these out for free on orders of $20+ because we know they’ll get you hooked. I wouldn’t blame you if you saw the $0.99 price tag on these and figured they’re cheap and mediocre, but as one of our highest-rated products, the 5 star reviews just keep pouring in. I grabbed one from the Warehouse, and I can totally see why customers are inclined to rave about the Keylight. It’s super tiny, about as light as a pen, and feels really natural between your thumb and forefinger. The button on it is very soft and easy to operate. Combined with fun colors for both the body and the LEDs, these are perfect for kids as safety lights. Buy them by the handful and give them away as stocking stuffers. Heck, if you want to buy in bulk for your company, event, or promotion, did you know we can even make them with custom labels? If you want to see how handy it can be to add a keylight to your everyday gear, but want to stay frugal, start here.

How it ranks:

  • Hands-down the cheapest keylight we offer, but still boasts impressive quality.
  • Second-smallest light on the list.
  • One of the highest-rated products we sell (5 stars, over 40 reviews).

 

3) Photon Micro-Light II KeylightPhoton Micro-Light II

I’d call the Micro-Light II the “big brother” of the Titanium Innovations KEYLIGHT, since it upgrades several key features. But the Photon is smaller than the KEYLIGHT, which kind of mucks up my whole “big brother” comparison. Oh well. The point is, it’s brighter, more durable, and slimmer than the KEYLIGHT, while still retaining the same basic form and simplicity.

The Photon Micro-Light II is the only light on this list to offer two on-off switches: a toggle switch for constant-on, and a thumb-press button if you just need momentary light. The LEDS are available in a variety of colors, some of which have neat properties or applications. (See a more detailed explanation of the uses for each color on the product page.)

How it ranks:

  • Tied with the Mini-1 for smallest form.
  • Tons of LED colors available if you have specific needs, or like rainbows.

 

4) Titanium Innovations Illuminati CA1-AL KeylightTitanium Innovations Illuminati CA1-AL

With its rugged good looks, 132 lumen beam, and three brightness settings, the Illuminati is quite possibly the perfect entry-level flashlight. Why? Because you get to experience some of the features of full-sized lights (rugged body, multiple brightness settings, waterproof seals) at a tiny size and an affordable price point. Unlike some of the other items on this list, the Illuminati actually looks like a flashlight, feels like a flashlight in your hands, and is sturdy enough to take a beating. The hard anodized aluminum body is a step up from the plastic of some of the smaller lights, but the Illuminati is still the size of the average car key. It runs on widely-available AAA batteries (though I recommend some high-quality rechargeables if you plan on using the full-strength beam often). IPX-7 water resistance means you can actually drop it in a meter of water and it will still operate. Its light weight and compact dimensions make it look and feel at home on your keychain.

How it ranks:

  • One of the only two lights on this list that takes AAAs (along with the Titan Plus).
  • In terms of brightness, it’s essentially tied for second place with the 130 lumen Niteye Mini-1.
  • Named one of the nicest-looking keylights in our totally scientific office poll.

 

5) Nitecore Tube KeylightNitecore Tube

We’re confused too. Here in the office, we’re still trying to figure out how the Tube got its name, seeing as there’s nothing tubular anywhere in its design. And since we’re a bunch of snarky geeks, we’d probably mock it to death if it weren’t so darn well-made. Instead, its name just became a loveable quirk of one of our favorite lights.

Feature-wise, the Tube is really impressive. It has two brightness settings, but you can also adjust the brightness to anywhere in between those fixed settings, allowing you to reach the perfect balance between brightness and battery life. It’s impact resistant and water resistant. And it recharges via USB micro cable—the same adapter type as most smartphones. It doesn’t shine as bright as some of the heavier hitters on this list, but it’s still more than enough raw power to get you out of the dark. The Tube is a true Jack-of-all-trades.

How it ranks:

  • One of the highest-rated products we sell (4.5 stars, over 100 reviews).
  • Well-balanced between brightness, features, and price.
  • Named one of the nicest-looking keylights in our totally scientific office poll.

 

6) Spotlight Turbo FlashlightSpotlight Turbo

Ok, fine, strictly speaking it’s not a keylight. The Turbo is a bit different from most of the lights we offer, in that it charges in your car lighter. But consider how often you need a light for your car. If you’ve tried to outsmart fate by putting a cheapo light in your glovebox, you probably grabbed it in your hour of need, only to find the batteries had died. Argh, they discharged from sitting unused for so long! Since the Turbo lives in your lighter outlet, it constantly stays charged to max capacity. Ideal for pinch hitting while you replace your dead dome light, locating a wallet that fell under the seat, or peeking under the hood in the dark.

How it ranks:

  • Cleverly sidesteps the dead flashlight batteries in your glove compartment.
  • Not exactly a keylight.
  • I put it on this list because I felt like it. Whatever. Don’t tell me what to do.

 

7) SureFire Titan Plus KeylightSureFire Titan Plus

They didn’t give it this name for nothing. The Titan is the light that will begin to inspire the lust and yearning that may convert you into a full-fledged flashoholic. It’s the brightest, biggest, and most expensive of the flashlights on this list. (Well, biggest, in a manner of speaking. It’s still super-portable. Compared to a Sharpie marker, it’s about as thick, and almost exactly as long as the gray body of the marker.) The stylish Titan tops out at 300 lumens, which is more than double the next-brightest lights on this list. Powered by a single AAA battery, this beast gets immense amounts of light out of a common and widely available cell. You’ll definitely want to invest in some good rechargeables if you spring for this one. Three different output levels let you adjust brightness based on your task. The body is constructed out of nickel-plated solid brass, which gives it a lovely heft. Plus Surefire products are guaranteed for life, so in the rare event that it breaks or malfunctions, you’re completely covered.

How it ranks:

  • The brightest on this list, by a longshot—more than twice as bright as the Mini-1 and Illuminati.
  • One of the only two lights on this list that takes AAAs (along with the Illuminati).
  • Three different brightness settings.
  • Named one of the nicest-looking keylights in our totally scientific office poll.

 

My recommendations:

Entry level no-brainer light:

Titanium Innovations KEYLIGHT

Perfect for newcomers who want to enjoy the utility of an everyday carry flashlight without breaking the bank. Also hard to go wrong if you’re having trouble deciding between the lights we’ve reviewed today. If you get one and find yourself wondering “What if it was a little brighter?” or “I wish the beam was a little more focused,” come back to this article and try one of my mid-tier recommendations.

 

All-around versatility:

Nitecore Tube

Affordable, compact, cool-looking, easy to recharge, tons of settings, and bound to make people ask where you got it. This is the light that many Battery Junction employees carry. After using the Tube for a year or two, you’ll know whether you need a more application-specific flashlight to compliment this great all-rounder.

 

The dream light:

Niteye MINI-1 Rechargeable

When you power up your Mini-1, folks of your preferred sex and gender will suddenly circle you, cooing at your style and sensibility. They’ll wonder how you combined such brightness with such a small form. They’ll marvel at its USB rechargeability and durable, waterproof frame. You will no longer have to pay for drinks, repay debts, or show up for work on time. You’ll slyly say that you paid a little more for it than some other keylights you could’ve bought, but it was worth every penny. You devil.

 

What keylight do you carry? What are your favorite features? Have you ever swapped or upgraded? Let us know in the comments—we read every one!

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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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