The Blackfire Clamplight LED Lantern reminds me of a work/trouble light with a camping lantern’s influence. I think it’s the handle shape and how the Clamplight looks when hanging upside-down. This light looks and feels well-built and rugged. The water-resistant, matte black exterior is smooth, but not slick to hold.
If you’re a professional with a great career, you likely understand that appearances do count. If not for those you work or interact with, at least for your own self and image. I, for one, fully believe that people make judgments based on how we look and what we accessorize with. Everything from choice of clothes down to the devices we carry can speak volumes about who we are (or want to be). Like it or not, impressions count.
Want to know what has been and continues to be a hot item? Wallets. Search around on Kickstarter, past and present, and you’ll find an abundance of successful projects made of metal, leather, plastic, or cloth. The unifying aspect of most of these wallets is the slim design, intended to reduce bulk. People are totally into it – no one should have a hamburger of a leather wallet in the seat of their pants.
It happens every once in a great while to many people. You head your front door, ready for work, get in your car, and turn it on. Nothing. You’ll pause for a second and try the ignition again, but the engine won’t turn. You just hear a click noise. Then it dawns on you that your car battery is dead, right as you flashback to having used the car’s ceiling light the night before. You check it and see that it’s still in the on position. Yup. It’s going to be one of those days.
While the current selection of smartwatches may be fun and fancy, they won’t do much good in an outdoor or survival situation. Doomsday or zombie apocalypse? Nope. Those smartwatches would be taking up precious retail space for something else to keep you alive, longer. What you really want is the Ralston Recon 6 watch.
Mobile devices get a lot of love when it comes to having additional battery power on the go. External battery packs come in almost every imaginable shape and size, and in a variety of capacities to meet user demands. Even the large 18000mAh (or greater) external batteries are easy to toss in a bag or backpack to carry.
With all the tech and gear owned, one needs a proper bag or backpack to carry it all. While there are many options to choose from out there, only a few might appeal to each individual. I happen to be rather picky when it comes to my choice of bags, backpacks, and accessories. Earlier this year at CES 2014, I stopped by the STM booth and managed the time to check out one of their latest products. I can tell you right now that the Drifter backpack is beyond excellent.
If there is ever a worse experience than having a tire blow out while driving on the freeway, it is doing the same at night. It’s little fun, and even less so without proper illumination. Ever since the one time I had to change a tire on the freeway in the dark, I’ve always had some sort of portable light source stashed in my car. Lesson learned.
Although distracted driving has become a huge focus for road safety, buzzed and drunk driving still causes so much damage to property and life. The worst of it is that the drunk one typically survives the crash while innocent victims are hospitalized and/or die.
When it comes to going out for a day and bringing my work with me, I prefer to travel light. A recently acquired canvas pack is perfect for my necessary gadgets and every day carry (EDC) items. As such, smart choices for weight and functionality is what keeps my bag from becoming overstuffed. How else am I supposed to bar hop like a creative, social butterfly?
Just in case you missed it, TYLT makes some rather impressive products. The company combines the right amount of innovation and unique styling for those looking for something a little different. Most of their products center around power and energy, which, of course, are pretty critical for anyone mobile and on the go. Right now, TYLT is back up on Kickstarter with their latest gadget.
Choosing a bag or backpack for tech and gadgets can be a very personal thing. In a way, it’s an accessory in and of itself. Just like with the devices we own and clothes we wear, bags project an image of the type of person we want to appear as. With so many options out there, why would one settle with any random design?