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The Features That Your Tactical LED Flashlight Must Have

The Features That Your Tactical LED Flashlight Must Have

The benefit of owning a tactical LED flashlight is that it can serve a range of purposes both inside and outside your home. From lighting up a bike trail through the woods to blinding an intruder/attacker, and from helping you find keys lost in your purse to sending an emergency light signal that will attract attention—a tactical flashlight should be able to handle it all.

In order to come through when used for such varying tasks, your tactical LED flashlight will need to have certain “must have” features. So, if you are going to buy a flashlight, here is a look at the features that you should not compromise on.

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Should be very bright!

Although on paper a difference of 100 lm may not seem like a lot, when coupled with the right assembly, an increase of a hundred lumens can make a significant difference. As far as a visual reference of performance goes, think of it this way—you will need about 150-200 lm to light up a mid-sized room.

If you need to illuminate your entire backyard, you need a flashlight that delivers around 500-600 lm. But, if you want to light a dark path in front of you up to 200 meters, you need 600 to 700 lm. This kind of performance can be reached with the U2 bin LEDs, using an advanced electrical circuit, driving the LED so as to be able to reach the 600-700 lumen values. Now it does look confusing because there is so many XML T6 LEDs flashlights sold on the market claiming to have 1,000 or even more lumens, so what is so great about 700 lumens? Well, unfortunately, these flashlight will not give you this promised lumen output; they will give you on average only…325lumens.

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Fortunately, companies such as Brightex Technologies test flashlights. So if you are looking for a  powerful brightest tactical flashlight, make sure that the lumens claims are backed up by an independent lab test results.

With that light output, the tactical LED flashlight should have different operating modes

What if you want to check the map in your hand? Indeed, you won’t need 500 lm of brightness for that. In fact, the brilliant beam will blind you. So, it is imperative for a tactical LED flashlight to have different operating modes. At the least, look for low, average/medium, and high light output modes. If you can also get SOS and strobe modes with these, the product is a winner!

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Lightweight and easy to use

The last thing you need in an emergency situation is a large flashlight that refuses to come on and one that calls for the utilization of both hands just to get it to zoom in and out. In fact, a tactical flashlight should be so light and easy to use that it should not turn into an impediment in any sense of the word when you are confronted by dangerous situation.

A tactical flashlight also has to be sturdy enough to withstand physical shocks and environmental elements. So, look for a flashlight that has a casing made from aircraft grade aluminum, a material that is both lightweight and durable. It should also be waterproof to protect the electrical assembly and LED inside. Unfortunately, many flashlights claim to have the waterproof ability, but in reality, only the battery compartment will be protected while the LED will usually be left without any waterproof protection.

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Belt Clip/Holster

A tactical LED flashlight always needs to be readily available so you can use it immediately in any tactical situation. Having a belt clip or a holster will ensure exactly that.

What’s your experience with a tactical LED flashlight?

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7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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