Figuring out the best flashlight to buy was no easy feat. I jumped in head first to the flashlight forums (oh yes, there are forums dedicated to flashlights), and was immediately confused.
It seems that the thing to do is to buy PARTS and build your own flashlight. This made super high quality flashlights, but they looked terrible and were fairly big. Not to mention they all ran on hard to find lithium batteries.
Finally I came across this gem - a relatively cheap, prebuilt, amazing flashlight.
This flashlight is the size (a bit smaller, I think) of a Mag Lite AAA, the unfortunate standard for small flashlights.
That's where the simalarities end. Here's what you need to know about the Arc :
This is basically the perfect small flashlight. I've used it while walking outside and as my only light in an RV or bathroom. Each time I use it I marvel at what a great light it is.
Best of all, it's cheap. $45 for a light that will probably outlast you.
Get it directly at Arc Flashlight.
I've been addicted to headlamps the last 10 years and find using a normal flashlight quite a hazel. You should try the the Black Diamond Spot.
Thanks for the Suunto X9i-tip! I might buy one of those after I've bought a normal GPS and a GPS for my car... Any advice on a normal, hand held GPS?
-- PÃ¤r, Norway
Our original gear list has changed. We've added a few gems and have also dumped some poor performing or no longer useful stuff.
Stuff that hit the trash can.
I bought the Chromebook a couple weeks ago, not totally sure what to expect.
Chrome OS was a mystery, and it was a split between searching for a cheap Android tablet and buying this. Then, after doing some "research", which consisted of looking at reviews on Amazon and reading opinions about the Chromebook on reddit, it seemed an oft-repeated opinion was that the Chromebook made a great companion laptop, not a primary one, and especially so for students.
I'd also heard about its ability to enable speedy productivity and mobility, with blazing fast boot and shutdown times, as well as a great battery life. Swayed by that, I ordered it.
Hands down, the Chromebook has been the best tangible productivity booster for me.
Upon opening it, the first thing that caught my eye was how great the resolution is. It works extremely well for me. The battery life is enough I can charge it the night before, while I do work or hang out, and work a lot without needing an outlet the next day. The processing power is just enough to play Pandora (which I use to stream instrumental music to help studying) and do my online math without trouble, but it's too slow to handle Youtube and other things in parallel. This is great for keeping me from becoming distracted.