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How To Tell Counterfeit Money – (Protect Yourself From Counterfeit Notes)

How to tell counterfeit money for real, Protect yourself from receiving counterfeit US Dollars

One of the greatest concerns for most cash businesses is how to protect themselves from the losses incurred if counterfeit bills are accepted. Once in possession of fake money it has to be turned in to the appropriate authorities. Trying to exchange them is considered intent to defraud and is a punishable offence that may carry a fine or a prison sentence of up to 20 years.

There are a few methods that can be used to check for counterfeit notes, some more reliable than others. Shop owners should be wary of smaller bills too because not all fakes are in large denominations. Always check even smaller bills like the $10 and $20.


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Manual Check of US Dollar Bills

These are the three most difficult things for producers of counterfeit money to reproduce and that you need to check for if you don’t have a UV checker.

1. Feel the paper

The currency of the US is printed on paper that is made from a mix of cotton and linen and feels completely different than paper, even as it ages. The money has a slightly embossed feel from the ink texture which is the result of what is known as intaglio printing. When running a fingernail across the paper the ridges can be felt, whereas money printed on normal paper will feel smooth.

2. Look for the security thread

Every bill has a security thread embedded in it and each denomination has it in a different position running from top to bottom. It may be on the left or the right, but the $100 bill has two and they are visible in light. The first one in the $100 is on the left of the figure of Franklin J. Roosevelt and the second is a three-dimensional strip in blue on the front of the note. When the note is moved the features move in the opposite direction, so if the note is moved vertically they move sideways and they move vertically if the note is moved sideways.

3. Look at the watermark

The watermark is very difficult to counterfeit and is obviously of poor-quality in fake notes. It is easily visible on the right side of each note and matches the portrait on each note. On the $5 bill it is a large “5”.


Using an Ultraviolet (black) light checker

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The plastic strip in each denomination bill glows a different color under the UV light and the bill itself will not remain white under the light. The security thread in the $5 should glow blue; orange is the color for the $10, green for the $20; the $50 glows yellow, and the $100 pink.


Buying a UV bank note checker

Banks have sophisticated bank note counters that also check the banknotes for authenticity. These are rather expensive and smaller enterprises can buy some reasonably priced UV checkers that are very reliable. Prices vary from very expensive to reasonable and the most expensive models are not always the best. These are some of the best devices from all price ranges available on the market.

The Kolibri Bishop 2-in-1 Counterfeit Money Detector and Bill Counter with UV, MG and IR Detection This is a reasonably priced detector and has the added feature of being able to detect if bills have been bleached. Easy to use, it counts 1 bill at a time as it also checks them and it has an add mode that helps to keep count. Its compact and lightweight design allows it to be placed near a cash register and Kolibri offers technical support.

Dri Mark Flash Test Counterfeit Bill Detector with Ink, UV and Watermark Flashtest

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This tiny machine is smaller than a smartphone, fits in the smallest of spaces next to cash registers and is economical. The ink sensor can test bills in less than a second and runs a triple check. The light flashes green and the machine will beep if the bill is fine. The ink test is the most popular because it is the fastest, but it does have the option for a watermark and UV light test. Since it is not battery operated, it is always ready and it also does not require maintenance and bulbs.



Dri Mark Products INC Counterfeit Triple Test Detector, 3X7X3 Inches


This product can be operated with 3 “C” batteries or an AC adaptor and is compact and portable. It detects washed bills and has a powerful UV LED light for detecting the security strip on $5 bills and above. It can detect security markings on all other US documents, cashier’s checks and money orders. It also comes with a Counterfeit Detection Pen. It has powerful LEDs that have a long life.


Safescan 50Ultraviolet UV Counterfeit Bill Detector


The powerful UV lamp has 3X longer lamp life and the reflector gives it extra UV light intensity. This machine is suitable for all currencies and does not only verify banknotes but also credit cards and ID cards.


Drimark UV Light, Counterfeit Bill Detector (UVProPlus-B)

This is one of the best pocket-sized counterfeit bill detectors on the market that can also be kept next to the cash register. The UV Pro can detect bleached bills and if used properly is almost 100% accurate, which is much more than other detection devices. It comes with the 3 AAA batteries and the powerful UV LEDs last for 10,000+ hours.


What to do in the event that a counterfeit bill is detected

Don’t show any reaction and don’t return the bill to the person.

⦁ Keep them preoccupied as you take note of a few details and if possible, the registration of the vehicle they are in.

⦁ Contact the local police or Secret Service.

⦁ In the meantime write your initials and the date in the white border area of the bill.

⦁ Place the bill in a protective cover until it can be handed over.

Always protect yourself by checking because a passed counterfeit bill becomes your problem.


Cell Phone app's and accessories

How to Use a Selfie Ring Light – (For That Perfect Selfie)

How to Use a Selfie Ring Light for Great Illumination

Lighting is one of the most important aspects of photography and the rise of the Smartphone led to the rise of the selfie, for personal use and also for career bloggers and vloggers.  So how do you use a selfie ring light.


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If you have ever wondered how some people manage to look so perfectly polished whereas your selfies, no matter how much you pile on and blend your makeup, end up looking drab, then you probably have not heard of the selfie ring light.

The secret of the ring light is that it does not provide a single source of light, harshly illuminating the face, but allows for a neutral zone in the middle with a ring of light around the face, giving it a soft glow in all the right places, while also concealing blemishes. Light placement does not become an issue, since the light, attached to your phone, illuminates in just the right way.

LED ring lights are perfect for creating the well-lit effect of daylight, even in indoor settings.  They give your skin a natural tone when used and come in different sizes, while they are compatible with any phone or camera. Look out for those that have dimmable lights, they offer more control.

Types of available ring lights

There are three types of ring lights available at the moment:-

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Standard ring lights are used by professional photographers and are not just meant for selfies. These don’t come with a stand and can be mounted on a tripod and the camera or Smartphone sits in the middle of the ring. This is great if you need both your hands free, but these are not as convenient as those that attach to the phone.

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Illuminated phone cases can be very convenient as they are permanently on your phone. If you are a selfie fanatic, then this may be the solution for you. Bear in mind that illuminated phone cases are not as protective if the phone falls.

selfie ring light instructions

Attachable selfie ring lights clip on to the top part of your Smartphone and encircle the camera sensors. They are cost effective, easy to have with you in a bag, or even on the phone and are very economical to purchase. They can be attached to any device, whether it is an iPhone or any of the Android phones.

Instructions on how to use your standard ring light

ring light users guide

  • These have different assembly instructions according to the manufacturer. Some come with their own tripod or stand and others don’t, so you may have to by one separately.
  • Secure the light to the tripod or stand and then place it on a sturdy surface.
  • Adjust the height according to where you will be standing or sitting.
  • You will now have to place your Smartphone or camera in the center of the stand or tripod and it must be entirely circled by the light.
  • You can position your phone in either portrait or landscape mode, depending on the photo you need and your preferences.
  • Traditionally the device is set up in the center of the ring light, but you can experiment with other lighting angles. This is done by positioning the camera or Smartphone to the side.
  • Test the view of the shot that you want to take by opening the camera or selfie app. If you aren’t satisfied with what you see, readjust the height.
  • Once you are ready to take the photo, turn the ring light on and adjust the dimmer to the light setting that you want.
  • Time to take your selfie and compare to previous photos from before to see the difference.


Instructions on how to use your attachable selfie ring light or illuminated phone case


  • Since not all selfie ring lights are made the same, it is important to read the instructions carefully. In most cases it will only need to be clipped onto your device without needing anything else. If you have opted for a phone case then you just need to put it on your phone according to the instructions.
  • The next step is to turn the light on.
  • Turn on the camera app of your phone. If you use a selfie app for taking photos then turn that on.
  • The selfie ring light will have a dimmer which you can use to adjust the intensity of the light. It can be dimmed or brightened depending on the light around you or the intensity that you require.
  • You can now test to see how your face looks from all the different angles before choosing the perfect one for your face. Not everyone looks equally good from the same angle, so find yours.
  • Snap your selfie and if you aren’t happy try it from another angle.
  • A selfie stick is extremely useful if you want to take a photo of yourself from further away.
  • Tripods are wonderful tools if you need your hands to be free.
  • Selfie ring lights and illuminated phone cases work with a chargeable battery. Remember to recharge when it gets low otherwise you may not be able to take that important shot.

For those of you that want to make your own ring lights there are plenty of tutorials online. Bear in mind that you will need to do your homework in order to achieve the right ring size and color temperature. This will depend on what type of photos or videos you will be shooting. These can be a bit expensive to run because they don’t flash each time you shoot, but stay on constantly.

If you want to take amazing photographs, portraits and selfies, without any harsh shadows then let the selfie ring light help you give your pictures the fresh and bright look that you desire. The desirable catch lights seen in your eyes will make your portraits more engaging. If there are no other lights present, the selfie ring light will create a shadow around you that will reflect like a halo.


Get the perfect shot every time with your selfie ring light!


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Best Free Flashlight App 2019 – Android

The Smartphone has changed the way you work and communicate, allowing you to do many things while on the move. Unless your profession demands that you carry a heavy-duty flashlight with you, you are probably relieved that you don’t have to remember to take a mini-flashlight in your hand, pocket or bag every time that you leave home.

Your android phone can provide you with all the light you need as you move around in a dark corridor, try place your key in the keyhole at night or as you search for a lost item in a darker corner of your cupboard.

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Your free Android flashlight app offers you peace of mind since you won’t have to worry about batteries that have died on you or a burnt bulb since it always works as long as your phone has battery power.

Newer versions of Android phones all have flashlights apps built in but they are not always the best or suitable for all your needs or you may be one of those people who are holding on to an older model.

So here is a guide to the best free flashlight app 2019 for android smart phones.

1. Super-Bright LED Torch

Super-bright LED Torch


Super-Bright LED Flashlight offers the brightest LED flashlight while it also provides the strongest torchlight. It does this by taking full advantage of the camera LED. You can now download this app on your Android for free.


⦁ Free app used by over 500 million people

⦁ Brightest and best Flashlight with stronger lighting than a normal flashlight and torchlight which includes blinking LED with frequency adjustment

⦁ Easy-to-use since its operation is fast and smooth

⦁ Call alert notifies you about incoming calls with an LED strobe flashlight

⦁ Strobe flashlight has 10 different strobes and a blinking mode similar to military flashlights

2. Brightest Flashlight –LED Light, Color Call Screen

best free flashlight app for android


The flashlight is super-bright and offers a color call screen that won’t allow you to miss any calls. The call screen has various themes to choose from and the torch has the brightest flashlight and it’s free.


⦁ Incoming calls can’t be missed as the screen flashes and alerts you to them

⦁ Easy-to-use with a clear operation and design

⦁ Switches on and off like a real torch

⦁ Handy power flashlight for power outages which is super bright, just like regular torchlight.

⦁ LED flashlight can turn your phone into a powerful lighting tool in any situation where you need a bright light

⦁ Flashlight widget can be added to your home screen for the added convenience of turning the light on/off without needing to enter the app interface

⦁ Security flashlight does not need extra permissions, personal information or data collections to access the camera LED flash


3. Flashlight – Brightest Flash Light

Android flashlight App


This is one of the easiest free android apps to use and has several blink modes. The LED light is very bright and adjustable allowing for the reduction or increase of the brightness depending on what you need to light.


⦁ Strobe/Blink mode can be changed across many frequency settings and it also includes an SOS setting

⦁ Easy to use with just one tap to turn on/off like you would a real flashlight from the notification bar.

⦁ LED light ensures a bright flashlight effect

⦁ Battery saving app since it doesn’t consume a lot of power

⦁ User-friendly with a cool and clean design

⦁ Colorful flash on the screen for incoming calls with two modes to choose from

⦁ LED flash of 3 seconds, 15 seconds or until answering or caller has hung up can be chosen

⦁ Screen light brightness can be controlled with the circle on the screen

4. Flashlight

Free flashlight app 2019


The free download offers its flashlight next to the rear camera and it can be turned on/off easily and fast.


⦁ Flashlight in the dark as the app mimics an actual flashlight and has an on/off toggle switch for switching modes

⦁ Color screen flashlight that can light up your screen to your desired color

⦁ Simplicity and ease of use

⦁ Morse code flashlight and strobe or even blinking mode by swiping left or right on the digital flashlight’s bezel.

⦁ Compass and Map so that you can find your bearings

⦁ Functional but fun as you light up your way

5. High- powered Flashlight


This free flashlight will turn your phone into a handy LED light in one simple move and has 3 lighting modes and is available to download for free.


⦁ Super bright torchlight that you can even use for camping

⦁ Compass that is always on for you to check up if you are heading in the right direction

⦁ Strobe mode that has 10 frequencies that you can choose from

⦁ SOS flash that is built in for your convenience

⦁ Tiny LED flashlight that can be turned on instantly if needed

⦁ User Interface design that is elegant and intuitive

6. Color Flashlight


With this free flashlight you can turn your phone into a color flashlight with endless possibilities.


⦁ Police light

⦁ Candle light

⦁ LED banner

⦁ Disco light for dancing nights

⦁ Explore it and see how your phone can be used to customize your own special effects

7. LED Flashlight Selene & Flash


This free flashlight app also offers a wide range of features that makes it extremely versatile.


⦁ Battery indicator notifies you to turn off the flashlight if the battery of your phone is running low and the app has low battery consumption

⦁ Front and back torch for convenience

⦁ Does not take up space on your phone

⦁ SOS flashlight and adjustable dimmer and you are prepared for any situation

⦁ Military flashlight style

⦁ Click icon on the home screen

⦁ Bright and powerful flashlight

8. Flashlight


Another free flashlight that is beautiful, simple and bright with many features.


⦁ Built-in strobe and off timer with a widget flashlight.

⦁ Click on the icon and the bright light lights up instantly

⦁ A stroboscope is added

⦁ No full screen advertising and does not collect personal information.


We cannot tell you that we have put these flashlights in any particular order of preference because it is up to you to decide which one suits your needs best! So go get one and see if you like it plus they are all free so if you don’t like it just delete it.

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What is a COB LED – (Chip On Board LED Lights)

What is a COB LED?

The lighting industry is moving at a fast pace with continual new developments which are helping find solutions for many of our lighting needs. If you are wondering: “What is a COB LED?” then maybe we can help you understand.

what is a cob led

What is a COB LED Light?

Chip on board (COB) LEDs are relatively new on the market, but despite their brief history, they offer many benefits when compared to the standard options. The first lights which can be considered similar to COB packages made their first appearance at the beginning of the 21st century and are the SMD LED packages. The COB light as we know it now first became available in 2007 and was met with skepticism because of the small packaging which contained so much power.

Sometimes they are called “fried eggs” because when not lit they resemble them. This is because of the yellow phosphor circle which is mounted on a white board.

Multiple LED chips are bonded by the manufacturer onto a substrate to form a single module called a COB LED. Typically nine or more LED chips are used and they are mounted in such a way as to offer the highest potential of lighting possible. When a COB LED package is lit, it has the effect of a lighting panel as opposed to looking like multiple individual lights.

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What are the benefits of COB LEDs?

The lumen output per square inch for a COB LED is greatly increased in efficiency because of the multi-chip packaging. The reason for this is that the globe with LED diode chips has far more light sources covering the same are of a traditional LED. In COB LEDs, the viewing angle is increased and the loss of light is decreased since the lenses and other traditional LED packaging components are eliminated.

Since fewer components are required per LED chip to function correctly, the multiple diodes are housed within the COB LED with a single circuit and two contacts which energize them.

The greatest advantage because of the reduced components and the elimination of the traditional LED chip structure package is the reduction of heat generated by each LED chip. The operational temperature of the COB LED is also lowered because of the calcium/aluminum substrate which is often coupled to an external heat sink because it is a higher efficiency heat transfer medium. In order for a COB to be used at its full potential, care must be taken when choosing a heat sink. It must be capable of dissipating the heat generated so that the COB LED will work at increased efficiency and with lower failure rates.

The fact that spot soldering of the individual LED diode chips is not necessary, since mounting is done directly onto the substrate, is another reason why COB LEDs have reduced failure rates.

The advantages in short:


High-Intensity at short distances

Simplicity of design

High-uniformity at close working distances

Increased life, stability and reliability

What are the disadvantages of COB LEDs?

They cannot be used to create color changing bulbs or lights because of their limited contacts and circuit. So they are only efficient in single color applications.

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Where are COB LEDs used?

The COB LED allows for heavy-duty applications, something which could not be done with LEDs.

There are a wide range of applications possible for COB LEDs and they could be used for higher output general lighting. However, their primary application would be as solid-state lighting (SSL) by replacing metal-halide lams. These are used for high-bay lighting, street lights, high-output track lights, and down-lights and are used in theatres and as grow lights.

In smaller applications we see COB chips in the flash of mobile phones and a point-and-shoot camera.



In conclusion

Almost every light source can be replaced with COB LED. They are the latest and most advanced technology in lighting existing on the market today. They are available in anything from a few hundred lumens to 30,000 lumens and can go up to 200 watts.

COB LEDS have proven to be a major step in LED lighting technology and have increased the capabilities of the power that can be included in the same size as an ordinary LED packaging. Their availability for all kinds of lighting situations has been increased by manufacturers who have produced a wide range of options for consumers to choose from.

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What is a Xenon Bulb – Are they really worth it??

Some of you may ask yourselves: “What is a xenon bulb?”

Xenon bulbs are most commonly known for their use in the automobile industry, specifically for headlights. They are however, energy efficient and can also be used for home lighting and in flashlights, they are especially great for areas that need to be well lit.


What is a Xenon bulb

What is a Xenon Bulb?

Named after the gas that they are filled with, xenon bulbs are a form of incandescent lighting. The xenon gas extends the life of the tungsten filament, and both are encased within a globe of high melting-point glass.


Why add gas?

Regular incandescent light bulbs develop vacuums within their glass as air oxidizes the glowing tungsten filament. When an inert gas, like xenon or halogen, is added it slows down this process and the life of the bulb is prolonged. That is because the large gas molecules deflect the tungsten molecules. This slows their rate of evaporation and the filament keeps going for longer.

Xenon is an odorless and colorless gas and not only does it retard the filament evaporation, but also produces a bright-white light when electrified.


Xenon led bulb

Why consider a xenon bulb?

Both halogen and xenon are gases and when added to bulbs they work more efficiently than regular incandescent globes. Xenon though, is by far the more expensive of the two gases.

When compared to halogen bulbs, xenon bulbs last five times longer. In commercial bulbs halogen gives 1,000 hours use, whereas xenon anything from 8,000 to 20,000 hours. In the home environment they last about 3,000 to 5,000 hours, and sometimes even more.

Where can you use xenon lamps?

  • Automotive lighting
  • Portable flashlights
  • Work lights
  • Under cabinet lighting
  • Accent lighting
  • Recessed lighting
  • Task lights
  • Desk lamps
  • Artwork lighting


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Benefits of using xenon bulbs


  •  Available in clear and frosted glass options according to your preference.
  • They have a better and warmer light that is more pleasant to the eye than that of halogen bulbs, even though they both have a similar color rendering index (CRI).
  • When they burn they don’t emit the same amount of heat as halogen bulbs, helping to keep the temperatures in the areas lit cooler and save energy.
  • Xenon gas requires less heat to produce light and saves on electricity.
  • Halogen light bulbs will have a greatly reduced light expectancy if touched directly on the bulb with bare hands, whereas xenon bulbs have no such problem.
  • There is no danger of having curtains and upholstery that are near the lights fade. The reason for this is that they emit minimal UV rays.
  • There is no danger of pressure building.
  • For those living in areas with unstable voltages with many dips and spikes, xenon bulbs will have a longer lifespan than other light bulbs, especially fluorescents.
  • Xenon lights can be used with standard light dimmers (unlike LEDs and CFLs which need the dimmer to be compatible with light bulbs that are also dimmable), making then energy efficient and giving you various lighting options for your living spaces.


You can use xenon lighting where you would have previously used incandescent or halogen bulbs.

Just remember to ensure:

  • That they have the same wattage and voltage
  • The lamp envelope or glass should be the same shape and size
  • Lastly, the lamps should have the same type of base e.g. bipin, festoon, wedge and so on.


Xenon energy saving


Recycling and the environment


Besides being more energy efficient than halogen and incandescent, xenon light bulbs are also much easier to dispose of especially when compared to CFLs. All types of light bulbs must be recycled, while CFLs need to be handled carefully because they contain mercury.

Xenon bulbs don’t contain mercury and if one breaks you won’t be exposed to any harmful toxins, whereas if a CFL breaks you must protect your hands by wearing gloves and put on a face mask to prevent breathing in the dust. The broken pieces must be placed in a sealed container and taken to a CFL recycling center. Also turn off the cooling or heating system in your home or office for at least 15 minutes.

In Europe many countries are phasing out Halogen bulbs due to their inefficiency, and incandescent bulbs are almost obsolete. LEDs are taking over the global market because they are the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

So, LEDs are the winners since they are 90% more efficient than standard bulbs and xenon bulbs, which have very few downsides, come in second.

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Rechargeable Streamlight Flashlights – (What To Look Out For in Detail)

Everything you need to know about the Rechargeable Streamlight flashlight.

The best lighting tool for completing any job is the right lighting tool. At Streamlight they have developed a wider range of specific flashlights than any other lighting supplier, helping you complete your tasks faster and more efficiently. Streamlight holds over 150 US patents for its innovations and over 100 US and foreign trademarks – a remarkable achievement for a lighting company.

One of the most recognized brands globally, Streamlight is approved by the military and public security sector and their flashlights are used by almost everyone from homeowners, motor mechanics, and military personnel. The reason can be attributed to their uncompromising quality and excellence of design and accountability. This has driven Streamlight to continuously improve on their products through new innovations and technologies to ensure flashlights that are brighter, lighter, longer lasting and more compact.

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A Brief History

Streamlight started producing lighting tools just over 45 years ago and is currently located in Eagleville, Pennsylvania, USA. Besides the manufacture of flashlights powered by rechargeable and disposable batteries, they are known for their specialized lighting. These include weapon-mountable lights, a right angle light for firefighters and Laser Illuminators, a combination of LED weapon light and laser.

Manufacturing Standards

The company strives to make peoples’ lives easier so they concentrate on offering quality workmanship and materials that last.


1. Design and engineering

In order to be able to solve their customers’ problems, the team at Streamlight design and build each light with the purpose of offering safety and efficiency for users. Members of their design and engineering team go out into real-world situations in order to test each light for the purpose it is designed.


2. Resource management

Stringent environmental waste reduction initiatives are part of their materials management program, ensuring that they do their part in protecting the environment.


3. Durability

Every product is tested to ensure that it will survive the normal wear and tear of the job it is designed for.

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Choosing the Right Flashlight

Streamlight has developed three series of flashlights so that you can choose the right one for the job.


⦁ Tradition Series

Designed for the broadest range of lighting they are ideal for general, multi-purpose use.

They offer an optimal balance of candela and lumens and the longest regulated run times.

They are typically used for day-to-day industrial use, law enforcement; general contracting work and for vehicle maintenance.


⦁ High Lumen (HL) Series

These give maximum illumination from a high lumen beam and a good level of candela

They provide full situational awareness because of their extraordinary delivery of bright light in a wide beam pattern.

They are perfect for lighting up smaller areas, where a lot of concentrated light is needed.

They don’t have a long reach.

Typical uses include searching a dark alley, lighting a campsite, vehicle stop, and search patrols and scene illumination.

They are usually small enough to fit in a pocket.

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⦁ High Performance, High Lumen (HPL) Series

Because of their high-candela beam these are a perfect choice for down-range applications which require optimal beam distances.

These flashlights have enhanced lumen output and deliver long-range lighting.

Their bright beam is peripheral and they throw more light on a target from a distance.

Typical uses include search and rescue missions, down-range illumination, inspecting utility lines from ground level and to light up a dark alley all the way down.


Disposable Battery Versus Rechargeable

⦁ Disposable

Both alkaline and lithium batteries have a long storage life of between 7 and 10 years. Their running costs are higher than those of rechargeable batteries and they don’t offer very bright lights. Lithium batteries are the more costly of the two.


⦁ Rechargeable

Rechargeable flashlights are better suited for frequent use. They use either nickel metal hydride (NiMH) or lithium-ion batteries. These flashlights might cost a little more to purchase but offer low operating costs.


⦁ Rechargeable 18650 USB

The lithium-ion 18650 battery is rechargeable on a USB port. The initial purchase price might be higher, but the running costs over the rest of the life of the flashlight are low.

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Know the Bulb Types

Lumens of bulbs are a measurement of the total output of a bulb, whereas in a LED it is the measurement of all the light inside the angle of the beam. Cadela refers to the measure of the brightest spot in a focused beam.

Today’s flashlights depend on LED bulbs to produce light. This new technology offers cost efficiency and long life. LEDs offer flexibility and you can adjust the output and beam pattern according to your needs. Streamlight offers a choice of the following bulbs:

⦁ LEDs or Light Emitting Diodes – They offer up to 100,000 hours of light so don’t need replacement. They can run for longer periods on less power and are available in various colors, including Ultraviolet. At Streamlight they use some of their engineering technology, including a reflector, to increase the brightness and create an intense beam of light.

“Chip on Board” (COB) LED – Nine or more multiple LED chips are used together as one lighting module placed directly on a circuit board. When lit up the lights don’t show as individual lights, but look like a lighting panel.

⦁ Combination LED/COB LED – The combination of LED and COB LED offers intense brightness for long distance and flood beam for up close. This is a multi-function light that offers flexibility.


When choosing the right flashlight you must take into consideration the type of environment that it is to be used in and if it carries the proper approval ratings. All Streamlight flashlights are properly tested to meet all applicable safety standards for the environments they are meant to be used in. When choosing which flashlight suits your needs best you will be able to see what safety division it falls in according to the National Electric Code (NEC). Class I is if flammable gases, liquids or vapors are present, class II is the presence of combustible dust and Class III refers to ignitable fiber in the atmosphere. All Streamlight flashlights are tested and certified by the world’s leading independent laboratories so that you can be sure that they are safe in the environment that you will be using it in. Choose your favorite model of Streamlight’s rechargeable flashlight today and enjoy a lifetime of bright light.



Rechargeable Streamlight flashlights are designed to suit various lighting need. With different series to suit each and every situation, they  designed and made with modern high-tech features, are rechargeable Streamlight flashlights the perfect lighting source for everyone needs? well just maybe they are.


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Outdoor Survival Kit List – (Check what you need before you need it)

For those that love the outdoors, it’s necessary to be prepared for any unexpected situation. On the other hand, if you are not the outdoor type, you will still want to be prepared for any type of natural disaster that might force you to spend some time away from home.

An outdoor survival kit is the best way to ensure that you are always prepared for the worst since some situations can take a while to clear up and emergency rescuers may not have easy access to where you are during a disaster.

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If you are not sure what to look for and what else to include in your survival kit, here is an outdoor survival kit list guide to assist you.


Most common natural disasters:

⦁ Heat waves – The effects of global warming can be felt across the globe and if you are out in the open on a very hot day, you may suffer from heat exhaustion, sunstroke, dehydration, etc. if you aren’t well-prepared.

⦁ Droughts – For citizens in the US, one of the worst disasters in living memory was the Dust Bowl which made conditions so unbearable that people were housebound for many days and many people and animals perished. If a region is suffering from drought, one of the first things that come to mind is to not run out of water and to be protected from the dust particles.

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⦁ Floods – Flooding is one of those natural phenomena that can happen in no time. It can cut off areas making it difficult for help to reach them. Campers should always be careful near river beds during the rainy season as rivers can flood from rains upstream.

⦁ Earthquakes – Areas that are prone to earthquakes have small seismic activity often, but when a big earthquake happens, the aftershocks may send the residents out of their homes and into the outdoors, unable to return for many days, until the aftershocks subside.

⦁ Thunderstorms- Often accompanied by high winds, lightning and hail thunderstorms can wreak havoc on homes, electricity supply and uproot trees in an area, cutting it off for a few days.

⦁ Wildfires – Most frequently caused by dry weather and droughts, devastating wildfires are increasing yearly globally and they destroy forests and abodes.

⦁ Hurricanes and Tornadoes – Both these natural disasters are devastating with their high wind speeds and torrential rain. Your home will have to be boarded up and you may need to move to a safer area until the danger passes.

⦁ Volcanoes – The environment can be completely destroyed for a long time to come after an eruption. Volcanoes have destroyed cities and civilizations in the past and they even change the weather patterns in a region.

⦁ Winter freeze – Extremely cold weather and blizzards can leave people stranded in their homes, vehicles, and airports. In the event of a power outage, the frigid temperatures can lead to hypothermia and death.

What to put in your survival kit

In order to make it through a disaster, you will have to be well-prepared beforehand. Survival kits should be put together in such a way as to ensure that they can offer all the necessary provisions for at least 72 hours. Remember to check your survival kit often and to replace any essentials that may have been used or that have expired.

1. Food and water

No one can survive without water, so bottled water is the first essential for your survival kit. Bottled water can last for up to two years. You may prefer a portable water filtration system. Food is the next essential item and canned food will last for up to five years. Both canned food and water have expiration dates. Check the items once a year and throw out expired items.

2. Emergency lighting

You will need to be able to light up the area during a disaster. Candles (look for those that burn for up to 30 hours) and waterproof matches are ideal. Flashlights are easier and safer to use, but you will have to check their batteries regularly and make sure to have spare batteries as well. If you have a rechargeable flashlight then a portable power charger with crank works well. It will also help keep your cell phone and radio charged.

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>Link to Emergency flashlight post here<

3. Means of communication

Your cell phone may prove useless after the battery has gone down or the tower in the area has been affected, so a CB radio will be a good item to have for communication. A portable radio with spare batteries or solar powered will keep you updated on the latest developments in the area and when it’s safe to return.

4. Sleeping bag

A combination of a camping sleeping bag and a space blanket is the best way to keep warm, especially if the weather is cold. Body-warmers also help keep you warm.

5. Tools for survival

Every good survival kit has a good pocket knife. The more the functions the more prepared you will be to open cans, cut material, and rope, etc. You will also need a dust mask to avoid breathing in dust particles, nylon rope, and a whistle to be able to alert rescuers to where you are. Sun block, hats and a mosquito net are other essentials that should be added to a good survival kit.

6. Fire starting and general survival equipment

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A fire starting stick can be a blessing when needed as matches can get wet and a lighter can run out or not work, other items that can help are a wire saw, a whistle and a basic compass.

7. First aid kit

Every survival kit needs a first aid kit. It must include gauze, antibacterial ointment, pain relief medication, bandages, hand sanitizer and gloves. These essentials will allow you to treat wounds and prevent any infections from spreading.

8. Other emergency items for survival

You might want to place a few non-essential items in your survival kit that will help keep you psychologically well in the event that you are stuck somewhere for a long time. For some it might be a book or a pack of playing cards, for others it may be a pair of binoculars. Just make sure that your survival kit is not heavier than what you can carry.

9. Personal hygiene

Toothpaste, toothbrush and toilet paper are a few essentials that can be added.

Besides natural disasters, accidents can happen as you travel in your car, cruise on your boat or while on a fishing or camping trip. Make sure that you have a survival kit readily available for any type of situation.

Ready made survival kit’s

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s made survival kits can be found in camping shops and are available online, they can offer you kits that can cover many situations so make sure you choose a kit that suits the situation you might find yourself in, there is no point buying a survival kit for a flood if you’re going on a winter skiing trip for example.

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Bottle With Lights – Enhancing your Living Space

Are you one of those people that never want to throw a pretty bottle away, then here is a great idea for creating a beautiful decorative object to enhance your home. Once you get started you will be creating bottle after bottle with lights.

Up until a few years ago, making a bottle with lights would have meant having to cut through the glass to get let the cable run through the bottle to the top. You would then need to place a bulb fitting at the top.

Today, such projects are easy, cheap and lots of fun to create. Cabling is now a thing of the past and the lights need not only be inside but can also be glued to the outside of the bottle.

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Choosing the lights for your DIY project

LED lighting strips that are battery powered are great for DIY projects. They can be cut at any length and have double mounting tape which can be pasted to many surfaces. Available in a variety of colors, some LEDs also offer built-in color patterns including color fade, color strobe, color flashing and color smooth. Some can also be switched on and off with a remote controlled switch and their signal can go through a wall for a distance of up to 10 meters. Powered by batteries they can also be plugged into another power source with a USB port.

Fairy Lights or String lights are made with LED beads that are strung on wire, making them sturdy but flexible and easy to work with. These conveniently work with a small battery and will light up for up to 72 continuing hours – longer if they are used for shorter periods at a time.

Bottles that can be used

Let your imagination run wild. Wine bottles, beer bottles, expensive glass and crystal bottles, glass bowls or vases, and any other unusually shaped glass can be used for your creations. Don’t throw cork or other stoppers away as they can be used to complete the bottle with lights perfectly. The whole idea here is to recycle and create less waste while making something beautiful and useful for your home or to give as a gift.

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How bottles with light can enhance your home?

Any well-made bottle with lights will look good during the day wherever you choose to display it but at night it will give any room a warm and romantic atmosphere. The lighting color options are so many that you can choose the perfect color to suit the theme of the room you are making it for.

More than one bottle with lights can be cleverly strung together on a wooden or steel base to create beautiful chandeliers for hanging over dining room tables. You can turn bottles with light into beautiful table lamps, bedside, and even desktop lights.

A bottle with lights can also turn bath time into a relaxing, mood creating experience that up until now most of us relied on candles for. The LED bulbs are waterproof, and unlike candles won’t go out when wet.

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The pros of bottle lights

Your new bottle with lights will look good but will also offer you economy as you will need to turn fewer lights on and won’t need to buy candles. They also provide safety since there is no fear of them melting to the point where they may cause a fire or damage a carpet, rug or shelf.

So reduce your waste and make beautiful items at the same time.

Fancy Trying it Out Yourself? Have a Look at These Lighting Options

Battery powered LED fairy strip lights (12 Pack)

Bottle fairy lights

This LED string lights come with 20 small LED’s on each light and are powered by small watch type batteries, the lights will easily fit inside a glass bottle and the battery holder/switch are housed in a cork style cap.

The lights are a warm white to brighten up your chosen space, with a battery life span of around 25 hours, this light set comes with additional batteries and a small screwdriver to change the batteries when needed.

This is a great value starter set because you don’t need to drill the bottle to run a cable but being non rechargeable this might but some off.

There are plenty of happy customer reviews and they can be your for $14.99 on Amazon.


USB Rechargeable LED Bottle Light set (4 Pack) 

USB bottle lights

The kingleder wine bottle USB rechargeable LED cork lights are a step up from the previous offering a similar design with the battery holder, charger and switch in a cork style cap as before. the lights are also a warm white which is great and offering 8 – 10 hours of battery life with a charge time of about 25 minutes.

Again with this rechargeable lights there great if you don’t want the hassle of drilling glass to run a cable in to the bottle but will need removed and charged when they run out of battery.

This 4 pack of lights has over 60 great reviews with an average of 4.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon, they can be yours for $17.99 on Amazon.


USB Powered LED Multi Color String Lights

Bottle with USB Lights

My third offering is a bit different from the about option’s as these are powered by USB cable so you don’t need to worry about recharging the batteries or replacing them, but it does mean you need to make a small hole in the back of the bottle to fit the cable through, this is not as difficult as you may think, so don’t worry to much about that and let me tell you about the benefits of using USB powered over battery powered lights.

With USB powered lights you get endless amount of use as the batteries are never going to run out, there are more color option available and you get the benefits of even having a remote to control your lights.

This set comes in a 2 pack and you have a choose of light brightness, 16 colors and 4 lighting modes, if you are looking for a true fit and forget decorative lighting option this is for you.

This lighting set also has many great customer reviews and can be yours for $18.99 on Amazon.


LED Light Strip Battery Powered LED Strip Lights with Remote 

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My final bottle with lights choose is this multi color, remote controlled LED strip light product, the LED’s are on a strip compared to a strip as before.

The lights once again are powered by a USB cable so a hole in the bottle  need to be made but this time the lights come with a battery pack that can be used to power the lights when a mains point for example is not available, meaning these lights can be attached to pretty much many thing you want, like a bike, a skateboard or a tent for example.

They come with a choose of 16 colors once again and 4 lighting modes, the lights can be cut to length if needed and ca. Be stuck to your item of choose if needed.

With plenty of great reviews and customer feedback these are a great choice for lighting not only bottles but anything you want to, they can be purchased on Amazon for $17.99.


I’m going to make a how to video on drilling a glass bottle but for now please have a look at this video on YouTube.

How to drill a glass bottle

If you have any questions or would like to add anything please leave a comment below.

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What’s the best knife sharpener – Right to The Point

Finding a good knife sharpener can be a daunting task but is a very good idea if you want to keep your knives sharp and keep a good cutting edge. As you use a knife more and more over time without proper sharpening it’s going to loss it’s cutting edge and that can be an issue. So what’s the best knife sharpener, well the Lantana Knife Sharpener is a product created to help eliminate this problem and it’s extremely easy to use.

What's the best knife sharpener

How to choose a good knife sharpener?

You can go with a honing rod, electrical sharpener or a manual unit. Some say manual units are best because they are very convenient, easy to use and adaptable to your own requirements with little skill needed. Electric units are also good, but they are more expensive.

The materials used for sharpening matter too. Ceramic, diamond and tungsten carbide are widely used for sharpening, but lower quality materials might also be found on some products as well. Which means you really have to make sure that you’re using the best materials, otherwise the product might not perform well or at least only last for a short period.

You should also consider the amount of stages needed here. Some units have a single sharpening stage, others have a preparatory, sharpening and honing stage. Ideally you want multiple stages to ensure that the sharpening process is completed adequately and can remove chips to finishing the cutting edge.

Lantana Knife sharpener

Lantana Knife Sharpener features

The best thing about this unit is definitely it’s 3-stage sharpening process. The product has a ceramic, tungsten carbide and diamond sharpening system that really works well. It’s designed to help you sharpen everything quickly and it does work a lot better than you might imagine.

You will appreciate the amazing ergonomic design from this unit too. The rubber coated handle helps you obtain the perfect grip, and that really makes things easier and simpler for you. It might take a little bit to get used to how it works and so on, but it’s surely one of the better investments and one that you will enjoy all the same.

It’s important to note that they are also offering great instructions and the manufacturer even has lots of videos online too. That means you get to know how and when you can use the product and it really works the way you want without any restrictions and complications.


You can use the Lantana Knife Sharpener for wide serrated knives, straight edges steel kitchen knives and so on. it won’t be good for micro serrated knives, scissors so try to keep that in mind.

It’s great to notice that the company even has dedicated support for customers. Being able to receive professional support from vetted professionals really helps a lot and you will be very happy with the way everything works and the value received as a whole here.

How accurate is the sharpening process?

I like the fact that you sharpen at a 20-degree angle. That brings in a very good accuracy and you won’t have to worry about blade damage or anything like that. It might take a bit of time to get used to this, but thankfully the process is great and you will enjoy it quite a bit. It should ne noted that if you are sharpening a blade for the first time or it’s not already at 20-degree’s it might take slightly longer then the standard sharpening time, this is mentioned in the included instructions with the Lantana knife sharpener.

Maybe the best thing is that once you want to sharpen your knives with the Lantana Knife Sharpener, you won’t have to reuse the unit again for quite some time. After all, when you sharpen knives you want that result to last for a very long time. The sharpener is really a joy to use and if you are anything like me you will be looking for things to test the new sharpness on, so watch out any loss fruit or veg.

Another question that a lot of people have is how long will the unit last. Used adequately, this can last for years and years. Although the body is manly plastic and it’s by no means the most expensive knife sharpener available it’s any 100’s of great customers reviews can’t all be wrong.

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Would I recommend the Lantana Knife Sharpener?

Anyone looking for a good quality affordable knife sharpener should give the Lantana Knife Sharpener a try. The design is spectacular, it suits lots of knives sharpening needs and you have quite a lot of amazing features and great design for you to enjoy. Plus, the performance is second to none, you really get all the value and benefits you want at a great price.

The Lantana Knife Sharpener also has great documentation, online videos and a really simple usage method, If you want a reliable sharpener you will find this to be very useful. It’s also quite affordable, so you should totally check it out and give it a try!

If you want to know more please click the link below.


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Power Bank portable charger – You’re Personal Power Station

One of the toughest things when it comes to using mobile devices or other rechargeable devices is that they do end up running out of battery. Not only that, but they might end up doing so in the middle of nowhere or just somewhere that does not have a power supply. That’s why it makes a lot of sense to purchase a good power bank portable charger.

power bank

What is a Power Bank?

The Power Bank is a lightweight power source that you can use as an additional battery when your devices run out of power. The idea is that you just have to charge it near a computer or power outlet and carry it around in order to use it whenever you might need it. The great thing is that you get to access all the content you have without the need to worry about your phone or other rechargeable device running out of power. Thankfully there are many Power Bank option available, so you can find the right one based on your needs.

What can you use a power bank for?

Most of the time the Power Bank is suitable for all kinds of devices. It can work great for powering up your phone or tablet. It can also be used for powering up other larger devices such as a laptop. That being said, for a laptop you need a much better and bigger power bank when compared to the one you have for a computer.

What Power Bank capacity should you focus on?

There are multiple power bank capacities and each one has different uses. For example, the smaller power banks have 1500 mAh and those are basically offering just about 40-50% of the battery load for your small device. Those are very light, easy to carry around and you can use them when you want to make that extra call or access a few files on your phone that just died because it doesn’t have any juice.

Some of the most popular Power Banks have 5000 mAh, which is more than what a regular phone battery would be like. You also have units with 10000 mAh, 20000 mAh and even more. The thing to note with Power Banks is that the more mAh you have, the more power the unit can store. That’s why it makes sense to purchase the highest capacity that you can afford.

But there is a downside. The higher capacity also comes with increased weight. The upper spectrum of these capacities will be very heavy. So if you want more portable Power Banks, you have to stay somewhere around 4000-10000 mAh or so. Once you get past that number the power banks are very heavy.

portable phone charger

Think about quality

Ideally you want to acquire Power Banks from a brand that you can trust. The thing to note here is that cheap power banks can overload and damage your electronic devices. You need a secure power bank, one that loads really well and which can be adapted and adjusted to suit your needs in a masterful manner. Ideally they need to meet the national or international safety demands. After all, you are dealing with a source of energy, and the last thing you want is for that energy source to not work the way you want.

Can you use the Power Bank for more than one device?

Most of the smaller Power Banks can’t be used for multiple devices at the same time. But the larger units do have great connectivity and they support 2 devices, which is very important to keep in mind. Ideally you want to have as many connections as you can, because the more you have, the more stuff you will be able to charge. However only the Power Banks with higher capacity tend to have more than one device slot for you to use.

And in those situations, you might even be able to charge your laptop, tablet, smartphone and so on. You might even be able to charge your portable LED light, action camera or any other device that has a USB or USB-C input.

Are there power banks charged by solar panels?

Yes, and these are great if you go hiking for example. This makes it easy for you to charge your power bank and even your devices as you go along. The benefit is that you can charge the power bank at your own pace and you don’t have to leave it in your home to charge for a few hours beforehand.

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Are LED indicators needed?

Yes, because this is the only way to figure out whether your unit is charged or not. Ideally a good power bank charges quickly, but the true focus here is on value and quality more than anything else. Having that information will let you know the amount of power you have and whether it will work for you or not.

What type of Power Bank is the best?

Since safety is of major concern when it comes to mobile devices, the last thing you want is to see a power bank explode due to overcharging. The Power Banks with a high grade lithium-polymer battery tend to be the safest. They have stable elements and they also come with safety assurances as well. Even if such a power bank might costs a little more, it’s a worth while investment because of the added safety benefits alone.


Thinking of Buying a Power Bank? Well Have a Look at These Hand Picked Power Banks.

Anker PowerCore

Anker Portable charger

The Anker PowerCore has a massive 20100 mAh battery capable of charging a I[hone 7 over 6 times and a galaxy S8 almost 5 times, You could last almost a full week with a fully charged phone just using this alone!!

This PowerCore is a similar size to a cell phone but has slightly more weight at 12.5 oz, it can easily fit in a pocket, handbag or back bag making it ideal for the commute, a music festival weekend or camping/hiking.

The charge time is between 10 and 20 hours depending on the charger used to charge it (2 amp = 10 hours, 1 amp = 20 hours). When the power bank is charging a phone for example it does support fast charging on most devices and will stop charging when the item is fully charged.

This power bank is safety certified and comes with a travel pouch, Micro USB cable, instructions and a 18 month warranty. There are 1000’s of fantastic reviews for this product and 1,000,000’s of happy customers. this product is available now on Amazon for $49.99



Rlerion 25000 mAh Power Bank


Power bank portable charger


The RLERION 25000 mAh portable power bank is a real feature packed product, with a digital battery display, wireless charging pad, multiple USB ports and built in LED lights.

The power bank can charge a Galaxy S9 4 -6 times and a Iphone XS 5-7 times so once again you can easily keep your cell phone charged for a week if your careful.

Due to the fact the power bank is a slightly more tech power bank then the Anker I would recommend this more for commuting and comfortable travel over hiking and camping for example.

The power bank comes with a USB charging cable, users guide and a 2 year warranty, this portable power bank has many great reviews and can be purchased for $39.99 on Amazon.


myCharge AdventureMega Portable Charger 

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The myCharge adventuremega is a power bank design for tough conditions, its the most dust and water resistant of all the power banks here and designed to withstand more then you can throw at it, with camping, hiking and mountaineering in the forefront of the designers minds you know you can rely on this handy portable charger.

The 20,100 mAh battery is a similar size to other power banks on test and although it is not stated I would expect a similar charging capacity so around 5 times Iphone full charge and the same for a Galaxy S9 for example.

The power bank is just over 6″ long, 3″ wide and 1″ deep so can still be easily transported, it also has a handy clip attached for hanging of a bag or tent.

The power bank comes with a USB charging cable for charging the unit and instructions. This product has any great reviews and can by purchased on Amazon for $79.99.



As you can see, purchasing a good Power Bank is a very good idea and it does have the potential to pay for its self. Make sure that you use our tips to find a reliable, safe Power Bank to suit your needs and expectations. Ideally you want to have the highest capacity you can while also receiving safety features and any other extras that might be there. The more safety you have for this kind of device, the easier it will be. So try to keep that in mind and it will definitely help in your decision.

Remember power banks can also be used to charge other USB powered items like flashlights, portable speakers and tablets.

If you have any comment or your own input on these products please leave a comment below, Thanks