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The Etón Scorpion is a multi-purpose, solar-powered, digital weather radio rugged-ized for outdoor use. While you may not need one in the workshop, it could come in handy in a go-kit or in your vehicles for emergencies.

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Have you ever dropped your keys in the lake? Well neither have I, but the thought of accidentally dropping my truck keys in the lake has crossed my mind when I’m fishing 50 miles from the nearest cell tower. There are floating key fobs, floating flashlights, probably even floating fob flashlights, but do any of them automatically turn on when they fall in the water? Coleman’s marine key fobs does.

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Apparently, at some point when we weren’t looking, a Gorillapod snuck into the flashlight camp, and now we have the Gorillatorch. It looks like a Stanley™ SquidBrite, but uses three AA batteries instead of the 3.6V, 1.3Ah NiMH rechargeable battery in the SquidBrite. The SquidBrite has 20 LEDs, while the Gorillatorch has a single 65-lumen Cree LED. Both flashlights have adjustable light output (the Gorillatorch has a dimmer switch; the Squidbrite has a high/low option plus a flashing mode), flexible tripod arms that can wrap around objects, and are magnetic (the SquidBrite’s back and the Gorillatorch’s feet).

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A retail site called Your-Flashlights.com has the best deal online for the Streamlight Stylus LED Pen Light at $13.95. The pen is 6.21 inches long with a waterproof black aluminum body and a pocket clip. The manufacturer claims it runs up to 60 hours on three AAAA batteries (included in purchase). You also get two settings: blinking or a standard “on” switch.

What’s really cool about this stylus is its red LED pen light can be seen from over a mile away. If you work outside at night, go on midnight earthworm hunts for fishing bait, or enjoy amateur astronomy, you know that red light allows you to direct someone’s vision or illuminate an object without the glaring effect and temporary vision loss that comes with standard lights.

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For some of you, grilling weather may be approaching or already here. For others, there’s no such thing as “grill weather” or “grill time,” since ALL the time is grill time. As a member of the latter group, I was researching grill lights since it’s often already dark outside by dinnertime. Until now we’ve been relying on a giant, 20-lb., retina-searing emergency lamp, but it looks like more fitting options can be had.

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Well, they’re not laser-guided, but they do have LEDs (specifically “two Memphis logo LED lights with each pair”). And there are four attachment points per glove for the LEDs. These mechanics-type gloves have Spandex® backs, synthetic leather palms with foam padding, adjustable neoprene cuffs, and PVC on the palm and fingertips for gripping. A pair can be yours for around $12.50 (size large; shipping not included).

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As part of one of my volunteer activities I’m always on the lookout for new safety items, especially flashlights (which works out well because, as a subset of my Toolmongerish personality, I’m a flashlight junkie). So when I saw the L.E.D. Wand™ from Nite Ize, I was intrigued. It comes complete with an Inova® Microlight™ (the red version is shown above; you can also get white, blue, and green versions) that, when turned on and inserted in the wand’s cap (as shown below), makes the wand a high-visibility unit. The Microlight™ has four modes (high power, low power, strobe, and signal), is powered by two 2016 lithium batteries (included), and provides “up to 15 hours of light per battery set.”

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What’s almost as good as a wrench with a laser? A wrench with its own flashlight. Each of Bossco’s Hi Beam Light wrenches use two 6,000 mcd recessed LEDs to illuminate either end of the wrench for up to 5 hours with the included rechargeable batteries. You can set the light low beam, high, beam, or flash.

Each double-ended wrench has both a Metric and an English end. To make the wrenches Bossco uses drop-forged steel hardened to 50 RHC and then chrome plates them.

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Ryobi heated up competition in the low-to-mid-end tool market with their dramatically improved 12V One+ power tool line. But what about all those other jobsite tasks, like measurement, safety, security, and documentation? That’s the whole point of their new Tek4 line — a collection of everything from a multimeter to hearing protection to a digital camera, all powered via a compact 4V li-ion system.

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Or, based on the picture, maybe this post should be titled Flashlights In Space! Now I like flashlights as much as — or probably way more than — the average Toolmonger, but the mPower Emergency Illuminator that I recently saw on Gizmodo is a bit much even for me. Porsche Studios designed it, and mPower, a wholly-owned consumer products division of mPhase Technologies, uses its parent company’s AlwaysReady Smart NanoBattery technology to produce a two-tubed flashlight with two standard CR123 batteries in one tube, and an unactivated NanoBattery in the other. The NanoBattery side has a minimum 20-year shelf life with no power dissipation until activation. It’s to debut at CES in January, and should be available in March 2010 for a mere $250–$300. For that price you do get a “high power” LED  and an accessory USB connection for charging cell phones and PDAs.

Think there might be something better in the next 20 years?

AlwaysReady Smart Nanobattery [Manufacturer’s Site]

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