Lex Strickland

As a child I usually disassembled Christmas toys by lunchtime. I'm fascinated by cellphones, fountain pens, knives, flashlights, Chromebooks, and Chromeboxes. I play drums, workout, throw boomerangs, shoot paper targets and bike. I try to fit in my retirement when I have time.

Skilhunt EC300 multicolor LED flashlight review – 15 lighting modes from mini to mighty

REVIEW – The Skilhunt EC300 Multicolor LED Flashlight has 15 light modes. It took lots of practice to figure out the modes but I got ‘em now, and this flashlight became one of my favorites thanks to all it can do. It has a 0.5 lumen light that is great if you need a tiny …

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Decked X Pathfinder Survival Kit review – Have it, before you need it

REVIEW – The Decked X Pathfinder Survival Kit is thoughtfully packed with quality gear that can help someone off the grid to survive in an unexpected emergency. I counted 22 items in the kit. I didn’t cheat! There are 10 alcohol swabs that I counted as one item. This kit is very well supplied. What …

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Axwell wallet review – A card organizer and tiny body armor? All for a great cause.

REVIEW – The Axwell Wallet company makes uniquely designed, card-holder style wallets, and supports military veterans in need. Axwell donates a portion of the proceeds from every sale to the Veterans Community Project in the USA and Homes For Heroes in Canada, to help build tiny homes for homeless veterans. I’m reviewing their Copper and …

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Olight Javelot flashlight review – A mini long range flashlight for your EDC

REVIEW – The Olight Javelot flashlight is a new model from Olight. It’s a specialist. It does bright, in spotlight fashion. If you need medium to long range bright illumination from a relatively small, easy to carry light, this may be the one (or another one) for you. Olight includes a durable plastic holster for …

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FERLORD Non-stick Frying Pan review – It sticks to its purpose but nothing sticks to it

REVIEW – The FERLORD Non-stick Frying Pan is a medium-weight, well-made skillet that has a modern, no-stick coating made by a name-brand company. The silicone-coated handle is secure in the hand and can’t burn you or slip out of your grip. With nothing to charge on this device and having no moving parts, I had …

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Olight iMorse keychain flashlight review – A little lumen launcher

REVIEW –  The Olight iMorse Keychain Flashlight is small, simple, rechargeable, and reliable. The maximum brightness really surprised me. And its minimum brightness is quite useful. Since it is rechargeable I don’t feel hesitant to use the iMorse. When I’ve had keychain lights powered by harder-to-find or expensive batteries I usually tried not to use …

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Gravastar Sirius Pro earbuds review – Grip a set if you can

REVIEW – The Gravastar Sirius Pro Earbuds have excellent sound. They come with a very creative earbud box and a heavy, durable charging carry case. They only forgot one tiny major detail. Don’t be in a hurry to put these earbuds in your ears. They are ungrippably slick and sit tightly in their case. Read …

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Olight Baton 3 Pro flashlight review – Deeply groovy EDC flashlight

REVIEW – The Olight Baton 3 Pro flashlight could be called ‘deeply groovy’. It has a grip surface that is much better than traditional cross-hatch knurling. Its overall form factor fits my hand very well. And it is lightweight and has 5 brightness levels. Is there anything to not like about the Olight Baton 3 …

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Atomic Bear Tactical Belt review – Keeps pants at altitude and holds stuff securely

REVIEW –  The Atomic Bear Tactical Belt has only a few moving parts and none require recharging! The Atomic Bear Company sells survival gear, tactical pens, a knife, fire starters, and cool accessories. But they make a heavy-duty tactical belt that addresses an important aspect of any survival situation. Keeping one’s pants secure of course, …

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Hikers Brew coffee review – A buzz that’s no bother to bees or bears

REVIEW – Some people don’t like flavored coffees. Hikers Brew makes flavored and unflavored coffees. I don’t like flavored coffee. But – Hikers Brew flavors are good. I surprised myself that I would revisit the Hikers Brew flavors. After one cup for science, I could have stopped, but I had seconds and thirds of most …

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Midland ER310 emergency crank weather radio review – 4 ways to power it up

REVIEW – I don’t have white tape on my glasses but I’m a bit of a weather nerd. I’ve taken the NOAA/NWS Advanced Skywarn Weather Spotter training, have 5 weather apps on my phone, and I use Twitter to follow my NOAA office for alerts. I have a weather radio at my bedside and one …

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Miracase Phone Holder review – Give your phone a hug with this holder

REVIEW – When the Miracase Phone Holder is open it sort of looks like it’s ready to give your phone a hug. In my reviews I sometimes state the item to which I’m comparing, and whether I’ll replace the old thing with the new thing. My DIY dashboard magnet mount has worked well for me …

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MONOCARBON Carbon Fiber Wallet review – The thinnest, or thickest wallet you’ve ever used

REVIEW – One of my daughters gave me a ‘big name’ wallet of a design similar to the MONOCARBON wallet for Dad’s Day, and she spent way too much money on me. Is the MONOCARBON Carbon Fiber Wallet $20 less good than my big name wallet? Or will my daughter wish she had known about …

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Breaking old news – Paper filters lower the cholesterol raising compounds in coffee

NEWS – We love our coffee around here. When a brewing gadget comes up for review I’m certain multiple reviewers lobby to be tapped to review the device. Some coffee lovers aren’t aware, and some may not care, that coffee can raise cholesterol. But one solution is as simple as a paper filter. Paper filters …

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Turn your smartphone into a weather alert device with Twitter

NEWS – Your weather app probably does weather warnings and alerts. But to me, there’s nothing like getting it directly from the source. Did you know that you can use Twitter for instant NOAA weather notifications? I have multiple weather radios and rely on them for alerts directly from the U.S. Weather Service / NOAA. …

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