AYL TF89 CREE XML T6 LED Flashlight

Here we have the AYL TF89 900 Lumens CREE XML T6 LED Tactical Torch Flashlight that I received for review purposes.  So far, the only thing that bothers me about this flashlight is the length of the name, and the fact that it’s advertised as having a magnetic base to attach to metal surfaces which it does not.  Once you get past that, this little flashlight is sure to please.

The first thing you’ll notice is the quality build.  It’s a nice looking and sturdy aluminum frame that is water resistant, and feels nice in the hand.  Much like most flashlights, the batteries are inserted into the base after unscrewing the cap.  The difference here is that you can use either three AAA batteries with the included battery clip, or an 18650 battery.

With the batteries inserted and the cap screwed back on, it’s time to test out the 900 advertised lumens.  One thing is for certain – this thing is bright!  Should you get your hands on one of these, do yourself a favor and don’t shine it into your eyes.  I wasn’t planning on doing just that, but I made the mistake of handing it over to my 3 year old and sure enough she caught me off-guard.

The zoom on the light is accomplished by extending the end out by sliding it.  It has a nice sliding feel to it that’s firm enough to keep it in place where you stop, but not so firm that it’s difficult to adjust the zoom.  At its furthest position, it will shoot a focused light quite some distance.  I’m sure I annoyed the neighbors testing this out in the front yard to see how far it would go.  I was able to shine it on the side of my neighbors house a few houses down, so the distance on this light is pretty far.

This flashlight comes packed with several modes that are cycled by lightly pressing the power button down.  Sometimes this is a little finicky, but overall not too hard to get used to.  The first two presses will step down the brightness a little which is nice if you just need a little light.  Even at the lowest setting, this light is still much brighter than my old MAG light.  Next you have the strobe effect which I’m sure I won’t get much use out of unless I want to have an impromptu dance party, which I don’t see happening any time soon.  The last mode is an SOS strobe which would definitely come in handy if you found yourself outdoors and in trouble.  Given how bright this thing is, I’m sure one could see your distress signal from the sky.

The final features of this flashlight are the glowing ring around the light lens, and the wrist strap.  There’s not much to say about the latter other than that it’s handy.  As for the glowing ring, it’ll potentially help you find the flashlight in the dark should you happen to drop it when it’s off.

Overall, this is a nicely built, compact little flashlight that would be perfect to store in your vehicle for emergencies, bring with you camping, or even just general use.  It’s super bright, and even has a strobe feature for those nights you want to start up a party.  Being water resistant, it’ll come in handy both indoors and out.  All in all, this is a pretty nice flashlight that beats the pants off my old beloved MAG light from the 2000’s when it comes to brightness and distance of the light throw.





KeySmart Key Organizer

Recently the folks at KeySmart sent me a complimentary key organizer for review, and my impression is that this is a must have for anyone who doesn’t like their keys rattling around in their pocket.  What comes in the basic kit is the two sides to the housing, some fiber washers, and two sets of connector screws.  With the smaller set of screws, you can get about three keys on it if you include the loop piece for connecting a key ring like shown in the title picture.  With the second set of slightly larger screws, you could easily get 5 keys and the loop piece, assuming you use no washers.

For my configuration, I have the loop for my vehicle key, a key flash drive, and the two keys for my house.  I also used the washers on the sides of the keys that are touching the actual housing, only because I am anal like that, and didn’t want the keys rubbing up against the housing.  This made my jingling key ring a nice and compact tool that fits way more comfortably in my pocket than the bunch of rings and other assorted keys I had attached prior to switching over.  It also made me realize I had four other keys on my key ring that were for old locks that I didn’t even use anymore, so that in itself was a victory.  I do still need some additional room on the KeySmart contraption, so I’ve ordered an expansion pack as well as a quick connect which I’ll review once they come in.

Assembling the whole unit was pretty simple.  Just place on your keys and washers, should you choose to use them, in whatever configuration you want, and then screw together.  Easy peasy.  You’re going to want them tight, but not so tight that you can’t swing out your keys.  I’ve been using this contraption for about a week now and haven’t had any issues with the screws turning or coming loose, so thus far it seems to be pretty good at staying together, but I think once I get it all set up the way I want it, a little thread lock would ensure it doesn’t start coming loose, just as an extra layer of secutity and peace of mind.

There are some additional accessories for this device that may pique your interest, some of which are on my wishlist.  There’s the aforementioned expansion pack and quick disconnect, a golf divot tool for the golfers out there, and a bottle opener that will likely make it’s way onto mine.  If a mini ruler, wrench, or socket tool is to you’re liking, they have those as well.  There’s also a USB drive you can order from their site, though it looks identical to one of the Kensington flash drives I have, so you may find a better price on that elsewhere.  As you can see, the LaCie USB key drive I have also works nicely with this unit.  You can also get colored anodnized aluminum key slugs and colored plates to customize your setup if that’s to your liking.  Also, there are several different types of clips that may strike your fancy.

Overall, this is a pretty handy key holder that really kicks ass if you ask me and it much nicer than having a bunch of loose keys on a ring.  It feels like it’s built to last, and is really sharp looking.  I get compliments on mine every time I have it out from those who haven’t seen it before.  To get yours, visit the KeySmart site.






Problems with Roku 3 headphone sound?

Are you having problems with the sound cutting out on your headphones plugged into your Roku 3 controller?  This doesn’t seem to be a well known issue based on my searches of the internet, but something I ran into with my Roku 3.  Should you be one of the few that runs into this issue, fear not.  For me the simple fix was to update the firmware on the controller.

To do this you need to access one of the Roku’s secret menus.  Just grab your remote and press the following:

  • Home button x 5
  • FFW
  • Play
  • Rewind
  • Play
  • FFW

You should now be on a screen titled Platform Secret Screen.  From here, open the Wi-Fi Remote Menu, choose the Firmware OTA update, and install the latest available firmware.  Once complete, return to the Wi-Fi Remote Menu, click Audience OTA update, and install the latest Audience firmware and you should be all set.  You can then press the Home button to return to the regular main menu.  This was all it took to get the sound working properly on my remote, so with any luck, it should get yours working as well.