Friday, October 9, 2015

2xAAA LED Flashlight / Penlight Feature Comparison

In this post, I will try to lay out the features of the most popular 2xAA LED flashlights. All of the lights in this comparison feature Cree LED emitters and "clicky" type tail switches. Flashlights of this type are the approximate size and shape of a pen, and are very popular as EDC (every day carry) companions. All of the lights below also have more than one mode. It's possible to find single mode 2xAAA flashlights. Streamlight's basic model Stylus is one example.

Note below that these are all manufacturer stated numbers and measurements. I am still working on reviews, but I know for a fact that for example, some of the lengths are wrong. I just measured my Ti4 at 4.69 inches!

Thrunite Ti4 Nitecore MT06 Thorfire PF04 Streamlight Protac Foursevens Preon 2
Price* $25.95 $25.95 $19.99 $30.29 $40.83
Max Brightness 252 165 210 80 192
Max Runtime (Hours)** 137 5 1/4 240 30 23
LED Die Size Med Med Small Small Med
Brightness Modes 3 2 3 2 3
Special Modes 1 - - - 4
Length (inches) 5.24 5.4 5 5.62 5
Neutral White Version? Yes No No No No
Deep Carry Clip? Yes Yes No No Yes
Removable Clip? Yes Yes Yes No Yes

*Price at time of this post from Amazon. Prices for these items can and do fluctuate! Also note that at the time of this posting, Amazon has identical prices for the top two flashlights on my list.

**Stated runtime on lowest mode.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Review: Walleva Replacement Lenses For Oakley GasCan Sunglasses

A company named Walleva contacted me and offered me some polarized lenses for review. They make an eclectic array of products like lenses, bicycle parts, and even phone cases. This review is for a box of lenses they sent me in Blue, Green, Purple and Black for my Oakley GasCan frames that I've used in multiple reviews already.

Walleva Replacement Lenses For Oakley GasCan Sunglasses - Product Link
Walleva Replacement Lenses For Oakley GasCan Sunglasses - Green


I had never heard of them before they contacted me. So, I took a close look at their web site. It's easy to navigate and looks well done. They ship internationally and communicate well in English. They also seem nice. I took a look at their domain and other public information that's easy to find, and they seem legit. Google seems to think they are legit, and is giving them some good search traffic. As always, feel free to send me any feedback about your experiences with this company.

Product Description

These are the four pair of polarized lenses for my Oakley GasCan sunglasses that Walleva sent me in blue, green, purple and black. Walleva makes a large number of replacement lenses for most popular sunglasses. They list over 2,000 models of replacement lenses, which seems kind of impressive.

Official Specs (From Walleva)

The lenses are:

  • Polarized (for some models, reduces glare and enhances contrast)
  • Mirror coated (for most models, bring beautiful look and other people cannot see the wearer's eyes)
  • 100% UV protection (exceeds ANSI Z80.3 and EN 1836:2005 standards)
  • Dust repel
  • Water repel
  • Shatterproof
  • Impact resistant - passed FDA Drop Ball Test and Z87.1 Test (standard for safety glasses, for most of our lenses) 
The lenses come with some free accessories:
  • A micro-fiber cleaning cloth
  • A lenses bag and a lenses box
  • A pair of T6 screws(some models only)
  • A screw driver(some models only)

Walleva Replacement Lenses For Oakley GasCan Sunglasses - Green Lenses Matt 1

Walleva Replacement Lenses For Oakley GasCan Sunglasses - Green Lenses Matt 2


Lenses with polarization are etched with a laser to create horizontal lines in the lenses. The lines are very close together, and what happens is that the light from glare that comes in at an angle is decreased, while light from straight ahead stays the same, which reduces glare and increases clarity of whatever you looking straight ahead at.
For loose lenses like this, it just takes a couple seconds to verify that they are correctly polarized. I created a quick little video below.

Note: Another interesting aspect of polarized lenses is that the colored ones can look like a completely different color at different angles, or lose their color together. This makes it very challenging to get decent photography for these kinds of lenses. Below are the mirrored green ones, which doesn't come across in the video.

Walleva Replacement Lenses For Oakley GasCan Sunglasses - Packaging 5

First Impressions

Wow, four pair of polarized lenses for my Oakley GasCan sunglasses. At the same time I thought "I heart sunglasses" and "this is going to be a lot of work." I do my best to give a fair review, and that means not cutting any corners.

I pulled out a random box, and mounted the mirrored green lenses to my Oakley GasCans. I always like to take a random pair of lenses from a new brand and hold them together, turning them to test the polarization, just for giggles. This green pair had nice, snappy effect, so I made a Youtube video of the test, which is linked in this review.

Opening up the other pairs of lenses gave me the same feeling that I was getting a good product. I like seeing my review samples shrink-wrapped like this, so it's more likely I'm getting random stock off the shelf and not something cherry picked.

Walleva Replacement Lenses For Oakley GasCan Sunglasses - Packaging 3Walleva Replacement Lenses For Oakley GasCan Sunglasses - Packaging 2Walleva Replacement Lenses For Oakley GasCan Sunglasses - Packaging 1

Walleva Replacement Lenses For Oakley GasCan Sunglasses - Packaging 4


Notes On Specific Lenses

These lenses perform identically for the most part, but I had some thoughts related to each pair of lenses.

Green: These are the only pair in the bunch that say "mirrored" I believe. The other ones are just "coated." Sometimes they look a little blue-ish on the outside, which you can see a little in the photos below.

They have a rose colored tint looking through them, as you can see in the photo below. They are not quite as dark as I would like, but they make up for it by looking awesome. They look fantastic on my brother. In the pictures, you can see these are the most mirrored.

These green lenses don't seem to have a perfectly uniform coating. I'm not sure if that's on purpose, but I took out a random pair of Revant lenses, and they weren't perfectly uniform either, so it probably is intentional. Just looking through them, the tint changes a little as your eyes look toward the corners. Most people wouldn't notice this issue/feature.

Walleva Replacement Lenses For Oakley GasCan Sunglasses - Green Lenses 1

Walleva Replacement Lenses For Oakley GasCan Sunglasses - Green Lenses 2

Walleva Replacement Lenses For Oakley GasCan Sunglasses - Green Lenses 3

Purple: These are coated instead of mirrored, and I like the look. It's really subtle. The purple are probably my favorites. These ones have a greyish-green tint looking through them. Like the black ones, these are a little darker, which I also like.

Walleva Replacement Lenses For Oakley GasCan Sunglasses - Purple Lenses 1

Walleva Replacement Lenses For Oakley GasCan Sunglasses - Purple Lenses 2
Walleva Replacement Lenses For Oakley GasCan Sunglasses - Purple Lenses 3

Walleva Replacement Lenses For Oakley GasCan Sunglasses - Purple Lenses Selfie

Blue: These have a grey colored tint looking through them. I held them up next to the Revent Elite blue lenses I have. The Revant lenses have a brownish tint and are a little darker looking through them, compared to the grey tint on the Walleva. The Walleva lenses are a little thinner, but they seem close to the Revant in quality, though the Revant have better clarity.

These blue lenses have a perfectly uniform coating, unlike their Revant Elite counterparts. Again, the "dithered" coating on some of my lenses is probably intentional, though now that I've noticed, I think I like the uniformity better.

Walleva Replacement Lenses For Oakley GasCan Sunglasses - Blue Lenses 1

Walleva Replacement Lenses For Oakley GasCan Sunglasses - Blue Lenses 2

Black: Simple, black, polarized lenses: I like these almost as much as the purple, because there's no annoying logo and they are almost as dark as I like my lenses. These have the same grey tint looking through them that the blue lenses have. These are the lenses that my stock Oakleys should have come with.

Walleva Replacement Lenses For Oakley GasCan Sunglasses - Black Lenses


I spent about a week with each pair of lenses and probably put at least a couple hundred miles on each pair. The more somebody loads me up with stuff for review, the more skeptical I am, and the more scrutiny I give the product.

Day to day, these are good performers. I normally like my lenses a little darker since I have sensitive eyes, but they are certainly acceptable. These four pair of lenses mostly have a neutral viewing tint. A much better tint than any other polarized sunglasses or lenses I own. The black and purple ones are a little darker than the green or blue ones. The black ones are probably the darkest. I like my black lenses really dark, and these are pretty close to how I like them.

The clarity on these lenses is a notch down from the high end ones, but those cost 3-4 times as much. These are plenty good to drive with, which is the use case where I want the most clarity. I almost like them more walking the dog than with my more expensive shades, because I'm soaking in the world without a heavy green, brown or rose colored tint.

The real usability test is how the coating holds up to the kind of daily abuse it's going to see with me as its owner. The stock Oakley lenses lasted about 3 months of hard use, if that, so Oakley sets the bar pretty low. My blue Revant lenses are finally looking like they're not brand new after 3 months of hard use, so it won't be long before I have a better feel for how these are going to hold up.


These are good replacement lenses for the money. They aren't quite as high quality as the high end lenses I own, but Walleva is selling these at budget prices. "Value" to me is the relationship between quality and price, and so I think these are a really good value.

I like these lenses better in some ways, like the neutral viewing tints these have. The Walleva lenses aren't as clear as my Italian-made, polarized Ray-Bans Wayfarers, but those have a sickly-green tint to them. The super-clear lenses seem to give you an obnoxious tint as the price for your clarity, so I think these Walleva lenses are a fair trade-off of tint versus clarity.

Overall, I like them. Right now the purple ones are mounted in my frames. It's always fun doing my testing and trying to involve my friends and family.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Review: Dominic Rectangle Sunglasses - Black/Zebra

Sometimes a company will contact me, and ask me to choose something from their catalog to review. What I try to do is pick out something interesting--something that not every blogger would choose. A product that might catch someone's eye, but without 1,000 reviews already.

GlassesShop.com contacted me, asked me to do a review, and I chose these sunglasses from the list of products that they wanted reviews for. I don't wear prescription eyeglasses, but I'm a huge enthusiast of sunglasses, so it was no problem selecting a pair that caught my eye.

They seem nice, and they wanted me to point out that they sell prescription eyeglasses, cheap glasses and prescription sunglasses. There's also a coupon code of GSHOT50 for 50% off on eyeglasses and sunglasses with free lenses, excluding sale frames.

Product Description

Price: $39.99 on their web site

These are unisex, square frame, polarized sunglasses with a zebra pattern on the arms and a couple stainless steel accents attached with steel screws. Just your basic pair of funky looking shades.

First Impressions

These sunglasses come in a purple, plastic case, which is an interesting choice. They looked interesting in the photos on their web site, so, OK, the purple fits. What I didn't notice from the photos on their web site is that those little "L" shaped pieces on the end of the arms are highly polished stainless steel, and I like the look.

Unfortunately, I have kind of a narrow head, and these shades are a little too wide for my head. They fit OK, but everyone said "No, man, those don't look good on you." Fine, thanks for making me self-conscious about my head, but they look good on my sister. She said "dude, let me have them because I have a much larger head than you."

Build Quality

These aren't Italian-made Ray-Bans, but they look to be well made for this price point. The stainless steel accents don't look cheap, and even the screws are decently done. The hinges look good, and the zebra pattern look on the arms is well done. I have to really look closely to see the difference between this one and a more expensive pair of shades.

Fit and Finish

Overall, good. My only real gripe with the fit and finish on this review sample is that when I set it down on a flat table with the arms open, it doesn't rest evenly on the table. That is one of my pet peeves with sunglasses, and would probably be enough to make me return a high end pair.

But this isn't a $200 pair of shades, and it isn't off by that much. Most people probably wouldn't notice. But other than that, the fit and finish overall is very good for any price point. And the good fit and finish on the hinges gives me a good confidence about the quality of the hinges.

Machining on the metal parts: check. Good quality, uniform polarization: check. Good fit on head and bridge of nose: check.


This is a requirement of any pair of shades I've owned in the last 20 years. Having a good quality polarization can turn an awful car ride into something bearable, because of the way that polarized lenses are laser-etched to block glare and let good light in.

I recently created a Youtube video demonstrating how they work with bare lenses. For these ones, I could've put them perpendicular to another set of sunglasses, but it's easier just looking at a cheap LCD screen like a phone or tablet.

The polarization on my pair seems uniform, meaning it cancels out the same amount of glare whether I am looking straight ahead or at an angle.


The review sample came with a purple, semi-translucent, hard plastic case. A black case probably would've been my first choice, but the purple works, too. The case looks cheap at first glance, which is another one of my pet peeves. But this case has a solid feel. I would feel confident carrying this in my pocket, and would trust it to keep the sunglasses safe.

They should sell the case separately. If it came in black, I would totally use it for my Wayfarers, which came with a nice-but-soft leather case. Simple, lightweight and hard enough to protect the shades. I like it.

Microfiber Lens Cleaner

My sunglasses came with a better-than-average microfiber lens cleaner thingy. This is usually where even the expensive shades cut corners, so they get my respect for providing something actually decent and usable.


They fit pretty good, but I wish they were spring-loaded like some of the pairs of the cheap reading glasses I use. Normally I prefer sunglasses with the rigid arm to have that feature. My Wayfarers don't have that, and sunglasses that fit well can sometimes get away with it. Eventually these types of designs loosen up a little over time.

Overall, though, these look good and are functional, which is what you want.


This pair of shades looks good. The "cheapness factor" of some sunglasses can really take away from the look of a unique or interesting style, which this pair pulls off. They looked OK on me other than being too wide, but everyone agreed they look really good on my sister, who will be the proud owner of this pair, once the review is complete.


As always, time will tell how well they hold up, but these sunglasses appear to be decent for the money. They are definitely a couple steps up from the cheap ones most of my friends and family buy. However, in the last couple years, 40 bucks buys you a lot for your money, so it's an understatement to say that these shades are at a super-competitive price point.

I think if you like the look of them in the photos, and your head is on the larger side, then you will like these on your face. Especially with a coupon to sweeten the deal. I like that they don't have that cheap sunglasses look and feel.

These pair are slated for my sister who liked them. And as usual, I will update this post if there is more to tell.

Friday, September 25, 2015

30 Amp Goodness

My brother was scared to turn on his computer, because his office is on the same circuit as his garage, where my Fleetwood Prowler travel trailer is plugged in. For the last month, I've been counting amps, crossing my fingers every time I turn on something big like the A/C, hot water heater or microwave.

When I fixed the fridge in this big RV, the whole rig started drawing more power, and it put me about 1/10 th of an Amp over 15! Now all the sudden I'm popping the breaker again.

It was aggravating, until I noticed there's what looked at first glance to be a 220V electric dryer plug, but it's actually an RV plug with its own 30 Amp circuit! Happy days!

Two 50 foot, 30 Amp cords were half the price of a single 100 foot cord. Each cord was 70 bucks so it was a lot of money I don't have, but it's a good investment, and it buys some good will now that everyone in the house doesn't have to count Amps with me.

Now I can have the A/C and the microwave running at the same time!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Review: Crosman 1322 Air Pistol Premier Shooters Kit

If you grew up in the USA and you're over 40, then chances are, you had one of these Crosman air pistols or at least were exposed to one in your lifetime. They were so well built that they could last decades. Pretty much every male member of my family had one when I was growing up.

Cheap to fire and 2 days away with Amazon Prime, it was hard not to resist when I moved to a very rural area in Washington state. So, I broke down and bought the Shooter's Kit after adding up all the goodies that I wanted and realizing the kit was cheaper. It only comes with 150 pellets in the kit, so I ordered 1,000 pellets to go with my order.

Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Product Link
Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Product Link

Product Description

This is the modern version of the classic Crosman 1322 .22 caliber air pistol. It comes in a shooter's kit with the removable stock, pellets, pellet pouch and eye protection. I had the .177 version growing up, but the .22 caliber version hits with more kinetic energy, which is preferable for a survival situation, and this one was headed to my sister's "prepper's paradise" deep in the woods.

Official Specs (From Amazon)

  • Suggested Use: Plinking/ Target, Caliber: 0.22, Velocity: 500
  • Manufacturer: Crosman, Airgun Mechanism: Multi-pump pneumatic, Ammo Type: Pellets, Mag Capacity: 1
  • Weight: 2 lbs, Fire Mode: Single Shot, Warranty: 30 Day Limited, Condition: New

Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Product View 1

Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Product View 2

Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Product View 3

Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Product View 4

Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Product View 5

Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Product View 6

Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Product View 7

Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Product View 8
Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Product View 9

Initial Impressions

I am pretty old, so it was like opening up my childhood. But one of the things I didn't have from childhood was the removable stock, so the first thing I did was take off the pistol grips and mount the stock. Nicey nice. 

Putting in a pellet, pumping it up 5 times and firing at a can, yielded my first miss. And then another miss, and another, before I started examining the sights. Sure enough, the front plastic sight is bent to the left. Definitely disappointing.

After that, I got it to accurately knock down cans at about 10-20 yards like clockwork. Looking at this pistol, and handling it, my thoughts were that this isn't too far away in quality to the one I had growing up.

Build Quality

Overall, good. The receiver is plastic, which is a little disappointing, though you can buy a metal one if you want to mount a scope. The pump handle is also plastic, but it's well done. I actually like it better because of the weight.

The guts of it I believe are the same as they made decades ago. Most everything about it is what I remember from the classic models. 

Fit and Finish

Overall, good. The front site is bent to the left. It kind of curls that way, like if you bent your finger. It's not a huge deal to compensate for it, other than a) it's really annoying and b) I'm worried that everything I'll try to compensate for other things and I'll miss, because I'll be used to compensating for this one.

Removable Stock

The kit comes with a plastic, removable stock. To put the stock on, just take the two screws off and remove the plastic pistol grips that come with it. Then connect the stock, put the two screws back in, and you are done. It takes less than a minute with a cordless screwdriver.

The stock makes a huge difference in accuracy. I have a pretty steady hand, but the stock gives it rifle-like accuracy. It's very well done, and good quality. It's the main reason why I bought the kit.

Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Removable Stock 1
Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Removable Stock 2

Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Removable Stock 3
Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Removable Stock 4

Ammo Pouch

The kit comes with a nylon ammo pouch that can hook to your belt or even be carried inside your pocket. It's made in China, but the fit and finish are good, and the pouch itself is well designed. It has a little frame inside the lining that will hold the pouch open so you don't have to fuss with it.

Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Ammo Pouch 1

Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Ammo Pouch 2


I don't remember the cheap plastic front sight from my childhood. It's a much newer disappointment. The funny thing is that it's almost bent in such a way that causes an optical illusion. I can hold it up to where the sights look perfectly straight, and the pistol shoots to the left.

So, when I'm holding it crooked, the sights look straight, and when I'm holding it straight, I can tell the sight bends to the left. Then I just shoot to where the sight looks like it's supposed to be. If I forget and sight to where it looks straight, I miss.

Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Rear Sights

Break In

This Crosman air pistol needs about 100 shots-ish before it is consistently accurate. It shoots a little wonky until it's broken in, which was a little tougher with the bent sight, because it felt like I was fighting with it to get that accuracy I knew should be there.


With my air pistol broken in, and compensating for the bent sight, I can hit my cans at 10 and 15 yards pretty much every time. Which is good, because my sister the hippy expressed concern that I was adding too much lead to the ecosystem on her property. Most of the time I can recover the pellet and keep her happy.

At some point, maybe 250 pellets, the thing just got wickedly accurate. When I'm "in the zone" I can hit any part of the can to about a square inch with the stock on.


NOTE: I've seen other people posting trophy pictures of the things they kill with their air pistols, but I'm not like that. I'm normally a pacifist, but I understand that some animals will not peacefully co-exist in the woods with me and my doggies--pretty much just mice and rats.

Once I missed a mouse by literally a hair, but those normally get caught in the traps. Some of the rats around Kalama look like little square toasters with tails. These things are huge. And they are very intelligent. They will not stop until they invade your dwelling and help themselves to your food. I would almost share my food, but these rats carry disease and it's a nightmare trying to keep my little dogs away from their droppings.

So, it was with a heavy heart that I had to take these rats out. Since I was close to so many things that could catch a ricochet, I was rat hunting with 5 pumps at about the same range as my cans. And at that range, it's lethal with a clean shot.

Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - In Hand
Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Target In Distance
The can is on top of one of the posts near the center of the photo above, about 10 yards from the porch

Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Can With Holes 1

Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Can With Holes 2

Survival Use

This air pistol is ideal for a disaster bag, aka "bugout bag" or "72 hour emergency bag." Whatever you call your bag, the 1322 is a good survival tool. You can carry the pistol and stock separate with a tin of 500 pellets and have what I think is the best capability you can have for the weight.

Something like this air pistol can make hunting for survival almost routine. The only thing that comes close in my mind would be a small .22 rifle, but with that, you are carrying around brass and charge for the projectile that you don't need with an air pistol. You can carry more ammo for the same weight.


It's not build quite as good as the one I had as a kid, but it's good where it counts, and it's good enough overall. The plastic receiver can be replaced with a metal one, which puts it very close to the original quality. I will probably leave mine with as-is to save a little weight in my 72 hour survival bag.

Whether you are shooting at cans or varmints, I think the kit is a good deal. The stock is fantastic, and putting it in your survival bag separately makes this pistol probably the ideal survival hunting weapon.


Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - In Package 1

Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - In Package 2

Crosman 1322 Air Pistol - Shooter's Kit Contents