Some things are never really appreciated until they are absolutely needed, and when they are needed, they can be indispensable. Take flashlights, for instance. Years ago, I never thought much about having a flashlight until there was a power outage, or I was stuck on the side of the road changing a tire late at night. When something like that happened, a flashlight was the first thing on my mind. Today, however, I like to be prepared for such emergencies. So when I had the opportunity to receive a free AYL TC-80 4-in-1 LED Flashlight in exchange for a review, I saw a light, so to speak.
The AYL TC-80 is an LED flashlight that can also convert into a small lantern or a flashing emergency beacon of sorts. It is sold by a company called Accessorize Your Life, which apparently is what the acronym AYL stands for. The company sells an assortment of tech related products, including cases and sleeves for smartphones and tablets, wireless mini speakers, and of course the TC-80.
AYL promotes the TC-80 as a “Tactical Emergency Nightlight with Telescoping Body and Magnetized Base – Water Resistant Spotlight for Work, Auto, Camping, Garage, Emergency – Battery Powered”. The flashlight is equipped with Cree® LED’s. Cree is a well known and respected manufacturer of LED lighting components, and a flashlight manufactured with a CREE branded LED is usually considered higher end.
The flashlight arrived packaged in a plain small brown cardboard box with no fancy labeling, graphics or frills. It was a very unassuming package indeed, and gave no hint of anything particularly special inside.
Then I opened the box. The moment I took the TC-80 out of its bubble wrapped sleeve, I was somewhat impressed. I saw photos of it online, so it was about what I expected as far as looks were concerned. However, it had some real weight and felt solid and durable. It was what I hoped for, and what I expected, but the reason it impressed me was because I wasn’t disappointed. It met my expectations.
The TC-80 takes 4 AAA batteries, and does not include them, so I had to shop for a pack before I could test the flashlight. (Most of my devices use AA batteries or rechargeable battery packs, so I didn’t usually keep the little AAA cells handy.) Once the batteries were inserted, things really lit up – literally.
The front beam consists of a CREE XP-E R3 Ultra Bright LED with a telescopic lens assembly capable of instantly adjusting from a narrow focused beam up to an almost 180 degree spread. The beam is very bright – the first time I turned it on it really lit up the room. The narrowest focus is so sharp it projects the shape of the square LED chip itself. I don’t know if that’s considered a good or bad among flashlight aficionados (and there is such a thing as a flashlight connoiseur, believe it or not), but that little projected square is really, really bright.
The most unique feature, in my opinion, is the mini-lantern built into the flashlight. The TC-80 has a telescoping base that, when extended, reveals a second light consisting of a COB (Chip-On-Board) strip light designed to serve as a tiny lantern. The power switch toggles between three modes: the front beam, the mini-lantern and a third light- a flashing red light that eminates from the COB! This is something that could come in quite handy and could even be a life saver if one is stuck on the side of a highway at night.
The TC-80 has one more nice touch. The base of the flashlight includes and embedded magnet, which is powerful enough to firmly support the flashlight when attached to a metal surface such as the side of a vehicle when changing a tire. Think of the possibilities! I know I can.
According to the product description, the TC-80 is made with aircraft-grade anodized aluminum, and is advertised as shock proof and water resistant. Now, keep in mind that water resistant does not mean waterproof. There is a difference, and it’s an important one. It may be able to take some moisture, and even some rain, but don’t drop it in a lake. I haven’t tested it in the rain yet, so I don’t know just how much moisture it can take, but it looks and feels fairly rugged, so it can probably survive at least a light sprinkle.
To summarize, the AYL TC-80 is a well designed and solidly constructed flashlight that can be quite useful for a number of applications when emergency light is needed. I personally think everyone should have a TC-80 or something like it in their vehicle or at their bedside, just in case. It retails for around $50 but you can pick it up on Amazon for about half that. This is not a cheapo plastic D-cell flashlight from Wal-Mart. The TC-80 ranks closer to a pro model. There are high end, professional grade flashlights out there that cost $100 or more, and while this isn’t the top-of-the-line as flashlights go, The AYL TC80 is well worth the retail price, in my opinion. At half that, I think it’s a bargain.
I received a free AYL TC-80 4-in-1 LED Flashlight in exchange for my honest review. The review, comments and opinions are my own.
If you’re an Xbox One owner with Xbox Live Gold Membership, you can download a FREE copy of Tumblestone. Tumblestone is a puzzle game released on July 16, 2016. This deal is a part of Xbox’s Games With Gold program, which award free games to members with an Xbox Live Gold Membership. Keep in mind that you DO need an Xbox Live Gold Membership though, and it costs around $40.00. Along with free games periodically you can play games online and stream videos. To obtain this deal, you will also, obviously, need an Xbox One.
The file size is 958.47 MB and the game normally sells for $19.99. If you’re interested in this offer, you can head on over to Microsoft’s official website and download it now, or use your Xbox One to obtain this offer. This deal is good until August 15, 2016.
Have you tried Tumblestone? Do you intend to? Let us know in the comments!
Free pop music from Google Play.
Google Play is giving out a free album of music in the Pop catagory: “Alive” by Jordan Lebron Massey. It was released on March 31, 2014 and holds a rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars, which is very good.
“Alive” consists of 13 songs, all of which hover around the 3-4 minute mark. These songs include:
To get this deal for yourself, just go to “Alive” on Google Play’s official website and click the button that says “Free”. When downloaded, they will be MP3 files. Also, you must have an account on Google Play in order to download the songs, so I suggest getting one now if you intend to snag this freebie.
It’s no secret that jumping rope is a real workout, and knowing this, I began to shop around for one to supplement my daily walks. I first purchased a really inexpensive jump rope with a plastic cord, but was very unimpressed with it. So when I was offered an opportunity to try a Roxow jump rope free in exchange for my honest review, I jumped at the chance, metaphorically speaking, that is.
I ordered the light blue Roxow jump rope through Amazon using a coupon code the company sent me to negate the cost. Since I am an Amazon Prime member I was eligible for free two day shipping and received it within a couple of days. It’s a good thing, too, because I only had a couple of weeks to try it out before I had to publish this review.
When I opened the box, my first impression was mixed. It was smaller and much lighter than I expected. The handles were small and made of plastic. The cord was really, really thin, and when I first tried it, it was so thin it caught under the heels of my shoes and I nearly tripped trying to get started. After a couple of false starts with that, however, I was up and jumping, and I was impressed with how easy it was and much control I had with the rope. Well, I wouldn’t really call it a rope, since it isn’t actually made of rope. It’s a really a thin, metal cable covered with plastic. The quality is good and so far it’s held together during my workouts, and that works for me.
The product includes the Roxow Jump rope in your choice of light blue, red or black, a spare rope (cord), spare hardware for connecting the rope to the handles, a carrying case, a workout ebook and video. Actually, the last two items are not in the box, they are virtual, presumably downloadable. To clarify, the product includes a one-sheet with the promise of “special bonuses”, including a workut ebook, workout tutorial video, 25% off future purchases, some sort of VIP customer status and a lifetime warranty for the jump rope.
The spare cord, hardware and carry bag are a real plus. The bag is a nice touch and makes it easy to transport and store the rope.
Unfortunately, the ebook, video and other add-ons weren’t much of a plus at all. In fact, I was not able to redeem them. Roxow included this flyer in the package heavily promoting Special Bonuses with a QR code and link to a landing page to redeem them after registering the jump rope on their site. The problem was, there was no button or link anywhere on the site for product registration, so I was unable to register the Roxow product. The URL listed on the flyer did take me to a landing page to get the bonuses, but when I entered my e-mail address and clicked the button to “send me these free gifts now!”, it returned with what was essentially a 404 page, with an “Oops, page not found! It seems that the page you are looking for does not exist.” error. Clicking on some of the other links on the site, including the blog, returned “nothing found” page errors as well. Either the Roxow site is new and still under development, or it was unfinished and abandoned. Neither scenario is a good sign.
So, I guess no workout ebook, video or other bonuses for me.
Also, I noticed several grammatical errors and typos in the marketing materials and at least one on the site, which gave me the impression English is not the first language of the company. Grammatical and spelling errors are not good for company branding and can ruin an otherwise good marketing campaign.
In summary, I like the product and I think it’s well made. However, considering the ebook and video were supposed to be part of the package, the product was not complete. I think Roxow needs to either keep the promises they make about bonuses or just don’t make promises they can’t keep.
I received a light blue Roxow Jump Rope free in exchange for my honest review. This review and opinions are my own.
A freebie for the cheese fanatic in all of us.
Like cheese? Good. Then you’ll like this guide. Wisconsin Cheese is currently offering FREE cheese variety guide to anyone who requests one. All you have to do is go to their official website and fill out the form below the words “Request A Copy”. Then just hit “Send Me A Wi Cheese Variety Guide” and it will be on its way!
The website says that the guide contains 36 popular types of cheeses from Wisconsin. It consists of “cheese descriptions, cheese storage guidelines, buying tips, handling and cooking guidelines and tips on serving a Wisconsin Cheese Course”. It can supposedly fold into a poster/chart.
What are you waiting for? This is the freebie that any cheese enthusiast will enjoy!
A free soundtrack to add to your collection.
Amazon is currently offering a FREE MP3 album on their official website, titled Nature Sounds Collection: Sea Waves, Vol. 1 (Ocean Coast).
It is by Ashaneen and holds a rating of four-and-a-half stars, which is pretty good. The album itself is just one hour-long track of oceanic ambiance. Well one hour and 42 seconds, specifically. It sounds like something perfect to play while falling asleep or lying in a hammock. Or both.
Its audio CD counterpart (also on Amazon) costs $9.98, so by getting the free MP3 version, you’ll be saving yourself almost a good 10 bucks. And who doesn’t like saving money?
You can find this deal by following the link above. Keep in mind that you will need an account on Amazon to access this deal, obviously. If you don’t have one, suggest signing up for one now.
Some special Redbox deals for movie night.
If you use Redbox (even if you don’t), then you’ll enjoy this set of freebies. By signing up for the Redbox Play Pass, you’ll be treated to multiple deals, such as:
The first reward listed works like this: Each disc you rent earns you 10 points on your Play Pass. With 100 points, you can rent one free disc as well as recieve “more exclusives”.
To get your Redbox Play Pass, just follow the link here to their official website and click the “Get My Pass” button. Keep in mind that you must have an account on Redbox.com in order to sign up for these offers.
The website also notes that “* Credit expires 60 days after issuance. Payment card required to use the credit.” With that in mind, enjoy your FREE movies!
Planning a summer vacation? Visit a national park! Yellowstone National Park is giving away a FREE Trip Planner and travel information for those who want to spend a vacation taking in the beauty of one of the most famous and iconic national parks in the US.
This free trip planning package includes an 8-page trip planner, an e-newsletter, travel information and deals from their “preferred travel partners”. These include hotels, campgrounds, resorts and whitewater rafting tours and transportation in and around the park.
To get your free trip planner, go to http://www.myyosemitepark.com/plan-your-trip/free-trip-planner-kit/ and fill out the form on the page.
Note: The free trip planning kit is available for US residents only.
Cinemark is hosting FREE movies during Cinemark Community Day on August 20, 2016 at your local Cinemark movie theater!
The event will be held from 9 AM to 1 PM at Cinemark theaters across the US. Attendees can enjoy family films such as Kung Fu Pand 2, Home, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Madagascar and Shrek.
In addition to free movies, Cinemark will offer concessions at a discount. Concession items such as small popcorn, 16 oz. soft drink and candy will be priced at $2 each. Net proceeds will support WE.org, and organization “providing youth emporwerment and service learning programs in the USA”.
Bring friends & family to enjoy a free movie and help WE.org at the same time!
Movie titles and showtimes will be available online at cinemark.com August 15th. Complimentary tickets for Cinemark Community Day will be available at the box office of each theater beginning at 8:30 AM on August 20th. Tickets will only be available at the box office and will be given out on a first come, first serve basis. Seating is limited and there will be no rain checks. Show times and movie titles vary by location. Check your local theater for available titles and show times. For more information go to cinemark.com.
A tasty family offer by IHOP
Do you have kids? If you answered yes, then you’re going to like this deal IHOP is serving up. From August 1 until September 25, 2016, kids eat FREE at IHOP! This deal includes kids 12 and under, and can only be used when an accompanying adult orders an entree. The deal will be up every day for the specified days, from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. at any participating restaurants. They advertise the offer as helping parents to “stretch those back-to-school dollars”.
The website states, “’We know that families are looking to soak up the final days of summer together and what better way to do that than over dinner together? IHOP and our franchisees invite guests to enjoy quality time together as a family while relishing the made-to-order breakfast foods, beverages and more that they crave and can only find at IHOP – now at an even better value with our Kids Eat Free offer,’ said Kirk Thompson, Senior Vice President, Marketing for IHOP.”
The meals that you can choose from must be taken from the “Made for Fun Kids Menu”. The website states that it includes the”Silver 5, five of IHOP’s silver dollar-sized world-famous Buttermilk Pancakes served with a scrambled egg and hickory-smoked bacon” and the ” Jr. Chicken and Waffles, with two all-white meat chicken strips paired with two Belgian waffle quarters and served with whipped butter and choice of dipping sauce”. All that sounds delicious, right? Plus the fact that you’re getting it for free? It’s too good to pass up.
The website also says that “Drinks [are] not included unless otherwise specified” and that this deal is not valid with any other discount or coupon. The deal is dine-in only too, so no free take-outs.
You can also read about this tasty offer at IHOP’s official website.