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AYL TC-80 4-in-1 LED Flashlight review

AYL TC80 4-in-1 LED Flashlight Review CREE - Tactical Emergency Nightlight

The AYL TC80 4-in-1 LED Flashlight CREE – Tactical Emergency Nightlight

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.

AYL TC-80 4-in-1 LED Flashlight review The AYL-TC-80 Built-in Mini-Lantern

The AYL-TC-80 Built-in Mini-Lantern

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.

Roxow Jump Rope Review

Roxow Jump Rope

What comes with the Roxow Jump Rope, and what doesn’t.

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.

Free Yellowstone Trip Planning Kit

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 https://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.

FREE movies at your local Cinemark theater

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.

TFSS-16 – When Free Offers Are Suspended

A free offer that got suspended, free ice cream and a free guide to Pinterest.

Teaser :00

Intro :08

Show Sponsor 1:25
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Discussion Topic 1:44
We tell you about company that suspended a free sample offer on their web site due to overwhelming demand. We’ll tell you what company it was, why it happened and discuss the ramifications of such a scenario.

Buy-One-Get-One-Free Deal at Cold Stone Creamery 11:20

Free Guide To Pinterest 12:29

Wrap up and Close 15:01
Comments, questions or suggestions? Do you know of some freebies to share? send them in to comments[at]thefreestuffshow.com. Or submit them to our web site at thefreestuffshow.com! Like our show? Take our Audience Survey!

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Free Guide To Pinterest

Free Guide To Pinterest

Your Guide To Pinterest

Makeuseof.com is offering a Free guide to Pinterest. Called simply Your Guide To Pinterest by Maggie Marystone, it gives an overview of this unique online “pinboard platform of images collected, organized and shared by millions of Pinterest members and users worldwide.

Pinterest was created in 2009, and in less than a decade has built a platform with over 20 million loyal users. According to a recent report by The Social Habit, 21% of social media users have a Pinterest account, and the number continues to grow. Forbes claims Pinterest is the third most popular social networking site behind Facebok and Twitter. The bottom line? If you are not on Pinterest, you’re missing out.

Did you know we’re on Pinterest, too? Follow The Free Stuff Show on Pinterest and help us organize and share the latest discounts and freebies. Download Your Free Guide to Pinterest today and get started. It’s FREE!

By downloading this free guide, you agree to receive regular updates on the latest cool apps, product reviews, and giveaways from MakeUseOf.

Check out these other free offers from MakeUseOf.com!

TFSS-15 – Free Software

Free Windows 10 upgrade, free video editing software and a free DVD ripper.

Teaser :00

Intro :08

Show Sponsor 1:27
Looking for your next career? Look no further than JobCastCentral.com. Employers, list your jobs for FREE, at Jobcast Central! No charge, no limit! It’s free! Go to www.jobcastcentral.com.

Discussion Topic 1:47
We’ll tell you about the free Windows 10 upgrade offer and what it’s really all about. We’ll tell you when it expires, what you need to consider before you take advantage of the upgrade and why you may want to do it now.

Free Windows Live Movie Maker 16:18

Free WinX DVD Ripper Platinum V7.5.15 Note: offer expires July 15, 2016 17:36

Wrap up and Close 19:13
Comments, questions or suggestions? Do you know of some freebies to share? send them in to comments[at]thefreestuffshow.com. Or submit them to our web site at thefreestuffshow.com! Like our show? Take our Audience Survey!

©2016 Savoia Media. All rights reserved.

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum V7.5.15 FREE until July 15

Winx DVD Ripper Platinum

Winx DVD Ripper Platinum

Digiarty is offering a copy of WinX DVD Ripper Platinum V7.5.15 FREE until July 15! This software is a $39.95 value and is available as a FREE instant download from Digiarty for a very limited time.

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is an all-in-one DVD ripping & backup application for Windows. According to the publisher, it can rip any DVDs to hard drive, including strongly encrypted DVD discs and ISO images Digiarty also claims it can rip and copy DVDs with Intact Videos Audios and Subtitles in 5 minutes! It supports a number of popular video formats, including AVI, DVD to MP4, H.264, MPEG, WMV, MOV, FLV and M2TS. and to nearly all mobile devices, including iPhone, iPad , Android, Surface and Windows Phone. Now you can play your favorite videos anywhere and anytime without the actual DVD discs.

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum includes the following features:

  • Rip all kinds of any DVDs effortlessly with highest possible quality.
  • Rip DVD to be fit for Apple, Microsoft, Android mobiles & devices with 350+ ready profiles.
  • All-in-one. Rip DVD to almost all video formats, like MP4, H.264, AVI, WMV, MOV, etc.
  • Four copy modes: Clone DVD to ISO image/DVD folder; copy full title/main content.
  • Deliver No.1 fast speed, 3x to 5x faster speed than average DVD rippers, use-friendly interface makes ripping done in a few clicks.
  • erge/crop/trim videos before ripping; select subtitle track (incl. forced subtitle); add the downloaded SRT subtitle files in any languages.

This limited time offer expires July 15, 2016, so get it now! Download WinX DVD Ripper Platinum V7.5.15.

Gillette Series Sensitive Shave Gel video review


Gillette Series Sensitive Shave Gel video review.

Recently, BzzAgent sent me a free sample of Gillette Series Sensitive Shave Gel in exchange for my honest review. Gillette claims the product provides 3x Action According to the label, it hydrates to soften skin, lubricates to help protect, and is lightly fragranced to refresh.

In this video, I try it out and and tell you what I think. Does it deliver on the “3x Action” as advertised? Were there any nice or unpleasant surprises? I won’t give out any spoilers, so you’ll have to watch it. Don’t worry, it’s only three and a half minutes long.

Element Rice Cakes Video Review

This is our Element Rice Cakes video review. What are Element Rice Cakes? Well, as the name suggests, they are rice cakes. The ones we received for this video are topped with dark chocolate. The real question is, are they any good?

Tommy and I each received one coupon for a free sample of Element Rice Cakes from Swaggable in exchange for an honest review. In this video, we each give one a taste test and tell you what we think of these imported snacks.

Watch and hear our reactions when we each take a bite into an Element Dark Chocolate Rice Cake for the very first time.

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