3 in 1 Universal Professional HD Camera Lens Kit REVIEW

I’ve always wondered if these were just a gimmick… so I had to try these to put my curiosity to rest.

This lens kit wasn’t sold with a particular brand name – but the box has “SMART & EASY” all over it, so I’m guessing that’s the brand. At first glance, it’s just a box with some well padded lenses and a clip inside. The lenses, as small as they are, actually have decent heft to them. These are built with aluminum, plastic protective covers when not in use, and these are actually made with glass, not poly-carbonate.

I took some shots from the exact same position, pointed at some flowers on the dinner table to show the real difference these lenses make.

In order, I will show a normal shot, focused as close as it can go; then a macro lens shot, a wide angle shot, and a fish-eye shot. Each lens is labeled with what it is: 230 fish eye lens, .65X Wide Angle Lens, 15X Macro Lens.

Besides that, the pictures speak for themselves. The build quality is surprisingly good, and the pictures taken are good quality as well!

The cons that I see are as follows:
The clip is sort of obnoxious and in the way.
If you have one of those thick cases on your phone, the lens may not sit close enough to be as useful.
If you have ANY case on your phone, the lens will sit slightly off of the phone. I have a thin case on my Samsung Galaxy S7, but the offset isn’t affecting the picture too much.

The pros that I see are as follows:
The macro lens allows you to actually get clear sharp images from within about an inch!
The wide angle lens does give you a little more width to those photos.
The fish eye lens really gives a lot of view with its 230 degrees.
Pictures are still sharp and clear.
Possibilities of what you can do with these is really limited by your own creativity.

These lenses are really awesome and I would recommend them if you would rather take those cool shots in places you normally wouldn’t take your bigger nicer camera!
Available on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072FQTPPZ

TruPath LED Flashlight w/Case Review

I love doing reviews on LED flashlights – so many things I can be critical about… The TruPath LED Flashlight has now come under scrutiny. They advertise the brightest flashlight – but how can anyone really advertise that? Companies boast their 1500+ lumen single die flashlights – when 1000 lumens is really only reachable under very good conditions with the Cree XML-T6 die (which many of them are advertising that they use).

The TruPath light has an oddity that makes this hard to compare with other lights that I have: it doesn’t seem to have a hot spot! I can tell there is one, only because my camera filters it out a bit easier than my own eyes. It is mostly a solid consistent flood pattern. The flood light is brighter than many of my other lights, but my other lights also have a brighter hot spot – even when compared to the TruPath’s 100% zoomed in hot spot. While this is actually a neat and useful oddity, their advertised 2500 lumen output is bogus, as before mentioned, the Cree XML-T6 has a theoretical output of 325% * 280 lumens (910 lumens) if it’s running at 3000mA, which is considered an extremely high operating current and is considered unsafe or degrading to the health of the LED. Enough of that soap-box… The description says zooming is a twist action, you actually just pull the lens forward.

Otherwise, for the price, it is of exceptional build quality, no loose, shaky parts. It’s waterproof, for the minute I had it in water. And it has a very consistent flood pattern. It comes in a cool case, comes with a pouch, a charged 4000mAh 18650 lithium battery, and a 3x AAA adapter. I don’t think you can go too far wrong with this light in your outdoors or emergency kit.

Available on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NALMV1H

Video Review: On YouTube.

Cozlane LED USB Bicycle Tail Light Review

As a motorcyclist and cyclist, I’m a huge believer in ‘making myself known’ in public, especially through the form of lighting. As I’ve been getting back into cycling lately, and especially as I commute 24 miles to and from on the bicycle, I needed to make sure I’m being well marked on the road – so others can purposely avoid hitting me… or purposely hit me I guess – no accidents is the goal!

To begin with – packaging: This light was well packed with little or no room for it to rattle during shipment. The mount is extremely easy to install, move, and adjust. The strap is a softer rubber that simply wraps around whatever you’re mounting the light to. The light itself clips into the rubber clamp in either direction so you can mount this vertically or horizontally. The light can be tilted (it clicks into each position) for some directional adjustment.

Turning on the light, I am very pleased with how BRIGHT it is! The color is very rich and bright. The module has 5 different light modes: Red Solid On, Red Flashing, Blue Solid On, Blue Flashing, Red Flashing – Blue Flashing, and off. Pressing the power button switches modes and holding the power turns it off.

The light has a USB charging port (and it comes with a very short cheap cable).

In use, I’ve taken this on a couple trips to and from work. The light stayed on the whole time to work, but it got turned off at some point on the way home. Also, on the way home, the ride must have been more jolting because the light was actually tilting down instead of straight out where I left it.

Overall Pros: The light is awesomely bright, looks nice, super easy to install, and makes me that much more visible.
Overall Cons: The light did get turned off and the tilt position changed while going over some bumps in the road.

This light is available on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Rechargeable-Waterproof-Options-Mountain-Bicycles/dp/B072Q9NQQG?SubscriptionId=AKIAIYFLREOYORYNAQTQ&tag=test0e5d-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B072Q9NQQG/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1497863925&sr=1-7