feature post image for Aukey Flashlight Jump Starter

Aukey Flashlight Jump Starter

It’s not particularly compact for a torch, but that’s because the Aukey Flashlight Jump Starter also packs a capable 12,000mAh lithium ion battery within its casing. This battery also powers its bright LED bulb which cycles through three modes — torch, SOS, and emergency strobe — when it’s not outputting juice to your digital device plugged into its USB port. It’ll even deliver 400A peak amp current through the included jumper cable clamps, enough to boost most cars and small trucks with gas powered engines smaller than 5 litres.

Find it at Amazon – $70 [via]

Tags: Cars, Tech
feature post image for Big Red No.88 Beard Combs

Big Red No.88 Beard Combs

Forget plastic. Big Red’s No.88 Beard Combs are made of stainless steel that’s sandblasted on its faces and polished, on its edges, to a shiny mirror-like finish. The No.88 Lite is made of nothing but stainless steel, though the two models shown both feature Rosewood scales as their handles, differing only in width of tooth pattern to accommodate either thicker or finer beard hair — and to bring them some much-needed order. Plus an integrated bottle opener behind the comb makes carrying yours daily a no-brainer.

Find them at Big Red Beard Combs – $38 to $54

Tags: Body, Gear
feature post image for Everyday Carry Breakdown #123

Everyday Carry Breakdown #123

Each week we’ll show you an everyday carry – a small selection of tools, gadgets, and gear carried daily to cope with a variety of situations – worthy of a few minutes of your attention. This week’s EDC belongs to a product designer in Edinburgh.

For the full July 22nd breakdown, hit up Everyday Carry

Tags: EDC
feature post image for Cycliq Fly12

Cycliq Fly12

The cyclist’s version of a dash cam, Cycliq’s Fly12 is a brilliant bike light with a 1080p HD camera attached — and a perfect complement to their rear-facing Fly6. The light portion puts out 400 lumens on its max setting, bombarding the road or trail with photons at up to 80 feet ahead. Recording is in constant loops with 1 button footage protection that catches the action (some sample footage here) — or evidence — on its 16GB MicroSD. Naturally, it’s also weatherproof, attaches on a reliable airplane-grade aluminum handlebar mount, and boasts both WiFi and Bluetooth to connect to your phone for full Strava integration, amongst other things.

Find it at Amazon – $350

feature post image for Runamok Bourbon Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup

Runamok Bourbon Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup

If you love the taste of bourbon but rather not get started too early in the day, try some of Runamok’s Bourbon Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup over your pancakes in the morning. It starts with quality organic maple syrup which is then aged in barrels that just recently held bourbon, imbuing the tasty Vermont product with flavors from the spirit but without any alcohol. And if bourbon’s not your thing they offer both rye and rum barrel-aged maple syrups as well, all in 8.45 fluid ounce bottles.

Learn more at Runamok – $20

feature post image for Catalyst Fermentation System

Catalyst Fermentation System

Homebrewing your own beer from start to finish is an unwieldy process. Craft A Brew’s Catalyst Fermentation System doesn’t change the essential steps but does eliminate and simplify the ones that come after the actual brewing, including separating sediment after primary (and secondary, if applicable) fermentation, priming, and even bottling. It does this thanks to a 6.5 gallon crystal clear conical Tritan tank with a silicone gasket-sealed cap that sits atop a stand and boasts a 3-inch Trub Trap butterfly valve underneath. The Trub Trap is compatible with all wide mouth containers — think standard mason jar — letting you screw one on to ditch unwanted sediment that naturally falls to the bottom of the tank without contaminating your beer. Moreover a bottling attachment is also compatible with it, cutting out any need for siphoning to instead let gravity do its work. And after a batch is complete just shove the tank in the dishwasher and be done with it.

Check it out at Kickstarter – $175

feature post image for Glif Smartphone Tripod Mount

Glif Smartphone Tripod Mount

Shaping the original Glif for iPhone was easy: the smartphone came in one size. The new Glif Smartphone Tripod Mount is a bit more ambitious, aiming to grip not only Apple’s three current smartphone sizes but also any other device from 58 to 99 mm in width (i.e. basically any  reasonably sized smartphone). Flip the lever to unlock Glif’s jaws and to slide or remove your device. Flip it back in to lock, and a clever system further tightens the soft rubber grips around your phone for a reliable and solid hold. It’s also equipped with tripod mounts on three sides for mounting in either portrait or landscape orientation and, optionally, onto which you can mount additional accessories like a flash or microphone for more serious mobile recording.

Hit up Kickstarter for details – $25

feature post image for Sony 100

Sony 100″ Z9D 4K HDR Television

Despite its resolution Sony’s 100-inch Z9D 4K HDR Television will have you worrying about pixel density, in large part due to sheer size. But the flagship television still greatly improves picture quality over previously available sets through the implementation of various technologies including their 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme which uses High Dynamic Range to show subtle distinctions in colors and darkness, as well as Backlight Master Drive, a backlighting system with ultra-dense LEDs and full control over the brightness of each one — not to mention minimal light diffusion to unwanted areas. It’s otherwise equipped with 3D capabilities and a clean design that won’t distract you from what you’re watching. Also available in more reasonably sized 65-inch and 75-inch versions that are available now on Amazon for $7k and $10k and that makes us more curious about the as yet unannounced price of their larger sibling.

Learn more at Sony – $TBA

Tags: Tech
feature post image for 100 Essential Novels Scratch-Off Chart

100 Essential Novels Scratch-Off Chart

Got a good book list ready for the rest of the summer? If not, this one’s more likely to last you through to the fall, and maybe a couple more years after that. You’ll want to leave Pop Chart Lab’s 100 Essential Novels Scratch-Off Chart in a glass-less frame, though, for full access to its scratchable gold foil partially covering the covers of the hundred classics included in the print. The books span 1605 to today and each hides a narrative-specific design element to be revealed when scratched. So get to it, those books aren’t going to read themselves.

Grab one at Pop Chart Lab – $35

Tags: Decor, Home
feature post image for Balmuda Steam Oven Toaster

Balmuda Steam Oven Toaster

Some of the best inventions have come to be by chance. And while it might not change the world, the Balmuda Steam Oven Toaster makes some damn good toast, all started by a fortuitous encounter with rain while warming bread over a grill. The toaster’s key feature is a small slot under a panel up top in which to pour about one teaspoon of water using the included mini cup. The ensuing steam imbues moisture into the bread as temperatures inside gradually rise, producing bread that tastes as fresh as that from a bakery without having to leave your own kitchen. Besides toast it’s also got modes specifically tailored to making cheese toast, baguette, and croissant, amongst others, and a minimal design that should look at home in any contemporary kitchen. Though they’re not officially hitting the American market for the time being you might still be able to grab one for yourself, albeit at a steep premium over the $230 Japanese price.

Learn more at Balmuda (Japanese site) or find one at Amazon – $415 [via]

top ↑