Handling Routine Car Maintenance with Everyday Tools

[GUEST BLOG]: Tools and auto repair have been long-time buddies for as long as we can remember. While some are fluent in auto maintenance, others need direction as to what tool works best for each need. Who better to tell you some of the top tools necessary for DIY auto repair and maintenance than The Armored Group, a company that renovates everyday trucks into armored trucks?

Here are some must-haves for your vehicle’s tool kit for any minor repair or maintenance task!

  1. Illuminate the Dark - No matter if it’s dark or light outside, you will definitely need a flashlight. Take these small rechargeable light options for example. These small handheld lights pack a punch with adjustable light modes, so you can see all the nooks and crannies of your engine or vehicle’s interior! All of the above options come with a five-year warranty!
  2. Pliers Hold ’Em - Pliers are a great tool for various maintenance tasks. Use the clamping version, such as Leatherman’s Crunch, to hold down a part end, while you use a wrench to loosen a bolt or other fastener. Needle-nosed pliers, on the other hand, have tapered, slender tips that are good for getting into those tight spaces.
  3. Precisely Tight Spots - Certain types of wrenches serve different purposes in car maintenance. Traditionally, wrenches for vehicle maintenance come in both US customary units and metric sizes to accommodate the different fits for nuts and bolts throughout your vehicle. If you don’t want a deluxe size set, try the pocket-sized, such as the Piranha 2!
  4. Choose Flat or Phillips - Screwdrivers are great for tightening or loosening clamps, as well as taking care of any screws that hold protective pieces to the main part you are seeking to reach. Opt for the bit kit accessory pack to attach to your Leatherman.

Granted there are many more tools that were used to create your vehicle, but for simple vehicle maintenance, having a flashlight, set of pliers, set of wrenches and sockets as well as the two types of screwdrivers will get the minor jobs taken care of. Need more ideas on how to use tools for everyday maintenance? Contact your local tool specialist today!

The Armored Group LLC takes ordinary trucks and converts them into extraordinary science marvels with their bullet-resistant plating and glass. Our vehicles have been used in military, tactical and even money-transporting businesses for over 25 years, and we will continue to do so to protect every passenger, every time. Fill out our contact form to get more information about our updated inventory today!

Tim meets with fans in China

Although we’re proud of our American roots, you can find Leatherman users all over the world. Tim Leatherman often makes appearances and attends events globally, sharing his story and business ideas. Here, he’s seen visiting with some Leatherman enthusiasts in China at a event promoting health, outdoor, and technology savvy brands and products. He spoke to the group about Leatherman and LED LENSER, signed tools and shared stories with fans.

The new F1R

The F1R is the most powerful, compact flashlight to hit LED LENSER. This innovative light is equipped with an impressive 1000 lumen output. It also comes with rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries and IPX8 waterproof housing all squeezed into a 4.5 inch light. Functional features include a USB port charger, tactical ring for breaking glass and a variable clip which allows the user to pin the light to surfaces in either direction.

“We really wanted to take the brightness and rechargeable features of our most powerful lights and pack it all into our popular F1,” said Chris Currah, LED LENSER Product Manager. “Then a multitude of people can use the F1R: tactical, professional, even the everyday consumer can use this light for different reasons. It’s an impressive little light you can have anywhere with you.”

The F1R is available online at ledlenserusa.com now.

How a rechargeable flashlight comes in handy

There is nothing worse than reaching for your phone, remote, flashlight, computer or other electronics to see it’s dead. But what’s worse? Realizing you need to replace the batteries.

We live in a world that has a lot of rechargeable. Our phones, computers, cars – they all charge without having to worry about the batteries being replaced. It’s almost 2015, I think it’s time we see an available option for rechargable in all electronics, don’t you?

Let’s list some ways a rechargable is handy: 

  1. The obvious: The convenience alone will make you wonder why you spent so many years stocking up on batteries to replace your dead ones. Why not just plug it in?
  2. A charged light (or fresh batteries) makes for a bright beam. Almost dead batteries start to lose power, don’t let that happen – charge it up!
  3. But what about those days you’re not near an outlet? No worries, remember, it’s 2015. We have capabilities to charge your light in USB drives, cars, and even solar adapters work to get you charged up.
  4. It’s much more cost efficient – batteries are expensive, and who wants to buy them over and over again?
  5. You can get them in all kinds of sizes and needs – we’ve made sure of it. Check out our smallest, and our biggest. We’ve got some everywhere in between, here.
  6. Headlamps too, see them here.

Let us know what you think about rechargable vs. non-rechargeable – we’re always hoping to start a conversation.

14 Reasons You Should Get a New NEO Headlamp

LED LENSER just launched their new NEO Headlamps, shown here. But what are they? Why should you buy them? It’s simple, here are the reasons:

  1. They’re by far our most colorful additions to the family (besides our D14) – Neon colors, so many neon colors – Pink, Blue, Green, Orange and Yellow.
  2. It’s modern and different. Are you a running, jogging, rollerblading, hiking, skating, walking, dancing, at a concert, taking photos? Are you a kid? Adult? It’s a lightweight light designed for movementpeople, all people, who enjoy life and are flexible and spontaneous. There really are so many reasons It’s perfect for you. 
  3. It’s great for kids and families – Walking the dog, playing in the backyard, hide and seek tag in the house after dinner, the neon colors are fun and creative for your kids to love. With a front and rear light, you and your family will be safe and seen. 
  4. Do you love those DIY household crafts? Do them hands free and in style with a neon headlamp that’s bright but can be dimmed for any situation.
  5. It’s got a wide and bright beam, 16:9 to be exact, you’re going to see everything and your safety is heightened.
  6. The NEO is easy, control it with one switch.
  7. It’s 54g without batteries – That’s less than one pound of weight.
  8. They’re compact, ergonomically designed for human anatomy.
  9. They operate on batteries you can find anywhere. All you need is 3 AAA batteries, rechargeable batteries (NiMH) are possible too.
  10. Splash resistant – Don’t panic if it begins to rain on your camping trip, running route or hike.
  11. Smart Light Technology – Do you want bright light, dimmed light, or a blinking light that lets you be seen? You pick.
  12. How would you feel if I told you this tiny, lightweight, neon and trendy light will give you 90 lumens of light? That’s bright.
  13. They are so fun. Check this out.

Find out more information here, let us know what you think. These lights are now available on ledlenserusa.com!

Outdoor Retailer Show 2014 – The Recap

What’s the info on the new releases from OR show? What’s coming up, and when can I get them?

LED Lenser is releasing four exciting new products: NEO Headlamps, F1R, T2 and TT. All these products begin shipping in September and October.

  • The NEO headlamps are our new neon colored headlamps created for the active lifestyle user. Created with runners, joggers, families, nighttime recreational activities and more in mind, it has 90 lumens, 16:9 wide beamed light and runs on 3AAA batteries. You can get them in Yellow, Blue, Orange, Pink and Green.
  • The F1R is one of the most powerful, compact flashlights on the market with 1000 lumens, Smart Light Technology® and IPX8 Waterproof features.
  • Our TT and T2 are upgraded versions of our Tac Torch and V2 lights designed with better-quality optics, tail cap switch improvements and higher power LED’s to enhance the previous versions for the users.

Leatherman is launching the Leatherman Leap. The Leap will be available to ship in the next couple weeks! 

  • The Leap is the industry first ever kid friendly multi-tool. It’s ergonomically designed for the first time multi-tool user, with the ability to be functional with or without the knife blade depending on maturity and responsibility level of the child. When ready, the knife can be locked into the tool for use. The Leap gives the younger generation the first tool designed just for them.


Why LED?

Why buy a LED flashlight?

  1. They are simple. LED stands for light-emitting diode, which is a simple component that only allows the electricity to move in one direction.
  2. They can last for a long time. The average battery life of a 180 lumen light is 90hrs. And those batteries are sometimes rechargeable.
  3. LEDs are known to be more durable than other lights. The materials that they’re created from help that durability. Temperature control, non-glass components, longer lifespans, lumens, the list really goes on.
  4. Options: These lights, like many others, also come in different shapes, base configurations, focus systems, colors and intensities.
  5. These lights can be created to produce light in various ways, fitting all your needs. Headlamps, handheld, keychain, powerful, waterproof, mounted, survival, outdoors, etc.
  6. Often times, they’re paired with technology. Like Smart Light Technology, for example.

We’re proud of our lights – Shop them here.

Four Colors, Same Quality Light

The P7QC is the first four color handheld flashlight from LED LENSER. Yeah, you heard it, four colors bursting with 220 lumens in white, red, blue or green.

Uses for White: It’s just…light. It’ll help you make any dark place feel like daytime.
Uses for Red: Night vision won’t be compromised with this feature. Many tactical, aviation, safety and military professionals use this feature during late night work.
Uses for Green: Green is less visible than red, great for hunting, signalling and keeping things calm when walking to the campsite without drawing attention to yourself.
Uses for Blue: Blue is most popular for blood tracking scenarios and map reading. Most hunters prefer the blue to help topography lines to stand out in travelling situations.

An updated version of the popular P7 model, the P7QC provides the perfect light to any situation. The P7QC will run for 3 hours on Power mode and up to 50 hours of light on Low Power, all on just four AAA batteries. Find out more and buy yours here today.

Let there be light!

Signal Snowboards does an awesome video about creating off the wall snowboards every third Thursday of each month. The segment, which they’ve appropriately named Every Third Thursday, had what we think to be a pretty awesome theme; LIGHT! They called us for help and we couldn’t be more excited to share this all with you! Watch this video and see what happens when fresh new snow, nighttime darkness, a couple of snowboards and LED LENSER join together: