The Best Inexpensive Filters For Removing Fluoride

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In A Nutshell The best way to remove fluoride from tap water is to use a filter containing Brimac (or bone char). Another good alternative is to use a filter containing activated alumina. The Details Fluoride is difficult to remove from water. Filters by Brita or Pur use activated carbon, which does not remove any fluoride. The filtration methods listed below are only methods recommended by the EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) and the WQA (Water Quality Association) for … [Read more...]

The Brightest LED Flashlights Of 2014


In A Nutshell These days, there are some mighty bright LED flashlights over there -- ones that can rival car headlights in their shine. My personal favorite is the 860 lumen Fenix TK-41 U2, which is currently the brightest flashlight powered by AA batteries. However, the brightest reliable LED Flashlight is the Nitecore TM15 Tiny Monster which can output 2450 lumens. Here's the details: Nitecore Tiny Monster 15: 2450 Lumens The Nitecore TM15 Tiny Monster LED Flashlight shines with an … [Read more...]

The Best Portable LED Worklight Of 2014

Best Portable LED Worklights Of 2014

In A Nutshell My recommendation for the best portable LED worklight is the Maxxeon Workstar. I just used this light to change a car tire in the dark, and the solid floodlight beam really helped. I don't think there's a portable floodlight that can rival the brightness and beam quality of this light. It shines with 270 lumens on its high setting, and 90 lumens on its low setting. It has a fresnel-like lens that creates a floodlight beam with no shadows or rings.  As for runtimes, the light lasts … [Read more...]

The Most Durable Glassware and Dinnerware


This is one of our “Buy It For Life” posts were we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. Duralex Picardie Tumblers Duralex has been manufacturing tempered glassware in France since 1929. Their Picardie Tumblers are known for lasting decades -- they will bounce several times when dropped on the floor and survive without a crack. The tumblers can also withstand a sudden thermal shock -- the temperate glass can go from -4° F to 212° F without breaking. This means they can be … [Read more...]

The Best Non-Toxic Bedding For 2013


We spend about one third of our lives in bed -- it's a time when our body regenerates itself. We release about 3 liters of water while we sleep, and our bodies go through cycles of cooling down and heating up. We also absorb substances through our skin and through our lungs. Thus, keeping one's bed toxin-free is optimal. My recommended material for mattress and pillows is -- natural latex (from the rubber tree). Latex is a yielding but highly resilient material. Latex mattresses do not … [Read more...]

The Ultralight Pocket: Recommended Keychain Tools For 2013


These are the most optimal ultralight tools I could find. They all fit on a keychain: Nite Ize Inka Pen (writes underwater, writes in tempurature from -30 degrees to +300 degrees, ultralight, made in US) Leatherman Micra (keychain-sized, ultralight multi-tool, includes scissors, made in US) Fenix LD01R2 LED Flashlight (very durable and produces 80 lumens of light -- as much a bright full-sized flashlight) Titanium Waterproof Medicine Capsule (ultralight capsule for carrying breath … [Read more...]

The Warmest Socks, Gloves, Hats, Scarves, Base Layers, Mid-Layers and Blankets


I've been researching the warmest animal fiber products available (click here to jump straight to the product list). During my research, the Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook was very helpful. I've compiled a short list of the warmest fibers: Qiviut (Musk Ox Down) Qiviut (pronounced "kiv-ee-ute") is the name for the downy hair of the musk ox. It is the warmest fiber in the world -- about eight times as warm as sheep's wool. Musk oxen live in Alaska and Canada where temperatures sometimes drop to … [Read more...]

Selvedge Denim Jeans Made In The USA


Tellason Jeans Tellason jeans are made in San Francisco, were they were first product during the Goldrush. Tellason jeans are constructed selvedge denim form Cone' White Oak mill in Greensboro, North Carolina. Selvedge denim is made on traditional shuttle looms. Selvedge denim is tightly woven, making the denim stronger and more durable. Selvedge also has a stronger outseam that will resist fraying more than a stitched out seam. Originally, Cone Mills supplied denim for Levi’s beginning in … [Read more...]

The Best Bookshelf Speakers Under $200


In A Nutshell The best bookshelf speakers under $200 are the Pioneer SP-BS22-LR speakers. These inexpensive speakers are great value. These speakers were designed by Andrew Jones, a noted speaker designer. One of his other notable designs are the TAD Reference One’s which sell for slightly more money than the SP-BS22-LRs -- $70K. Professional reviewers like the SP-BS22-LRs. Neil Gader, in his review for The Absolute Sound magazine, had this to say, “The BS22 has an honest tonal signature … [Read more...]

The Best Headphones Under $200 For 2013


The Beyerdynamic DT-990-Pro-250 is the highest fidelity headphone you can buy for under $200. I own this one, and it's amazing. I've spent a lot of time examining headphone lists created by audiophiles, and this headphone was recommended many times. It's an open headphone -- this mean others around will be able to hear your music. I recommend using a mini-amplifier with these headphones, you intend to use them with a portable MP3 player. I have a Fiio E10 USB DAC Headphone Amplifier and it works … [Read more...]