COME ON MEH… I have blenders… I have blue tooth speakers. I have stripped socks. I have knifes for every room in da house. What I don’t have is a blue tooth blender with CRKT blades that will fit in my sock drawer!!! Been waiting for years for this… I know they have it… I know you have it. I’ve been told you are waiting… Waiting for what… Just put them online already. Because MEH… I will buy “one” then… I will be happy. Ok, got to go. My P.O. is here for visitation. Hey MEH do you have a CRKT blade that will cut through an RT479Z ankle monitor? Let me know…
@bugger Were you our patient the other day? Seriously had a guy come in for an MRI and he had an ankle monitor on which is obviously not MRI safe. Told us just to give him a pair of scissors and he’d cut it off. The MRI tech refused his request and sent him home. I for one would have loved to see what happened if he had done so.
Likely he had permission to come to the hospital or he would have triggered his probation officer coming to his house when he left the area. Then they would have gone looking at him in the vicinity of the signal and he would have consequences instituted for leaving his house and yard without permission. Doubt he’d have done it that way for a scheduled medical test. Also likely he didn’t know he couldn’t wear it in the machine or he could have (a) brought his own scissors or (b) his probation officer could have taken it off - yes they cut them off. Maybe add that to the instructions that if they have one they can’t wear it during the procedure and need to make arrangements.
What can be done in the future, when this gets rescheduled, is to call his probation officer (or that office), get permission to cut it off and then they’d just put it back on him after he was done (and charge him for the strap).
A shame he was sent home as you have to jump through flaming hoops to get to leave the house/yard (my kid, whom I adopted at nearly 10 and was and is really troubled, had on one for a while). Not to mention he needed the MRI done and so likely his doctor is ticked, not just him.
I’d also suggest someone call him, and ask him when he wants to reschedule and ask him to make arrangements to have it removed prior entering the room for the test without involving hospital staff in the removal. Some people don’t seem to be all that good at problem solving and he may just presume he won’t get one now, and may not even have called his doctor to let that person know of the problem. Also then make sure you give him a “work” excuse - without him having to ask for it - so his probation officer knows he actually showed up for the test. If it is in writing somewhere he can’t wear those in the MRI he might be spared the charge for replacing the strap (often they charge $75-150 as a penalty - umm yeah we had to pay that twice as stupid child cut hers off twice to sneak off - she tried sneaking out without removing it once and was nailed by them about it so resorted to cutting it off).
@Kidsandliz I don’t know his story but he was actually at our outpatient center two days in a row the week before. The tech there noticed he had something under his sock but didn’t ask him about it. I’m not MRI, they get to deal with the issue…
I could see buying one of these. Or MAYBE two. But I have no idea what I would do with four of them. That’s just overkill. I get the economies of scale in the shipping, of course, but if these don’t sell out today, consider selling a single or a two-pack at a reasonable price, and I’d consider buying.
@JT954 that’s not too bad, but doesn’t say how long the battery lasts. Maybe it only stores 5 minutes of charge (no point cranking more than 30 seconds). The fact that it mentions lithium (and not NiCD) is a good sign of decent battery life though.
Now these are the kinds of deals I’ve been waiting for Meh to offer. Could be fun to contrast and compare with my Halo lights. Plus I can save on batteries and use them towards something else like fans. Can you put up crankable/battery operated fans next? It’s still too damn hot in Florida.
@decoratedwarvet@hchavers Hey and in the south where I live you even get a shotgun as bonus when you buy a big enough diamond ring at some jewelry store around here. Gives new meaning to a “shotgun wedding”.
@hchavers@Spheyr Northern Idaho a ton of people had a variety of guns too. I think I was the only one in the neighborhood who didn’t own one, not to mention there were pockets here and there of survivalists, skinheads, neonazis, and other kooks and nuts.
Let’s see, no lumen rating, incandescent bulb, a solar panel AND a hand crank. I imagine every flashlight I have bought in the last decade(there are many)is orders of magnitude better than these things.
Pick up a three pack of NITecore Tubes for $20 and you will be much better off.
@Bandrik You are correct. I guessed without hitting the qvc link because the pics made it look like a bulb.
I watched the video there though at it does seem these are not bright enough to do anything useful.
Well I have a sister who says a woman can never own too many flashlights… so… her birthday is in 6 weeks… problem solved. Probably keep one myself in the car and another one in the apt… So she gets two.
see…THIS is the kind of lame ass crap that MEH used to sell…Just placed an order for a 4-pack. Cheap enough I want them…and even if they work MEH…I will find enough uses or places…NICE job MEH!..keep it up!
@JawjaBill@pixelated If I had enough money that is what I’d give everyone this year too but I’d need 26 of them and I don’t have that kind of money -not to mention we can only buy 12 total. Instead I am giving hubmen (got some from the hubman adoption project, some in fuko’s, and one in a mehrican exchange). I still need about 5 or 6 non-pink ones (have to go count). I’ll pay postage.
I have learned the hard way with windup flashlights is that you can’t just let them sit ignored. You need to periodically charge the battery by winding (or I guess in this case let them sit in a window) as otherwise the rechargeable battery goes bad.
@Kidsandliz If these were well engineered (which I doubt) then as long as you charge it up before storage, you could go 6 months to a year between recharge cycles.
These probably need to be cranked once a month or left in relatively bright light.
The really bad ones don’t have sufficient protection against over charging, so leaving those in the sun for weeks at a time can kill them too. Or one step worse, the solar cells aren’t real. Given that this is Meh, not Ick, they probably have reasonable charge protection.
Could not resist. I think the thing our grandkids like the most about camping is flashlights. As the sun drops in the sky, all the flashlights and lanterns come out and get turned on. With these I can stop yelling “turn those off until it actually gets dark!”
Fun fact - we almost always see a nutritious-longing-heron on our morning runs.
Mine arrived the day before yesterday (but I am closer to Dallas than you are). They do seem about as bright as the old style double D flashlights but with a whiter light so that part is good.
I am having trouble getting them to charge using solar. They were outside all day on top of the brick wall in the sun - and I got all of about 5 minutes of light out of them.
Tomorrow, if I have time, I am going to take two of them and crank the crap out of them to see what the deal is (and leave the other two in the sun) and see if I can have the flashlight on as long as they claim to try to determine if the problem is the battery (eg too old) or not.
I hope for your sakes that yours don’t have this problem. On the other hand it appears that you can just crank every 5 min to turn the light back on so at least you will have some light.
@Euniceandrich@kabijj Well hopefully your set of these will charge better. Maybe they just take a really long time to fully charge if they battery has been fully discharged for a long time. Or, with luck for you folks since you may well really, really need to them to work properly, I just have a random draw of “something bad happened to this box of them”.
I’d be curious to know if others are having these issues with them or if it is just mine.
My flashlights arrived today. They are pretty neat! But, one of them didn’t seem to work. Doesn’t light up. I tried the generator crank but it did not light up after a solid minute of cranking. It doesn’t have much resistance like the others do so I’m guessing that’s why it’s not charging via cranking. I’ll try solar charging, but for now it seems to be a dud.
@Bandrik Hmm… How stiff is the cranking? Mine, for all 4, wasn’t very stiff at all and I barely got any charge even when cranking for like 10 minutes solid (tried that with each one). The noise they make cranking caused one cat to attack and bite my elbow (arm that was cranking). Not sure what set her off with those as normally she doesn’t bite or scratch. She acted like she was scared (tail fluffed out) and yet wanted to kill the thing. Solar holds a charge a bit longer, but not all that great. Not sure if the problem is the battery or not or that they are just duds. Glad to hear 3 of your 4 work, I don’t have a complete dud but I don’t have anything that does much. Hope we are the exception rather than the rule.
@Kidsandliz Thanks for your reply! Well I can update now. I left it out in the sun, but it did not charge the battery. BUT, I DID find the solar panel AND crank DO work. When powered on, the LED DOES light up when the solar panel is exposed to bright enough light, and it also REALLY shines when turning the crank. But, once you stop, it goes dark. Thus, I conclude that it is functional, BUT the battery has failed and will not actually store energy.
Oh, and my cats find the sound it makes awful as well. XD
@Bandrik You take it apart to see what kind of battery it has? I haven’t had a chance to go look (although I don’t really want to have to pay for a battery for something that should be working to begin with) - but as they are bright enough when they do shine, depending on the expense it might be worth it. I haven’t contacted support yet as I keep hoping if I bake it in the sun for days there will be a different outcome. LOL I think you are right though - these must be old old stock and the batteries may have given up the ghost.