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Soto Pocket Torch Turns Any Regular Lighter Into Powerful Windproof Torch

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Did you know that that disposable lighter you bought for a couple bucks can actually be turned into a powerful, windproof torch capable of outputting a 2,300ºF flame. You just have to get the Soto Pocket Torch pictured above, and insert your disposable lighter in it. It won’t work with any lighter; they do have to be of a certain size and type, but it’s not brand specific. And at $20 for the device, it’s a really cheap way to light stuff on fire around the house.

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Water Balloon Fights Will Never Be The Same

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There’s nothing quite as much fun as a water balloon fight on a hot summer day. But it’s safe to say that water balloon warfare is a field that’s seen relatively little technological innovation over the years. That’s about to end with the introduction of the “Bunch O’ Balloons” product. It’s a device that allows you to fill up 37 water balloons at once, using nothing but a garden hose. It unites the 37 balloon stems into one large stem which is then simply screwed onto the end of the hose. Open the faucet, fill them up, then just shake them loose; a special clamp automatically ties them shut as you shake so you don’t even need to tie them individually. At this rate, you’ll be able to fill about 100 a minute, which should be plenty fast enough to keep you armed through an entire afternoon.

The Kickstarter understandably blew right past its $10,000 goal, and is sitting at $537,000 at the time of writing. People are excited about this, and at $17 for a pack of 100, it won’t break the bank. Shipping is slated for September, however, so unless you live in a hot climate, you might not be able to get this in time for this summer.

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Every Traveler Needs One: Travel Door Stop Alarm

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Traveling on a budget shouldn’t mean having to compromise your security. Unfortunately, going for the cheaper hotel sometimes means outdated locks or alarm systems. Although this isn’t always the case, it’s better to be safe than to be sorry, and that’s where this handy dandy travel door stop alarm comes in.

It’s a portable alarm that you can jam under the door for some extra security. If or when someone attempts to enter your room, it will emit a 120-db alarm to let you (and the whole building) know that there’s an intruder at the door.

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iSwimband Helps Prevent Kids From Drowning

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According to the CDC, “from 2005-2009, there were an average of 3,533 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States — about ten deaths per day.” That’s much too large a number, and if the iSwimband pictured above can help bring it down even just a bit, we’re all for it. This device basically alerts you when it senses that one of your children could be in danger of drowning. There are two models: one is for swimmers and is worn around the head, the other is a wristband for younger kids and those who don’t swim yet. The swimmer’s headband lets kids go in the water, but will alert you on your phone if it senses its been under water for too long. The non-swimmer’s wristband however will immediately ping you if it gets wet. This way you can step away from the pool for a couple of minutes, or read that book, without having to worry that your kid will disobey you and actually get in the water like you told him not to. It’s $99 for a set including the app, and two sensors.

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The Case For Electronic Cigarettes

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The following article is brought to you by 21st Century Smoke. -Ed.

If you’re a longtime smoker, you’re probably already aware of all of the downsides to smoking. Aside from health concerns, smoking cigarettes is an expensive proposition, and the social downsides of being a smoker are many. Not only is there a severe lack of areas to legally smoke; smokers are stuck with smelly clothes, cars, and homes, and have less disposable income than a nonsmoker. Since the primary aim of smoking is delivering nicotine to your system, switching to a product like 21st Century Smoke e-cigs or liquid vaporizer pens can help solve these problems. Let’s break down the advantages to e-cigarettes versus traditional cigarettes.

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Selfie Toaster: Eat Your Face

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Fancy spreading some jam on your mug and eating your face every day? Sounds a bit crazy but that’s what you’ll be doing if you get one of these custom toasters from the Vermont Novelty Toaster Corp. The Selfie Toaster is essentially that: a toaster that lets you toast an imprint of your face onto every slice of bread you pop into it.

All you have to do is upload your selfie and fork over 75 bucks. Vermont will then use Photoshop and a CNC plasma cutter to “transfer” your face from the photo onto a metal plate, which is then fitted into the toaster.

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Deal Of The Day: 38% On iZZi Slim, The 4 Lens-In-One Ultimate Photo Kit

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The slow death of the point-and-shoot in favour of the convenience of the cellphone camera means that a vibrant ecosystem of accessories always seems welcoming to yet another entrant. You’ve seen the detachable iPhone lenses that allow you to take macro, fisheye, macro and wide-angle shots, but you’ve likely not often seen them done in the way that iZZi Slim does it. This iPhone 5/5S case features a rotating wheel with lenses attached, which means you can quickly switch from one lens to another. This is convenient, because you don’t have to fish around your accessory bag while the shot you want to take vanishes. The lenses are a Fisheye lens, a 2x Telephoto Lens, a Macro Lens, and a Wide-Angle Lens. Normally costing $155, it’s $95 today.

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Diablo Night Light Shines Bright to You a Fright

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Most people get a night light so they can see better in the dark without blinding themselves with sudden brightness in the middle of the night. They do not get one to scare the crap out of themselves. However, that’s what this Diablo night light will most likely do to them if they come face-to-face with it while they’re on their way to the toilet.

Even fans will get the occasional scare when they wake up and forget that they chose the uber-cool but scary night light, especially in their sleepy state.

Think you can take it? The Diablo night light is available online for about $20.

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1-Hour Photo App Makes You Wait For Your Selfies

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In this day and age, it’s all about instant gratification. From same-day delivery and courier service to instant messaging and email, you can now get what you want in as little time possible. Digital photography is another example. When people had to use film, pictures were shot few and far in between because film costs money, and it costs more money to get the roll developed. That’s in contrast to today, where people snap away whenever and wherever as their memory cards allow.

Changing the pace is the 1-Hour Photo app, which, as the name suggests, lets you view the photo that you’ve taken after one hour has passed. A black-and-white film emulation is applied to the photo, enhancing it and giving it that old-world feel. What the app aims to do, though, is keeping those moments special, without the distraction of reviewing photos as they’re being taken.

By the time people check out the shots, the moment will have been a memory, albeit one captured beautifully. You can download 1-Hour Photo on iTunes for free.

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