Car Winter Safety Recommendations from the National Safety Counsel

Winter Driving Safety Kit

Car Winter Safety Recommendations from the National Safety Counsel

Driving in the winter means snow, sleet and ice that can lead to slower traffic, hazardous road conditions, hot tempers and unforeseen dangers. To help you make it safely through winter, here are some suggestions from the National Safety Council to make sure that you and your vehicle are prepared.

At any temperature — 20° Fahrenheit below zero or 90° Fahrenheit above — weather affects road and driving conditions and can pose serious problems. It is important to monitor forecasts on the Web, radio, TV, Weather Channel, or in the daily papers.

Your Car
Prepare your car for winter. Start with a checkup that includes:
• Checking the ignition, brakes, wiring, hoses and fan belts.
• Changing and adjusting the car spark plugs.
• Checking the air, fuel and emission filters, and the PCV valve.
• Inspecting the distributor.
• Checking the battery.
• Checking the tires for air, sidewall wear and tread depth.
• Checking antifreeze levels and the freeze line.
Your car should have a tune-up (check the owner’s manual for the recommended interval) to ensure better gas mileage, quicker starts and faster response on pick-up and passing power.

Necessary Equipment
An emergency situation on the road can arise at any time and you must be prepared. In addition to making sure you have the tune-up, a full tank of gas, and fresh anti-freeze, you should carry the following items in your car trunk:
• Properly inflated spare tire, wheel wrench and tripod-type jack
• Shovel
• Jumper cables
• Tow and tire chains
• Bag of salt or cat litter
• Tool kit

Essential Supplies
Be prepared with a “survival kit” that should always remain in the car. Replenish after use. Essential supplies include:
Working flashlight and extra batteries
• Reflective triangles and brightly-colored cloth
• Compass
• First aid kit
• Exterior windshield cleaner
• Ice scraper and snow brush
• Wooden stick matches in a waterproof container
• Scissors and string/cord
• Non-perishable, high-energy foods like unsalted canned nuts, dried fruits, and hard candy.

In addition, if you are driving long distances under cold, snowy, and icy conditions, you should also carry supplies to keep you warm such as heavy woolen mittens, socks, a cap and blankets.
If You Become Stranded…
• Do not leave your car unless you know exactly where you are, how far it is to possible help, and are certain you will improve your situation.
• To attract attention, light two flares and place one at each end of the car a safe distance away. Hang a brightly colored cloth from your antenna.
• If you are sure the car’s exhaust pipe is not blocked, run the engine and heater for about 10 minutes every hour or so depending upon the amount of gas in the tank.
• To protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia use the woolen items and blankets to keep warm.
• Keep at least one window open slightly. Heavy snow and ice can seal a car shut.
• Eat a hard candy to keep your mouth moist.
Reprinted with permission from the National Safety Council

Emergency Preparedness

emergency preparedness
Colorado flooding 2013

Emergency Preparedness

There is no time like the present to address emergency preparedness preparations. Earlier this year it was devastating fires that scorched millions of acres across the western states. This past week rains of biblical proportions flooded Colorado and New Mexico. The threat of more rain looms as favorable conditions in the Gulf of Mexico support the formation of a tropical storm or maybe even the first hurricane of 2013 to impact the continental U.S.

The severity of natural disasters continues to increase. Is it global warming or merely deviations in what is typically referred to as the natural cycle, aka seasonal averages? With the change of season come shorter days and the inevitable transition to cooler then down right colder temperatures. We know this is the order of things so why not make sure we are prepared for what is coming down the road.

The best emergency preparedness for difficult conditions is planning for “what ifs” including power outages, disabled vehicle, getting stranded when severe weather makes travel unsafe to move on. The web site is one of numerous resources that provide details of what an emergency kit should contain. No matter what checklist you refer to each and every one includes the importance of a reliable flashlight.

EcoCentricNow LLC via our web site offers a variety of flashlights that are ideal for every kit including kits for the home, work or vehicle. Our rechargeable capacitor and battery lights provide illumination without the concern of running out of batteries. Our crank flashlights, Vortex and LightStorm SL1, provide bright illumination and can also be used to charge cell phones. In this day of staying in touch, it’s comforting to know that your cell phone will be available even when the power grid is down.

September is Emergency Preparedness Month but the fact is every month is emergency preparedness month. Take the time to make sure you’re ready for what Mother Nature may throw your way.

NEED Projects Selects ECN as Battery Supplier

NEED Selects ECN as Battery Supplier

National Energy Educational Development (NEED) elects to purchase batteries from EcocentricNow LLC parent company of AIT. This purchase is an expansion of NEED to include both renewable energy shake flashlights and an assortment of batteries to their educational kits.

Contact Us to learn more about how EcocentricNow LLC (ECN) can help your company or organization purchase batteries in bulk.

The mission of the NEED Project is to promote an energy conscious and educated society by creating effective networks of students, educators, business, government and community leaders to design and deliver objective, multi-sided energy education programs. NEED works with energy companies, agencies and organizations to bring balanced energy programs to the nation’s schools with a focus on strong teacher professional development, timely and balanced curriculum materials, signature program capabilities and turn-key program management.

NASA Wallops Island, VA Rocket Launch

LADEE satellite launch from Wallops Island, VA

NASA Rocket Launch of LADEE Satellite from Wallops Island, VA – A Sight to See

Weather conditions were perfect on the night of September 6, 2013 to watch the launch of the Minotaur V rocket from NASA’s space flight operations located in Wallops Island, VA. Our viewing point was South Bethany Beach, DE approximately 40 miles from Wallops Island. Not a cloud in the sky when the bright glow to our southwest illuminated the horizon in a ball of yellow colored light. Within seconds the long flame from the rocket engines could be seen rising into the night sky as the vehicles trajectory took it directly over our perch in the sand at the ocean’s edge. Stage separation, a total of five but we could clearly observe three, was beautiful to watch as the spacecraft flew by. The rocket was visible for approximately 2 minutes before the pin point of remaining light faded into the eastern sky.

According to news reports the rocket could be seen along the eastern seaboard as far south as South Carolina and points north beyond Boston, MA. As close as we were to NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility our viewing location was nothing short of fantastic.

The Minotaur V rocket is carrying the LADEE satellite, which stands for Lunar Atmosphere Dust Environment Explorer. After launch the rocket will orbit the earth before continuing its journey to the moon to explore dust particulate in the thin lunar atmosphere. The abundance of dust on the lunar surface has been a mystery since the Apollo missions transported men to the moon starting in 1969.

The Minotaur V rocket has a long history in the U.S. arsenal. Its ancestry dates back to when it was referred to as the Peacekeeper missile. This is the first time a rocket launched from NASA’s Wallops Island, VA facility will leave earth’s orbit. Without question watching future night time launches is a must see event.

ASD Trade Show and Light Finder Luminescent Wall Mount

Light Finder Luminescent Wall Mount

ASD Trade Show and Light Finder Glow in the Dark Wall Mount

Presenting Light Finder glow in the dark wall mount at the ASD Trade Show this September 8th and 9th, 2013. Always find your flashlight with the Light Finder luminescent wall mount. Light Finder flexible wings are designed to hold a large assortment of flashlight sizes and the radiant additive glows for up to 8 hours without batteries or use of an electrical outlet. Exposure to room light is all Light Finder needs to activate the phosphorus additive. Accessorized with anchor screws the wall mount is easily installed in locations where handy access to your flashlight is needed. An added advantage to Light Finder is instant room orientation when the lights are out. It’s like having a night light with zero maintenance.

If you’re at the ASD trade show visit the booth for Wing Sales, Inc.

Fotronics & Shake Flashlights. Keeping New Englander’s in the light.

NightStar RS and Fortronics Corporation

Fortronics Corporation aka Test Equipment Depot continues to find value in retailing NightStar RS flashlights to New England customers. Recognizing the value of no battery and maintenance free shake flashlights from Applied Innovative Technologies, wholly owned by EcoCentricNow LLC, Fotronics for years has distributed NightStar RS shake flashlight recognizing its product quality and customer satisfaction.

Learn more about NightStar RS


Trade Show Events: Firemen’s Expo (Baltimore), ANME (Chicago) and ASD (Las Vegas)

Trade Shows

Solid trade show exposure during recent weeks. Starting with Firehouse Expo trade show at the Baltimore Convention Center. Good showing of the all things fire department related including fire apparatus, equipment vendors and organizations whose mission is to support the health and safety of fire fighters and their families.

Emergency lighting equipment, which includes LED Warning Lights and LED Batons, are displayed showing their benefit as valuable tools with identifying work zones, accident scenes and supporting crowd control at various events.  Another benefit of the warning lights is support of landing zone demarcation for helicopter landings. State police and fire personnel have high praise for the effectiveness of the warning lights with bringing in a Flight for Life helicopter.  The environmental benefit is significant by eliminating chemical flare residue from polluting streams and rivers.

The LED warning lights and LED baton were also presented at the ANME show along with Vortex flashlight.  Good response on both products. Great opportunity to build upon recent sales of the Vortex Crank Flashlight to the U.S. Army. Trade shows are a great way to present this superior quality crank flashlight that operates as a spotlight, floodlight, emergency beacon and phone recharged. In addition to robust construction Vortex is capable of underwater submersion to a depth of 10 meters (33 feet). Vortex is an excellent everyday flashlight offering superior performance and quality of manufacturing to the run of the mill crank lights.

Wrapping up with the ASD show in Chicago.  Event was slower than previous years.  Good opportunity to present the Light Finder luminescent wall mount.  Light Finder is designed to hold a variety of flashlights ranging from battery C cell size and smaller.  Wall mounting Light Finder in strategic locations around the home and work supports convenience and emergency preparedness by being able to immediately find your flashlight or lamp when the power goes out.  Wall mount also aids in room orientation.

AIT Drop Ship Program

Drop Shipping – Why Its Popular

Supply chain management services such as AIT’s drop ship program is a fantastic way to get products to customers quickly. Applied Innovative Technologies (AIT) provides drop ship services to our customers as a way of supporting mutual business success. As an importer and distributor our supply chain role includes coordination with factories that manufacture merchandise based upon defined production schedules, logistics management of merchandise importation via ocean (in most cases) and overland transportation and management of warehouse operations including inventory control, packing supplies, shipping and handling.

An advantage of the AIT drop ship program is retailers do not need to manage inventory, which is a significant cost burden.  Increasingly retailers large and small take advantage of drop ship programs that allow retailers to diversify their merchandise portfolio, improve cash flow and use operating capital for marketing and other expenses. From a bookkeeping perspective drop shipping eliminates the issues associated with FIFO or LIFO inventory control.

Often time’s retailers use a private label system of packing slips and invoices to keep the focus of the customer transaction on their company.  There are several rationales for this behavior two of which are to manage competitive pressure and to promote a customer shopping experience that is unique to that company, which also includes a variety of customer service actions and responsibilities.

Many online retailers, which include brick and mortar businesses and catalog companies, take advantage of drop ship programs. Major online players such as EBay and have rewritten the map regarding online shopping that uses a drop ship program with more retailers entering the market daily.  With significant growth in eCommerce this trend will continue. Evidence of this is the number of transactions now taking place over mobile devices and the general rise is online purchasing.

To learn more about how AIT can support your business via our drop ship program please Contact us.


U.S. Military repurchases Vortex Crank Flashlight

U.S. Military and AIT Flashlights

Since 1999 AIT has supplied branches of the military with our flashlights including NightStar No Battery shake flashlight (white, green and red LED) and the Vortex Crank flashlight.  The reason for ongoing purchases by the military is AIT lights deliver superior performance and the quality of manufacturing that includes components and assembly is superior to products that are similar in concept.

Soon after AIT received Best in Class and Best in Show awards by the Denver Chamber of Commerce for the innovative design of the NightStar flashlight, opportunities to supply all branches of the military soon developed.

What’s behind the claim of superior performance!

NightStar innovative engineering design allows the flashlight to withstand submersion to depths exceeding 500 feet, impacts associated with drops from a height of 4 feet, hot and cold temperature cycles that range from -50 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit and resistance to a variety of chemicals.  Incorporating a 1.5 farad capacitor for electricity storage the NightStar design maximizes electricity generation through efficiently transferring mechanical energy into electrical energy via a linear generator.  Coil geometry was maximized including calculating the proper gage of copper wire and number of turns around the internal power cell.  When all is said and done NightStar no battery design is intended to provide decades of maintenance free light.

Transitioning to the Vortex crank flashlight.

NightStar will always be recognized as the world’s most reliable flashlight but limitations in light output open the door for other renewable energy flashlights such as the Vortex crank flashlight. Vortex heavy duty crank designed is capable of underwater submersion to 33 feet and can withstand significant impact. Its operation as a spotlight, floodlight, flashing emergency beacon, the result of a NiMH rechargeable battery, and charger for cell phones and other low voltage devices makes Vortex an excellent light for emergency kits and a variety of daily uses. The combination of robust design and diverse functionality is what led the U.S. Army to purchase Vortex.

NightStar and Vortex reliability and performance is unmatched and consistently delivers when need by military personnel and civilians.