Finding The Best Flashlights For The Job

The Streamlight Company makes some of the best flashlights in the world as is evidenced by their marketing to law enforcement, firefighters and rescue personnel all over the world. They stay on the forefront of cutting edge development and design by interacting with their customers and using the very products they sell. In this way they are able to constantly improve the features of their product lines.

By understanding the needs of law enforcement, they were able to develop products such as the Stinger flashlight which can cast a blinding beam of focused light, necessary in the pursuit of criminals at night. There is TLR Tactical Gun Mount series for law enforcement and the sportsman alike for direct mount on handguns and rifles. It’s powered by lithium batteries that have a ten year storage life and 50,000 hours of use.

Firefighters are often involved in events which are extremely hazardous. There can be highly explosive gases in the air as in the case of chemical plant fires or freight train derailments, either which can involve BLEVEs. These are Bottled Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosions as you would find in railway tank cars carrying liquid propane or other liquid chemical gases. Any spark in the area would set off a rapidly expanding mushroom shaped ball of fire. An entire line of safety rated lights was developed to be used in these
hazardous situations.

In the automotive trade the Stylus line was created so automotive mechanics can peer down into tight areas with a flexible cable to view parts that are not viewable with conventional flashlights.

For the sportsman and outdoor enthusiast the clip on penlight series will provide a focused beam of led light that can be visual for a mile distance. This is crucial not only for making your way at night through the woods in emergencies, but for signaling in the event of natural or man made disasters.

There are rechargeables like the Stinger series and nonrechargeable like the TLR Tactical Gun Mount series. The multifunction capabilities on different models include low, medium and high beam intensity as well as strobe modes.

To find the best flashlight for your personal needs you need to determine for what function it will be used. Are you involved in outdoor activities like camping, hiking or hunting? A light weight waterproof flashlight could be what you’re looking for. Do you need it for work related activities like rescue personnel, firefighters, or law enforcement? A safety rated light, fully encased one with a blinding beam will work here. Or do you just need a safe reliable light to use around the home or in case of power outages, one that will be ready when you reach for it. A rechargeable or long lasting shelf life battery might be the answer.

There are incandescent bulb flashlights and led or light emitting diode flashlights. The leds give a more powerful beam of light, last longer, and are more durable They hold up better in averse conditions and under rough handling. The batteries that power the light are also critical. Regular carbon batteries have to be continually replaced whether you use them or not. Long lasting lithium batteries have a long shelf life and rechargeables can be
recharged in many cases up to a thousand times.

By: Alan Selby

Prestolite Meet For Upgradation- Battery Industry

The Indian automobile industries as well as the industry related businesses are experiencing unprecedented growth. Associated sectors of the automotive industry are also developing and growing in a manner where they are forming independent competitive markets and recognized industries by themselves. The battery industry is one of the leading sectors in this respect. While, in the past, the battery industry was essentially an ancillary of the automotive industry, today, the battery industry has become a full-fledged industry sector on its own.
Exide technologies continue to be the world-leader in the battery industries. It is one of the biggest producers, distributors, and recyclers in the field of lead-acid cells, and sells them in over 80 countries. The Prestolite brand of batteries is a part of Exide technology launched by Tudor India in 1997.

In Gujarat, Tudor India arranged a meeting of its dealers and distributors at La Meridien Hotel for this purpose. The meeting, held on 17th November was attended by Mr. Ken Honge, the Vice President of Exide, the company’s Sales Director, Mr. Jasbir Mata, and Marketing Manager, Mr. Rahul Sagre among others. The meet discussed the present situation of the battery industry and shared the future planning of the company with its dealers and distributors.
The meeting was opened with the speech of Mr. Harish Gandhi, the Regional Sales Manager for Gujarat, who introduced Mr. Ken Honge, and welcomed the participants. After the introductory speech, the thread was picked up by Mr. Rahul Sagre, who gave an in-depth briefing of Exide company’s present status and future vision to the distributors.

Mr. Jasbir Mata told the distributors that more aggressive marketing was needed on their part so that Prestolite could maintain its market lead and expand to new territories. He stressed upon the need of after-sales service and customer service.

The general industry perception is that while the automotive industry, as a whole, has well-recovered from the effects of the global economic depression and has returned to the fast-track, the lead-acid battery sector has fallen behind and is yet to catch up to the pace of recovery. It is principally to address this anomaly that the Vice President of Exide Technology, Mr. Ken Honge visited India on a business research tour.

Mr. Mata was of the opinion that with the strong brand leads the distributors enjoyed with Prestolite, and with the global leading position of Exide technologies to back them, the distributors were in a sound position to accelerate growth and forge ahead of competition. Mr. Ken Honge shared the history of Exide Technologies and provided information on new technologies in lead-acid batteries. He stressed on the importance of India as a growing economy and one of the fastest developing markets of the world. He stressed that without proactive steps taken by the distributors it would be difficult to experience the desired brand growth in a dynamic economy like India.

By: Batteryind

Pick Up The Phone To Increase Your Auto Repair Shop Profits

You may be surprised to learn just how much financial power rests in the hands of the person who answers the phone at your auto repair shop. As a shop owner, you put a lot of time into getting that phone to ring. The first phone call from a potential customer is your best chance to make a good impression. How is your business first represented to your potential patrons?

Customers needing auto repair have a sense of urgency when they make the call to your auto shop. Transportation is both a necessity and an investment; when they call your business for service, they want to know that their vehicles will be in capable hands. How is that first communicated to your potential clients? If your answering system involves an answering machine or an uninformed receptionist, you may be losing calls and clients by the day.

You may be the best shop with the most skilled mechanics in your local area, but if that is not communicated to your clients on the initial phone call, your business will suffer. The average auto repair ticket is approximately $300. If your phone answering system causes you to lose one call per day, and you are open 5 days per week, your business loses $1500 per week! This adds up to $78,000 annually!

“Having a pre-determined script for any type of call that may come into your shop is an ideal way to assure that your receptionist handles inquires in a manner that will convert the call to sales,” says Gerry Frank and Keith McCrone, co-owners of Automotive Profit Pro. “When this is executed properly, 75% of calls can be converted into appointments.”

Customers typically call auto shops for three main reasons:
1. They have a question or problem. This customer usually calls asking if you can fix their air conditioner or if you work on specific types of cars, such as, “Do you work on Honda’s”? They want to know that you can confidently take care of whatever problem or vehicle that they may have.
2. Calling to schedule an appointment. This may be a current customer or a new prospect and they may be calling for either routine service or an emergency. It is important to determine all of the variables of the caller and help them accordingly.
3. To get an estimate. This person is usually labeled as the ‘price shopper’. Don’t underestimate this caller; more often than not this customer is looking to establish a relationship with you and your auto repair shop.

Each of these phone calls is an opportunity to set an appointment and clinch the sale. Building a relationship with your potential clients as their auto care professional is established through their ability to trust you with their auto maintenance needs.

By: Beth James

Top 10 Mechanic Training Schools

You are a gearhead. Why not get paid big bucks for it? You love the roar of the horsepower and smell of the rubber hitting the road. You would rather restore a rusted-out piece of you-know-what to it’s former glory than buy a car new. You would tear apart a big-block V8 and see what makes it tick – than watch football for 8 hours on any given Sunday. You, my friend, should be doing what you love, and getting paid good top dollar for it.

The schools listed below may be just the ticket you need to take the next step and become a professional mechanic. Get real-world mechanic training in state-of-the-art shops from automotive instructors who know what they’re doing.

Universal Technical Institute
Universal Technical Institute (UTI) offers the training you need for an exciting career as an Automotive, Diesel or Collision Repair & Refinishing technician in a little more than a year. With nine locations nationwide, manufacturer specific training for Audi, BMW, Ford FACT, International, Mercedes, Nissan, Porsche, Volkswagen and Volvo, and the incredible high performance training at Hot Rod U, you need to take a look at what UTI has to offer.

WyoTech
WyoTech is dedicated to superior quality, college-level, career-oriented education in the automotive, diesel, motorcycle, aviation, marine watercraft and collision/refinishing industries. Most WyoTech diploma programs can be completed in less than a year and a half, and there are seven WyoTech campuses located across the country. WyoTech prepares students for the post-graduation working world by teaching on a workday, not a school day schedule. Most students attend classes approximately eight hours a day, five days a week. This is real world technician training for Automotive, Motorcycle, Collision & Refinishing, Aviation, Diesel and Marine technology.

NASCAR Technical Institute
Shift your training into high gear and let over a half a century of racing heritage work for you! NASCAR and UTI have teamed up to open the first-ever NASCAR Technical Institute (NTI) – a training facility committed to high performance, not only on the track, but also in the classroom. Here you’ll receive a wide range of automotive technology courses to train you for a rewarding career as an entry-level automotive technician with the added boost of NASCAR-specific courses and a Ford FACT elective that revs up your training and delivers a fast-paced, well-rounded course of study.

YTI Career Institute
Motorcycle popularity has become mainstream – proven by the increase in riders. With this growth comes the demand for skilled technicians for motorcycle repair and maintenance. At YTI Career Institute’s new Motorcycle Technology Center, you get real-world training in a 15,000 square foot facility which includes motorcycle diagnostic & test equipment – including a DynoJet ® 250i dynamometer – 16 fully equipped service bays, wireless Internet access throughout the campus and student laptop computers.

Marine Mechanics Institute
The Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) provides real-world marine technician training programs to start your career in the marine industry. With support and/or endorsements from major marine manufacturers such as American Honda, American Suzuki, Mercury Marine, Volvo-Penta, SeaDoo, Polaris, Bombardier, Kawasaki Motors Corp., USA, and Yamaha Motor Corp. you can train to be a marine technician and launch your career in as little as 60 weeks.

Baran Institute of Technology
Since our founding in 1979, Baran Institute of Technology has emphasized exciting hands-on training in our automotive technical programs and electrical technical programs. You get to work and learn on real projects — for practical knowledge you can use in the real world. Programs include auto body, automotive, CDL, diesel and motorcycle training.

Nashville Auto Diesel College
Love cars and trucks? Get the technical training you need for a rewarding mechanic career at NADC. For over 80 years, Nashville Auto-Diesel College (NADC) has been providing students like you with the hands-on training they need to succeed. Career focused diploma and associates degree programs are available in diesel, collision and refinishing repair, and high performance technologies.

Motorcycle Mechanics Institute
The Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) Motorcycle Technology programs provide the knowledge and skills you need to become a successful entry-level motorcycle technician. Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) has two great locations: Phoenix, Arizona or Orlando, Florida, each offering a wealth of exciting places to explore and enjoy with people who share your passion for motorcycles.

Lincoln Technical Institute
Are you looking for hands-on training at a well-respected technical school? Since its founding as a post-war job skill training source in 1946, Lincoln Technical Institute has been helping people just like you achieve their goals in the skilled trades. With national accreditation, state licensing, career education and career placement expertise, Lincoln Tech knows what it takes to help give you the competitive edge you need to not only compete but be successful in today’s fast-paced marketplace.

Regardless of whether you’re still in high-school trying to figure out ‘what you want to be’ or a bit older and looking for a career change to get you out of your current dead-end job, a career in automotive mechanics may be the answer you are looking for. The top mechanic colleges listed above are the best in the business. Take a look at what they have to offer and decide for yourself. Good luck!

By: Mike Gracen