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Technology Associates Inc.(remembered)
The EternaLight assets of Technology Associates, Inc.
have been transfered to EternaLights, LLC. All orders and services issues will be handled by them.

In 1992, Thomas Hoops and Derone Bryson founded Technology Associates. In 1994, their partnership incorporated under the name of Technology Associates, Inc. Between 1993 and 2000, Technology Associates successfully operated a small chain of computer stores in the Reno/Sparks area which sold and serviced computers.
Technology Associates was also one of the founding investors in Great Basin Internet Services (GBIS), Northern Nevada's Largest Independent internet service provider. In 1998, TA divested itself of GBIS. In 2000, TA divested itself of it's retail stores to pursue manufacturing of the EternaLight flashlight and other related and unrelated products developed by Thomas Hoops and Derone Bryson. In 2007, the organization formerly known as Technology Associates, Inc., founded by Thomas Hoops and Derone Bryson in 1992 ceased to exist.

This site is still a functioning sales platform for the EternaLight products manufactured and sold by EternaLights, LLC. However, the remainder of the site remains as it was in it's finality before the closing of Technology Associates, Inc.

Today Mr. Bryson is privately employed as a Software Engineer. Mr. Hoops is privately employed in a manufacturing company as it's CTO. After working together since 1990, through their various projects and partnerships, Mr. Hoops and Mr. Bryson are still best friends and continue to explore new opportunities together.


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ELite X-Ray
by fshgunwy on Sat, Dec 9th, 2006 22:01:01 UTC
Just a quick note to let you know what a great light you have. I gave several away as Christmas presents and everyone loves them.
I still have my Elite X-Ray due to the powerful magnet on the case. My wife and I made an unexpected 50 mile (one way)trip one night at speeds up to 70 mph. When we arrived, I went into the store and as I was returning to the truck I noticed something unusual on the front of the hood. It was my Elite X-Ray. I had been doing some work on the truck before we had left and had completely forgotten about my light. There it was, I was so glad the magnet had held so well. Thanks again for a GREAT product !!!!
Mike - Oklahoma

suggestion for the next Raven
by nutlight on Mon, Nov 1st, 2004 04:01:04 UTC
I got the Raven X2 a while back, and a thought came to me - to make it a even more of a party light, how about having a mode where the light rotates between the utility/effects functions, maybe even the game/effects too, in a non-interactive fashion? Have the light spend 10-15 secs on each mode, enough for a few cycles, before moving onto the next one. Another option would be to go through the modes randomly.

Just my $.02.

    Re: suggestion for the next Raven
    by tomh on Mon, Nov 1st, 2004 06:01:03 UTC
    Funny that you say that, we used to offer a "demo" unit for dealers that did just that - but not for the raven. Thanks for the thought!

EternaLight with new "2x brighter" leds?
by jooseppi on Tue, Dec 7th, 2004 20:02:02 UTC

Will there be EternaLight with new Nichia leds that are supposed to be 2 times brighter? L.R.I. uses these on new Photon Freedom Micros, I have one and it is really at lest twice brighter than older models.

    Re: EternaLight with new
    by tomh on Wed, Dec 8th, 2004 04:01:05 UTC
    The EliteMax always carries the brightest lamps we can get in production quantities. Many people have mistaken our latest batch for the CS but that is not necessarily what we are using.

Power status question and some chat.
by kurth83 on Sun, Nov 2nd, 2003 16:00:02 UTC
First let me mention that the eternalights
are the coolest flashlight ever. :-)

I have three so far.

We lose power regularly where I live,
I have replaced all my battery powered
flourescent lanterns with eternalights.

Eternalights are the most flexible emergency
and all-around light in my opinion because
o - choose your run-time and brightness as needed.
o - economical to buy.
o - TOC is low, AA/AAA's are cheap.
o - small form factor has multiple benefits:
Are easily stored, unlike LED lanterns.
Fit in a pocket or backpack easily.

On to my question:

For the model 3's (I have ergo and x-ray)
is there any correlation between the number
of lights that blink (for the battery status
feature) and voltage like there is on the
elite max? Assume for the sake of discussion
that I can do a nearly perfect 10 second count.

Since I am bothering to post I might mention my
feature requests for eternalights in general:

o - make the feet wider on the model 3's,
They are not the full width of the case.
They do stand on end but just barely.
o - have you considered a "Derringer in a tube"
model? A traditional form-factor
single-button flashlight
with the derringer features. Waterproof,
aluminum, and focusable would up the price,
but hopefully basing it on the derringer
would keep it reasonable. Might be an
interesting and cost effective way to try
the concept to see if it is marketable.
The derringer features may be simple enough
for the mainstream, whereas the others
are doomed to the niche populated by
people like me. :-)


    Re: Power status question and some chat.
    by tomh on Sun, Nov 2nd, 2003 19:01:04 UTC
    Thank you for your kind words! Yes, there is a direct correlation between the number of blinking LEDs and the battery condition. However, we never advertised the battery test feature in any unit except the EliteMax and the Derringer because of the inconsistancy in people's ability to time it correctly. So, the feature's only mention is in the manual. Thanks!

Raven2 and Xray
by gadgeteer on Sat, Nov 1st, 2003 21:01:00 UTC
My friend is into flying large kites. We flew a 9 foot delta kite last nite. We both had the idea of adding lites so we could see the kite. I put some little lites by Garrity on the kite so we could see it. He has 1000 feet of line on it so as it went higher, we could bearly see the lites. I had just installed new lithium batterys in both my raven2 and my xray and decided that they both needed to be on the line as " Line Laundry" I put the raven2 in flash and the xray in dazzle mode and they were separated by about 200 feet of line.My guesstimet of altitude is about 600 to 800 feet up is where the eternalights were.The kite was up over our town so the lights of the town lessen the effect, but it was really neat to see the lights flashing away high above our town. it was misting cold rain but I was not worried because of the waterproofness of both lights.thanks for a product that enhanced another hobbie. -Gadgeteer

Bike light
by Rwhjr7 on Sun, Dec 7th, 2003 02:00:02 UTC
Is there any way to use my Eternalight as a bike light? I don't see a bracket available for biking. Is there some bracket that works well for biking?

    Re: Bike light
    by tomh on Sun, Dec 7th, 2003 04:02:03 UTC
    At present we do not have any bicycle mounts. Many people have devised their own means. My favorite is to velcrow the light to under rim of a ball cap (this works as a headlamp too).

    Re: Bike light
    by tchazzard on Sat, Nov 1st, 2003 12:00:02 UTC
    The eternaLights are very light. I have been using them for biking for over 3 years. I just apply industrial grade velcro to the underside of the light and then stick it where you want. For instance, I mount two eternaLights on the top of my winter helmet. An ergo Marine facing forward and a Rave2 facing to the back. Cars really take note of my presence.

Ergo XRAY vs Elite XRAY
by Timcole on Fri, Dec 5th, 2003 02:00:00 UTC
I would like some input on which of these is viewed as the Truly better light, is there really that much difference between the Ergo XRAY and the Elite XRAY? I would love some opinions on this, Thanks!!!

    Re: Ergo XRAY vs Elite XRAY
    by tomh on Fri, Dec 5th, 2003 02:00:01 UTC
    Eletronically and performance wise, if you put Lithium batteries in the ERgoXRay it will perform the same as the Elite. However, the body of the Elite is much more durable so if you intend to use the light an aweful lot or under really extreme condition, then the EliteXRay is the way to go.

Ergo Marine led light
by mattphil on Tue, Dec 2nd, 2003 02:00:04 UTC
Hi There,

I was researching led flashlights/strobes for survival/camping purposes when I came across a number of eternalights on web pages.

I was quite impressed with the "sos" and strobe features with the product as well as the high visibility case coloring. The "run time" per set of batteries was also quite impressive.

I have just ordeded 2 ergo marine led lights from this website, and can't wait to recieve them and begin rigoruous field testing. From what i've read I am impressed.

M, Phillips

"Vote on New Products"
by jason9987 on Sat, Nov 2nd, 2002 15:00:09 UTC
just wanted to tell you that your "Vote on New Products" page has not been changed in years, are you ever going to delete it or update it because i would like to see new product ideas and vote on them

    Re: "Vote on New Products"
    by tomh on Sat, Nov 2nd, 2002 18:02:03 UTC
    Yes, that is because our course has been quite clear for the last year. Posting voting possibilities when such is the case just gives our competitors an early and unecssary "heads up". But, thank you for your enthusiasm and interest. Trust me, when the situation calls for it, we will use it! Thanks!

Rechargeable Batteriers
by jason9987 on Sat, Nov 2nd, 2002 15:00:09 UTC
I Have seen post about using rechargable batteries, it might be possiblle to mod it to use 4 AAA batteries or one 9 volt battery with a voltage ragulator. I am not sure of the efficency of a voltage regulator though.

    Re: Rechargeable Batteriers
    by tomh on Sat, Nov 2nd, 2002 18:02:03 UTC
    The EliteMax works wonderfully with rechargeable batteries. That is one of the things it was made for. As for your suggestions, I wouldn't recommend it.

Stripping screw threads
by danieloli on Fri, Dec 6th, 2002 18:00:01 UTC

I brought a Model 3 a few years ago, and it has served me very well over the years. The one problem I have come across is that it is too easy to over tighten the case screws and strip the thread.

I have now done this with three of the four screws on the case and subsequently have to tape it together with gaffer tape.

However, there is still a thread far below the level that the screws stop at when putting the case together. Is it possible to use longer screws, which would distribute the pressure more when tightening and hence lessen the risk of stripping the thread?


    Re: Stripping screw threads
    by tomh on Fri, Dec 6th, 2002 18:01:00 UTC

    Older units had shorter screws. The newer units have longer ones. You can send your unit back to warranty repair. When it is repaired, it will be fitted with the longer screws if it doesn't already have them.

by shankus on Sat, Dec 7th, 2002 01:01:05 UTC
You can see it at: Click Here

    Re: eternaLantern
    by tomh on Thu, Dec 5th, 2002 04:00:02 UTC
    Excellent, very well done! If you plan on making them and selling them, we can help you.

Police / Aircraft Emergency Light
by wa9yhx on Wed, Dec 4th, 2002 04:01:02 UTC
I purchased an ErgoXRay 3X for myself because it looked interesting in a THINK GEEK catalog. When I got it, my son who is a student pilot and works for a local airport refueling planes, and he fell in love with it. So, I gave it to him and I bought another one for myself. I am a police detective and drive an unmarked car to/from work, crime scenes, hospital, court, etc. My car is equipped with LED emergency lighting (not cheap let me tell you!) and I'm amazed how well that works. Since I got my 3X, I am considering retiring my Streamlight "Stinger" and getting another 3x to leave in my unmarked. Can I tell you I'm impressed! Very much so! Heck, if the LED's go out, I'll use my 3X for going "Code 3" to my next call!

    Re: Police / Aircraft Emergency Light
    by shankus on Wed, Dec 4th, 2002 07:00:02 UTC
    It is a pretty cool light, huh? Especially for close-up police work, because the white light should enable you to identify colors easier.

EliteXRay NightBeacon modification
by shankus on Tue, Dec 3rd, 2002 13:01:03 UTC
See my modified NightBeacon at:
Click Here

.jp2 files
by laserblues on Tue, Dec 3rd, 2002 11:00:03 UTC
Hello, is there anyone out there that can tell me how to view file with the ext .jp2. I have tried everything I to do, but to no avail ! i have heard that these pics can only be viewed through explorer and netscape, however I don't have any info on that at all. I would really like to just click on the file and be able to see these pics without have to hok to the internet. Any response or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Re: .jp2 files
    by tomh on Tue, Dec 3rd, 2002 13:00:01 UTC
    Mark, sorry - no one here has any idea what you're talking about. Do you mean .JPG files?

    Re: .jp2 files
    by Zoroff on Fri, Dec 6th, 2002 02:01:07 UTC
    I happened to see that it seems to be a new .jpg format. Look at Click Here they have software for it.

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