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1711 Maple Road
Defiance, IA 51527
Mon-Fri: 9am-4pm Central
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.
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.
eternaLight Statement of Durability
(last updated 1/21/02)
The statements and test results below of our actual durability testing
are only for informational purposes and not to imply any sort of warranty or
standard of performance.
On January 10, 2002 one randomly selected unit of 1000 EliteXRays was chosen
durability testing. The unit was dropped from 6 feet onto to a concrete
floor 2 times with no sign of damage or functional interruption.
Then, the same unit was dropped twice from 12 feet onto a concrete
floor with no signs of damage or function interruption.
The same unit was then tossed 40 to 50 feet in the air and allowed to
land on pavement. Again no functional interruption was observed. This
was repeated again with the same result. However, the holding magnet
had fractured but was still held in place by it's scratch protective
covering. Tossed again 40 to 50 feet in the air. Upon landing, the
unit stopped functioning. The batteries had moved forward and were not
making contact. A simple disassembly and reassembly had the unit
functioning again. Another toss approximately 30 feet in the air and
the unit landed (on pavement) still functioning. A Ford F150 pickup
truck then rolled over the
unit while it was on flat the pavement. The unit continued to light all the
way through the crush and even after. Upon disassembly, a circuit
board support post had broken and the center battery itself was crushed
but the unit was still fully functional and later went on to pass a 60 foot
water test without leaking.
Although the unit has visible marring, nicks, scratches and
the holding magnet is destroyed, the unit continues to be a functional
and useful unit. Many people can not tell the difference between this
abused unit and a brand new one without close inspection.