Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Prudent Prepping: A Little Light

The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.

The need for every bit of extra light and ways to keep track of people in the dark is important to me in an emergency.

In my daily trips to various Big Box stores, I hunt for bargains that are adaptable to the prepping shopping list I have. I mainly find a lot of light sources. but this time an unusual item caught my eye: a glow stick with a twist!

Nite Ize LED Mini Glowstick
Glowsticks are common in almost every emergency kit I have seen or have made. They are inexpensive, produce a quick and easy to see light, take up almost no room, last for hours and are disposable. The last two parts bothered me -- until I found the Nite Ize. 

Not easily seen in the picture is another feature from this company: a mini "S" carabiner to make attaching this light to anything fast and easy.
From their website:

Product Details

  • LED Glowstick for visibility & safety
  • Twist on/off
  • Waterproof - it floats!
  • Included #0 plastic S-Biner for clippability
  • Run time: 60 hours
  • 4x replaceable AG-3 batteries included
  • Diameter: .8" | 19.1mm
  • Length: 6.2" | 157mm
  • Weight: .6 oz | 18g
At a run time of up to 60 hours, These LED glowsticks run up to five times as long as disposable glowsticks and are reusuable!

My package has two red, one blue and one green. I'm not sure if this is the normal assortment or if the combination of colors vary. Here is what the red light actually looks like on my desk.

I was surprised by how much light was actually produced by these things! My monitor was producing some background light, but the Mini LED was bright enough to read the original packaging easily. 

I purchased this four pack from Home Depot at a marked-down price, so supplies are limited. In fact, there does not seem to be a source for assorted colors other than Home Depot. Most listings are for 2 packs of the same colors or single colors.

The Takeaway
  • An inexpensive, long runtime, reusable emergency light source in several colors. 
  • Nite Ize offers many different and unusual items. Check them out
The Recap
  • Nite Ize mini LED Glowstick: discounted to $4 from Home Depot. 
  • (Available as an Amazon add-on for $3 to $6, depending on color.)

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NOTE: All items tested were purchased by me. No products have been loaned in exchange for a favorable review. Any items sent to me for T&E will be listed as such. Suck it Feds.

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