Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Prudent Prepping: Summer Recharge

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

It's time for me to check all the smaller things in my car house and gear, starting with my Get Home Bag.

What's Next?
Previously I talked about swapping out winter clothes for lighter weight ones in my GHB; I am also looking at changing out the food I carry and the expiration dates on the OTC medicines. The result of checking all these dates is that, like tipping a domino, I end up checking on everything else in the bag, as well as my Every Day Carry pouch. Today I'll talk about the flashlights I carry.

I carry one in my EDC pouch, since it weighs next to nothing and puts out more than enough light for what is basically a miniature, emergency flashlight. 
From the Amazon ad:

  • ♥♥Ultra Bright: This mini penlight gives out max 150 lumens. Super bright in a dark or lit room and lasts quite two hours with moderate use(keep on) on just one alkaline battery(not included), sufficient to light your way and light small dark spaces.
  • ♥♥Pocket Size: This flashlight is small and light enough to slip into a pocket, backpack or purse. Super Mini size is lightweight and small enough for EDC and fits in the palm of your hand. Only weighting about 30g.
  • ♥♥Clip on Flashlight: With a clip, the pen light could also be used as cap light for your convenience. Easy to clip to your belt, remove it if you don't need it.
  • ♥♥Skid-Proof Water-Resistant Design: Suitable for cycling, hiking, camping and other outdoor activities. Our flashlight set is made of high quality 6061T aluminum alloy with no worried using in rain, snow or emergency situations.
  • ♥♥Safe and Warranty Guarranteed: High-Efficiency and Great Output LED Chip with over charging protection, short circuit protection and reverse connected protection. All of Hatori Flashlights has 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE and NO HASSLE 90-DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE.
I changed out the AAA battery in it and rotated the 3 spare AAA's into the give-away pot.

Nitecore P12GT
I originally bought a Nitecore P12 GT almost 2 years ago, and I reviewed it in this post from August 2018! Pictured is the Ultimate Package I purchased later so I could have a dedicated charger and two more batteries. 

From the Amazon ad for the Ultimate Bundle:
  • Longer throwing upgrade to 350 yards from the 254 yard throw of the P12. Utilizes Cree XP-L LED, with 200% more intensity than the Cree XM-L2 in the P12
  • Blasts up to 1000 lumens across four brightness levels. Three special modes of SOS, strobe, and beacon
  • Tactical tail cap switch provides constant or momentary on, while side mode switch toggles through brightnesses
  • Various functional purposes: military, law enforcement, hunting, search and rescue, and emergency preparedness

One sits in the driver door pocket of my car, Velcroed to the inside where I can reach it easily, and the other is on my night stand. 

After using these lights for 2 years, everything that is listed as a Like in my previous post continues to be a Like, and the Like Less items (which are certainly very minor personal quibbles and not a function complaint) are still the same: the light could possibly roll if the angled surface is steep and, like every other "All The Lumens" flashlights, this sucker gets hot fairly quickly. It won't burn your hand after 5 minutes, but it's definitely uncomfortable in your bare hand.

Last, but certainly not least, the CL10 model was a Christmas gift from Erin Palette, our long-suffering and excellent Editrix. I reviewed that lantern in this post, but the gift was from at least two years before this. 

My review stands as written, but Etekcity has upgraded the lantern with some new features while keeping almost the same form factor.
From the Amazon Ad:
  • ULTRA BRIGHT: This lantern includes 30 individual low consumption LED bulbs carrying 360° of luminous light while saving energy
  • LONG-LASTING: Light up at least to 30 hours of regular, continuous use with enough battery capacity (batteries pre-installed in the lantern).
  • 4 LEVELS BRIGHTNESS CONTROL: Easily adjust the brightness with dimmer button to fit the environment for camping, reading, power outage, emergency, hiking, backpacking etc.
  • MAGNETIC BASE: Effortlessly stick it to any metal frames for hand-free lighting in any working environment.
  • DURABLE MATERIALS: Constructed with military grade ABS material; FCC Certified, RoHS Compliant.
  • COMPACT & LIGHTWEIGHT: The extremely lightweight build allows you to take lanterns on the go with ease. When not in use collapse the lantern to a smaller size; taking up little space.
  • TACTICAL STORAGE: The top lid of the lantern contains a small room for storing some small things like some change, yours keys, some spare batteries, etc.
  • BUY WITH CONFIDENCE: Feel free to contact our California Support Team. We are always ready help if you have any question about our product.
Just the addition of the magnetic base makes this a very interesting lamp. I'm not necessarily against the dimmer switch; it's just that I haven't seen one in person to compare with the lantern I have now. I guess that may have to change!

Other Battery Devices
The property maintenance company came through this year and replaced all the smoke and CO2 detectors with new models. Unfortunately, they're not the sealed battery, 10 year lifespan models. At least they're new and we won't have to look at batteries until next year!

After buying bulk battery packages at the warehouse clubs, there are plenty of batteries available for the rest of everyone's toys like all the various remote controls. I looked and there are at least 7 different remotes in this house!

Recap And Takeaway
  • As with all things related to prepping, have a plan and work it until it stops working or you have to modify it. 
  • Checking on little used items that may be 'Out of sight, out of mind' by having them on a calendar reminder alert might help. I certainly helps me stay on track. 
  • I purchased two Hatori Super Small Mini LED Flashlights from Amazon: $7.99 with Prime shipping. 
  • Nothing else was purchased, but I think the improved lantern may be on the list. 

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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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