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January 23, 2008

American Red Cross FR400 Emergency Radio - Be Prepared


Last night at our house could have been a disaster. Sure we have emergency candles and some lights, but not emergency entertainment with two small kids. The American Red Cross FR400 Emergency Radio saved the day at dinner time. The power cycled - then cycled again - and then never came back on for over two+ hours. I entertained my daughter and son by finding radio stations, using the light to get around the house and get stuff set up, and then using the light again to help them take a bath and get to bed. The best part is the self-powered hand crank - we never used the batteries once and had a pretty good time powering up the American Red Cross FR400 Emergency Radio. It was also really nice to be able to check whether or not it was a real emergency and not just a power blip by using the alert channels.

Here are the details of this radio which I think you should get if you don't have one for any emergency:

  • Two turns per second for 90 seconds will provide 40 to 60 minutes of operation.
  • The controls are easy to use.
  • There is also a built-in triple LED light with emergency light source built into the side of the radio.
  • There is even a loud siren function in this device. The battery compartment allows access to the built-in NiMH pack or for the three optional AA cells.
  • The FR400 comes with a 4.5 VDC 120 VAC adapter. There are jacks on the rear panel for: earphone output, 4.5 VDC input and phone charger output. These jacks are protected under a water resistant rubber flap.
  • The FR400 has the additional capability of recharging certain cell phones. Several common cellular power adapters are included with your FR-400.
  • Eton is also including a very nice black canvas carry case and an AC adapter. This radio comes with an Owner's Manual, Eton Catalog and mini Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Guide. 8.7 x 4.5 x 2 inches 1.3 Lbs.

At American Red Cross FR400 Emergency Radio

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January 7, 2008

Grundig Eton FR1000 Voicelink Survival Radio Hands On

Gizmodo has a hands on sneak peak at the Grundig Eton FR1000 Voicelink Survival Radio. We love the way it looks an the amount of stuff it can do for you in an emergency is staggering. It has AM/FM/NOAA Weather/2-Way GMRS Radio, a Flashlight, siren, and Cellphone charger. It runs off of 4AAs, but has a hand crank as well to power it.

Awesome: The Eton FR1000 Voicelink is maybe one of the most pornograpic survival radios I've ever seen, but functionally so. It has AM/FM/NOAA Weather/2-Way GMRS Radio. And a Flashlight, siren, and Cellphone charger. It runs off of 4AAs, but has a hand crank. The design seems superfluous, but those cutouts actually protect the knobs. There's a large handle on the back. If I were to die stranded in the wilderness, I might be slightly less upset clutching one of these beautiful machines. $150.
The Catch: No word on water resistance, and the recessed knobs seem hard to turn with gloves on.

Via Gizmodo

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October 23, 2007

SteriPEN Traveler Handheld Water Purifier


The SteriPen's Traveler Handheld Water Purifier is about half the size of the original, and we think a better option when there's bad weather causing bad drinking water in your area.The SteriPEN purifier is the only portable water purifier that uses ultraviolet (UV) light to destroy waterborne microbes. Whether your source is a woodland brook or an overseas hotel tap, SteriPEN sterilizes clear water by destroying viruses, bacteria and protozoa--including Giardia and Cryptosporidium--in seconds. Carry a SteriPEN to disinfect water wherever you travel, hike, camp or trek. It's the fastest route to pure, safe drinking water anywhere.

Via Acquire

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October 2, 2007

Emergency Survival Sleeping Bags - Stay Warm for 18 Hours

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After just reading an article about a woman staying alive in her car for over 8 days, I can see having more and more emergency supplies in the car as a good thing to keep out the bad weather and stay warm. We think having a set of these Emergency Survival Sleeping Bags is a good thing for the car. I'm not sure what I would have done had I gone off the road in Maine growing up in the middle of the winter. These bags are waterproof and windproof. Not only can they be used as a sleeping bags, it can also be used as an emergency ground cover or reflectors.

At Emergency Survival Sleeping Bags

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September 24, 2007

9-volt battery flashlight is simple, easy

9Volt Flashlight

Want to use up those extra 9 volt batteries in an emergency? This flashlight takes the traditional flashlight concept and flips it on it's head. You don't embed the batteries in the light, you put the light on the battery. The device consists of three high-powered LEDs and a small on/off switch powered by a 9 Volt Battery. These flashlights will be available next month for $10 each.

At Designer's Page via SCI FI Tech

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September 19, 2007

Perfect Power Failure Flashlight - Super Bright Micro Keychain Light

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Power failure from bad weather? Garrity LED Super Bright Micro Keychain Light is the little light with the big, bright beam. It has a bright, white LED that turns this undersized flashlight into a powerhouse. Lithium Button Cell batteries provide over 23 hours of continuous light and years of intermittent light. What's more, the batteries are replaceable and the LED diode lasts 100,000 hours. Compact and reliable, the Micro Light has a convenient swivel key ring for attaching to keys, belt loops, purse straps, and more! Great for help in finding door locks at night or when the power is out in bad weather. Features of Garrity's Super Bright Micro Light : Lithium batteries provide upto 23 hours of continuous use. Super bright white LED diode last 100,000 hours. Quickly attaches to key ring, belt loop, purse strap.

At Garrity LED Super Bright Micro Keychain Light

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September 10, 2007

Battery Free Emergency Radio

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You're going to need an emergency weather radio that uses a hand crank system so you won't have to worry when those AA batteries run out. This AM/FM radio never needs batteries! A few turns of the hand-crank generator are all you need to power it up and it includes a set of earphones as well.

At Battery Free Emergency Radio

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September 4, 2007

Never Get Caught in the Dark with the 10 MILLION Candlepower Halogen Rechargeable Spotlight

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Compact, 2.5M candlepower spotlights are great for times when you need more than flashlight power; but when you need instant BIG portable light no other spotlight compares to the functionality, durability, and value of this one: 10,000,000 candle-power from ultra-bright focused-beam Halogen light. Built to last weather- and impact-resistant construction. Long cycle-life dual internal 6-Volt 4.5Ah sealed lead-acid replaceable batteries recharge from either household (AC) or vehicle/boat (DC) current--both charge adapters included, and the adjustable workstand lets you illuminate area and keep both hands free, 3 LED area light, auxiliary 12-volt outlet for cellphones, other electronics.

  • Phillips high-intensity quartz Halogen bulb with ultra-bright focused beam
  • 7-channel NOAA weather-band radio with AUTOMATIC ALERT; 3 LED area light
  • Powers and recharges from vehicle's DC outlet or recharge from AC--both adapters included
  • Adjustable workstand for convenient hands-free aiming; dual power settings and 12V outlet
  • Astounding amount of light for boating, hunting/fishing/camping, search & rescue or emergency use

At Emergency 10 MILLION Candlepower Halogen AC/DC Rechargeable Spotlight with Weather Alert

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August 8, 2007

WeatherX RPS8807DT 200-Watt Portable Power System with Weatherband and AM/FM Radio

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The RPS8807DT provides you with an instant seven-channel NOAA weatherband receiver with alert functionality that automatically turns it on during an emergency broadcast. What's more, this radio includes a digital-tuning AM/FM radio with station presets so you are also not without entertainment. This unit features a cool, blue backlit LCD display that is easy to read at a glance under any lighting conditions, and includes a digital clock with a dual alarm, a thermometer and a compass.

At WeatherX RPS8807DT 200-Watt Portable Power System with Weatherband and AM/FM Radio

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August 2, 2007

Learn How to Survive the End of the World

We know we're in for a ride to the end given the current weather and world crisis on hand. We also know it's good to get an extreme perspective on how bad things can get. Check out the Long Emergency - it's very interesting and a bit over the top.

Kunstler notes signs that global oil production has peaked and will soon dwindle, and argues in an eye-opening, although not entirely convincing, analysis that alternative energy sources cannot fill the gap, especially in transportation. The result will be a Dark Age in which "the center does not hold" and "all bets are off about civilization's future." Absent cheap oil, auto-dependent suburbs and big cities will collapse, along with industry and mechanized agriculture; serfdom and horse-drawn carts will stage a comeback; hunger will cause massive "die-back"; otherwise "impotent" governments will engineer "designer viruses" to cull the surplus population; and Asian pirates will plunder California. Kunstler takes a grim satisfaction in this prospect, which promises to settle his many grudges against modernity. A "dazed and crippled America," he hopes, will regroup around walkable, human-scale towns; organic local economies of small farmers and tradesmen will replace an alienating corporate globalism; strong bonds of social solidarity will be reforged; and our heedless, childish culture of consumerism will be forced to grow up. Kunstler's critique of contemporary society is caustic and scintillating as usual, but his prognostications strain credibility.

At The Long Emergency

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