UV PAQLITE: Emergency Lighting Without Batteries

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When it comes to emergency lighting, I am hooked on redundancy.  In my desk alone, I have at least six flashlights, probably more.  Talk about overkill.  On the other hand, as much as I love flashlights, when the batteries are dead, that’s it.  It is time to get out the recharger or pop in some new AAs.

Solar lighting is also an option and I have a number of solar lights as well.  The problem is they require sun.  Granted, many will charge up when it is overcast, but that takes time. Sun is an iffy thing during Pacific Northwest Fall and Winter so solar charging can take up to 10 hours and sometimes longer.

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Imagine emergency lighting that requires no batteries and no sunlight.  Today I introduce you to the UV PAQLITE line of emergency lighting and especially to their new ORB, a glow stick/flashlight combo that fits on your key chain. In addition, I have a UV PAQLITE gift set valued at over $80 to give away to one lucky reader.

The ORB from UV Paqlite

Because I think it is the coolest thing ever, I am going to start with the ORB.

As you can see in the photo, the ORB is quite small; perfect to clip to a keychain.  The neat thing about it is that it is both a glow stick, requiring no power, and a flashlight.  The flashlight does require some power but that is easily provided by charging it up via any standard USB port using the included cable or one that you already own.

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The ORB has three modes: flashlight mode, hybrid mode, and sensor mode.  When in flashlight mode, the flashlight stays on. In hybrid mode, the ORB sends out a short burst of light every two minutes.  This keeps the glow stick side super bright. Sensor mode is just that, it activates the hybrid mode by sensor only when it is dark.  I like to call this the “set it and forget it” mode.  It works great.

I have been testing the ORB for awhile, clicking the ON switch on and off over and over again and continues to work flawlessly.  No flaky switch mechanism here.  The USB port is hidden under a little door but is easily accessible.  A red light stays on during the charging process then turns green when fully charged.

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As far as longevity, according to the company, in hybrid mode, the internal lithium ion rechargeable battery will run 100 hours on a single charge.  Alas, I have not had it on for that long to test this claim.

Why do I like the ORB?  Besides it’s cool form factor that is?  There are 3 reasons.

1.  As much as I love my glow sticks and consider them an emergency lighting essential, using them day to day for non-emergency purposes can get pricey.  With the ORB, I have a forever source of light. When the internal battery runs down, I can charge it back up using my computer, a wall charger, or even one of my many solar chargers including my favorite Sunferno, Sunjack, or RavPower chargers.

2.  At night, while taking evening hikes through the woods, it can get very dark.  The ORB is small enough and portable enough to clip onto my pack or even onto Tucker’s leash, lighting my way without my being concerned about batteries or a charged up solar device.

3.  It’s a flashlight!  Need I say more?

The UV Paqlite

As much as I adore the ORB, the mainstay of the UV Paqlite product line is the UV PAQLITE itself.  Many of you have mentioned the Paqlite in your comments and rave about them.  So what is the UV Paqlite?

In my own words, it is a bunch of special light-absorbing crystals encased in a heavy vacuum sealed bag that can be rolled, stuffed, or stashed just about anywhere.  It comes with an attached keychain so you can hang it up, and it gives out enough light to see in the dark.  Not enough to do any serious reading, mind you, but definitely enough light to avoid being in pitch black darkness.

For my own use, I added a zip tie to use in lieu of the keychain but that is a matter of personal preference.

The crystals in the UV Paqlite charge in just one minute of sunlight or 5 to 10 minutes of ambient light.  I tested my samples both ways and the results were the same.  In darkness, they definitely produce a soft glow that stays viable for about 6 hours.  Keep in mind that the website indicates they dim after about 10 hours but I found they dimmed sooner than that.  Your mileage may vary.

For a more technical discussion of the why the earth crystals in the UV PAQLITE are unique and how exactly they work, visit this page on the UV Paqlite website.

Other Goodies

There are an number of other UV Paqlite goodies available.  All of them provide emergency lighting without batteries.

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There are reusable glow sticks in various sizes, nightlights, and a necklace.  The necklace would be great for kids don’t you think?

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The Final Word

I am constantly amazed by the strides that have been achieved in the area of emergency lighting.  There are now a multitude of options available included chemical lighting, solar lighting, USB powered lighting, and now, the UV PAQLITE using photo luminescent crystals.  I especially like the ORB because of its rechargeable flashlight capability.

Although these light sources will not replace the bright, sustaining light of a Coleman lantern, they can be a valuable addition to the emergency kit.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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UV PAQLITE:  A selection of UB Paqlite products are also available from Amazon.  Check out the reusable glow sticks.

Non-Electric Lighting SeriesRon Brown’s series on non-electric lighting should be in every prepper library.  Most of the books are only 99 cents each in eBook format.  Also, see The Amazing 2000-Hour Flashlight.

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SunJack USB Battery Charger for AA/AAA Ni-Mh and Ni-Cd Batteries:  Keep your AA or AAA battery powered devices fully charged anywhere. The SunJack USB battery charger charges your AA/AAA Ni-Mh/Ni-Cd batteries from any stable 5V USB port or power bank.  It will charge fully drained batteries in about 5 hours.

SunJack Waterproof LightStick: The versatile SunJack Lightstick is impressive for its compact form factor and extremely durable, waterproof casing.  In addition to providing portable lighting, it will charge 3 USB devices on a single charge.

Maximal Power FC999 Universal Battery Charger: This nicely built charger will charge AA, AAA, C, D, N, 9V, Ni-MH, Ni-CD, and Alkaline batteries. It has an LED display so that when you first put a battery in the charging bay, you know whether it is viable for charging or simply bad and ready to go back to the recycle box. See How to Recharge Alkaline Batteries.

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UV PAQLITE: Emergency Lighting Without Batteries — 76 Comments

    • something is still wrong with signing up for contests? I mistakenly put my email addy where the name goes, I tried to delete and start over, I can’t?, I tried the cancel button didn’t work? Is it just me the contest page doesn’t like?

      • something is still wrong with signing up for contests? I mistakenly put my email addy where the name goes, I tried to delete and start over, I can’t?, I tried the cancel button didn’t work? Is it just me the contest page doesn’t like?
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  1. Just wanted to say that this was a great write-up on a product I’ve had my eye on for quite a while now. You’ve pretty much settled it for me… I’ve gotta get a hold of some UV-Paqlite! As far as the uncommon uses for prep items goes, we’ve luckily only had to use our preps once a couple years ago when the power was out 4 days due to an ice storm. The only “uncommon” thing we used was when we threw together an alcohol/TP/coffee-can heater I had learned about when I was in the Boy Scouts half a lifetime ago. It did work, and pretty well, and made a miserable situation a little bit less so.

  2. Love this product and the wide and varied uses that it presents. Thanks for sharing it with us – you always have such great products, books and information.

  3. Here in South Florida we have hurricanes, but also big thunderstorms that affects lighting. I have purchased numerous solar battery lights that you use for lawn decoration. When the lights go out I bring them inside. Not a giant amount of light, but enough to use as a night light, or with a few of them there is enough light to play cards, etc… At least you are not in total darkness..

  4. I used my emergency led flashlight playing with the dog. When he was a puppy he would chase the light around as I moved the beam across the floor. He’d pounce on the light beam on the floor and would look very confused when he couldn’t catch it. You can use your preps for fun 🙂

  5. These sound neat and your article is well written explaining them well. Tried entering on one of the list but it blacked me out.

  6. When I bought a piece of property I was trying to find the back corners (marked with a metal pin sticking about one foot out of the ground, but hard to find in 6 acres of woods!). I used three flashlights (red flashing mode worked well) to leapfrog my way back along the line from the front corner. When I got all the way back the line I was on was within 3 feet of the pin so I found it easily.

  7. My answer is a bit pedestrian, but I use it for sporadic power outages usually caused by storms or when some knucklehead damages a power pole somehow.

  8. Right now I can’t think of anything unusual we’ve done with our preps or emergency lighting. I guess we’re just boring! Keep up the good work Gaye!!

  9. As a piano teacher in an area with frequent power outages, lessons in the dark was a problem to be solved. Now there is a solar lantern on a banana hook ready anytime.It is an easy,self-replenishing,SAFE solution and keeps a prep out of precious storage space.

  10. we always have a few glowsticks around here.. the grand kids love them.. and you can get fifty for under thirty dollars. I personally love the crank lihts..

  11. The power company people cut the wrong cable one day and blacked out the whole block near my apartment so I had to use emergency lighting getting down the totally black stairs to my car. It’s only a few flights, but stairs without lighting are dangerous.

  12. I used mine when the lightbulb burst in the basement and left shards of glass everywhere with the silver part stuck in the ceiling….what a mess. And I am too short to reach it!

  13. I think that necklace could also be a cool attachment for a dog collar when your power goes out – so you can see where your fur-baby is and not have to worry about stepping on them in the dark! (yes I’ve done that with my black dog). We have a small children’s solar lantern that is set in my son’s window as a night light. It charges during the day then comes on at night. It doesn’t hold much charge so it wears down overnight, but is enough to get him to sleep.

  14. I can’t say that I’ve ever used anything in an unusual way…perhaps I’ll have to start doing so. 🙂

  15. I once had to use our tie down cords to rig up our tent, when my friend forgot all the tent poles. Made for an interesting night, but when you’re 4 hours from the nearest town, you make due.

  16. I don’t know if you would call it “emergency” lighting. But, using solar powered Christmas lights around my chicken pen to keep the wild critters away at night. I set them to flash and they usually run all night long, even when the day was cloudy. Some people say that the wild animals get used to the lights, but in over two years of usage I haven’t had any attacks!

  17. I have a heavy tactical flashlight that I can, if needed, be used as a club/weapon. If I recall, they even listed that on the package. Fortunately, I haven’t had to use it that way yet. It’s so bright, all I would need to do is shine it someone’s eyes. They’d be blinded for quite a bit.

  18. Can’t really think of an unusual way I have used emergency lighting. Just the name “emergency lighting” kind of opens up anything goes in my book.
    Would love to try these out in a lights down situation.

  19. Glad I had a small flashlight attached to my purse when I had to get to my car after dark. I had parked in a field to attend an event and didn’t want to step in (or on) anything.

  20. We use solar powered flood lights set up to shine under the vehicle and into the engine compartment. We also leave the hood up. This discourages rats and mice from crawling up into the vehicle and chewing on wires, plastic and anything else they can get their ugly teeth on. They also make nests if you don’t leave the hood up.
    You guessed it-we live off the grid.

  21. I love the little emergency liquid candles from emergency essentials. When the power goes out, they are great. I hate to have half burned candles setting around. but with the red liquid in the candles, I dont mind having them around…

  22. The most uncommon use of lighting was not something I did, but something I saw a neighbor do. Apparently his wife had been on him to build a shack. When it got dark he wasn’t finished. So, he put a flashlight in his mouth and spent about an hour finishing the shack. We got quite a laugh out of that. Very unusual use.

  23. Back when my oldest daughter was in a children’s church group and needed a costume I used two cardboard boxes cut to look like a police car. Then I took red and blue light sticks for emergency lights and white for head lights and more red for taillights. Didn’t win the prize but she was the center of attention that night.

  24. No unusual uses, really. For lighting, I guess using glowsticks as decorations on Canada day!

    One other comment: could you please make it clearer whether or not the prize can be won outside the US? Lately, I have been entering without even being sure I can win. 🙁

  25. I used baby food for my pooch when dental surgery required that he eat only soft foods… 🙂 It occurred to me that there must be a number of other uses for baby food besides the obvious.

  26. I joined the Kickstarter campaign for the UV Orb, best thing I ever did! Love the usefulness of this little light, I bought two more. Great for high visibility on kids backpacks too!

  27. When our power go out around here, mostly store related, we get a few people that believe it’s time to go about stealing other peoples’ belonging. Being dark and all. I use glow sticks and rat traps and trip-wire to inform me of such activity. Good practice when real problems may happen.

  28. I can not think of an uncommon way to use lights except to finish washing the shampoo out when the light go out.

  29. It’s not exactly unusual but we have several closets that don’t get much lighting from the other light sources in the house so we leave one of the little oblong 27 LED lights hanging on the inside door handles to use when needed. That way we also always know where a light is in an emergency.

  30. Wow, I guess I can’t think of anything unusual that I have used preps for. But that is part of the reason for having them, so you can make do with what you have. I will have to give that more thought.

  31. Can’t say I’ve used anything in an unusual way. I do have two mini Paqlites hanging on my gate and my door in case it’s pitch black out when I get home. Gives me enough light to fit the keys in….

  32. I haven’t used anything in an unusual way. But we had a storm that took out the power one night long before we started preparing for emergencies. We pulled some of our solar lights from our front walk and used them inside for a few hours until the power came back on!

  33. I need that little jewel when I take my late walk. It will look great on Bear’s collar and he’ll love it too. Besides, you can never have enough flashlights of any kind. Have a great one, you’re doing good again.

  34. This is a great blog, lots of good info, and a great help. Thank you for offering this chance to try out an intriguing product and add to our preparedness.

  35. No unusual uses,I love my Paqlite, just having it makes me feel more prepared for anything. Plan to try it in the tent camping this summer. I even gave some as Christmas presents!. Would really like to try out the Orb!!

  36. I’ve never had an emergency to the point where I’ve had to break out the lightsticks. I’m meticulous about keeping flashlights and batteries on hand–I even save my “old” batteries, the ones that still have some charge on them. Interestingly (and in total contradiction of what the battery companies say), I’ve seen some of these used batteries “recover” after sitting for 6-12 months. The better batteries, anyway; the cheap generic ones tend to leak and corrode.

    But a Paqlite would be great–a reusable non-electric light that really does last. the lightsticks have a very definite expiration date.

  37. I used to take the little tiny chem lights golfers can put in golf balls [so they can play in the dark] and attach them to my ball cap when we’d go camping.

  38. Had a little glow in the dark keychain ornament, lost my keys once while hiking and couldn’t find them during the day, went back that night and Bingo there they were.

  39. I can’t think of an event that I would have used any of my preps, so far (knock wood)
    This is something I think would make a great present.
    Thank you

  40. This is not an easy question! I can’t think of any unusual use I’ve made of our lighting preps. The only use (not really very unusual) of any prepping item that I can think of is using a bungee cord to keep a piece of screen over a rain collecting container to keep out unwanted debris and to keep mosquitoes from laying eggs in the water.

  41. Fortunately I haven’t had to really use any of my preps. Have had fun with some light sticks and my grandson though!

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