Sometimes, just sometimes, you need another flashlight. “Just because” is often the reason. On other occasions, a new flashlight is called for based on features and value.
Such is the case with the Choetech Rechargeable Emergency Flashlight & Power Bank. Not only is this little gem a flashlight with an integrated rechargeable battery, but it is also a mobile device/gizmo charger (phone, Kindle, reader), a seatbelt cutter, and life hammer that can break windows to escape during an emergency.
The best part? You get all of this in one compact unit for only $7.99. And the next best part? I have five of these really cool flashlights to offer up in yet another Backdoor Survival giveaway.
Just the Basics About the Choetech Rechargeable Flashlight
The way these flashlights work is you unscrew end where the light is located to reveal two USB ports. One is marked IN and the other is marked OUT. The inbound Micro USB port is used to charge the flashlight by plugging the included cable into a PC or wall charger. There are blue LEDs that light during the charging process.
The standard USB port is used to send power to your mobile devices.
The first step in testing my new Choetech flashlight/power bank was to bring it to a full charge. It appeared to be fully charged right out of the box but I still plugged it in and left it that way until the charging LEDs were fully lit. Next, I plugged in my nearly dead iPhone and charged it to 100%. This took just under two hours although I did use the phone to listen to an audiobook during a portion of that time.
This is the business end of the Choetech Emergency Flashlight
The next step was to turn on the flashlight to see how long it would take to fully discharge. I am not kidding you when I say it was usable for more than 24 hours. Finally, at about 30 hours, it was kaput. This was pretty impressive when you consider that I had also used the power bank feature to charge my iPhone.
One end of the flashlight is covered with a rubber cap. Flip the cap open and you will find the window breaker. The seat belt cutter in on the side. These are nice features that I hope I will never have to use. That said, can you imagine how handy this flashlight would be in your vehicle?
There are a couple of points worth mentioning. First, the flashlight is a bit heavy. It weighed in at 7.4 ounces. Second, while bright, there is just a single 3W LED so it is no match for those super bright mini-cree flashlights. Still, you can’t use those to charge your phone or cut away your seatbelt after a car accident.
Why Another Giveaway?
I know this question is coming and since I often ask myself the same thing, I will answer for you as well.
There are a lot of choices when it comes to reading material on the internet. Add email to the equation and it is easy to become overwhelmed. Holding giveaways is the only way I know of to thank you for your loyalty and for taking the time to visit my website.
I will also share a secret with you. During the product review process, I have met some of the nicest people and worked with fantastic companies that care about their customers. Choetech, as an example, is just one of the companies. They want you to be happy with their products.
This one is going to be very easy. Free entries for everyone and five winners. Who can argue with that? Comments are not necessary but if you want to leave one “just because”, please know that I do read every single one!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
This is a flash giveaway which means it will run for a very short period. The deadline is 6:00 PM MST next Monday. The winners will be notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article. Please note that the winners must claim their prize within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.
Note: Due to Customs requirements, this giveaway is only open to those with a mailing address in the United States.
The Final Word
I own dozens of flashlights. They are stashed in my nightstand, kitchen drawers, desk, various jacket pockets, and just about any other place you can think of. Some work just okay, and some work great.
What I like about the Choetech Rechargeable Powerbank Flashlight is that it can serve a variety of functions at a very low cost. Did I mention that it is also waterproof? And that is has an SOS function? Even without these features, a rechargeable power bank is a great deal.
As good a deal as it is, please do enter the giveaway. Remember, there will be five winners.
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Below you will find items mentioned in today’s article as well as other personal favorites.
CHOETECH LED Flashlight with Power Bank Seat Belt Cutter and Window Breaker: This flashlight is the real deal. As a spare flashlight and mobile device charger, it is perfect for the glove box of your vehicle or your daypack. Not mentioned in my review, it also has a 12-month warranty from a great company that cares about its customers.
Choetech 19W Solar Panel: This lightweight and compact solar panel works great. The two integrated USB ports are both rated equally so you do not have to fiddle around to see which one will work with your device. Learn more: Charge Your Devices With the Choetech Portable Solar Panel.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter: The LifeStraw is considered the most advanced, compact, ultralight personal water filter available. It contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out. It weighs only 2 oz. making it perfect for the prepper. For more information, see my LifeStraw review.
Mighty Charger for Both Alkaline and Rechargeable Batteries: I don’t know why I have not reviewed this nifty battery charger yet but I do need to do that. The Mighty Charger is a compact charger that works with both Alkaline and Ni-MH AA, AAA batteries and 9V batteries. I like its small form factor and the fact that it will automatically detect the type of battery and charge it up.