If there is one thing that we all share in common, it is our interest in having adequate light to brighten our way when the grid is down. Perhaps that is why some of us, no names mentioned, have over two dozen flashlights of all sizes and types. And that is in addition to chemical light sticks.
With all of these portable light sources, what if you had a powerful source of light that was not only bright enough to light up a room, but was waterproof and rechargeable using any USB source? And better yet, what if it could also be used to charge up your phone, eBook reader, or other USB device?
Today I would like to introduce you to the SunJack Waterproof Lightstick which is, indeed, one very handy piece of equipment to have around. Not only is is bright, but from what I can tell, it is pretty much indestructible. And the best part? The nice folks at SunJack, who you might recall from the review I did on the SunJack Portable Solar Charger, have set aside one SunJack Lightstick for a lucky Backdoor Survival reader.
SunJack Waterproof Lightstick – Just the Facts
In my usual style, I want to show you the Lightstick in action, but first, let me share a few of the basic facts.
Shaped like a long tube, the SunJack Waterproof Lightstick is about 10 inches long. The end cap includes a green power button that toggles between low, medium, high, and strobe. Depending on the setting, one charge will deliver up to 46 hours of constant light.
The stated charging time is 4 to 5 hours. It can be charged up using any USB source including a wall jack or a computer USB port. That said, I hooked the SunJack Lightstick to my SunJack Solar Charger and found that it took a bit longer given that the day was cloudy and overcast.
For the technically inclined, the output is 5V 2Amp and the maximum output wattage is 3.5W.
Practical Uses for the SunJack Lightstick
Given its slim profile, the SunJack Waterproof Lightstick is ideal for bug out bags, get home kits, and vehicle emergency kits. I find that it fits neatly in my pack, right along side a LifeStraw which is are similar in size.
At the full power setting, and even at low and medium power, this is a very bright light. Impressive, actually, given its compact form factor.
If kept in a vehicle, it can be used as a trouble light when checking under the hood or as a spot of bright light when changing a tire. It can also be used as a flashing signal requesting help if stranded by the roadway. It would definitely light up a campsite at night with the added advantage that it can be charged with a portable solar panel during the day while not in use.
Another practical use is to use it as a beacon when traveling with a group. The leader can raise it above his or head in strobe mode to signal to the pack of followers. Being totally waterproof, using the Lightstick out in the bush or on the trails would be no problem at all.
Speaking of waterproof, I took the SunJack Lightstick down to the shoreline and set it afloat in salt water. I left the light on. The only problem I had is that it started to float away! My fault totally but the good news is that it floats, making it difficult to lose if suddenly tossed in the water during a flood or storm.
When it comes to charging power, I was able to charge my iPad, my Kindle, and my iPhone from a single charge on the SunJack Lightstick. Each device was at about 60% at the time but given that the LED indicator lights still showed a charge on the Lightstick itself, I am confident that it would have charged them from a full-out run down state.
Sponsoring giveaways is one small way that I am able to pay things forward and I am so blessed to have fantastic sponsors that provide most of the giveaway prizes. The SunJack company is no exception in that they have a SunJack Lightstick just waiting to be claimed by a Backdoor Survival reader.
You know the drill. To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below. Select one or more of the options after signing in using your email account or Facebook, the choice is yours. The best way to start is by clicking on “Free Entry for Everyone”. After that, each option you select represents an additional entry. There are a number of different options so pick and choose or select them all.
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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article. Please note that the winner must claim their prize within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.
The Final Word
Due to its compact form factor, extremely bright light, and rugged, waterproof casing, the SunJack Lightstick is ideal not only as an emergency light source, but as a portable power source for off-grid charging of small electronics.
Like everything in the SunJack product line, the Lightstick is well-engineered and competitively priced. I find that their products work, right out of the box, without the need to read a complicated user manual.
I hope you will enter the giveaway – good luck!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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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.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter: The LifeStraw is considered the most advanced, compact, ultra light 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 2oz. making it perfect for the prepper. There is also a larger sized LifeStraw Family currently available with free shipping.
Dorcy LED Wireless Motion Sensor Flood Lite: Don’t let the $20 price lead you to think this wireless flood light is wimpy. I have two of these and feel that these lights are worth double the price
Maximal Power FC999 Universal Battery Charger: This nicely built charger will charge 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.
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 Portable Solar Charger: SunJack® helps mobile users stay charged on the go anywhere the sun shines. The SunJack® is able to fully charge its internal battery pack in about 5 hours of direct sunlight, or directly power any USB device. When the sun isn’t shining, users can still energize their devices from the powerful SunJack® battery, which holds enough charge to power up to 4 iPhones.
SunJack CampLight USB Bulb: This 4 Watt USB LED light is bright and ultra portable at just over 3.5 ounces. It is highly durable – shatter, shock, and vibration resistant. Will fully illuminate a tent at night. Power it from any standard USB source – compatible with all USB wall plugs, USB batteries, and laptops.
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