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Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.
The first order of business is my preps. This may not seem like a big deal but I learned to use a bucket tool opener to pry open the lid of a sealed, five-gallon bucket. In this case, it was a bucket of coconut oil which in the past, required Shelly’s brawn to open. Ladies, it is time for us to do more of the heavy lifting ourselves! I opened the tightly sealed bucket with my nifty tool and did it without squished fingers, broken fingernails, or swear-words.
By the way, speaking of coconut oil, Tropical Traditions has free shipping going on through midnight Monday using coupon code 12141. They have a bunch of stuff on sale as well so if you want to give their products a try, you just might score a deal.
I tried out some new flashlights this week. This time they were the Duracell Durabeam Ultra Tactical Flashlights that I purchased at Costco. They are extremely bright. We shined one through our window at night and could easily discern the details of vehicles on the road a good 80 feet away.
Speaking of flashlights, continue reading.
The Survival Buzz #145
The Amazing 2000-hour Flashlight
A little over a month ago, Ron Brown informed me that the Eveready lanterns currently being sold were not the same as those he used in his book, The Amazing 2000-hour Flashlight. This was in spite of the fact that the UPC and item number was the same. Oops.
Long story short, we consulted on this for a while and independently came to the same conclusion: back to the drawing board. Because many of you have asked about his print book, I asked Ron to give us an update:
The Amazing 2000-Hour Flashlight was published in August 2013. It was a ‘hack’ or modification to a specific model of Eveready flashlight.
Since then, Eveready has twice changed the light’s design. Today, in late 2014, the flashlight has one LED (the original light had three) even though the model number and the UPC barcode number are the same as the original version.
If I do the same hack on the new, one-LED design, will it produce a flashlight that runs non-stop for 2000 hours on one battery? I honestly don’t know.
And what should I do about the book? You can still find the original flashlight here and there on store shelves although it is now just old inventory.
Flashlights lined up for testing – as only Ron can do it!
Long story short, I removed the paperback version of The Amazing 2000-Hour Flashlight from the market; I added a disclaimer to the Kindle version; and I dropped the Kindle price to 99 cents. It still contains some valuable tips and info and I hate to discontinue it altogether.
If you think about it, trying to devise the longest-lasting flashlight (not the brightest, the longest-lasting) leads us to the 6-volt lanterns. These lights use big, square batteries that weigh over two pounds each. They simply hold more juice than smaller batteries.
The search also takes us to alkaline batteries . . . and to LED bulbs rather than incandescent . . . and to economy-type lights that use just one LED, not ten . . .
Eveready and Rayovac and Dorcy all make flashlights that (give or take an LED upgrade) are potential candidates. So let’s take those lights and add a resistor (that’s our hack) and test them side-by-side. Being slightly clairvoyant, I know in advance the results will be that: (1) all of them or (2) some of them or (3) none of them run for 2000 hours.
The tests are running right now, as we speak. But 2000 hours is nearly three months. The final results won’t be known until mid-February. Hopefully, by the end of February, I’ll have a Second Edition on the market.
The Second Edition will also contain some ‘velly interesting’ things (exposé-type stuff) I’ve learned about batteries plus test results comparing the new flashlights now on the market that take just one D-cell. Rayovac, Eveready, and Dorcy all make single-D-cell flashlights.
If you thought The Amazing 2000-Hour Flashlight was good, I think you’ll find the Second Edition super-good. At least that’s the objective.
When it comes to testing, we can’t rush the clock. You can bet that I will be keeping you updated and as soon as the second edition is good to go, I will let you know.
The Preparedness Review #5 – All New and Still 100% Free
Todd at Prepper Website will be releasing The Preparedness Review Volume 5 on Monday, December 1st. TPR5 will contain 18 articles from preparedness authors from around the internet including yours truly. These are the types of articles you will want to print out and keep as a reference; they are that good.
Monday is only a couple of days from now but in the meantime, if you want to catch up on any of the previous issues, they are still available for download at the Preparedness Review website.
GIVEAWAYS AND THE WINNERS
Just a reminder that last week’s giveaway winner has been notified by email has 48 hours to claim his prize or an alternate will be selected. In addition, all winners are announced on in the Rafflecopter widget of the giveaway article.
Alas, there are no open giveaways at this time but watch for something new this coming Thursday.
THE FINAL WORD
I have been remiss in failing to thank everyone for the wonderful birthday wishes you sent to me via email and Facebook a couple of weeks ago. I was quite touched and given that this was one of those big ones, they were extra special.
The interesting part about getting older, in my view, is not that I seem any wiser and smarter but that as I age physically, my mind still has hopes, dreams, and aspirations. Much to my chagrin, it takes me longer to do things but I figure as long as I can, I will continue to learn and to pursue a life of preparedness and self-sufficiency.
So what about you – what did you do to prep this week?
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: Sometimes it is the simplest of tools that can make our lives easier. Here are a few of my favorites.
Bucket Lid Wrench: This bucket lid opener will save the day – and your hands and fingers. The nice thing about it is that the seal on the bucket’s lid is not destroyed after opening it. This means that you can pop the lid back on knowing that the contents are safe from rodents and other pests.
On Duty Emergency Gas & Water Shutoff 4-n-1 Tool: This 4 in 1 Emergency Tool was designed and tested by professional firefighters. It is light-weight, heavy duty, and easy-to-use for shutting off gas and water. Plus, it can be used to pry open doors and dig through debris.
Bung Wrench: Another useful tool is a bung wrench. This is used to properly open and close a drum or barrel. You need one of these if you are storing emergency water in 55 gallons (or other sized) drums.
TEKTON Wood Handle Rubber Mallet Set, 3-Piece: After opening your pails and buckets to get to your stuff, a rubber mallet will help you properly close and seal things up again. Having a rubber mallet allows you to hammer away at your buckets to ensure that they are completely closed without causing the damage that a regular metal hammer would incur.
12 Color Pack Bandana – Assorted Colors: Perhaps not a tool, per se, but definitely a favorite. You will frequently see me wearing one of these colorful bandanas in photos. This is the #1 seller in the bandana category. Heck, I think that beats Wal-Mart and flea market pricing. Be sure to read How to Use a Bandana to Save the Day.
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