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Have freshly brewed coffee at the end of the world

on Monday, March 24th, 2014

With the Jetboil Flash Cooking System Java Kit, you can have fresh coffee when you’re camping, riding out the power outages in the aftermath of a storm, or while trying to survive the zombie apocalypse.  With each 100g Jetpower canister, you’ll be able to brew 12 liters of coffee in the FluxRing cooking cup with insulating cozy (one Read More…


The comforts of home – without breaking your back

on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

If you like camping without roughing it too much, you probably like a stove to cook your meals.  You probably don’t want anything too heavy, because you have to carry it to the camp site.  The Coleman PerfectFlow InstaStart Fold N Go 2-Burner Stove gives you a spacious cooking surface in a package that folds up smaller Read More…


An emergency lantern that works for 30 days

on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear

What with all the Arctic temperatures and snow this winter, I find my thoughts turning to power outages and emergency preparedness.  This 30-Day Emergency Lantern from Brookstone promises to keep you in the light even if you lose power.  The LED lantern has fourlight modes – low, medium, high, and flash – that can produce Read More…


Keep this hand-cranked emergency lantern everywhere you need one

on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear

The Enhance Nightlux EXP lamp works as a lantern or an LED flashlight, and it’s perfect for use camping or as an emergency light in your car or home.  You can charge the Nightlux lamp via USB; a fully charged battery will give you 40 minutes of lantern use (65 lumens) or 4.5 hours of Read More…


The PowerPot V review

on Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

There are lots of people like me that like to bring gadgets with them while camping.  Although I try to disconnect a bit, it’s nice to bring my cell phone and a few battery packs with me.  Wouldn’t it be great to to use an item to charge my mobile devices while I cook at Read More…


Give the gift of emergency preparedness this holiday season

on Thursday, November 7th, 2013

If you’re like me, you have a lot of names on your gift lists.  And maybe like me, you want to give somebody something they’ll find really useful, so you need good gifts at a great price.  How about giving someone a product that that help them out if a winter storm causes them to Read More…


The SmartLantern is more than just a light source

on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Bracketron is debuting their new SmartLantern at booth 11630 at the SEMA Show 2013, November 5-8, in Las Vegas, but you don’t have to wait to buy one now.  The SmartLantern is an ideal accessory for travel or for emergency preparedness.  It contains a 7800mAh battery and a 2.1A USB port that can recharge some mobile Read More…


A compact, multi-purpose cooking pot and kettle from the makers of the BioLite CampStove

on Monday, September 23rd, 2013
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

BioLite, the same company that brought us the CampStove, is now offering an accessory that serves two functions.  The KettlePot is made of thin stainless steel, so it’s more durable than aluminum pots and easier to clean without worrying about scrubbing off the coating.  It comes with a BPA-free plastic kettle top with a silicone Read More…


Charge an emergency flashlight in your bed-side lamp’s socket

on Sunday, September 15th, 2013
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

Here’s a new one for me.  This low-heat LED lightbulb from the MoMA Store becomes an emergency flashlight when you need one.  It screws into a standard socket, and it produces as much light as a 40W bulb using only 6W of electricity.  The LEDs will produces up to 60,000 hours of light.  When you Read More…

StatGear T3 Tactical Triage & Auto Rescue Tool-1

StatGear T3 Tactical Auto Rescue Tool review

on Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Having previously been in the public safety field for a number of years, I have come to realize how important a good knife can be when you are on the job. The problem with most knives is that they have a single functional; they are designed to cut. Yes, I have seen knives that have Read More…


CRKT ExiTool review

on Saturday, August 24th, 2013
Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews

A few days ago I posted a short news article about an auto safety tool called the ExiTool by CRKT. I thought it looked like a handy tool to own, so I ordered one for myself. It arrived a few days ago and although I haven’t had the opportunity to use it to help me escape Read More…


Carry an ultralight camping stove in your backpack

on Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

If open fires aren’t allowed where you camp, you’ll need some sort of stove to prepare your food.  The Ultralight Backpacking Canister Camp Stove with Piezo Ignition, plus a canister of gas, is all you’ll need for cooking.  The stove itself folds up into a small package, as seen in the upper left and right images. Read More…


Hear NOAA weather information in every room of your house

on Thursday, June 6th, 2013
Posted in: Gear, Home, Kitchen, News

It’s not even officially summer yet, and already storm devastation has begun with tragic loss of life.  Whenever there are dangerous conditions in your area, you need to be informed so you can protect yourself and your family.  There’s already a nationwide NOAA weather alert system that works in conjunction with the FCC’s Emergency Alert Read More…


Make Dad the true King of the Grill!

on Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Does your Dad (or your hubby) fancy himself the lord of the BBQ?  Father’s Day is coming soon, and here’s a gift that could make him the true king of the grill.  This Five Cooking Method Grill from Hammacher Schlemmer puts five cooking methods at his fingertips.  (Click the photo for a larger image.)  This Read More…


Charge two devices at once with the sCharger-12 solar charger

on Monday, April 29th, 2013

The sCharger-12 USB Solar Charger from SunTactics isn’t like most solar chargers on the market.  It uses “mono-crystalline solar cells, the most efficient solar cell technology of the 21st century” instead of the plastic panels and weak solar cells used in other chargers.  It doesn’t charge up a battery, because those will quickly die after Read More…


This gives “crank telephones” a whole new meaning…

on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Did you ever see one of those old, wall-mounted telephones that you had to crank to get the operator’s attention in old movies?  Well, the Crankerator isn’t like that.  This accessory from Photojojo is a backup battery with an emergency power source.  It works with smart phones, cameras, and tablets, and a fully charged Crankerator Read More…

Knottology Expedition Clasps-1

Knottology Expedition Clasps add more functionality to your survival bracelet

on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

I may have mentioned before that I am fringe Paracord junkie. I like Paracord survival bracelets, but could never find a cool clasp so I never made one. The Knottology Expedition Clasps may have just changed that for me. Unlike a lot of Paracord clasps the Expedition clasps are dual functional. The Expeditions come in four Read More…


XPAL Power SpareOne Emergency Phone review

on Sunday, March 17th, 2013
Posted in: Reviews, Travel Gear

Ever wish you had a backup cell phone, or wish you had a spare laying around “just in case”?  The SpareOne Emergency Phone by XPAL Power just might be the thing for you.  The SpareOne Emergency Phone is a lightweight GSM phone that is powered by a single AA battery with a staggering 15 year Read More…


Keep your powder dry with the MatchSafe

on Monday, February 4th, 2013
Posted in: News, Pocket Gear

Actually, you’re on your own with the powder, but the MatchSafe will keep your emergency supply of matches dry and ready.  This little stainless box, made by Stoll in Germany, is much more durable than a match book and keeps your safety matches dry and ready until you need them.  There’s a piece of sandpaper mounted Read More…


EmergencyLink could save your life, or the life of a loved one

on Monday, February 4th, 2013

There are various methods of making emergency medical information available in case you are injured and can’t talk for yourself, but they don’t always have information about notifying your emergency contacts.  With EmergencyLink, information for the people you need to be notified immediately in case of emergency is included with your account, and they’ll be Read More…


Eton Corporation Announces the Boost Line Mobile Charging Solutions

on Monday, October 29th, 2012

Eton Corporation produces a variety of emergency preparedness gear, and they are expanding their line with two dedicated charging solutions.  First up (right photo) is their BoostTurbine Series chargers.  The BoostTurbine2000 (2000mAh for $59) and BoostTurbine1000 (1000mAh for $49) feature a rechargeable lithium battery and a hand-turbine power generator that serves as a “back up for Read More…


Power Outage Activated LED Lantern with USB Charger from ReadyBright

on Monday, October 8th, 2012
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

If you read Bill’s recent review of the mrBEAMS ReadyBright Home Power Outage System and thought it was a great idea but you’d like a portable light, too, you might want to check out the ReadyBright Lantern.  (This is an IndieGoGo project currently seeking funding.)  The ReadyBright Lantern is an add-on to the mrBeams system, and Read More…


Have an Obscene Amount of Money and Really, REALLY Hate Zombies?

on Thursday, August 9th, 2012
Posted in: Gear, Miscellaneous, News

Sure, you have an emergency kit stored away in your car or garage and yeah it may contain some Band-Aids, maybe some food or water rations, and an extra flashlight, but what if your emergency is a swarm of flesh eating zombies?  For times when a fruit roll up and indestructible can of SPAM just Read More…


Give Dad the Gift of Preparedness for Father’s Day with the Eton FRX3

on Friday, May 25th, 2012
Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear

We’ve featured Eton radios on The Gadgeteer before, and I’ve gotten to try two of them myself.   They offer a lot of features for a low price, and the Eton American Red Cross FRX3 is no different.  It’s Ni-MH battery charges with the included power adapter or from the built-in solar panel or the hand Read More…

Eton Axis

Eton Axis ARCPT300W Emergency Radio Review

By: Mark Adkins
on Thursday, March 15th, 2012

A reliable emergency radio radio is a great idea for anyone. Something that will work even if you forgot to replace the batteries and that can get the weather bands can literally be a lifesaver in an emergency. The Eton Corporation, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, offers several radios that fit this need. Read More…