Time to Brighten Up Your Flashlight Game:

Why flashlights are so important in disaster scenarios

Flashlight, flash bright,
first flashlight I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I - wait,
that’s how it goes, right?

Flashlights are those little things most people forget about when they prepare for the worst.

Of course, first aid kits are crazy-important, and we can’t forget food and water, or the safety tools that help us wade through all the madness that may come at us. For whatever reason, though, flashlights are often forgotten. Perhaps it’s because when we’re in readiness mode, it’s usually in the happy light of day?

The funny thing about big natural events is that we really can’t predict the damage they might do to our cities - and our homes - or for how long, or at what time of day. They’re tricky things, and they can become seriously icky things when we aren’t prepared for them.

When a severe winter storm takes out power lines, a blistering heat wave overloads the city’s power grid, or a tornado, hurricane, or earthquake destroys vital infrastructure, the unknown is amplified. We can be stuck in the dark for hours, days, or even weeks with our families.


REMEMBER: Candles are Lady-and-The-Tramp cute, but they’re dangerous


Thousands of home fires are started every year from candle fires, often starting in bedrooms. This results in millions of dollars in damages and, unfortunately, loss of life too. That’s just not a risk we want to add on top of the risks associated with whatever natural hazards we might be dealing with.

TIP: Leave the candles, Take the batteries

Unless your flashlight is solar-powered or a crank-up (which we wholeheartedly recommend), then make sure you’ve got ample batteries stored with each of your flashlights. Remember, outages can last for weeks! Make sure you’ve got flashlights and electric lanterns - and batteries if needed - stored in every room of your home, ideally one for every member of your family.

Without further ado, here’s a few of our favorite flashlights just for you!

Waterproof LED Flashlight with Hand Crank and Solar Charging:

Why we love it: Well this one you don’t even need batteries! Reliable light + a 1-minute forearm workout = calorie-burning, smart readiness.

Dynamo Radio Flashlight
Dynamo Radio Flashlight
Dynamo Radio Flashlight
Dynamo Radio Flashlight
Dynamo Radio Flashlight

Dynamo Radio Flashlight

$24.99

Making good decisions in an emergency can drastically impact your chance of survival and safety. This Emergency Zone 4-in-1 Emergency Flashlight not only provides plenty of light, but it does not need batteries. Weighs 13.3 oz. 

Flashlight:

  • Switch between high (3 LEDs) and low (1 LED) to use power only when you need it
  • Crank to recharge - 1 min of cranking (1.5 rotations/minute) give you 1.5 hrs on low and 30 mins on high
  • Bright yellow exterior helps you find your flashlight easier in the dark

AM/FM Radio:

  • Get critical updates in an emergency with the built-in AM/FM radio
  • Adjust the volume for perfect volume
  • Headphone jack available for plugging in earphones and headphones
  • Siren function for getting help in an emergency
  • Telescopic antenna for better signal reception

Charger:

  • Charge your devices via USB
  • USB adapter included
  • Phone adapter NOT included

Panic Alarm:

  • Panic function for getting help in an emergency
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Tactical Flashlight:

Why we love it: These are great if you’ve got multiple family members. Store them in different locations around your home, so no matter where you roam, you’ll see things clearly.

CREE Tactical Flashlight
CREE Tactical Flashlight
CREE Tactical Flashlight
CREE Tactical Flashlight
CREE Tactical Flashlight

CREE Tactical Flashlight

$23.99

While CREE LED flashlights are known for providing super bright light, they can be a challenge replacing batteries as many of them require special kind of batteries. In an emergency, you want a flashlight that can take batteries that are commonly available. Emergency Zone's CREE Tactical Flashlight provides extremely bright light thanks to its CREE LED technology while only using 3 AAA batteries for power. 

  • Multiple Lighting Features: A bright flashlight is great, but sometimes you need more. This is why our Emergency Zone CREE LED Tactical Flashlight our different lighting functions: strobe, "SOS", bright, and dim. The zoom function is what allows these changes. It gives you the control over the width and intensity of light while lightly taping the power button provides you with strobe, "SOS", bright, and dim functions.
  • Heavy Duty: This flashlight is created with a metal casing. This allows for it to both be durable and can be used in self-defense. Even with the metal casing, it is lightweight, only weighing 7.2 oz and that is with the batteries in!
  • AAA Batteries: In an emergency, you want a flashlight that can take batteries that are commonly available. While CREE LED flashlights are known for providing super bright light, they can be a challenge replacing batteries as many of them require special kind of batteries. Emergency Zone's CREE Tactical Flashlight provides extremely bright light, thanks to its CREE LED technology, while only using 3 AAA batteries for power.
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Goal Zero Lighthouse 400 Lantern and USB Power Hub:

Why we love it: This one’s amazing for the long haul. Not only does it provide reliable light, it also provides power to recharge your devices.

Goal Zero Lighthouse 600 Lantern & USB Power Hub
Goal Zero Lighthouse 600 Lantern & USB Power Hub
Goal Zero Lighthouse 600 Lantern & USB Power Hub
Goal Zero Lighthouse 600 Lantern & USB Power Hub
Goal Zero Lighthouse 600 Lantern & USB Power Hub
Goal Zero Lighthouse 600 Lantern & USB Power Hub

Goal Zero Lighthouse 600 Lantern & USB Power Hub

$69.95

Packed with unique features, the Lighthouse 600 adapts to light up any situation; perfect for camping, outdoor events, or emergency use. Complete with an internal lithium battery, the Lighthouse even doubles as a power hub for charging phones and small USB devices.

Features

  • Bright Light Anytime, Anywhere: Directional and adjustable LED light, up to 600 lumens. Recharge the internal battery from any USB port, from the sun with a Goal Zero solar panel, or use the built-in hand crank to charge up in an emergency.
  • Charge Your Devices: Internal lithium battery boasts 5200 mAh with a USB output, enough power to charge phones, headlamps, tablets, and more.
  • Hang It, Stand It, Store it: Collapsible legs provide a stand for maximum light dispersion and fold in for convenient storage. A built-in handle allows for easy carrying and hanging.
  • Multi-Directional Lighting: Utilize 360 degrees of bright LED light, or save on power and extend runtimes by illuminating half the lantern.

Technical Specs

  • USB port (output): 5V, up to 1.5A (7.5W max), regulated
  • USB port (input): 5V, up to 1A (5W max
  • LED (output): 2x3W warm white LED 600 Lumens
  • Color Temperature: 3,500 Kelvin
  • Run time: One side lit (low power) 320 hrs, One side lit (high power) 5 hrs, Both sides lit (low power) 180 hrs, Both sides lit (high power) 2.5 hrs
  • 1 minute of crank = 10 minutes of light on low
  • Charge time: USB source 6 hrs
  • Weight: 1.1 lbs (498 g)
  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 5 x 6.5 in (11.4 x 12.7 x 16.5 cm)
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Last thing to remember:

Don’t worry.
Be ready.