Best safety & security products according to redditors
We found 16,289 Reddit comments discussing the best safety & security products. We ranked the 4,671 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.
1. WOWTAC A2S LED Headlamp Headlight 6 Modes Max 1050 Lumen Waterproof Headlamps, Super Bright Outdoor Sports Running Walking Camping Reading Hiking Fishing (A2S NW)
High-performance CREE XP-L V6 LED with smooth reflector produces a defined small focused light pattern, making A2S has a useful spill and flood to optimize your field of vision.Features 5 lighting modes with extra hidden SOS: Firefly; Low mode; Mid mode; High mode; Turbo mode and SOS for long range ...
2. Sofirn SP36 BLF Anduril Powerful Flashlight, 4 LH351D LED 5000K 90 CRI, USB C Rechargeable, Battery Not Included
Ultra Bright: Sofirn SP36 Utilizes 4 x Sumsung LH351D Led, giving out up to 5650 lumens, throwing up to 352 meters ( 601 yards )Compact and Durable: The palm sized light was designed with the help of BLF ToyKeeper, it passes a dozen of tests like dropping, submerging into water(2 meters deep), heat ...
3. WOWTAC A2S LED Headlamp LED Headlight 6 Modes Max 1050 Lumen Waterproof Headlamps, Super Bright Outdoor Sports Running Walking Camping Reading Hiking Riding Fishing (A2S CW)
High-performance CREE XP-L V6 LED with smooth reflector produces a defined small focused light pattern, making A2S has a useful spill and flood to optimize your field of vision.Features 5 lighting modes with extra hidden SOS: Firefly; Low mode; Mid mode; High mode; Turbo mode and SOS for long range ...
4. Uvex Skyper Blue Light Blocking Computer Glasses with SCT-Orange Lens (S1933X)
PROTECTS YOUR EYES: Orange Lens features Spectrum Control Technology (SCT) that absorbs 98% of blue light from laptops, computers & tablets, which helps prevent cataracts and macular degenerationREDUCES EYE FATIGUE: SCT-Orange lens reduces eye strain so you can work longer & more comfortably; also m...
5. WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage Container, Drinking Water Storage, Hurricane Survival, BPA-Free (100 Gallon) (1)
COLLECT DRINKING WATER IN YOUR BATHTUB: The waterBOB is a water containment system that holds up to 100 gallons of fresh drinking water in any standard bathtub in the event of an emergency. Don’t wait in line to buy expensive bottled water or worry about keeping large barrels or tanks. Collect dri...
6. Streamlight 66118 Stylus Pro LED PenLight with Holster, Black - 100 Lumens
Durable, anodized machined aircraft aluminum constructionWhite LED produces 100 lumens; 950 candela; 62m beam; Runs 8 hoursIPX4 – water resistant; 2m impact resistance testedAbout the size of a marker, it fits conveniently in your pocket 5.3” (134 millimeter); 1.64 ounce (46.9 gram)Removable poc...
7. Streamlight MicroStream Ultra-compact Aluminum body with AAA alkaline battery, 3.5 Inch - 1.04 oz - 45 Lumens - 66318, Black
Type II MIL-SPEC abrasion and corrosion-resistant anodized aircraft aluminum construction with unbreakable, scratch-resistant polycarbonate lens.
8. ThruNite Neutron 2C V3 Rechargeable LED Micro-USB Flashlight, 1100 Lumen with CREE XP-L LED, Turbo, Strobe Light and self-Defined Modes - NW
Newly Released Bright Flashlight - Neutron 2C V3 max output of 1100 lumen with CREE XP-L LED, 1100 lumen (max) provides bright light over beam distance of 262 yards.Infinite Brightness Adjusting - Neutron 2C V3 adjust the output by long press the switch to circle through infinity high and infinity l...
9. RovyVon Aurora A5 Luminous Body, 550 Lumens Outdoor Mini EDC Rechargeable High Bright Multi-Functional Flashlight, with Reading Light and Red Warning Light, Idea as a Gift
Luminous boday glows in the dark up to 8 hours.Multifunction side lights for Reading or Alert. CREE XP-G3 S5 LED,550 lumens(max output).EDC(small size,lightweight)mini keychain flashlight,2-year warranty,Factory outlets. If you purchase your product from other sellers, they are not identical to ours...
10. Zebralight H53c AA Headlamp Neutral White High CRI
High Color Rendering Index (CRI) Cree XP-L2 EasyWhite LED. Battery: One AA size NiMH, lithium or alkaline battery. Panasonic Eneloop or Eneloop Pro is highly recommended.Incredible LED tint, hot spot, and spill pattern. Smart user interface provides fast and easy access to all brightness levels and ...
11. 3M H10A Peltor Optime 105 Over the Head Earmuff, Ear Protectors, Hearing Protection, NRR 30 dB,Black, Red
Noise Reduction Rating of 30dBSuperior comfort, fit, and hearing protectionPatented twin-cup designRecommended for extremely loud conditions
12. Pyramex I-Force Sporty Dual Pane Anti-Fog Goggle, Black Frame/Clear Anti-Fog Lens
Ratcheting quick release interchangeable temples and strapScratch resistant polycarbonate lens provides 99% UVA/B/C protectionOuter polycarbonate lens protects against the environment, while inner acetate lens is designed to prevent foggingOutside lens is coated with H2X Anti-fog TechnologyPasses MI...
13. 3M Paint Project Respirator, Medium
3MR6211Eye, Ear & Face Protection
14. LUMINTOP GT Mini Long Rang Flashlight 17W 4.5A CREE XHL Max 1200 Lumen Beam Distance 750 Meter 135,000cd Outdoor Flashlight (Neutral White)
SUPER BRIGHT: With Cree top class XP-L LED (50000-hour lifespan), LUMINTOP GTmini could pump out up to over 1200 lumens brightness which runs with a single 18650 cell (not included). GTmini also can use 18350 battery with included short body, which is good design for outdoor activities such as cave ...
15. Led headlamp, Skilhunt H03 Neutral white 1200Lumens 18650 Headlamp EDC Flashlight Waterproof Cree LED Headlight for Outdoor Sports Hands-free Camping Light Brightness Flood Light
Super bright & latest CREE XM-L2 U4 1200 LED Lumens.High-performance,Efficiency and energy conservation.Three strobe lighting modes and eight output levels,suitable for many environment.Removable strong tail magnet, flat tail cap with strong magnet to secure to ferrous surfaces(Refrigerator, car, et...
16. Escolite UV Flashlight Black Light, 51 LED 395 nM Ultraviolet Blacklight Detector for Dog Urine, Pet Stains and Bed Bug
3 AA Standard Alkiline Battery(Not Included), Rechargeable battery is not recommended!51 UV LED allow to cover a larger area.Emits 390 to 395 nanometer wavelength.Perfect for outside use such as finding scorpions and minerals!Tips:in order to keep the flashlight's lifetime,if you did not use it for ...
17. Light my Fire Titanium Spork
100% Titanium spork, spoon-fork-knife combo with serrated edge on side of forkDurable, lightweight, Heat resistant (melting point 2, 372 F/1, 300 C), non-corrosive and non-magneticPolished Titanium surfaces produces no metallic taste; middle is slightly textured for an anti-slip gripHypoallergenic, ...
18. ThruNite TH20 520 Lumen Headlamp Flashlight - Lightweight Waterproof IPX-8 with CREE XP-L LED Headlamp for Indoor & Outdoor Hiking,Camping, Cycling - NW
A high output headlamp with max output of 520 lumens (CREE XP-L V6 LED) in turbo mode powered by one Li-ion 14500 750mAh battery.The logarithmic scale brightness adjustment system allows any brightness from 1.6 lumens to 250 lumens. Furthermore, the TH20 features a built-in SOS signaling mode which ...
19. Streamlight 88033 ProTac 2AA 250 Lumen Professional Tactical Flashlight with High/Low/Strobe w/ 2 x AA Batteries - 250 Lumens
Anti roll head designRemovable pocket clipMulti function push button tail switchHigh for bright light: 250 lumens; 4,250 candela; 130 meter beam; runs 2 hoursLow for longer run time: 18 lumens; 400 candela; 40 meter beam; runs 43 hoursC4 led technology, impervious to shock with a 50,000 hour lifetim...
20. EdisonBright Olight S10 L2 Baton 400 Lumens CREE XM-L2 LED Flashlight EDC with two CR123A Lithium Batteries (S10 Upgrade)
Max output of 400 lumens using CREE XM-L2 LEDOutput mode/Runtime: High:400Lumen/1.25hrs, Mid:85Lm/7.5hrs, Low:5Lm/108hrs, Moonlight: .5Lm/360hrsRuns on: 1x CR123A or 1x RCR123 (two CR123A batteries included)Dimensions: Length: 2.77" (70.5mm) Diameter: .9" (23mm) Weight: 1.48 .oz (42g) (excluding bat...
Don't skimp out on eye protection people! It's so cheap that nobody should even consider that a cost saving measure. You only get one pair of eyes after all. Good and cheap pair of eye protection is the Pyramex I-Force goggles for $25 CAD or $16.50 USD (Amazon.ca link and Amazon.com link). If you want a more traditional looking set of goggles there's also the Pyramex V2G-XP (Amazon.ca link and Amazon.com link).
To answer the obvious questions:
You could get a water Bob and be able to drink tub water. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001AXLUX2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_dkYLBb0JHR9C7
Thanks for the giveaway. zebralight headlamp HELP please upvote. I’m so close to 100 comment karma.
Buy a waterbob liner. https://www.amazon.com/WaterBOB-Emergency-Drinking-Storage-Gallons/dp/B001AXLUX2
For some reason, they look blue, whereas glass that blocks blue would look yellow-orange. Like these ones, that block almost all blue (probably going a bit too far).
Wish I could join in but I don't have enough comment karma..
EDIT: Just in case I'm at work and actually get enough karma!
Greetings from /r/flashlight. I maintain an arbitrary list of popular lights that may be of interest.
You'll probably want something using the 18650 battery and onboard charging like the Thrunite Neutron 2C. I'd recommend the neutral white version of it.
Do not charge Li-ion batteries in freezing temperatures. You can use them, and there are even some 18650 cells designed to have better performance in the cold, but it is dangerous to attempt charging without first warming the battery above freezing.
Valken Zulus are [Pyramex I-Force goggles](
Valken Sierras are Pyramex V2G-XPs
Valken Echos are Pyramex Highlander XPs
Valken Axis are Pyramex V3Gs
Valken Alphas appear to be Pyramex Low Profile Chemical Splash goggles
The only goggles that Valken sells that aren't rebranded Pyramex goggles are the Tangos, and those are just knockoff Revision Desert Locusts.
Yeah any D3 would be fine, it might be better if it's already immersed in oil though (drops in oil, or gelcaps). That's true of any fat soluble though.
Anxiety begone = Taurine, Inositol, Theanine, and also potentially even aniracetam halps... actually ZMA would help too (magnesium at least, and zinc for depression). For your budget is that including ZMA/Vit D and all that crap? I'm going to pretend like it isn't... lulz
I know you are worried about high cortisol, and I recently just developed a science-boner for Phosphatidylserine again, but it's expensive... I'm gonna add it to my stack and see if it helps with gains, wanna also be a guinea pig for it?
Supps to buy:
Beta-Alanine 500g $22 (1.4g/day)
Creatine 1000g $13 (2.8g/day, I know it's "low dosing it" but it should be more than enough if you're eating the meats)
Inositol 400g $20
Theanine 40g $14
Choline Citrate 500g $13
ALCAR 500g $15
MSM 500g $11 (this is because you're an achy old man, lulz)
Taurine 1000g $14
Expensive but awesome (especially for cortisol and potentially for sleep too, also helps with exercise/fatigue and might be an ergogenic):
Phosphatidylserine 50g $28
Total cost: $150... If you want to crush the shit out of your anxiety you can buy 1000g instead of 400g of Inositol and your total cost runs to $170, but I don't think it'll be necessary... unless your anxiety is getting really bad. But on the other hand it might halp with your gainz too (I have a currently unsubstantiated theory that Inositol is good pre-workout because of it's serotonin regulating actions, and it's also synergistic with choline).
Pre-workout (15-45 minutes before):
All the Beta-Alanine, Creatine, Choline, ALCAR, MSM, half the Phosphatidylserine (25g), half the Theanine (20g), half the Taurine (500g)... If you buy the 1000g of Inositol also use half the Inositol here too (500g)
Total = 3545g, or about 10g/day (4045g with Inositol or about 11g/day)
Taurine + Beta-Alanine together actually helps prevent the Beta-Alanine tingles you don't like so much too. They are absorbed at the same site, but co-administration doesn't prevent Beta-Alanine absorption... so I think it might act to slow it's absorption to manageable levels, sorta like fiber for protein (stopping protein farts)
Pre-sleep (30-60 minutes before):
Half the Taurine, half the PS (25g), half the theanine (20g), all the Inositol (or 500g if you buy 1000g)
Total: 945g/day or 2.5g/half a teaspoon (1045g/day with more Inositol, or 2.85g/day)
To mix the supps: Get a big container, throw everything in, and shake the ever loving shit out of it. I'd suggest you shake the container every single time you add in a new supp to the batch. Maybe also throw it in a blender or something for an even distribution before hand. Also shake the ever loving shit out of it every time you want to take a scoop of it too. It'll be a nice pre-workout warm up, lol. If you want to run the batch through a strainer that also wouldn't be a bad idea by any means.
Oh also I'd like to add all these supps mixed together don't actually taste that awful. Slightly fishy/vinegary smell, but can't tell too much in water... a little bit sour
Vit D $10 (you already know this, but 4000IU/d on days you don't get sunlight, 2000IU/d during the summer). Take dat shit earlier in the morning. Also silvy's coupon code for dat commission OFU651. It works out to $8 shipped or something like that if you use it. But I'd also recommend buying it for the rest of the family and scaling dosages based on body weight (30-50IU/kg is completely safe year round, and kids actually need a decent amount because their skeletons are still developing and all that)
ZMA*4 $40 (take 2/day, one during breakfast, one pre-bed)... although if you're cheap you could just take 1/day and that'd also be perfectly legit. I'd have 2/day personally if you're eating lots of dairy (need more mag) and grainz (need more zinc). So $20 or $40, but 1/day is perfectly fine.
Just buy the damn glasses $8, you can also get a pair for your wife and the little guy so you won't be the only weirdo in the house. It's also a one time expense, so it's not substantial. Wear them at least hour or so before bed and leave them next to your bed for whenever you need to get up during the night to pee or whatever (but you won't with the sleep stack, it'll knock you the fuck out).
Proper melatonin regulation = say goodbye to dat breast cancer and various other illnesses associated with shift work sleep disorder. Everyone has a mild case even if they work days because of screwed up light schedules. Also don't forget to turn the lights on in your room first thing in the morning and open your blinds. Also dat flux.
Oh, if you wanna add something pre-workout (I don't know if it would stop the gainz at all but it'd definitely be great for fat loss) and a very mild stimulant that's probably fairly healthy but tastes like plastic on it's own (but smells great!); then buy some of this guy for $10 and throw it all into your pre-workout. It'd also help you tell whether or not the powder is evenly, and it's right around the standard dosage (137mg instead of 100mg, but whatevs). I'd actually serious recommend adding this because you're trying to cut.
Before you ask, yes I did spend like half an hour writing this, totes worth it. Every time I do a kb swing I think of you, and every time I almost break my arm foolishly attempting 1 armed barbell snatches I think of svunt... It's like me and you with Vitamin D. Good luck, you beautiful man =D
Edit: To everyone else reading this, if there are things you would like to add/change because you can afford it.
Here is what I would recommend:
Switch the 500g of Choline Citrate to 150g of Alpha-GPC (or buy in bulk for 3 years) ($65 or $140 for 3 years)
Switch the 500g ALCAR to 200g LCLT and 300g GPLC $26 and $50)
Add in Citrulline to the preworkout, 2250g ($135)
You can also easily add another 1000g of Creatine and 500g of Beta-Alanine as well.
But all those changes adds a huge amount of cost to the supps. If I'd had to order the cost:effectiveness ratio of the additions I'd say Creatine>Beta-Alanine>Alpha-GPC>Carnitines>Citrulline
I was using one of these:
3M Paint Project Respirator, Medium
You can get orange glasses that block out blue light for $8 on Amazon. They look goofy, but they'll do the job that f.lux does.
Looks like a pretty cool light. Now I just need to get my comment karma over 100 lol
I think you would be happier and more comfortable with something like a Wowtac A2s in that price range.
This is unlikely to be possible. There are basically only two places to buy them, and neither source is likely to arrive within 4 days. Mountain Electronics is located in the US, but it usually takes him a day or two to process an order and then you're waiting for the postal service after that. The manufacturer, Intl-outdoor, is the other source, and shipping is usually a few weeks.
Consider grabbing a Sofirn SP36 with Prime shipping, instead. It's a little larger but has a lot of the same features and capabilities.
Je me suis toujours demandé, vous transportez quoi vous, dans vos sacs à dos ? Depuis que je me suis intéressé à se qu'on appel des EDC (Every Day Carry), je transporte toujours avec moi un équipement qui ferait passer Marry Poppins pour une petite joueuse. Mes recherches sur le sujet m'ont forcement fait passer par le survivalisme, qui est un sujet vachement intéressant ! Mais comme pour la muscu j'ai du subir tout les clichés qui vont avec... Exemple rapide :
Muscu = Gros cons masculiniste superficiel et beauf
Survivalisme = Facho agressif et asocial
C'est dommage que les gens aient autant de clichés, parce que c'est un domaine très instructif. Bref, en gros j'ai toujours sur moi :
*Rangé dans une pochette Maxpedition.
Voila. J'vais peut être passer pour un gros taré aux yeux de certains, mais ça m'a bien aidé d'avoir tout ça sur moi, en de nombreuses occasion. Je vous invite à partager vos sac, comment vous prévoyez les coups dur, votre avis sur le sujet, etc !
PS: Il existe un sous du doux nom de /r/edc, sauf qu'eux, ils rajoutent aussi des armes à feux pour certains ('murica style...).
9.6v nimh w/ smart charger
One Tigris mask
Chicom chest rig
CYMA mid caps
> Water blob
LOL. Here's a link to a WaterBOB https://amazon.com/WaterBOB-Emergency-Drinking-Storage-Gallons/dp/B001AXLUX2
Have you tried over-the-ear hearing protection? It's made for power tools and the like, but in an office setting, it bestows pure, blissful silence. I had these, which were pretty conspicuous-looking, but there are smaller ones available. The Noise Reduction Rating is the most important thing to look for (higher is better).
Let me start by saying I understand the struggle to sleep. I spent 13 years on sleeping pills and have finally been fully of for 1 year now. You should strongly consider something other than benadryl. Regular anticholinergics use has a very strong link to dementia later in life. Consider some of these:
Massive study of almost 60,000 people demonstrsting the strong link: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2736353
Ah, something I'm unfortunately an expert at! Skip to point 3 if you just want to read about the light, I'm pasting in something I wrote on a different thread. I have suffered from really dramatic SAD for years (Minnesota) and have finally got a handle on it.
For me, it revolves around 3 categories: Exercise, Vitamin D, and Light. Especially blue light. Also, I didn't realize until I started really digging into it how poorly researched SAD is. . .
Wear blue-blocking glasses every night starting 90 minutes before bed. Richard actually got me turned on to these, and they seem to work really well: https://www.amazon.com/Uvex-Blocking-Computer-SCT-Orange-S1933X/dp/B000USRG90
Wire up some LED's in the specific blue wavelength to use at my desk at work. However, I happened to find an (overly expensive) ready to go solution to this from Phillips: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00M3SGCUE This sits on my desk just below my monitor and beams JUST blue light into my face, within my field of vision. I can comfortably have this on for several hours in the morning, and it seems to make a huge difference. I think.
The light and the glasses seem to agree, as wearing the glasses makes the light very nearly disappear. . .
TL;DR: Use a LOT of blue light in the morning, block blue light late at night.
Nitecore TIP CRI- <$30, small enough to comfortably have on a keychain, USB charging, very bright, high quality LED.
> Turbo: 240 Lumens / 30 min
> High: 95 Lumens / 1 hr 30 min
> Mid: 22 Lumens / 6 hr 30 min
> Low: 1 Lumens / 46 hr
Thrunite Neutron 2C v3 ~$50, much more powerful 18650 light with USB charging. The battery tube can be shortened to use 18350 batteries, which would bring the overall length to under 4". Be sure to get the Neutral White version. The following run times are for an 18650 battery, the run times for an 18350 battery will be less than half as long.
> Turbo: 1100 Lumens / 2.2 hrs
> High: 650 Lumens / 2.7 hrs
> Low: 12 Lumens / 130 hrs
> Firefly: 0.5 Lumens / 49 days.
pro tip Though at this point it is more of a have on hand for next time tip.
I use this utensil and this bowl. Both take up very little space in my backpack.
(Yes, I know the bowl is marketed for "pets" but it holds human food just fine and is collapsable. It meets my needs, even as a non-pet.)
I highly recommend the Light My Fire titanium spork.
Ever try one of these? Giant plastic bladder that sits in your tub and holds water. https://www.amazon.com/WaterBOB-Emergency-Container-Drinking-Hurricane/dp/B001AXLUX2
>Anybody else notice that fireworks sound like a nearby firefight?
I'm sitting here in my La-Z-Boy wearing foam earplugs, and over the ear hearing protection, and I already have 40% hearing loss, AND I took one of my "as needed" Xanax. I'd turn on a loud movie, but those flip me out too.
Not my favorite holiday.
No way, sorry.
>You can get orange glasses that block out blue light for $8 on Amazon They look goofy, but they'll do the job that f.lux does.
I hope this doesn't get buried, it can really help you. I fucking love my mini flash light. You would be surprised at how much you will use one. You whip it out when you need it, and fucking bam, you can see the world. This is the one I have, I keep it on my person 24/7 and it is very durable. Don't let the small size deter you, it is fucking legit. On a dark night in my back yard, this thing can go out for maybe 60ish yards. I'm not even a delivery person, and it was one of the best investments I've every made. I just keep it on a lanyard that I always have on me. Usually in my pocket.
[Streamlight Stylus Pro pen light.] (https://smile.amazon.com/Streamlight-66118-Stylus-PenLight-Holster/dp/B0015UC17E/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1519722455&amp;sr=8-4&amp;keywords=streamlight&amp;th=1)
Kershaw Shuffle II.
I don't want to come off as an internet jerk, but this seems to be more of a teenage survival-fantasy kit than an EDC kit. I would like to offer a couple of friendly take-it or leave-it suggestions.
I like the Morakniv and firesteel ideas, and also:
Ignore everyone else in this thread saying Maglite. They're decent, but you can do much, much better. Bring your wallet.
If you're looking for unbeatable reliability, the king of the hill is Surefire. I'd suggest their G2X Pro. However, they take sort of weird lithium batteries; if you'd prefer more normal batteries Streamlight has a number of options in their ProTac and TwinTask series. Streamlight is pretty much on a par with Surefire and massively better than Maglite. In any case, make absolutely sure you choose an LED-based model, rather than one with an incandescent bulb.
If you'd like to save some money and still get a flashlight which is massively better than anything you can buy in a hardware store, come by /r/flashlight and fill out a questionnaire to better qualify your needs. There are approximately a billion different flashlights out there, and people who are genuinely passionate about such things, so it's sort of hard to narrow down your options without knowing what you need it for.
If you don't feel like going to such lengths, I'll summarize a couple of options for you.
Like I said, the number of options is just ridiculous. I could have made a list of about a dozen lights and made a compelling argument for each one. If you really want to buy a nice flashlight, you need to ask in /r/flashlight. Clearly explain what you're looking for, and fill out the questionnaire from the sidebar. Or just buy one of the four above; I don't recommend them lightly.
Definetly Wowtac A2S as I need to upgrade to the 18650 world.
Edit: Aw maan, it would appear that I don't have the required 100 comment carma :/
Definitely the most recommended budget friendly headlamp around here. Bright, tough, waterproof, good UI with shortcuts to firefly and turbo, can be used handheld or on a headband, comes with a battery that has a micro USB port for charging, so it’s perfect if you don’t have 18650s and a charger yet.
If you're okay with a headlamp that takes 18650s, take a look at these.
I wrote this up earlier today for someone who wanted to start getting prepped on ~$75/Month but also wanted to not have to cook the foods. I did include some long term storage as the first step anyway because it's so cheap and easy, but so far as consumables go, this is a good start for you.
A lot of this is a shelf life and storage space issue. If you have plenty of room for storage, I'd start like this:
Buy two 50lb bags of white rice from a place like Costco or Sam's Club. Find 3 food safe 5 gallon buckets with lids. Get Mylar Bags and O2 Absorbers. Then hit Youtube for instructions on what to do with them. If the Mylar bags bit will hold you back from doing this, then skip them and just clean the buckets then dump rice in them straight. Seal, date, set aside. That's 160,000 calories in month 1. Given normal pantry supplies that stretches things out quite a ways. Plan on rotating out at 7ish years if put straight into the bucket and 20 years if you use the Mylar. Realistically, with Mylar, white rice may be good for much longer than 20 years (most people say 30, but for the minimal investment I'd rotate earlier to be safe).
Grab a Water Bob (not right now though, hurricane season has prices high and stocks low for them). Also, a Sawyer Water Filter or two. That gives you an opportunity to grab an extra hundred gallons of water in your bathtub initially given enough warning, and some water purification options later on.
Assuming you have storage capacity, start looking at #10 cans of food. Those are the cans that are around a foot tall and very wide. Look for things that you would eat and would be usuable in your daily lives, but also ones that would be calorie dense. For example, refried beans, nacho cheese, baked beans, white potatoes, chick peas, chili with beans, etc. Those are things you can use in recipes at home, but can pick them up and store them for a couple of years first. Getting them in the larger can is a better return on investment/dollar than buying smaller ones.
If your pantry isn't topped up with the things your family normally eats, drop that money to get a little deeper on those things. Velveeta cheese, crackers, cans of soup, noodles, peanut butter/jelly, canned vegetables/fruit, pasta/sauce, salsa, dried/canned beans, seasonings, canned meat, canned chili, etc. Date them and make sure to work through the oldest first. Having the normal foods you eat in bulk will likely end up being what gets you through most things (like the current hurricane season, job loss, winter blizzard, etc). Spending on these things can be used to fill out whatever is left of your budget when it gets partially used up on other things. I'd also maybe consider having some flats of bottled water at home as well. I usually keep 4-7 Costco sized ones on hand for my SO and I.
Start looking at longer term bulk water storage. I like 5 gallon stackable water cubes as they're easier to move and use and you buy them as you have a little extra cash here and there, but if you want to bump the budget up a bit for a month and your wife won't look at you like you're crazy, a 55 gallon barrel is a better price per gallon than the individual cubes. Sometimes there's just no replacing having your own clean water source ready to go. Barring all of that, if your family will use them just grab a bunch of flats of bottled water and rotate them. Stacked high they don't take up a ton of floor space.
At this point you're pretty well set initially for both water and food. Keep the pantry stocked and rotating. Add on for long term stored water as you see fit and maybe invest in something like a Big Berkey if you really want to drop some money into it. At that point I'd probably begin considering longer term food storage. More rice, add in some dry beans (roughly 5 year shelf life in Mylar/Buckets), and if you're feeling really into it you can get unground wheat and that will last 30 years or better in Mylar/Buckets. You'll just need to have a hand crank grinder or two to use it.
I get wanting ready to eat foods, and that's pretty easy to do and a great place to start, but as one last recommendation... grab yourself a Propane Burner and a high pressure hose for it so that you can use regular propane tanks. You may be able to eat cold soup out of the can, but it's a lot more comforting when it's warm, and you can pretty easily have the ability to add more of your foods into your diet (like spaghetti or mac and cheese) when you can still have a burner to work with.
Waterbobs for the win.
WaterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage (100 Gallons) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001AXLUX2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_Cs5NzbY5TDVB6
There are giant water sacks that fit inside bath tubs and can be used if the tub isn't as clean as you'd want to drink out of.
(WaterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage (100 Gallons) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001AXLUX2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_my9Gzb5772SMJ)
As far as camp toilets, Ive heard people using kitty litter in a pinch, pardon the pun.
If you're worried about your bathtub not being very clean or if it has leaks, there are bladders you can buy. Even has a hand pump.
Sort of tempted to get one of these sometime. Could probably just keep it in one of my cargo pockets even.
I didn't really have any aviation related gear as a CFI. I had my headset which was way too expensive for my girlfriend to want to buy me, and I used a Jansport backpack from high school as my flight bag.
Once I got to the airlines my 'gear' increased immensely. Since I'm on the road a lot I have two of everything. Two of each toiletry, two razors, two phone chargers, two pairs of running shoes. I've forgotten things so many times that now I just keep one set of everything in my overnight bag, with a separate set at home and that way I can never forget anything on a trip.
For strictly flying related expenses I have an Aerocoast EFB bag, luggage works suitcase, nice sunglasses, a backup power brick, an anker 5 port charger, this incredibly expensive spork, some window shades, a pen recorder because passengers are idiots. Other than the sunglasses, I didn't need any of that as a CFI.
This is nice and I appreciate all the thought that went into it.
And yet, I find double-ended utensils annoying. If one end has good on it, it's awkward to use the other end.
I'd rather have this than this
Twlight, f.lux, etc. are steps in the right direction for circadian rhythms, but are relatively useless in my opinion if all other sources of artificial blue/white light aren't filtered out as well, such as lamps. The only way to really block out all artificial blue light is to wear blue light blocking glasses at night.
All this is carried comfortably in my 5.11 Apex pants.
Mostly people at work. I work IT and regularly have to climb under desks to inspect cabling between a desk and wall. I carry the Streamlight Microstream and it doesn't add much if any bulk or weight in my pocket. As a bonus, it's cheap enough that I don't mind it getting banged up.
25 dollars won't get you too far, but each of these is around 25 dollars or less.
Flashlight: Stylus Pro
Pen: Lamy or 701
You are basically in for the entire forum to show up and try to talk you out of the zoom lens. They really don't get much in the way of love around here. Most of the lights you'll see recommended (and the A6 in particular, which is a really incredible light) have a balanced mixture of flood and throw. There is a central hot spot that throws a significant distance, surrounded by a spill of light that neatly floods out, it basically encompasses the whole range of zoom. If you need a dedicated thrower, get one of those, or a dedicated flooder, get one of those. A zoomie basically tries to do both, and sucks at everything. Additionally, there really isn't a good way to waterproof one, so they tend to be far less robust than most of the other lights on the market, as well as being far less efficient in the amount of light that they actually put out. The BLF A6 would be a great option, as would a Wowtac A1s, which comes with a battery so it's ready to go. Spending a bit more a Thrunite Neutron 2C is another great choice.
If you absolutely, positively, no buts about it think that all of these nerds who spend an utterly absurd amount of time on the subject of flashlights couldn't possibly be right, and you, come hell or high water, are going to be ordering a zoomie no matter what we tell you, the Wowtac A3s sucks considerably less than the one you have.
Ya I could give some recommendations.
First, that 200 lumens claimed by Black Diamond is more than likely inflated. How long do they claim that lasts?
Second, a lot of people who enjoy the outdoors believe that a red light is best for keeping night vision. Over at r/flashlight it has been debated a lot and the general consensus is that a "sub-lumen mode" is better than a red light for keeping night vision. That would be a mode that is below 1 lumen, and I could not agree more.
Now for the recommendations (Please note I did not have time to find the best deals out there, so please look around for better pricing. Also, I recommend for all the below recommendations that you go with the WARMEST tint.):
Wowtac A2S- Well regarded as one of the best starter headlamps out there at a great price. Comes with a rechargeable battery.
Skillhunt H03- Another highly praised light at a decent price. Does not come with a battery. This light would require a battery that could be charged or a battery with a charger.
Olight H1R Honestly, I don't know much about this one as I am not a fan of Olight. However, Olight is a well regarded brand and I gurantee many people out there enjoy that light.
Armytek Wizard Pro- My personal favorite of the group. Very well regarded light with an amazing beam pattern and vast range of setting. Although a little expensive, this is an amazing light I have no problem recommending. Also check out the Elf and the Tiara
Zebralight Again, I don't know much about Zebralight. However, most people over at r/flashlight debate whether Zebralight or Armytek makes the best headlamp. If you like Zebralight and want a specific model recommendation, check over in the sub reddit.
There are a lot more out there. u/parametrek has created a database where you can put in your requirements and it will show you basically every light under the sun that is a good fit. Check it out http://flashlights.parametrek.com/index.html
>Need a budget friendly right angle tactical flashlight in Canada
Here you go
Second the headlamp suggestion. The Wowtac A2S is also a popular budget choice.
It comes in neutral white (many people prefer this tint over cool white), also comes with a 18650 cell that can be recharged via a micro USB cord. Much cheaper than buying light+ battery+ charger.
Instead of collapsible water containers, I bought a WaterBob bathtub container. If anything is headed my way, it gets filled up. After the flood in 2015 city water was screwed for almost 2 weeks in my area. 100gal is enough for about a month for me, my kid, and my dogs if needs be.
If you live on the coast and have a bathtub, I would recommend investing in a waterbob some point. They're like $35, they hold 100 gallons, and they don't take up much room for storage. Flashlights are good, but battery powered lanterns are better light sources for a room. Above all, make sure you have some bug spray.
I would add to this list the new SP36 with LH351D and Anduril. 90 CRI and 5000 lumens
Sofirn SP36 BLF Anduril Powerful Flashlight, 4 LH351D LED 5000K 90 CRI, USB C Rechargeable, Battery Not Included https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KFF5BGZ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_uRN6Cb1SYCA24
I have one of these I keep in the bathroom. No worrying about how clean the tub is. Also then the water is not exposed.
If other people are still using headphones maybe it's just an unenforced rule.
>. My friend has told me that since I checked 'yes' on the 'I have a disability' section of my paperwork and didn't fill in a specific reason, I can just strongarm HR with that and tell them they're not legally allowed to demand a reason, but we're a small company and HR is already has this overbearing tone of 'but why don't you just conform? It's not a big deal.' and I don't want to create an adversarial relationship with my work
I think you legally have a right to request accommodations for your disability.
There are also earmuffs like these
If you really believe in the company then the push to do what you need to do is important. They just want you to back down but if its a problem that you wont give up, they may eventually give in.
Also, get documentation of all your requests. Put all your requests on paper so that you have a paper trail for everything. You could even get a payout from this. Remember, HR is there to protect the company, not you.
If it was four months ago you're ok bringing it up again. Honestly I'd just wear the headphones again since others are already doing it. If anyone says anything, which they probably wont, Let them know its for your disability.
Buy a UV flashlight:
Go around the house after dark with the lights out and look for the urine stains. If they are there (and I bet they are), you will see them fluoresce. Once you know where they are hiding, you can eliminate them with enzymes:
Note: This does not work instantly. You have to mist the affected areas two or three times a day. Will take several days to break down the odor causing compounds into their base components. But this should work for you.
Not op but I go out at night with a uv flashlight and find them. It's stupid easy.
My wife and I live in a mini-bus. One of the most valuable things to us has been a little flashlight that's powered with AAA's. We both use a Streamlight MicroStream and love them. We always keep them handy--mine stays in my pocket. You could buy some batteries to go with if you'd like.
Here's a link to something very similar to what we use. (Streamlight 66318 MicroStream C4 LED Pen Flashlight https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00143JZ08/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_x8hLub0SNSHQK)
> I might want something that takes disposable batteries, considering I may be down in the cave for hours.
You don't want disposables! You do want something that can take spare rechargeable batteries.
Take a look at the $30 Wowtac A2S in neutral white. And then spend the remain money on spare 18650 and a charger at Illumn.
> GIVE A BRIEF DESCRIPTIVE TITLE ABOUT WHAT SPECIFIC USE(S) OR KEY REQUIREMENTS YOU HAVE
"Nah, they totally meant I should just post that exactly rather than giving a brief descriptive title about what specific uses or key requirements I have. "
Anyway, perhaps you'd like this one, the thrunite 2c then, if it's /got/ to be amazon. It's not really as good, but it does apparently have a kind of similar UI for the middle brightnesses.
You have a lot of recommendations to get a headlamp and a reflective vest, I wanted to weigh in on what kind of headlamp you should consider.
Ideally you'd get something lightweight, with enough power to see in front of you and make yourself somewhat visible (although that's more what the reflective vest is for). You should also get something with removable batteries so you could bring spares.
Most of the recommendations on here are for climbing lights by companies like Petzl which are colorful and fun and if you go with one of those you'll probably be fine.
But there are much better options. Those climbing lights (at least the cheaper ones) aren't waterproof, they're splash/sneeze resistant. Might last a while in rain. But IPX8 waterproof would be better. Also they're mostly plastic. The expensive ones are insanely expensive. Here are some cheaper, more bombproof options (all single AA, there are other AAA and 18650 options too but 1xAA makes for a very lightweight package):
Zebralight H53c ($59)
Excellent light, I own it's bigger brother the H600, fantastic build quality all around. 79 grams with battery.
Manker E03H ($35) Another good option. Go for the Nichia LED, much better color accuracy. 103 grams with battery.
[Fenix HL23] (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UHZXAYG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_kglPBbREJNAKJ) ($35) Reputable brand, good light. Not as waterproof, only IPX6. Still solid. 75 grams with battery.
There are a few more options, especially if you want more (18650) or less (AAA) power and weight. Check out /r/flashlight for more info. Or hit me up. Good luck and stay safe out there.
The Wowtac A1S and Wowtac A2S are both excellent.
If you need it that soon, you're probably best ordering off Amazon. I'd suggest the Wowtac A1S, [Wowtac A2S](https://www.amazon.com/Headlamp-Headlight-Rechargeable-Waterproof-Headlamps/dp/B075ZN5LJY/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?keywords=wowtac&amp;qid=1558886240&amp;s=gateway&amp;sr=8-2&amp;th=1&amp;p sc=1), or the Acebeam H40, unless you want something more expensive.
+/u/dogetipbot 500 doge
Get yourself one of these it makes changing diapers much more fun.
Hi there. Welcome to an unfortunate club where membership sometimes has steep prices. I am glad you have gotten an early start on preparing 12 cases of water may be enough. The guidance is normally 1 gallon per person per day for 3 days. This includes enough for food preparation, drinking, sanitary, and hygiene needs. You may also want to consider a bathtub liner that acts as a storage tank (like this one ) to aid in toilet flushing or if your water delivery system fails. This did happen for some folks during Harvey, so its importance cannot be overstated. The same amount of food and water should also be stored for your pet.
You also want to make sure you have non-perishable food on hand. If you can eat it, Peanut butter is a great source of energy when you need it during problematic times and clean up. Otherwise think like a hiker for food options. They are usually light easy to store and have high yield for you.
Consider power banks for electronics. Also purchase a hand crank radio as these will be vital to you for communication and information from local authorities in the event your power is out. Flashlights and batteries too. It is hard to see you at night if you need rescue, waving your hand in front of a flashlight is a basic but amazing beacon. Also entrainment like some music and a deck of cards are an extreme comfort when it sucks most. I can also say, from personal experience, extra socks and underwear are GOLD!
Your local and county OEM will be the best people to listen to for evacuation advice. They are paid to constantly consider and revise plans on this.
I hope that all of this is for nothing and that you are spared a major incident, but this is a good start for an all hazards kit. Check out Ready.gov for more specific information on this in case I missed something.
Above all being prepared is being safe.
I wish you ease in this time and hope that Irma decides to vacay somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic instead of any land.
It's useful to get one of these water storage bags so you can fill up enough to last a few weeks if necessary. They aren't very expensive either.
Light my Fire of Sweden's titanium spork. Got it at Natural Grocers for $11.79.
Pyramex I-Force for your eyes
OneTigris Mask for your face. Although a normal mask will work, the OneTigris is more comfortable and basically what everybody has started wearing
Edit: i messed up the links somehow
Cant go wrong with a MicroStreamlight, such a great value for the price.
Yep, so to address that, we have:
With all of that, plus the camping gear we have, we should be able to hunker in place for a month if shit gets real.
Just one more thing to add:
if you are really worried about the stamp showing in pictures, you could buy an ininked stamp pad and invisible ink, plus a blacklight (if your DJ doesn't have one) for a total of $24.
If they're coming inside, wander around with the black light after the house has been dark for an hour to see if they're on any of your baseboards/walls. They mostly come at night... Mostly.
Spread out the DE like Gibus mentioned.
Edit: Just to be clear, regular bug spray doesn't do anything to them since they don't absorb it, so DE and stomp & smash is pretty much it unless you go with some much nastier poisons.
The suggestions here are great and OP has probably picked one, but I wanted to share an alternative for anyone else that may be looking. I really enjoy my $15 Xtar PB2 paired with two 2500mah 18650 batteries. You can get the batteries for just under $4 each. This way you get lots of capacity and you can swap out batteries and it still costs less than the typical powerbank of that capacity. Also some devices use the batteries directly like this flashlight.
What kind of budget are we talking about here? Any preferred battery size?
Personally, my suggestion would be the Wowtac A1S or Wowtac A2S
I’d scale back the frequency now and potentially the prize amount later (cap it). While we greatly appreciate it, I don’t want you to suffer for our prizes.
That said, if the random number generate favors me, I’d like a Zebralight H53c. I’ve determined I have hard preferences for 4000-4500K, high CRI and regulated lights. I have a wowtac and a sofirn which are 5000K and they need to go. My existing SC53c is a favorite. :-).
Honestly, for "cheap" headlamps go to Walmart, and buy extra batteries for whatever.
For "inexpensive" headlamps, see the sidebar article Arbitrary List section "Right Angle" and Small and Medium lights.
My choice would be the $30, fast shipping Wowtac A2S NW headlamp which includes light, li-ion battery, and USB charging. Buy an extra cell to effectively double the already long life. This light is comfortable to wear and reliable over hundreds of usages.
Also note that one Li-ion rechargeable battery has 3-4x the power of one alkaline AA battery. As to leaky alkaline cells, that would not be my choice to power an "emergency" light. That said, the best light is the one you have when you need it.
One thing I find helpful is to wear a pair of Uvex SCT-Orange safety glasses. Those are what dentists use to protect themselves from the blue and ultraviolet light in their filling cure tools. There are lots of far more expensive products that are intended to do the same thing, but these safety glasses do a better job and are cheap as dirt.
Blue light is how your body determines whether it is day or night. Electronic screens like a laptop or phone emit a LOT of blue light due to the way they are color balanced. Wearing those an hour before bed helps me relax, because my brain has time to realize that no blue light = time to sleep. There is a program you can install on your computer called f.lux which tints you screen to accomplish the same thing.
Of course, being ADHD I am very very inconsistent in using these tools myself hah.... But at least I have them available!!
I carry this now. Perfect size for me and it's bright enough for my needs.
Streamlight 66318 MicroStream C4 LED Pen Light https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00143JZ08/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_5TABybCFHCKWQ
A few things I would probably get.
If you aren't looking for something super fancy or "tacticool" I would suggest either the:
StreamLight Stylus Pro
They both run on AAA batteries. I have the Stylus and it is fantastic.
Knife: Opinel Blade no8 ($14)
Flashlight: Streamlight pen light ($20)
Pen: Pilot G2 Limited ($9)
Mechanical Pencil: Pentel GraphGear 500 0.7 ($7)
Wallet: Recycled Firefighter ($9)
(Nearly) hard mode completed. $59 total.
I recommend the Streamlight Stylus Pro. It's durable, thin, economical, and easy to carry around. It puts out really good light for its size and you can activate the light by doing just a push-press, if you prefer, rather than a full click-press.
There's a thing you can buy that fills your bathtub with water in a plastic bag.
If you get one of these then you can store potable water in the tub.
I really like the Light My Fire utensil. It's got great utility and even has a tiny serrated knife!
G&G CM16 is solid. It has rails, is pretty light, and is suitable for CQB. Get him a couple of hi-cap magazines, 9.6v butterfly battery and smart charger to go with it and he's set gun wise.
Eye and Face pro:
I really like my Pyramex I-Force, never fog, low-profile, and meet the ANZI impact requirements so his eyes will be safe. The OneTigris mesh mask is really comfortable and will protect his face and more importantly his teeth. There are some that clip onto FAST and BMP helmets as well. Small version and one with ear-pro attached.
Honestly if he holds the barrel, there's no need to spend money on a grip, you can always go back and buy it later if he wants it. Same goes for the other equipment and attachments, stick with the basics and make sure he likes it before heavily investing.
A lot of people stand by Just Airsoft Ammo for BBs. Only use .2g BBs at the minimum. .12s and cheap BBs will mess up the gun's internals and may shatter on impact, potentially seriously injuring the person who was shot.
Not sure if this is common knowledge, but you can flush a toilet by filling the bowl with water. Obviously water will be scarce, but you can reuse any gray water you may have, i.e. from washing.
If you're planning to bug in, or at least want it as an option, I highly recommend getting a water bob. That link is to Amazon, but I'm sure you can get it a little cheaper. Well worth every penny and can help in any situation. For example if a big storm is coming, you can fill up one of your tubs and have fresh potable water just in case something happens, i.e. power outage or contamination.
This works well. I've used it before. Actually this might be different cause it was cheaper
WaterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage (100 Gallons) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001AXLUX2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_byWRzb5RZPS2Q
Titanium Spork: https://smile.amazon.com/Light-My-Fire-Titanium-Spork/dp/B001E7S5BO/
Balisong trainer butterfly knife: https://smile.amazon.com/Amarey-Butterfly-Knife-Trainer-Unsharpened/dp/B01N2OPT60/
Novelty switchblade comb: https://smile.amazon.com/Stainless-Steel-Switch-Blade-Comb/dp/B00A967Q3O/
Kickboxing gloves: https://smile.amazon.com/Everlast-MMA-Kick-Boxing-Gloves/dp/B005OOFTA8/
Foam Nunchakus: https://smile.amazon.com/Sets-Ninja-Foam-Rubber-Nunchakus/dp/B01ER3FPNC/
(there's also Nerf swords on amazon, good for a quick battle)
MALL NINJA PATCH!!! https://smile.amazon.com/Maxpedition-Mall-Ninja-Patch-SWAT/dp/B00P18G9SI/
Rubber Throwing Stars: https://smile.amazon.com/Eight-Assorted-Rubber-Ninja-Stars/dp/B001NW1MEC/
And a Ninja Mask (that's good in winter too) https://smile.amazon.com/Balaclava-Winter-Fleece-Windproof-Women/dp/B01KG78NVE/
Not entirely mall ninja stuff, but I'm figuring you don't want the 11 year old to be lethal just yet ;)
I backpacked through Russia and China a few years back, and due to the different terrains encountered I had to pack quite a heavy bag (I think my total was almost 17kgs and I hadn't brought anything obviously unnecessary even if it felt that way).
I think you should bring:
There was another poster /u/flyinglotus1983 who'd had problems finding deodorant and similar items in China, that wasn't an issue for me but it does require some adaptions, so it's easier to bring but still a PITA. I didn't bring a computer, I simply brought my iPhone and iPad, you if I were you I'd consider if you need a computer. If you don't that's a lot of weight you can save.
I would however suggest an e-book reader. Books are heavy and I had loads of time on trains and on busses with nothing to do but read. I read more books in those months that I did in the 2 years prior. It will set you back $100, but in my opinion it's a well worth investment.
Sum up the light in a few words:
Name | Battery (type and quantity) | Lumens and mode | battery life (in order of lumens mode) | length | price (rounded up to full dollar)
The simple one mode guy:
Maybe another setting would be nice:
...Or like 30 settings:
Simple and I hate AAAs:
I like a sleek slim light with a lot of settings. I don't mind that its twist on:
...That and CR123As are my kind of battery:
Tail button FTW:
Tail button and AAs FTW:
A little longer gets you 2x the brightness:
Okay lets face it. CR123As are kinda cool:
Hope that helps!! I have a couple Streamlights and I am happy with them. On a budget (sub $50-80) they are great lights. A lot of people (non-tactical) like Foursevens. Never used one. If you aren't afraid of loosing it they seem like fantastic lights. If you can afford it and you are in tactical or just rugged situations Surefire makes unbelievably good flashlights... but they cost a lot.
My eternal suggestion for these types posts is the WowTac A1S, which has the advantages of both being cheap and including a micro-USB rechargable 18650 battery of decent quality. Simple on/off from the tail switch, and then there is a side switch to change modes (my dad has never quite figured how reverse-clicky switches work).
However, the low mode is pretty high at 24 lumens and a moonlight mode might serve your purpose better, at which point there are two nicer lights that I would put forward - the Thrunite Neutron 2C V3 or TN12. The Neutron is an e-switch only light that is controlled via one button and has shortcuts to both low and high. The TN12 is a nicer version of the aforementioned A1S with a nicer driver and a lower low mode, but as far as I can tell it does not come with a battery.
There are also a few AA/14500 size lights that you might be interested in, like the
Sofirn SC31or Wuben E05 (The SC31 is 18650... Still a viable option but way bigger than I thought).
Hope this helps!
Wowtac A2S is a great starting light if you don't want to spend as much as a Zebralight starting out. You could always keep it as a backup if you decide to get something fancier too.
Depending on how technically inclined you are, I'd consider swapping out the LED for something high CRI (I put an LH351D in one, and it's much better) and maybe a TIR lens if you want more peripheral vision.
Skip the bucket, this time I'll go for a sick horse.
You will want a flashlight with an electronic side switch to operate. They do not require much strength to turn on and cycle through modes.
Something like the [Thrunite Neutron] (https://www.amazon.com/ThruNite-Neutron-2C-Neutral-White-2017/dp/B06XXFC1VN/?tag=parametrek-20) would be my suggestion if it fits within your budget. You get the light, a battery and the ability to charge without having to purchase a separate charger.
With that said, you might not want to fumble with usb cables. If you are like my daddy was he got to a point that something like opening the charge port and plugging in the cable became challenging as well.
If that is your case I would suggest looking at this that can function with AA primaries. It can also take the higher powered 14500 that you do have to charge but if your condition progresses to the point that becomes burdensome you can still use the light with regular AA's
Somehow I’ve managed to still not buy the SP36. Maybe we can be a winner. As always thanks so much for the giveaway!
SP36 this is a great flashlight right at the price point but if you dont like the shape you could also get the Sofirn C8F for under budget which also has a great combination beam on it, and my favorite light for walking my dog
Phone: iPhone 5c + cheap Spigen case
Watch: Seiko SKX007 + Super Oyster II Bracelet
Wallet: Radix One
Keychain: Remove Before Flight tag, Sandisk Ultra Fit, Dollar Store Carabiner
Keychain Multitool: Victorinox Classic OR Leatherman Micra
Multitool: Leatherman Skeletool
Flashlight: Streamlight Microstream
Pen: Fisher Space Pen OR Modded Zebra 701
Yoyo: The Sage (for now)
First post, any questions or suggestions please feel free. Thanks guys!
Flashlight my dude, you won't be able to go back after carrying one.
Going by the rest of the stuff you carry i'd say a small AAA light that you can either attach to your keys or clip inside a pocket.
A couple of recommendations:
To clip on to keys: The Olight i3 EOS. 1xAAA 90 lumens, 45min runtime. Simple twist on/off, one mode, plenty bright for most daily stuff. If you want something multi-mode still good for your keys, the Thrunite Ti3 and Lumintop AAA Tool are honourable mentions too.
To clip to your pocket: The Streamlight Microstream. 1xAAA 45 lumens, 2.5hr runtime. Solid pocket clip and push-button that lends itself to be a really good momentary light but can be clicked on for continuous use. Really solid light, inexpensive, Tried and trusted by a lot of the EDC community. Honourable mention goes to the Streamlight Stylus Pro. Almost the exact same light but longer. 2xAAA, 90 lumens, 6 hour runtime if you don't mind the weight of an extra AAA on you.
Second the flashlight.
Streamlight Micro Stream
Because no matter how clean you think you made your tub, it isn't the best vessel for storing potable water. It is literally a vessel meant for catching the rinsed filth off your body. If you want to store potable water in your tub, get a liner https://www.amazon.com/WaterBOB-Emergency-Container-Drinking-Hurricane/dp/B001AXLUX2
If you're filling up your bathtub with emergency water, you could get something like this to keep it more sanitary: http://i.imgur.com/IrdgkV0.jpg
Pizza's idea of the Sawyer was an excellent suggestion and would be one of my top recommendations as well. To hit some other categories for ideas:
Anyway, just some suggestions. Hard to get too crazy on a budget. I'm sorry I missed the exchange but I signed up to give someone who gets screwed something so I'm sure I'm gonna help someone out.
I've never liked 72hours' kits, but I suppose they are easy if you want a click and forget experience. They do have the best prices on the #5 food grade Mountain House dehydrated food tins though. 20 year shelf life and you can take them camping to rotate your supply. Unfortunately they're packed with sodium.
In the event of a moderate earthquake or prolonged power outage, you can assume that you will be able to return to your home after the utilities have been checked and/or turned off. The key things you need to do are to save what food and water you can. 72 hours is wildly optimistic, in a city supplied by bridges on all sides I'd think the average prepared family should be able to sustain itself for at least a week. Some people buy a big turkey after Christmas and leave it in a deep freeze only to serve as an ice block in case the power fails. Water is the larger concern though.
By that, having a sink adapter for a water filter is invaluable. So is a bath tub waterBOB if you don't have space to stockpile flats of water or aquatainers. Assuming the water still has slight pressure, even if the pipes have cracked and the water is now contaminated with rust or dirt, as long as you can get some of it into a BOB (or even just a bathtub, just, be aware that bathtubs are notoriously filthy), you can treat it. Even toilet water... Having aquatabs, an aforementioned filter or even iodine (5-10 drops per quart) can easily get a bathtub full of dirty water into drinkable condition.
I think people almost fantasize about heading out into a park, setting up camp and defending their homestead. In an emergency event, you will want to be in your home. Authorities want you to be in your home. The backpacks on their websites... they're not going to keep you alive. A proper bugout bag needs to have clothes, money, medication, luxuries to keep children calm, high protein snacks, some water and more money. Any bug out bag will not keep you alive for a week, it's just not possible to carry that much alone. Focus on having enough to keep you alive while not being able to return to your home for 24 hours, because the chances are you will be able to return. In all likeliness you will end up in an emergency shelter which will have food and water, but not the personalized things mentioned above.
So the shitty tube tent, the $1 plastic parka, the gardening gloves, the water juiceboxes.. all that junk in the 72 hour bag.. you may find it useful but in all honesty it's not going to help you for fuck all in 99% of the emergencies we may experience in BC.
Don't underestimate the dust. MDF creates a cloud of very fine particles. If there's no wind, it could be hanging there in your face even when your done cutting.
I'm prone to sinus infections. I wear a respirator the whole time I'm working with MDF, from the first cut until I finish sweeping the floor at the end of the day.
You could have saved a lot of money and had even better noise reduction by just buying ear muffs w/ ear protection. Something like this - http://www.amazon.com/3M-Peltor-Optime-Earmuff-H10A/dp/B00009LI4K. Much better LPT...
Thats the wrong type of mask. It does nothing for bondo fumes. That mask is just for harmless dust particles. What you need is a respirator with some sort of organics filter that will keep from breathing in the volatile solvents.
Something like this.
This is the respirator I use
the cartridges last a long time and refills are cheap.
As for your general question, I occasionally spray lacquers (Mr. Color) in my basement workshop with no booth. Doing that without a respirator and gloves would be a recipe for trouble, because that stuff is highly toxic
These are my favorite plugs I've tried.
These are very effective and cheap, but they're not conducive to rifle shooting because it'll kill your cheek weld.
I'm going to go a different direction then actual sounds. Get a pair of these:
and you will be shocked at how much they cut out. Quite frankly, in a quiet room she will hear her own breathing, etc. For an idea, trying plugging your ears (really pushing them in) and then humming or breathing or talking and you'll see what I mean. They have this type of thing at Home Depot, etc. as well.
Buy this and experience your morning blending 30db quieter.
I totally understand, in that case here are some things.
If you don't already have a set of 1/4" impact bits I highly recommend the Makita impact gold series, three options from $15-$30. Good strong bits good for everything not just impact drivers.
Their 1/2" and 3/8" wobble adapters are nice, you can get them by themselves, or in a pack with standard or metric impact sockets. $4-$5 by themselves or $15 with the sockets.
This Makita Impact GOLD Ultra-Magnetic Torsion Insert Bit Holder is also excellent. $5
How are you set for razor knives? The Milwaukee FASTBACK Compact is my daily and I love it. It does have one flaw, if you hold the blade section in a certain way for detail cutting you can depress the blade release. But once you get used to it it has not been a problem for me. $9
They have a special buy going in my area for the Fastback Flip, Fastback Compact Flip, and 50 blades for $15.
How about pliers. I love these tiny Cobras, they were part of my EDC at my last job. $26
6" models only $1 more. $27
7" only another $1. $28
Very very tough diagonal cutters. $35
For when you need a bit more oomph than your standard cutters, Mini bolt cutters. $44
The classic Swedish style pipe wrench, always make for an interesting conversation piece. $46
How are you set for PPE? I wear this respirator for 8 hours a day 5 days a week and I love it, after a few minutes you forget your even wearing it. And its super easy to just un-latch to speak to people then pop it back on.
Without filters at amazon. $19
Home depot does not sell the filters I use, but amazon does. $11
These are only particulate filters so if you do a lot of painting the set from home depot with the VOC filters would be better.
For hearing protection I had been using a set of 3M Peltor Optime 105's until I upgraded recently to a combo of 3M Peltor WS Alert XP's and 3M Peltor CH-5 High Attenuation Headset. The 105's offer extremely good protection for the money.
3M Peltor Optime 105 $20
If there are any specific categories of tools you would like a recommendation on let me know.
Headset on shoulders = Sponsor's headset.
Headset worn = 3M Earmuffs to block out environment sounds + earplugs
EDIT: Changed Headset worn.
I like the Peltor H10As. Passive, but cheap and effective. If I'm shooting something loud I'll double up with cheap foam earplugs underneath, can't hear a thing then.
Edit: Just wanted to point out, these Peltors block out 29dB, whereas the active ones ruertar recommends only block out 20dB for 6x the price.
Depends on what you think is cheap. Maybe 10-20 bucks at a hardware store, or 5-20 bucks online. I'm not sure, I bought mine a long time ago. Search for "noise reduction ear muffs", or here is an Amazon page with some.
Also, it seems like gun users use these things, so you may find some where guns are sold.
Or, you know, spend 10 bucks, and look like a retard.
The "don't go to sleep for a night and go to bed early the next day" advice won't work for you if you have Delayed Phase Sleep Syndrome.
The only solution that worked for me (and my situation was almost desperate) was changing my eating patterns (particularly the timing) and avoiding blue light spectrum after sunset. Your body should associate light + socializing + food with the time of the day you should be awake. If you stay in front of your computer at night watching videos and eating the brain and body think it's daytime and your schedule will get really messed up.
and wear them after sunset if you are at home (it is very important to avoid watching computer and mobile screens in the evenings before bedtime...I do it anyways but ALWAYS wear the glasses). Upon waking up, go for ten minutes under the sun, or get the room very bright (you can buy a blue light spectrum device such as http://www.amazon.com/Philips-GoLITE-BLU-Energy-Light/dp/B00M3SGCUE/ref=sr_1_10_a_it?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1458086966&amp;sr=8-10&amp;keywords=blue+light).
In theory one day should be enough. One day didn't work for me, but I have severe Delayed Phase Sleep Syndrome, my situation was desperate, and nothing worked...this literally changed my life. I did it for several days. Usually nowadays I don't eat after 18:30pm. if I'm at home. and I eat as soon as I'm awake
Apologies for my English. If this helped you, please help me improve my English by correcting my mistakes.
Wow no comments....
EDIT: Serious question: name everything you can remember eating this week, because maybe you're not eating enough because this is worrying you, I'm just trying to get all possibilities out there.
1 GO OUTSIDE for at least 30 minutes. Preferably in the EARLY morning, 7-8 A.M.
2 Drink a ton of water (at least 3 - 4 full glasses)
3 buy some red light bulbs and for you - do NOT get the 25 watt variety, since you're having so much trouble sleeping, I'll recommend the 15w varient to you, here
sleep saving red incandescent bulbs
4 download f.lux download ASAP Use the Darkroom mode.
5 Also IN ADDITION to f.lux, use UVEX "glasses" they are plastic and they filter out so much blue / green light (but not all green light) that even a CANDLE looks more yellow!
UVEX orange plastic wear
Just ordered these the other day, and I love them. They fit much better than the all orange version w/o the black frame.
Let me know if ANY of this helps, so that I know and also so you are aware of it and can tell others that may have the same sleep problem.
If its a Phantom go out at night with a flashlight AND a blacklight and it will glow in the trees when pointing the blacklight. Something like this would work: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008133KB4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_LMZAxb2ERN6XF
I'm a bit late, but here are some (pretty fuzzy) pictures I got from hunting them a while back with one of those UV Flashlights. They glow a bright greenish color!
On the wall
Three in a container
I'm in north west Phoenix and I don't see them too often in the house, but look around on the walls of your residence at night with a UV light/blacklight - I'm sure you'll find at least one or two of them just hanging out. You can find good flashlights for under 15$ on Amazon
You can find some of those rubber-coated tongs (or ice cube tongs) at the dollar store if you want something to safely relocate them elsewhere.
I got this Escolite for $13 and it's insanely bright. Haven't actually taken it out for a glow round yet, but I have used it for plenty of other glow-in-the-dark applications and it really makes discs shine.
I plan to DIY my own Whitestone Dome glass protector. I'm waiting until I can find a TGSP that:
This is the glue I'm going to use, it should be enough for 5 tgsp installs:
This is the IR curing light I'm going to use:
I'm going to end up doing this for 4 devices, 2 x GS8 and 2x GN8. Total cost ~$40 or $10 each.
Just get the Thrunite TH20 in neutral white:
If you find that 250 lumens isn't bright enough for you (keeping in mind that high-end incandescent headlamps put out ~10-50 lumens), come back and ask about getting a 14500 lithium-ion battery and charger.
If that still isn't bright enough for you, know that even 18650 Li-ion headlamps can't sustain more brightness than that for long without getting too hot.
That ThruNite Neutron 2C looks like a contender. Thanks for the lead, and thanks for confirming I'll want a warm light.
https://www.amazon.com/WaterBOB-Emergency-Drinking-Storage-Gallons/dp/B001AXLUX2 keep forgetting to buy this
I just looked for a waterBOB and they are out of stock. There is one seller trying to sell it for $255.77.....https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B001AXLUX2/ref=sr_1_1_olp?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1504636705&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Emergency+Drinking+Water+Storage&amp;condition=new
I didn't... I think the mods did. So I'm going to sneak in and repost.
What are some of the staple gadgets and gizmos you have to maximize portability, versatility, durability, and price, time, and space efficiency?
Here's my list:
-Feiyue shoes. Crazy cheap, they take up no room, and they don't look out-of-place in most situations.
-Light My Fire titanium spork. This is the only eating utensil I ever use, and I take it everywhere.
-Pyrex 4-cup Bowl. As long as I'm just making food for me, this dish is the only one I need. It can withstand pretty much everything, and the microwave-friendly lid is awesome.
-Platypus roll-up water bottles. Carrying around an empty water bottle is really annoying. These guys hold lots of water, and only take up as much space as the volume of water they contain.
-Milk crates and heavy-duty Rubbermaid containers instead of furniture. The only thing you can really do with a chair is use it as a chair, and the only thing you can do with a chest of drawers is use it as a chest of drawers. Might as well combine the two -- and make them really light and portable to boot!
-Lifetime folding table. This is the closest thing I have to furniture.
-Coleman 4-in-1 Quickbed. It's a twin mattress, or two separate twin mattresses, or a king-size bed, it's comfortable as poo, and it folds up to nothing.
-Night Ize Gear Ties. I've used these for everything from coathangers to patching the handle on a neighbor's lawnmower to attaching the basket to my bike.
-MicroNet Microfiber Towel. Linen actually takes up a surprising amount of room. This guy works great, and folds away to nothing.
-Wellspring FlipNote. I've had my FlipNote for 5 years and it's been in my pocket every single day -- whether I was in South Africa, military combat training, business meetings, or going out with friends. It's an idea journal, an address book, a wallet, a writing surface, a pen... all kinds of stuff, and it's super-slim and super-durable.
-Bug-out bag. This isn't quite the one I have -- mine was about $60 and came with a CamelBak and tube inside -- but it's the right idea. When I was discharged from the military, I fit my entire life in this amazing backpack with room left over for the full CamelBak and hiked up and down the California coast for several days with no problems. The same backpack's still the only piece of luggage I use for travel, for class, for everything. It expands from normal backpack size to HUGE.
TL;DR If I can't pack everything I own into my tiny car in one hour, I have too much stuff.
(Edit: This list isn't everything I own, but it's the things that I figure would be useful to anyone.)
Wowtac A2S LED Headlamp LED Headlight 5 Modes Max 1050 Lumen USB Rechargeable 18650 Battery Waterproof Headlamps, Super Bright Outdoor Sports Running Walking Camping Reading Hiking Riding Fishing https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071HW5XQH/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_wu.TAbCC4SCAZ
I have the A1s and am very happy with it, going to start getting into bicycling to lose some weight.
This will help after dark.
(Keeping fingers crossed)
Thanks either way, made me poke around where I didn't look before.
Do you have any more info on what you'll be doing with it exactly? Is this a "take the dog out" kind of light?
The Wowtac A1S or A2S are both good, bright lights. The A2S is a headlamp, but you can take it out of the headband and use it normally, and a headlamp can come in handy sometimes. They both come with a removable battery that has built-in microUSB charging. The "neutral white" version of either light is recommended for more pleasant light.
Wowtac A2S Neutral White
Thanks in advance for your consideration!
I have one routine which I call the Hard Reset Protocol. It's pretty hard to maintain long term, but I can do it for 1-2 weeks and lock down my circadian rhythm for several weeks at a time.
Between the melatonin and the orange goggles, I feel tranquilized by 11 and by midnight am out like a light. I tend to wake up 5 minutes before alarm, that means it's working.
Also, going camping at the start really helps kick things off.
As some have pointed out, this protocol is pretty brutal. Especially with the lithium, that is definitely "check with your doctor", or I solemnly swear I am up to no good"-level biohacking territory. It still works if you only get some of the elements, but there is a Voltron-like greater-than-sum-of-parts synergy effect when you get everything together. I would actually say lithium is the least important one, but for some people's biochemistries, it could be the lynchpin.
But if you can follow the Hard Reset Protocol for a full two weeks and your circadian rhythm is still all over the place, you need to see a neurologist or something, because you may have a problem with your photosensitive ganglion. Essentially, this protocol grabs every Zeitgeber by the balls and says "You're coming with me".
Light therapy has definitely helped me. I had SAD cycles as far back as middle school, but didn't know what was going on until halfway through college. Thankfully a therapist noticed the pattern and suggested a light box. I use it year round now, and turn it on as soon as my alarm goes off in the morning.
I'd also highly suggest policing your blue light exposure in the evening. That's the other side of the coin that people often ignore. We're exposed to so much artificial blue light from screens. The blue light tricks our brain into thinking it's daylight and screws up our production of melatonin and thus our sleep cycle. Your sleep cycle absolutely affects your physical and mental health. I use glasses like this at night when I'm watching TV or using my phone. I feel like limiting my light exposure has helped as much or more than the light box. The two approaches certainly support each other.
The brand gets a bit of hate on this sub, but I love my Streamlight Microstream: https://smile.amazon.com/Streamlight-66318-MicroStream-Ultra-compact-Flashlight/dp/B00143JZ08/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1524351138&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=microstream
About as compact as a AAA can get. The tailswitch is a bit hard to press, but totally manageable. Bonus is that the pocket clip doubles back to work as a hat clip.
Yes and no, phone flashlights can help find something on the floor or follow a path in a pinch but having a dedicated light last longer, is much brighter, can see farther, and can be used in many more types of situations. A phone light will kill your battery very quickly also.
But, again it’s personal preference, really. I like to be prepared for those unique moments. Friends always ask me for my flashlight and I get to be the hero every once in a while lol.
Check out the stream light microstream
Or the olight s1r or I3T EOS
Bright, tiny, and cheap. You will get hooked if you get one of these.
Microstream The clip on mine is different but I think this is the same light. Love it.
Spyderco Tenacious Easily the highest value knife I've ever had/seen. I cut and pry the shit out of stuff with this knife on a daily basis.
I've been carrying the Streamlight 66318 microlight for a few years. It's about the size of a pen in diameter but half the length. It is bright and works well.
I know this is different than OP's criteria, but I love my Streamlight Stylus. The light in your pocket is better than the one on your dresser.
It's pen sized and aways fits in a pocket, can be clipped to pocket edge. 65 lumens is just enough to not blind you from reflections, but more than enough for target ID. Only downsides are you can push the button in your pocket and kill the battery but it's uncommon, and you lose it because it's so damn handy and constantly being used.
Before anything else: Someone else said jack stands - get them. Don't die under a car. I almost did, it's easier to fuck up than you think.
I have the 1.5 ton HF aluminum jack, I wish I had gone for something a little bigger. It doesn't really have the lift height for bigger jobs.
Another thing I don't see mentioned: LIGHTS. I keep two of each of these in my garage:
Plus I have the Braun (HF) flexible work light:
This thing is great, but I have the typical HF complaints about quality especially around its willingness to charge all the time. I put a washer on the battery and that seems to have solved the issue for now.
I wouldn't mess with a pneumatic impact unless you find yourself in a situation where you really need one and can't afford an electric. Your compressor flow rate has a lot more to do with its ability to run air tools than anything else, and unless you really have a shop quality compressor you won't run a pneumatic impact very long.
I'd wait until you really need an impact and if you find you do, I'd suggest this one:
Now it's not the best electric impact you can get - the Milwaukee and Makita versions are both marginally better - but it's available at every big box store, and when you factor in the cost of batteries it's WAY cheaper.
For hand tools, I'd go 100% harbor freight (pittsburgh). Most things can be done with 3/8" and a lot of extensions, but having 1/2" is really helpful. If you use it enough to break it, upgrade then. I use 1/4" for lots of things but it's a luxury for the most part. Get metric deep and standard depth sockets. I also consider ratcheting box wrenches nearly a necessity. Again, the pittsburgh set is a great deal for what you get. Get all the lengths of extensions you can.
If you find you want (or need) nicer hand tools, my next step up is generally gearwrench. This set is one of the few things I might consider a splurge on out of the gate:
You need a torque wrench. Someone else suggested the tekton 1/2" drive and I 100% concur if you had to pick one to start with. Make sure you learn how to use it and how to properly store it. A deep lug socket (19mm or 21mm usually) is your friend, figure out what size your lug nuts are.
I can't live without a couple pairs of vice grips. They're by far my favorite tool for grabbing spring-loaded hose clamps.
You need at least one dead blow hammer. They're cheap as hell at harbor freight (noticing a theme?)
Magnet trays are usually free at harbor freight with a coupon and purchase. Get a nice stack of them, they're priceless.
Other Odds and ends that I use a bunch:
Finally, abuse www.hfqpdb.com - there is often a coupon for whatever the hell it is you're gonna buy at harbor freight. If not, use the 20%.
I'm sure I'll think of a bunch more stuff later on
Edit: I told you I'd forget some stuff.
Prybars are a must have
A pick set is nearly a must-have
One of my favorite things I've done is get a big bulk food scoop from GFS and put it in a 5-gallon bucket of oil dry. You end up needing it a lot.
Kershaw thistle https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00I0RV72K/ref=mp_s_a_1_1/155-8607091-4931342?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1478954103&amp;sr=8-1&amp;pi=SX200_QL40&amp;keywords=kershaw+thistle&amp;dpPl=1&amp;dpID=31Sj8ybLnNL&amp;ref=plSrch
Sanrenmu 7010 https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00GMMPIK2/ref=mp_s_a_1_1/155-8607091-4931342?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1478954244&amp;sr=8-1&amp;pi=SX200_QL40&amp;keywords=sanrenmu+7010&amp;dpPl=1&amp;dpID=31OdU3KExQL&amp;ref=plSrch
Streamlight stylus pro https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0015UC17E/ref=mp_s_a_1_1/155-8607091-4931342?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1478954332&amp;sr=8-1&amp;pi=SX200_QL40&amp;keywords=streamlight+stylus+pro&amp;dpPl=1&amp;dpID=31cx0acp5QL&amp;ref=plSrch
Tactical pen https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01E8V50DS/ref=mp_s_a_1_3/155-8607091-4931342?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1478954399&amp;sr=8-3&amp;pi=SY200_QL40&amp;keywords=tactical+pen&amp;dpPl=1&amp;dpID=41j21-mqqkL&amp;ref=plSrch
Gerber suspension https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000EDPT9K/ref=mp_s_a_1_1/155-8607091-4931342?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1478954483&amp;sr=8-1&amp;pi=SY200_QL40&amp;keywords=gerber+suspension&amp;dpPl=1&amp;dpID=415sAeQH8SL&amp;ref=plSrch
Came in around 92 dollars.
>What do you guys recommend for a lantern?
I've discovered camping is the perfect time to test out lots of your preps. You don't know how useful this stuff is until it's pitch black and trying to fry up some burgers and also mix your girlfriend a margarita and multi-tasking. I've found some things awesome (headlamp) and some things just impractical this way. It's made me remove and add stuff to my BOB. I highly recommend taking your BOB and other prep gear camping and trying it out for real.
Going by amazon.com reviews is almost always a good idea in my experience. Whatever battery lantern has 4.5 or 5 stars and 150 reviews is almost always a good pick. Buy spare batteries too!
Q2: Do you have a tub?
I think the main thing here is you want >72 hours of spare water already without doing anything fancy. You should have some water ready without having to filter anything. If your faucet turns off, you're not going to go start filtering ocean water. The sidebar has info about requirements, suggesting 2 gallons of water per person per day, and 5 per if it includes hygienic purposes.
Chances are you'll way more often deal with not having water for a couple of days rather than not having water ever again. If you can't go a few days without water comfortably, you should focus on that. Get something to store water and fill them. Buy a few packs of bottled water and keep it in the closet. Get that waterBOB. Have at least 72 hours worth for your family just directly from stocks. After you've got that done, then maybe consider "long term solutions"... but arguably you've probably got a lot of other stuff you should take care of before that, like extra beans and rice and cans of food.
I don't think there's any easy way to handle ocean => potable. Here's the thing. Let's say you'd benefit from something like that. That means you have no more water? Your city is completely water-free, as in everyone is trying to get water? Shit will get hellish. What are you going to do, go to the ocean, grab a few buckets of water and take it home? Either you've got a stealthy way of getting a lot of salt water to your house (live near the ocean?) or you are going to be noticed and people will start begging you for water for their grandmother, infant, etc. Get ready to have families lining up on your door step, begging for your help, fighting over half cups of water.
My point is, if you're prepping for never having water running again, you've got a lot more to handle and it'd be absolute chaos. It'd be better to make sure you can go 2 weeks safely at home without food and water, and if you've got that covered, then you can maybe consider long term homestead craziness. You prepare for a flat tire before you prepare for lightning striking your car, know what I mean?
CTD has them.
Edit: So does Camping Survival
Edit 2: So does Amazon, but the price sucks.
Amazing amazon: a product for every need
Maybe a water bladder that can be filled up in your tub.
WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage Container, Drinking Water Storage, Hurricane Survival, BPA-Free (100 Gallon) (1) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001AXLUX2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_6LnJDb5HQ9AS6
first off - great kudos to you having those Aquatainers - it's a major omission mistake newbie preppers make - moving those containers is one of the lesser problems to solve - there's always wheels and a beefy back in the barter ....
eazy to store for apartment dwellers are 2.5 & 5 gallon poly collapsible jugs - good handle arrangement and durable overall - sqeeze store into those nooks & crannies and deploy for SHTFs ....
suggestion on water jug carry - a yoke is your friend - a 5 gallon container on each end (80lbs) is very doable for most middle aged men - even over rough open ground where wheels are a no-go ....
apartment preppers - you need a WaterBob for your bathtub .... https://www.amazon.com/WaterBOB-Emergency-Drinking-Storage-Gallons/dp/B001AXLUX2
I bought one of these (you do need a tub). Seemed like a good investment. https://www.amazon.com/WaterBOB-Emergency-Container-Drinking-Hurricane/dp/B001AXLUX2/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1536781041&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=water+bob&psc=1
Even worse. That light is probably 300 lumens.
I would recommend this one instead:
Choosing the A2S Neutral White version, it includes a very good battery, and is a real 1000 lumens out of the light.
It can also be used as both a headlamp, and a flashlight! A multi use light.
If $50 is a hard line, Sofirn SP33 is 2500 lumens and more than most uses require. It comes with a 26650 and charger for $41.
As others have stated, Sofirn SP36 BLF edition with Anduril is probably the best option in that range. You can get the light with stock Sofirn branded batteries for $70 or get it without for $50.
If you want slightly better than the stock Sofirn batteries, you can get 3 of the popular and budget friendly high drain 18650's like the Samsung 30q for $16.50 + shipping.
This one fits the bill for me. Not too expensive, neutral white, usb rechargeable battery, and headlight band, Not too big.
Wowtac a2s natural white
The a2 is slightly cheaper, not as bright, only comes in cool white.
I’d love a little HELP! Never can have too many hand sun sticks.
Wide area while also 300+ meters of throw? That’s gonna be a beefy light. And complete overkill for camping and hiking. Most folks are better served by using a smaller headlamp for flood, and a handheld thrower.
But you know what you want, and the Thrunight TN36 might be a good fit. If you already have batteries and a charger you can save some money buying the light alone, rather than the full kit.
Alternatively a Sofirn SP36 is cheaper while still almost matching your request. Provide it with these batteries to get the best performance out of it.
And maybe look at some beam shots from legit reviews. The lumen ratings on some of those “military grade tactical” things are straight up lies. 2000+ lumens in your pocket will set your pants on fire. (ask anyone with an Emisar D4)
If you can't buy water you can buy a Water BOB and fill your tub before the storm.
I just bought this thing for storing up to 100 gal of fresh water in my tub.
Light My Fire Titanium Spork. Excellent reviews, and it's made of frikin' titanium.
EDIT: Weighs only 17 grams, and costs only $11. Pretty impressive.
I would recommend this list instead:
With the five midcaps it's a bit more expensive than your option, but you can exclude those if you just want to use the single hicap mag that comes with the gun. Everything else will be much higher quality than you get with that starter pack, even the cheap chest rig will perform better than a lousy crossdraw vest.
One Tigris Mesh Mask
As in, while acrylics are not generally as toxic in chemical composition as enamels and lacquers (though this is open to debate, see below), breathing aerosolized particles of paint is still not ideal. Ever stand in a room when someone used too much hairspray and there are clouds of it floating around? Or women's perfume counter? You get the idea. Or clouds of sanding dust in a construction site?
The recommedations I've gotten for good respirators are P95 type respirators, which are not cheap but come with replaceable cart filters.
Or, at minimum, an N95 dust/facemask. It's not nearly as effective, but it's better than nothing.
It's also open to debate how much safer acrylics really are. The truly water based/low VOC/low toxicity stuff is fine, but see e.g. a tamiya acrylic bottle, it will warn that you are spraying gylcol ethers.
See also MSDS materials safety disclosure sheets for particular brands of paint, if you're really concerned about it. Thinners, lacquers, and cleaners tend to be some seriously nasty stuff, as is cement, which in many liquid iterations contains Methyl Ethyl Ketone, or MEK.
MSDS sheets for multiple brands:
Uvex Skyper Blue Light Blocking Computer Glasses with SCT-Orange Lens https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000USRG90/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_M5jIybS98Y61P
Dirt cheap, blocks pretty much all blue light. I can't even tell blue led indicator lights on electronics are on when I'm wearing them. They're mega sexy looking, though.
Flux is a good. If you go into the registry settings you can get your screen down below 1200K.
Best bet is to use blue blocking glasses. https://www.amazon.ca/Uvex-S1933X-Eyewear-SCT-Orange-Anti-Fog/dp/B000USRG90
Even better, blue/green blockers. https://www.amazon.ca/DEWALT-DW0714-Laser-Enhancement-Glasses/dp/B00093DJ4M
Sure, these are the ones I'm using
A tl;dr of this and other articles I looked at says blue light disrupts your circadian sleep cycles by suppressing melatonin release during sleep. Any light will really, but the melatonin suppression is increased by green light, and even more so from blue light (because colder colors have shorter wavelengths). If you look at any color chart, red is the polar opposite to blue, so to combat this, researchers suggest using red, or warmer, lighting at night. Another option is to use amber-tinted glasses, specifically for blocking blue light.
Also, f.lux is a program that you can download which will automatically adjust the blue light levels of your computer depending on time of day.
Uvex S1933X Skyper Safety Eyewear, Black Frame, SCT-Orange UV Extreme Anti-Fog Lens
They are super awesome, truly improving my sleep.
Basically everyone on this sub recommends these cheap and really good, and meets the impact requirements. Buy nice, not twice. (especially with eyepro)
G&G Combat Machine M4-A1 Carbine W/ 9.6v battery and Charger: Black Version
Pyramex i-force goggles [I own them, no fogging at all] : Link
Bravo Strike Steel Face Mask: Black
Tactical Sling: Link
Tactical Premium Elite Force 0.20's BBs 5000: Link
Amazon Total (free shipping) : $23.96
Airsoft GI Total with "2013memorial" Coupon WITH UPS ground: $168.28
Grand Total: $192.64 (This is the price shipped)
Use those $37.36 and get some Camo Clothes from a local store or eBay, you'll get it cheaper than getting them from airsoft stores.
Don't need/want Camo Clothing?
Get a Vest UTG Vest
or perhaps spare magazine: Magazine
Red Dot Scope
Gloves & Knee Pads
That's pretty much it, see you on the field!
Edit: Just to make this clear, I tested my pyramex goggles with my 400FPS KWA SR10 with 0.25, sprayed around 5 shots to the lens and not even a scratch.. They're for about $20+ on airsoftgi/evike.. Amazon has better prices on most of the things.
Edit #2: Thanks to Bily_Mays for the correction on the coupon.
Ok. Keeping in mind that I'm US-based, I'm linking to US-based sites. Everything should be available through UK/European sites as well, I just don't know them as well(I'm assuming you're UK/European-based due to the currency). I'm also not including BBs into the initial cost, as I consider those to be a consumable item and tend to factor those into cost-of-play per day of playing.
Gun: I like this G&G Raider Shorty. $150. Alternatively, This CYMA AK is a good option as well, and comes in at $128.
Battery Charger: This is what I use $33
Battery: This one should fit both the Raider and the AK. Important note: If you're using lipos, and the gun is stock, you'll need to use a 7.4v lipo. The 11.1vs are going to shred your wiring. $13
Lipo Sack: You'll need one for charging your batteries $7
As an alternative, Amazon has a package deal for $40
Eye Protection: I like these Pyramex i-Force goggles $16
Face Protection: One Tigris makes this mask $16
Magazines: AK style Mag for $10/each or AR-style for $12/each. I'd recommend getting one extra for starters, and then get more as time and budget allow.
Belt: My normal choice would put you out of your budget, so there's this one that I've never used before that's normally $9, or there's this one from Condor that's $15.
Pouches: It's gonna depend on which rifle you choose, but there's this AK-style that's normally $9 or this AR-style also normally $9.
Almost forgot, barrel cover: It's generally considered good etiquette to have one of these on your gun when not in-play, and mot fields here in the US require them when not on an active field $2
Total Cost for AR-style: $254USD bundling where possible(you could save a little by not getting the belt for now. If you normally wear a belt, just attach the mag pouch to that belt. That'll bring the cost not on-sale to $245USD). Total Cost for AK-style: $230USD, also bundling where possible.
Personally, I'm more of a fan of ARs, but I'd go the AK route and spend the extra $$ on either a third magazine, or an extra battery.
As I'm thinking about it, a second important note on lipo batteries: charge them with the small white connector on the battery, NOT the one that connects to your gun. It might explode if you try to do that.
Hope this helps you out.
These are the best safety glasses available IMO
$10 on Amazon. Best $10 I ever spent for my Gitd pops.
Escolite UV Flashlight Black Light, 51 LED 395 nM Ultraviolet Blacklight Detector for Dog Urine, Pet Stains and Bed Bug https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008133KB4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fzyRAb2QJAX50
Home inspection brought to you by:
Escolite UV Flashlight Black Light, 51 LED 395 nM Ultraviolet Blacklight Detector for Dog Urine, Pet Stains and Bed Bug https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008133KB4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_3IbXzbAY1ATFC
Yes, sleep hygiene is very underrated (to the point that most people probably haven't even heard of such term). I'll add a few more good tips:
I used to have utterly fucked up sleeping patterns for years and finally managed to make myself a healthy sleeper, all of those helped me immensely.
I also have one theory that I've never seen explained this way anywhere, but it makes perfect sense for me: most people would agree that if you wake up too late in the morning, you wouldn't be able to fall asleep easily if you went to bed very early that day, you simply wouldn't feel tired yet. However, I noticed that if I'm used to that sort of pattern, even waking up early one morning still doesn't make it easier to fall asleep that day, even though I'm supposed to feel more tired. It's not exactly a new theory, it's all about circadian rhythm, but my view is, the internal clock in our bodies expects the day (the "awake" part of our day) last a certain amount of time, and it gets so used to that amount of time that even being more tired can't instantly change it. I just don't feel like the day is over yet, it doesn't really register as "night" for me yet. I figured out that for me, the "awake" part of the day has to last 15-16 hours (I need a bit less sleep in summer). So even if I don't go to bed at the same time, I try to make my "day" the same length. For example, if I get up at 7am, I'll go to bed around 11, and then get up at 7 again, which would give me 8 hours of sleep that I need and fit neatly into 24 hours so that I can have the same schedule every day. Or I can push it around accordingly as I see fit or as needed. I could wake up at 9am and then would go to bed at 12am, maybe it would take me longer to fall asleep and next morning I would wake up before 9, but it would still be similar enough.
I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend you consider buying blue-blocking glasses. I got mine about two weeks ago, and they seem to be quite the help so far. People on Amazon also talk very positively about them.
This is the pair I bought: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000USRG90/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1
Edit: And put them on at night. I put mine on about two hours before my bedtime.
This is an $8 ($13 shipped w/o Super Saver) version of what they're advertising. It actually works really well if you have trouble with falling asleep after looking at screens or if you have issues with eyestrain. The concept is actually pretty solid but those are obviously overpriced.
Streamlight Microstream. I've carried one for years. Love it. The clip is nice too because you can clip it to a hat bill.
In the first picture I forgot my Eleaf iCare and then in the second picture I forgot my Nixon The Chronicle.
Everything on here was purchased on Amazon except for the iCare and my actual iPhone SE... and my truck. The light and pen were just added to my loadout thanks to /r/EDC!
Phone Case: Ringke SLIM
Light: Streamlight Microstream C4
Knife: Spyderco Byrd Meadowlark2
Pen: Fisher X-Mark Space Pen
Wallet: Radix One Slim
I like neat and clean. Also, thanks to /r/minimalism I tend to be very critical of my belongings in both my pocket and my life. When I deem there is nothing left to take away it causes a nice calming effect.
I carry this one which I love. Small enough but gets the job done.
Discreet and light weight are also subjective. Do you carry a bag on you every day? or are you wearing cargo pants every day? or does all this have to get stuffed in the pockets of your jeans?
A lot of these things are completely personal choices and as such you might take a step back and evaluate what you have and consider what you find wrong with your current choices.
You might start with an Altoids tin FAK or Altoids tin survival kit
Knives...small, inexpensive, discreet, unassuming. A few come to mind
Wallet. What's wrong with the one you have now? or do you just want a fancy new one? All my life my leather bi-fold wallets have served me well. Only had two in over 20 years.
Flashlights are good. You can go knock off or Streamlight.
Pens. People recommend Fisher Space Pens such as the one I linked. They're quality pens, durable, stylish and refillable. I personally carry grey Bic disposables because people steal them or I lose them.
Multi-tool...I suggest Leatherman. Again it's subjective based on the tools that you need. Take a look at the Leatherman website. They have a good tool selector based on size and number of tools you want/need. My Skeletool CX has always served me well.
A way to carry keys? What's wrong with how you carry them now? If you're stuffing them in your pocket traditional key rings are still fine. Carrying them of body? on a bag? Then some sort of carabiner works, like the Keybiner or some variation. Don't want something rattling around? The Key-bar is nice if you don't have giant keys.
I can endorse this one.
Very bright, and very useful for checking wounds for morning rounds on whatever surgical clerkship one might be on.
I am poor, so these are my budget suggestions.
You can spend less and get a great knife, the Condor knife and tool Rodan. $30.
I bought it and a Condor Kumunga because I could get both for the price of a BK2 or Izula. They are very utilitarian. Not pretty at all.
For that I have a #2 style Mora $15. There are many Mora knifes under $20 and any would be great for you. Stainless or Carbon steel, and Wood or Plastic for the handle.
Buying a compass you don't need anything fancy. Get a Brunton compass for again, less than $10. That exact compass has lived in my everyday backpack in an outside pocket, and shows no damage after 5 years or so.
As far as flashlights, that is a whole new world. I'd do some looking because you have a lot of choices these days.
I'm using a Streamlight Stylus Pro, again $20 and AAA's. And a few smaller streamights, the Nano at $8. My nano flashlight get's paired with my last hope knifes. A CRKT RSK MK5, at $16 and a Spyderco H1 $39 fully serrated ladybug3. Also I use a keychain Swiss Army Knife.
Or hold on to that food for the next hurricane. Come to think of it maybe you should always keep a rotating stock of about 2 weeks worth on non perishables at home that way when the next storm or power outage comes you arent stuck scrambling for the last can of beans like the rest of the idiots.
seriously, my storm prep consisted of fill up truck with gas, sit at home and drink beer. I always filled up a water bob in one of my tubs
WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage Container, Drinking Water Storage, Hurricane Survival, BPA-Free (100 Gallon) (1) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001AXLUX2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_piXNBbRXQQ8MJ
edit fixed the link
I am one that uses a flashlight a lot. I don't have a dozen different lights in my collection, I have 2. Those two are very similar, but there are a couple of differences.
The Thrunite Neutron 2C V3. I like this light a lot. It's my "use it 10+ times a day" light. It runs off of 1x 18650 cell (battery), 2xCR123, or a couple of other options. It has built in USB charging, it comes with a 18650 cell, it has adjustable brightness (ramping), and goes from .5 lm to 1040 lm. This thing is bright! Or dim, whichever you want. It just feels good.
My only 2 gigs against it: It takes a while to get used to finding the flat side switch in the dark. I no longer have any problem locating it, but when I first got it, it was a bit challenging. Second gig is that the lens is not replaceable. The lens being broken on mine has not affected the operation in the least, but I would like to replace it. Thrunite says that it's glued in and is not replaceable. ~$50 USD
My other light is a Thorfire TK18. It's pretty similar to the Neutron, but it has a tail switch. It does NOT come with a battery. It does not have On-board USB (or any other) charging, which means that you would need to buy cells and at least one charger. It feels ok in my hand, but I prefer the feel of the Neutron.
It is also adjustable brightness, but also has a Low/Med/High/Turbo mode which I prefer on this light. ~$29 + cell & charger.
Avoid those Atomic lights and their clones.
Thrunite TN12 and Wowtac A2S perhaps? Both take Li-ion 18650 rechargeable batteries. The A2S does SOS at least, if that satisfies your flashing function.
You should be able to get those two, plus batteries and charger for less than £100. You'll need a separate pocket clip for the A2S in order to hang it off a pocket, belt, stab vest, etc and of the ones here I think the best one is the 21-23mm as the A2S is 23.5mm.
After a headlamp for long miles but don't want to break the bank because it's a potential christmas gift?
Get the Wowtac A2S a 18650 L shaped headlamp and it's perfect for running (unless you're in fog or the clouds and its dark!)
Been running with this for a few months now and it's incredible, has firefly 1 lumen mode which apparently lasts weeks, then 10, 60, 200 lumen modes, i run with the 60lumen mode around the mountains and it's perfect, occasionaly clicking in to the 200 lumens to see ahead. Also has turbo and strode modes which I don't use but might one day for some photography stuff.
The reason I got it is that the 63lumen mode can run for 19+ hours, and it's 18650. Everyone needs to start migrating to 18650 running headlamps/torches. It's also a third of the price of any petzl or other "named" headlamp runners use and imo better. If you head over to /r/flashlight they will all say the same.
I am comparing this to a Nextorch Eco star (2xAAA) headlamp which is fantastic but comes in at 40lumens which just wasn't bright enough for some runs. Many different torches (I have a big collection) and i've tested friends petzls and other overpriced head torches, the wowtac beats it hands down!
I believe an angled light is better for camping in general(you need two hands when cooking or setup tent), it can be used as both headlamp or hand held, also can be clipped on belt or backpack. If you dont have any experience with 18650, a wowtac A2S is the best starter package I believe. Or if you are more interested in the straight option, a Nite Ize headband can mount any straight light less than 1" on your head.
I've been researching this myself. I do think you need to specify a few things first though:
The ones I'm considering are mostly mentioned in this thread, but I'll list a few:
Regular lights / slightly cheaper:
From my research, the best values batteries are these, depending on category:
Highest capacity, current good for maybe 6A (some say 10A):
Panasonic 35E or Sanyo NCR18650GA
Need high current: (10-20A)
Sony VTC6 or Samsung 30Q
More than $25, but take a look at ZebraLight headlamps.
I've been using one for about ten years now without an issue. Great lens angle (covers your entire field of view) and uses a single AA battery which is super easy to replace while it's still mounted on your head.
Edit: fixed linkage
Would love this for camping and I still don't own a right angle!
Thanks for the kind gesture!
[Here] (https://www.amazon.com/Headlamp-Headlight-Rechargeable-Waterproof-Headlamps/dp/B071HW5XQH/ref=sr_1_5?crid=5UIIBY2BTUF4&amp;keywords=wowtac+a1s&amp;qid=1567408009&amp;s=gateway&amp;sprefix=wowt%2Caps%2C154&amp;sr=8-5) is a headlamp I use.
Cycling though brightness levels is by just holding down the switch. No need for clicking. The less necessary and used modes like SOS and firefly are hidden so you don't accidentally go there. Plus, it has last mode memory which is very important to me.
Edit; I see others have said Wowtac. Really, really good headlamp. I'm a mechanic and it has held up to all the dirty abuse that comes from that.
I just picked up this one
I'd also suggest neutral white.
If you'd rather a handheld (or even get one of each) there is the A1S. Both are acceptable introductory low cost lights.
Amazon UK also stock a range of olights, I've not got one but I hear good things about them.
$60 limit? Time for a Zebralight!
my first zebra
Thanks as always for all the work you do for this hobby and for these great giveaways. Honestly, given the rate of subscriptions, a rarer 5k or 10k subscriber giveaway would be more significant and let people try out fancier flashlights if they win.
This time around, I’d like to try for the Zebralight H53c headlamp
The H53c is available on Amazon.
The 503 models are mules (no reflector, most spill). The H53fc has the same reflector as the h53c, just with a frosted lens for more spill.
The H53c has the most throw of the bunch which sounds like what you want. I have one and it is a good lightweight and versatile headlamp. Also consider getting some quality nimh batteries instead of using alkalines that could (will) leak and ruin your light!
You would probably be better off buying something new from Wowtac or Skillhunt on amazon. Wowtac A2s f=or like $30 would be great. Not a tail switch, but as a right angle/ headlamp it is much more optimal for camping.
Wowtac A2S NW Comes with a battery that directly plugs in to charge. Decent throw, Headlamp that can be handheld.
Really solid option right now, and available from Amazon UK
Thank you for the giveaway and amazing website!
Wowtac A2S NW
I'm definitely interested in the [Wowtac A2S](
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075ZN5LJY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_YoHaAbGST9NRQ) - altho I still hate their name choice.
Wowtac A25 Neutral White
Thanks for doing this.
Wowtac A2S Neutral White
Please and thank you!
Would love this one :P
Count me in for the Wowtac A2. Thanks!
You are rad.
I appreciate your generosity! I'm in for this also.
Wowtac A2S NW thanks for doing this!
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075ZN5LJY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_YoHaAbGST9NRQ. Thank you!
Wowtac A2S in neutral white
I appreciate the generosity!
Wowtac A2S NW
Thanks for the giveaway and all the helpful resources!
A Wowtac A2 would be a welcome addition. Thanks for doing this.
Sign up me for the
Wowtac A2S Neutral White
Wowtac A2S Neutral White
This is awesome. Good luck everyone.
Thanks for the giveaway, In for the Wowtac A2 NW
Wowtac A2S NW, and if it's kosher to add another thing to reach $40, then a ThruNite T01.
Otherwise the S1R on sale right now.
Thanks for doing this giveaway!
100 lumens and IPX-4 waterproof rating leave a lot to be desired. Visit /r/flashlight for a proper recommendation (refer to the sidebar for recommendation form if on desktop). Great community over there. They love to help.
For a budget option Wowtac A2 or Skilhunt H03 are mainstay recommendations. If AA form factor is more your style the ThruNite TH20 is another option.
Since he's airbrushing, using protection is a good idea. When I'm spraypainting primer (even with normal cans), I'll wear a decent mask too.
And gloves are not just protection, they also prevent your hands from looking gross when you go to work the next day.
No. You would need a respirator.
You will need to read the spec sheets in them.
While I don't wear seeing glasses, I do use safetly glasses and have experienced the fogging on those. I use this mask and love it. Not only does it filter out the dust, but it also filters out any fumes from the finishing products I'm using.
I use something very similar to this:
This is the mask I use.
I also wear glasses, so I can't comfortably wear a full mask. Half masks work just as well, and this one is fairly comfortable and cheap to maintain.
Everyone is recommending the boss quiet comforts. They are TERRIBLE for dead silence.
Don’t believe me? Buy them from Best Buy rather than online and try them out for a day or two. That way you can return them if they don’t work out.
What you really need for dead silence are the construction headphones.
These are 10x cheaper and actually block noise.
Ok so these headphones do not have active noise cancellation, correct? You are just using them to block outside sound?
If that's the case then you are likely not damaging your hearing just by wearing them to bed. However, if you are plugging them into your phone and that causes a buzz in the headphones then you may give yourself a notch hearing loss. I have a few pairs of cheap headphones that when plugged in make a slight buzzing noise even when I'm not playing anything through them. Even though it's a soft sound I would be concerned with being exposed to that signal for 6-8 hours every day.
If you can already tolerate the headphones you may want to look into just a pair of earmuffs. I use these for around the house stuff and they work very well.
A cheap pair of ear protectors. Been wearing these at work for 10 years, help you get the job done.
This is a good deal but I think the Peltor is better if you have a large head and ears like I do: http://www.amazon.com/3M-Peltor-H10A-Optime-Earmuff/dp/B00009LI4K/
They use IEMs and Ear-Muffs over them.
> also is surround sound and 5.1 speakers ingame better for cs or not?
You have 2 speakers over 2 ears. Stereo is fully capable at rendering accurate direction. Surround sound adds delay, echo and dither which degrades the sound. It also requires 100% perfect V speaker placement to be even remotely accurate. You will be hard pressed to find a "Pro" that doesn't use "windows_speaker_config 1" which is the "Headphones" setting In-game. I often hear things others don't, and everyone I know that uses the 5.1 setup gets reversed direction bugs all the time. Virtual Surround is better for cinematic experiences, like Skyrim, not for CSGO where accurate direction is key. Also for gaming, most Realtek onboard chips are perfectly capable.
absolute best earplugs I've tried
hearos xtreme protection
put the hearos xtreme protection in and then put these earmuffs on
absolute best earmuffs I've tried
it will be total silence
I sleep with just the earplugs in.
if I'm up and reading and want total silence I put the earplugs in and then put the earmuffs over, these earmuffs are extremely comfortable, also you put headphones (earbuds) (for music and movies) on and put the earmuffs over. I can't say enough great things about these earmuffs.
Like someone else said on here your neighbors, landlord, and the cops just don't care. Moving is the only option.
Best advice is to move and never move back into apartments again.
Actually there is a thing called the retinohypothalamic pathway that is activated when a specialized chemical in your retina called "Melanopsin" is degraded upon exposure to blue light. This is a chemical that activates specialized neurons that bypass the visual cortex and go straight to the hypothalamus to degenerate Melatonin (waking you up in the morning).
Solution: Wear orange tinted glasses to block blue wavelengths http://http//www.amazon.com/Uvex-S1933X-Eyewear-SCT-Orange-Anti-Fog/dp/B000USRG90
Ever try melatonin? It seems like a much more direct method than Ambien, and it's available over-the-counter (in the U.S. at least).
I can manage my "non-24" problem by
I once spent far too long trying to color correct an image while forgetting I was wearing these,
I am not actively treating lyme currently. I have done longterm antibiotics and haven't seen good results. Due to concerns about longterm abx and gut flora issues, I have decided to treat mold issues and detox first and then come back around to eliminating lyme. I am currently not on any pharmaceuticals.
Mold/ Mycotoxin Binders: I am on activated charcoal (Bulletproof activated charcoal) to help bind and excrete mycotoxins. I couldn't tolerate Cholestyramine (Compounded without aspartame), it made me very ill. I also cycle chlorella. I go slowly because personally, when I take binders, I feel very sick and get very weird mentally, especially in regards to anxiety.
I also couldn't tolerate welchol, which made me suicidal but after going off it I felt fine.
-Moved out of a water damaged building
-Bluelight blocking glasses at night Heres some cheap ones: (https://www.amazon.com/Uvex-Blocking-Computer-SCT-Orange-S1933X/dp/B000USRG90)
-Clean diet, organic as much as possible, No gluten, low sugar, and I play around with dairy. Lots of grass fed beef and good veggies. (I was dairy free for a few years however when I eat it I feel fine.)
-Avoidance of conventional household products. Instead: Natural detergents, soaps, toothpaste, shampoo, etc... I do use conventional aluminum containing deodorant because I have some less than ideal odor if I don't.
-Air oasis filter to improve indoor air quality (bedroom)
-Water filter in shower, Reverse Osmosis filter to drink from. (Ideally, you'd have a whole house filter but I do not.)
-Exercise as tolerated. (I can only lift sometimes, I cannot tolerate cardio.) DO NOT overdo it.
Things I will try soon:
-More regular sun exposure
-epsom salt baths
-Alka seltzer gold (Helps alleviate detox and herxheimer symptoms in some people.)
-Actual sauna (Not infrared)
For more info on mold check out:
(Ritchie shoemakers site, not a huge fan of his personally, I disagree with a few things he says but still worth reading and learning what he has to say.)
The best article I have found: (Non-Shoemaker)
I have summarized here but feel free to ask questions and I will go into further detail. Good luck to everyone in regaining health. Cheers.
Agreeing with others that it does have blue light. Here's a great guide
The key things to look at is the Melanopic lux, getting that below 5 in the few hours before bed is the goal. Also the spectrum between about 420 and 540, shown on that page as a transparent curve in the background.
The kindle paperwhite is at 12, vs iphone/android phones at about 50. At half power (light level 13) the kindle is down at 2, which is pretty good.
You can also use blue light filter glasses. They should look orange, any that are clear will not work at all. Yes, the advertising is lying.
I like these
Which are also great for looking at your phone, or going to the bathroom.
It's a great site, it'll answer most of your blue light questions with every variation of device you can think of.
Works for computer/phone/TV.
Before you try any medical interventions, buy a pair of these glasses and start putting them on 3-4 hours before you want to go to bed.
There is a fair amount of evidence that DSPS is related to exposure to artificial, blue light in the evening (i.e. from lights, computer screens, TVs, etc.) which impacts melatonin production and other hormones and cycles related to sleep and wakefulness. Those glasses are orange and block out most blue light. In fact, if you're wearing them and hold a blue pen and a black pen side by side, you can't tell the difference.
I've been using them for a little while now and have noticed a huge difference, both in my ability to fall asleep before midnight without any sleeping pills, and in my ability to wake up at a reasonable time in the morning without being super groggy.
If you cannot remove lights or stop staring at screens, I highly recommend these glasses - http://www.amazon.com/Uvex-S1933X-Eyewear-SCT-Orange-Anti-Fog/dp/B000USRG90/
They help me fall asleep on time everyday.
There are actually plenty of pairs that fit over glasses. :)
(I own the last safety glasses style pair linked there and they fit perfectly fine over my reading glasses.)
WOWTAC A2S LED Headlamp Headlight 5 Modes Max 1050 Lumen Waterproof Headlamps, Super Bright Outdoor Sports Running Walking Camping Reading Hiking Fishing Neutral White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075ZN5LJY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_QkcMDbDFE54P2
Can some comment on how floody the Wowrac A2s is? Not rechargeable if that is a problem.
Panda 2R 4200K, Panda 3R 4200K, throw+flood
21% off until 12/08. Bmengineer reviews.
> BF2019 – 21% for any YLP-lights (valid until 08.12.2019)
thanks for the giveaway. i'll try for the wowtac- https://www.amazon.com/Wowtac-A2S-Neutral-White/dp/B075ZN5LJY
I like the 50% price limit idea. glad you found a way to keep the giveaways going.
Thank you as always!
Wowtac a2s neutral white.
Thanks for the giveaway :)
I like this one
RovyVon Aurora Luminous Body, 550 Lumens Outdoor Mini EDC Rechargeable High Bright Multi-Functional Flashlight, with Reading Light and Red Warning Light, Idea as a Gift https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F5H3CFH
Depends on what you need it for. [Wowtac A1S] (https://www.amazon.com/A1S-Flashlight-Pocket-Sized-WOWTAC-NW/dp/B07M5BV8P7/ref=sxin_3_ac_d_rm?ac_md=0-0-d293dGFjIGExcw%3D%3D-ac_d_rm&amp;keywords=wowtac+a1s&amp;pd_rd_i=B07M5BV8P7&amp;pd_rd_r=87edd49d-3423-4285-b39a-a400c6f26d02&amp;pd_rd_w=3a87c&amp;pd_rd_wg=aj6I2&amp;pf_rd_p=983984df-2ad2-4c97-ba7f-4c5a90291c2b&amp;pf_rd_r=SQZ7VJBHA7P696C8KF1D&amp;psc=1&amp;qid=1570875957) or [Sofirn SP31 v2.0] (https://www.amazon.com/Tactical-Flashlight-Features-Rechargeable-Battery/dp/B07FKJDH93/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=sofirn+sp31+v2&amp;qid=1570875985&amp;sr=8-1) for good budget edc lights, $26 and $36 respectively and both come with batteries. Looks like there's a 10% off coupon for the Sofirn on the listing so that's closer to $33. [Skilhunt H03] (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QNPHB43/?coliid=IO5EZ9P7F0TH8&amp;colid=LVIYOC1TPTP9&amp;psc=1&amp;ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it) for a good right angle headlamp that you can use as an edc, about $50 for the bundle that comes with a battery. [Sofirn SP40] (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XKST56M/?coliid=I28PCTS2ZHHV8I&amp;colid=LVIYOC1TPTP9&amp;psc=1&amp;ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it) for a more wallet friendly headlamp/edc thing, $31 and comes with a battery. [Sofirn C8T] (https://www.amazon.com/Flashlight-Lumens-Powered-Battery-Included/dp/B07PGNVTY9/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=sofirn+c8t&amp;qid=1570877317&amp;sr=8-1) for a super budget friendly throwy light, $23 and comes with a battery. Others mentioned are good, the [SP36] (https://www.amazon.com/Powerful-Flashlight-Rechargeable-Brightest-Excluded/dp/B07KFF5BGZ/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=sofirn+sp36&amp;qid=1570878581&amp;sr=8-3) would be right around your max if you have batteries laying around. $70 for the bundle that comes with batteries.
This is kinda cool as well but I agree with the other redditor that things happen quick.
WaterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage (100 Gallons) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001AXLUX2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_yvWRzb39128V2
Just get this. It's a lifesaver and you get 100 gallons of clean water.
I would recommend a waterbob: https://www.amazon.com/WaterBOB-Emergency-Drinking-Storage-Gallons/dp/B001AXLUX2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1504580873&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=waterbob
Check this out. Kind of interesting:
Here is a fantastic 20$ solution that gets you 100 gallons of clean water
Also, LENTILS LENILS LENTILS. They taste great, store more compactly, cook faster and are better for you. Throw some curry powder in there and you got yourself a tasty ass meal.
You can get 100 gallon bags that you fill in your bath tub if you need drinkable water.
You say you have water covered, but at less than $25, a bathtub water bladder is always nice to have on hand. Especially if you know the crisis is coming and you have time to fill it up.
6.75" according to Amazon
I'm got an alcohol stove, GSI Tea Kettle, and a titanium spork. I take a little aluminum cup that I use for instant coffee/tea but I've been thinking about getting a sea to summit xmug because they pack down nice. One of my favorite things is a little table by cascade wild.
Yup! I hadn't either until I stumbled upon it. This guy.
Salt/Pepper: In a small sandwich bag inside Ziploc bag (with other spices) then rubberband it together to prevent opening.
Oil: Small Nalgene bottles. Durable, seal very well, easy to clean.
Spatula: Silicone Spatula good to 500F (or more) similar to this but a bit lighter.
Utensils: Titanium spork and a plain-edge Spyderco knife I carry anyway.
Tongs: Lightweight tongs (metal).
I never carry a ladle. I eat/drink out of pot or pour/scoop with spatula.
*Edit for formatting
A Titanium Spork means never having to eat your icecream with a stick.
I have both the Streamlight stylus pro and the Streamlight Protac 2xAA. Both are solid.
The protac has three modes, high -> strobe -> low. Pretty useful, but it takes some getting used to to actually select the one you want. The button on the stylus is very stiff at first, as well.
Very Generous of you! Thanks.
A replacement one of these would be fantastic!
Streamlight ProTac 100%. Tough, waterproof, small, great distance for seeing all the way to the back of an attic, and it’s like daylight bright. Only $35
Girl has Sony NEX 5 and nice headphones.
I'm going to go ahead and suggest this Streamlight
Dirt cheap option that's worked really well for me: Link
Pyramex I-Force are very popular goggles. I believe OneTigris mesh masks are the most popular mesh lower. Also available without ear protection if you prefer that, though I think most would suggest going with ear protection built in.
15-20$ is gonna save your eyes.Make that choice sooner than later.
These worked well for me because i wanted some non-fog, clear goggles that i could wear a hat with. Hope this helps you on your quest
Save some money and buy the originals instead of the Valken rebrand
Check out this link if you're interested.
Iron Face Mask
I did that too- the flux program? These are just orange glasses (like workman's glasses, I got them for $9 on Amazon) that block ALL of the blue light that inhibits melatonin production. If you read the Amazon reviews, a lot of people have success with them when nothing else worked (including pharmaceuticals!).
If you can't stop these activities altogether, you can get flux and/or blue-blocking glasses to cut down on the blue light from screens which inhibits melatonin. These work very well, although not perfectly. It's also why I'm a strong opponent of tablets for book-reading - get a kindle/nook.
I really like my streamlight stylus pro. I've used and carried out every day for almost two years and I've changed the batteries twice. but it looks like it would be too long for your pouch. The Streamlight MicroStream might fit. It's the same as the one use but it has one AA battery instead of two.
Top to Bottom, Left to Right...
Check out this one. This might be just what you're looking for.
From L-R, T-B
(not at school carry)
OLight i3S EOS (twisty, but it's super easy to use one handed)
EDIT: Added links to everything and corrected some details.
This is my edc light, small and convenient. $16 on Amazon.
Streamlight MicroStream Ultra-compact Aluminum body with AAA Alkaline Battery, 3.5 Inch - 1.04 oz (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00143JZ08/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_an.mzbQCZBMFE
You have to help us out with some details here. What do you like to do?
When you start carrying a keychain, having a small multitool can come in handy. I've also wanted to add a little flashlight to my lanyard.
I've been carrying a Streamlight Microstream and love it. Fits in my pocket, sturdy, and extremely bright considering it runs on a single AAA. It's one of the only affordable lights I've seen at this size that has a tailcap instead of a twist too: https://www.amazon.com/Streamlight-66318-MicroStream-LED-Light/dp/B00143JZ08
Links to items. If there isn't a separate link to purchase then they can be purchased from the manufacturers website.
Outside of the belt:
Inside belt, clockwise from noon/top:
Not pictured: Tri-fold John Deere Wallet containing cash, debit card, Google Wallet card, driver's license, insurance card, and handgun license.
Takes 1 AAA Battery and is not much larger
That looks like an off brand of this one that I have. Streamlight 66318 MicroStream C4 LED Pen Light https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00143JZ08/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_QfDkybE1KNX5F
The leatherman squirt is my vote:
Leatherman 831195 Squirt PS4 Black Keychain Tool with Plier https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0032Y2OT6/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_g--9ub16GVE55
Or a flashlight like this: Streamlight 66318 MicroStream C4 LED Pen Flashlight https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00143JZ08/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_4--9ub0V16HNV
I`m sure you'll get a lot of great responses with suggestions but I was in the same position recently and I found the streamlight stylus pro fit what I was looking for. It has a metal body so it's really durable, 48 lumens (brightest I could find), and produces a really good stream of bight light. It was also about 20 bucks. It works really well for me and idk why it wouldnt for you but at least give it a look. Below is a amazon link. Im posting from my mobile so sorry for any formating errors.
I have my own stethescope; I'm not a fan of other peoples junk in my ears. It's easy to go down the path of having all the gadgets, but honestly, most of the stuff you'll cary will be ambulance/company stock. Things like pens, penlights, trauma sheers, extra gloves.
I always have a small folding blade on me (I'm in NH so no clue whats legal there). As far as essential supplies I keep on hand all the time, a bottle of 5 hour energy for that 3AM transfer, a pack of gum and a zippo. Multitools are pretty standard fair, as well as a beefier penlight. I like mine cause It beats the giant maglights we keep on the truck and it's useful for probing into pockets (You told me there weren't any needles on you, and yet what's this in your breast pocket?)
Remember it's less of what you have and more of how it is presented. Dont be this guy
Thanks for doing this!
I carry a streamlight stylus pro as my edc light: http://www.amazon.com/Streamlight-66118-Stylus-Flashlight-Holster/dp/B0015UC17E/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1370112360&amp;sr=8-6&amp;keywords=pen+light
I'm a sound guy, I can help:
-Six pack of plain black tee shirts
-Pack of black hair ties for his pony tail
-Gift card to Old Navy (so he can restock on cargo shorts)
-Nice beard trimmer for his goatee
All kidding aside, a simple but often appreciated gift would be something like a nice small flashlight. You can never have too many. I like this one.
Your pricing figures are a bit off.
20-30 will get you one of several different models of Streamlight, Terralux, or Inova flashlights. All of these significantly outperform the Maglite and come from reputable manufacturers with lifetime warranties. Inova and particularly Streamlight flashlights are popular with service personnel due to their reputation for tolerating rough treatment.
I wouldn't pay significantly more for flashlight nowadays. In the last few years, technology has progressed to the point where even the low-end lights can reliably do the job for the vast majority of applications.
my flashlight came with a small holster I carry on my belt in front of the second loop going clockwise (about 2:45) I keep my knife clipped to the inside of my jeans so that the holster is covering the clip, the clip sits on my jeans and the knife is pressed against my underwear (makes pulling my pants up difficult but ive gotten used to it) ive been pulled over by police twice while carrying this way (in NH and FL) and have never been told what i'm doing is wrong, that's how I carry, but rules may be different by you
I love my Streamlight Stylus Pro. It's about the size of a Sharpie. I keep mine in a pen pocket on my uniform, and it's a great "quick draw" light. It pumps out 48 lumens, which is all you need for up-close and smaller areas. Best part is it's only twenty bucks.
Not bad. A few items from my EDC if you're interested:
My pen light.
My trauma shears.
Edit: a few more.
Hip clip. I've gradually come to prefer wearing my stethoscope this way. And for goodness sake, DON'T leave yours on the rearview mirror of your car. Ever. Repeated heating/cooling caused my Cardio III to crack at the point where it hung from the mirror.
Reflex hammer. Mine isn't as cool as this one...
I grabbed this one over the holidays, and it's been great so far.
A good reliable flashlight is invaluable when you need it, get a good one cheap flashlight tend not to work when you need them most. I recommend these pen lights they're compact, very bright and durable. http://www.amazon.com/Streamlight-66118-Stylus-Flashlight-Holster/sim/B0015UC17E/2
Streamlight StylusPro LED Penlight
Cheaper Than Dirt has them for $20
EDIT: Thanks to danger_one from the other thread, they are also available at a place called Camping Survival for $20 - http://www.campingsurvival.com/waemdrwast.html
and on Amazon for $30 - http://www.amazon.com/waterBOB-Emergency-Drinking-Water-Storage/dp/B001AXLUX2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1314394973&amp;sr=8-10
While I'm not one to discourage people from cleaning their bathrooms, I would think a 65-100 gallon water bladder would be a safer/smarter way to store drinking water in the tub (or in general): https://www.amazon.com/WaterBOB-Emergency-Container-Drinking-Hurricane/dp/B001AXLUX2
pro tip - Get a water storage bag for your bath tub $20 so you can store 100 gallons of clean drinking water as soon as you hear an emergency happening. Great emergency investment
A vending machine-style can rotator. You can buy one or you can customized it DIY.
The best way I've found for water storage, outside of cisterns and towers, is the emergency waterBOB which is designed to fit 100gallons into a standard bathtub. Not for long term storage, though. Or the water brick, which you can stack into nearly any pattern you want.
Every bit of space counts. And here. More organization here, here, here, and here.
You can even add storage in your backyard.
Really it's only limited by your space and your imagination.
I feel for you dealing with that polar cold being in northern Illinois. Ouch.
They make a bathtub bladder for water I recommend for apartment living. Amazon link.
If you know a bad storm is coming this can be very useful.
Depending on your window situation a small solar charger can keep your phone powered up (or emergency radio, etc).
Food is always tricky. There's lots of good options to toss in the bottom of your closet like a Mountain House bucket. But be sure you can make hit water to mix in. So a few sterno cans can be helpful here.
For the daily med requirement, that's a tough one. I'd talk to your doctor about "What if...." scenarios. What if you take a cruise and the ship gets stranded and you run out of your meds. What if you're on vacation and your carry bag gets stolen.
See if he or she can give you an in-a-pinch over the counter plan. Or a secondary option, etc.
> apartment preppers - you need a WaterBob for your bathtub .... https://www.amazon.com/WaterBOB-Emergency-Drinking-Storage-Gallons/dp/B001AXLUX2
Not just apartment dwellers, anybody with a bath tub!
First: not food safe. Second: they are made of thinner plastic that would not hold that amount of water.
What you are looking for is a Water Bob. Costs about as much as a camping air mattress, but purpose-made to store water for emergencies. Ideally you would want a bathtub or shower that you could deploy it in.
If you are looking for something you can buy right now, because you are worried about the hurricane... maybe go to walmart and get one of those $10 kiddie pools that you could deploy and fill up in your shower?
I believe a 11.1V LiPo might be a bit too strong for a cheap AEG (Automatic Electric Gun) like the CM028, so for a beginner I'd recommend a 7.4V LiPo. Also important is to get a balance charger like the IMAX B6. If you don't use a balance charger, the battery may die or even burst into flames (since there is always a tiny risk of LiPos catching on fire even if you do everything right, store them in a fireproof container).
As for eye and face protection, a good and cheap combination are the Pyramex I-Force Dual Pane Anti-Fog Goggles at ~$16 and the OneTigris Foldable Mesh Mask at ~$15-17. You could play without lower face protection, but it's very easy to lose a tooth if you get shot in the face and replacing teeth is extremely expensive.
I personally use a paintball mask (the Dye i4 to be exact), because it's more comfortable and basically impossible to fog up, but a paintball mask is usually pretty expensive ($90-180) and won't be welcome at Milsim events.
If you have some money to burn (like $500+) and want to acquire really easily transferable skills (great demonstration of that here: https://youtu.be/qQDfwyUgtjg), you can go down the GBB (Gas Blowback) route. Those guns are more expensive to buy, spare mags are more expensive and they need routine maintenance, but training with and using them constantly will yield great improvement in your skill with real firearms because they function almost exactly like real firearms (if that's something you're interested in). And also GBBs are extremely fun xD
Or for a compromise between realism and budget, get an AEG rifle and a GBB pistol. Good GBB pistols can be had for as low as $100, a great budget choice here is the WE Glock 17.
googles i would do these instead
lipo this, 11.1 is to much for a stock raider
A basic balance charger is fine
Goggles + face shield: I would recommend the Pyramex I-Force goggles. They are extremely light and dependable for all types of gameplay. For some reason, I can't make them fog (which is really good btw), and the price is pretty damn good too. Also, stay clear away from mesh goggles. For face protection, I would use a metal mesh mask. Any will do (I haven't seen any company screw up mesh masks yet).
Batteries: For a battery, my input would be to start with a 9.6v NiMH battery (you seem to already have one). If you know how to take care of them, upgrade to a 7.4v LiPo battery for the best performance. The 'C' rating should be around 15C if you are just beginning your use of LiPos.
Charger: For different battery types, it depends. A lot of people say that Tenergy Smart chargers work great with NiMH batteries, so I'll throw that on (feel free to correct me if there is a better one). For LiPos, I personally use a Turnigy Accucel-6, which has had no problems for me yet (again, please correct me if there is a better one).
Internals/Tools: I wouldn't say to open your GB yet if you aren't willing to devote some time. If you are, then I would say to pick up a set of allen wrenches/hex keys in multiple sizes, a set of screwdrivers in varying sizes, tweezers, pliers, wire cutters, Dremel, soldering iron, and a couple neodymium magnets (for keeping things in place, like ARLs).
The first things you want to upgrade (in my opinion, your build will vary) would be your motor and hopup bucking. Your motor basically drives the trigger response, rate of fire, and torque (ability to pull strong springs) of your gun.
A good 16TPA motor like the SHS High Torque or the ZCI Balanced will be good for most applications. They both have a good mix of trigger response and speed, and get you about 20RPS on a 9.6v NiMH, M120 spring, and 18:1 gears (results may vary). For higher torque builds (M125 and above), use a 22TPA motor for good trigger response and loss of fire rate. Do some research to find which motor is right for you.
Your hop-up bucking is one of the most important things to upgrade. Upgrade to a Prometheus Purple, Maple Leaf, or Lonex bucking for better consistency. In almost every application, flathopping the bucking is vital (you can search up how to flathop. there are plenty of articles out there).
BBs (Pellets): For your BBs, go with Elite Force BBs (.25s work for most applications). They are well-priced, and are some of the best BBs that I have used.
Guide: Search the forums and this subreddit. I don't want to type an essay, and it would do you much more good to search it up yourself (you learn more if you find it yourself instead of listening to me).
Maintenance: Refer to above, but do lube your gun every one in a while. (also research on how to do that).
A good 416 would be the VFC HK416 CQB, or the TM Recoil Shock 416 (can't find link sorry). Either are good choices and are relatively low-priced.
An AEG will serve you well. A well-upgraded AEG is dependable and cheaper to run than a GBBR. Most airsoft guns have Picatinny rails that can take real-steel attachments, so you're good there.
Do NOT get the 'discoveryline' one. It's not worth it. The two I mentioned above are the best, and will let you upgrade as you wish.
Best of luck!
They are the Pyramex I-Force's. Inexpensive, variety of lens colors, anti-fog, and comfy. I like mine alot!
Buy one of these bad boys if you want that good glow you’re looking for
Escolite UV Flashlight Black Light, 51 LED 395 nM Ultraviolet Blacklight https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008133KB4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_c2o3AbRPH4TZH
Awesome UV Flashlight
I have this one. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008133KB4/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_c_api_zWuDzb6ZJRA79
I used this one over the summer and it worked perfectly https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008133KB4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_3JpOBbA4VQVHF
I actually really like the idea of wearing a florescent vest and using a black light instead. It would make you stand out even more and it would not mess up your night vision.
I have one of these, works great: https://smile.amazon.com/Esco-Lite-Ultraviolet-flashlight-Blacklight-Battery/dp/B008133KB4/
Just keep in mind what /u/NinjaCoder said, you cannot unsee what it reveals. :)
Buy one of these to find them and get something sturdy to smash them with.
This is a young Bark Scorpion (note long, thin pincers) and their sting is pretty harsh.
Source: I have killed a few dozen this year after finding them in our house and being stung.
Bought it on amazon for $10
Here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B008133KB4/ref=pd_aw_lpo_468_bs_img_1?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1&amp;refRID=J68HS6WT4KYAK1KCBYD0
You're a credit to flashlight nerds everywhere! Cheers!
I've had my eye on the Thrunite TH20 for a while! If I win, I'll be sure to weight it for you!
Thanks for the giveaway!
ThruNite TH20 NW
The ThruNite TH20 (neutral white) is right in your range, but I think something with an optic/frosted lens would be better suited for working on cars. So...
It's a bit over your stated $30, but I think the Skillhunt H15 (neutral white) fits the bill. The TIR optic should spread the beam nicely and work very well for working on cars. There is a group buy thread over on BLF that might knock down the price some as well.
Both of these are AA/14500. If you'd be willing to go with a 18650, you could get something with more output/runtime, but that'd be up to you.
ThruNite TH20 Neutral White 520 Lumen CREE XP-L LED Headlamp
You're the best man, I love the h03, would be great to have a second one to keep in the car at all times. Neutral white, in case the link isn't right.
Skilhunt 1000Lumens 18650 Headlamp EDC Flashlight Waterproof Cree LED Headlight for Outdoor Sports Hands-free Camping Light Brightness Flood Light https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LEOL3LU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_-cFhAbJEGFJB0
Thanks for doing these giveaways. Hope I win one sometime! My want:
More flood or throw?
If flood: Skilhunt H03 Neutral White!
Awesome little light. I just got mine a few days ago and it has replaced my olight S20r already. It's tiny, and puts out a ton of light with 8 brightness modes from 0.3 to 900 lumens. It's a right angle light with a pocket clip, magnetic tail cap and head strap. It's basically a perfect car light.
Edit: if you want more throw, the H03R is only $34. It's not as floody and has more throw.
Edit2: oops H03R is out of stock
Edit 3: Apparently Amazon carries the Skilhunts as well. Both the H03 NW and the H03R both cheaper than GearBest's full prices.
Thanks for the giveaway. https://www.amazon.com/ThruNite-Neutron-2C-Neutral-White-2017/dp/B06XXFC1VN/?tag=parametrek-20
Thanks for doing this.
Thrunite Neutron 2C NW
I wonder why nobody knows about these (probably because vtac took em and slapped their name on it)
I own these, highlanders, and I-forces. None of them fog, ever. If I had a million dollars for every time these fogged on me, I'd still be broke as fuck.
Don't waste your money on ESS's and Revisions. The prices on these bad boys are unbeatable.
I like this brand to keep as a loaner. I keep 2 spares in the duffel in case mine goes down or if the a player forgets his/hers. Inexpensive, dual pane + anti-fog only kills out if you are pouring sweat, and fits asian faces very well.
Great for warm or humid days and you can't take off your gear to cool down. I keep a G&P Distress marker fan on me to cool down between rounds.
Electrolyte Gel Packs
Great for keeping cramping and general dehydration down. Gatorade works too, but I keep these in handy for people who only drink water all day and begin to look flushed.
Yeah, low income can be a bear... but since you don't seem to be allergic to work, there are possibilities, even for the "too young" to work. Traditional stuff like mowing neighborhood lawns, less-so like dog-walking... or whatever.
Definitely rent first. Getting in to play the game will help you to figure out what role(s) you want to play when you do start buying gear and allowing you to focus on gear that lets you, as well as helps you, do what you enjoy.
Budget for your rental trips. Locally for me, a day's airsoft as a minimum rental is about $60US. That's $30 field fee, and $30 rental (covering mask/goggle, AEG, battery, and a single hi-cap mag. Additional mags and a chest rig can be rented for an additional $15, but usually, that's unnecessary. BBs are extra, ~$22 for 2700 rounds, (I use .32s and .20s are going to be cheaper) but you can save the ones in the bottle you don't use and use them on subsequent trips. All told, you're looking at about $70 per person, per trip. Once a month is probably a good rate.
Start saving now for gear if you can, don't burn gear money on rental fees if you can help it. Every dollar invested in your starter gear is going to (usually) improve the performance and longevity, especially in a gun, which will probably (and should) be your greatest single startup expense.
There are low-cost options for basic gear.
A set of Pyramex I-force goggles and a One Tigris foldable mask (or similar) can be had (collectively) for less than $50.
Condor makes some (at least in my limited experience) cheap but reasonably good quality gear.
My current cheap gear setup (less than $100US here, without shipping):
NO B Tactical Folding Mask w/ Ear protection (really a One Tigris knockoff, but it works)
Condor Modular Chest Panel
Condor Triple M4 MOLLE mag pouch
This setup, over street clothes, is functional and cheap, and I have personally had no major issuses with it. Minor issues include some condensation with the goggles (more "why am I staring through a fishbowl" water than fogging really, and that after several hours of play), and the mask straps loosening on occasion.
Changes I would have made looking back:
- Color choices on the mask, panel, and pouch. The olive drab I went with on the panel and pouch didn't match the rest of my eventual gear setup (black), which started with the black mask. Didn't plan that well enough. I would stick with a color (probably olive drab for cheap or Multicam for more expensive) if I did it over again.
- Should have gone with a set of three single pouches, rather than the triple. The ~50% (or about $10) increase in price would have been worth the increase in loadout flexibility. I seldom find myself needing six spare mags.
High dollar things you are going to want to budget for (at least eventually) when you buy gear:
- Boots. Regular street shoes are ok, especially indoors, but you really want to have a set of high-quality boots to play in, especially outdoor fields with broken terrain and obstacles. The ankle support and all-around toughness of a good set of boots are going to be worth the expense. Add to that the ability to switch out of your boots for the ride/drive home is great, especially playing outdoor fields where you might get rained on or have to wade through a building ( >1 inch deep puddles inside buildings, ISYN), and you'll feel a lot more comfortable doing so if you know you won't have to wear wet footgear home.
- Defogging system. I bought an ExFog system recently and ran it the first time last weekend (same time as the rain and indoor puddles) and I'm over the moon. Cleared up the condensation issues with the goggles I was having completely. I can't recommend this enough. But at >$75, it is definitely in the "luxury" category, so buy it when you can afford it, but consider it as soon as you can.
Something you might be able to get cheap:
BDUs/Combat Uniform. Old military combat uniforms and such can be found occasionally at thrift stores or places like the Salvation Army. Actual military uniforms are going to hold up great (even if they're not in perfect condition when you get them) and they are already camo. Much cheaper than buying them new, or buying civilian equivalents.
highly recommend for these $15 goggles. amazon link
I have run them two days so far, and am in love with them. They are ANSI Z87+, comfy, and fit under my hat. ymmv with the anti-fog but i treat the lenses before i play and so far haven't been fogged out of a game.
first day with the new goggles I took a bb to the right lens from a player with a notoriously hot HPA set up from only about 25 feet and the lens was totally unmarked. it splashed sweat and dial soap off the lens into my eye which made it look like i had pinkeye, but that's a personal problem.
to be fair, I am one of the sweatiest people on the internet so my issues with fogging and sweat may not be relatable.
I was previously running some smith optics boogie goggles that looked very cool but would fog so bad I had to leave the field mid game more than once and those damn things were about $50. now i feel like i found my goggles.
lastly, just buy smaller gloves? is that an insensitive suggestion? i wear gloves in size small if that makes you feel better.
inb4 trump and or dick jokes.
EDIT: fixed link
Materials aren't impact rated, eyepro is because part of impact testing is that it has to remain in place on your head, but that's besides the point. To put it very simply:
$15 for 16-Joules of impact protection backed by MIL-PRF-32432 impact standards, ANSI Z87.1 high impact standards, and Pyramex, an industry leader in PPE.
Vs. hoping that you selected a strong enough material, hoping that you built your homebrew mask correctly, and hoping that the field allows your homebrew mask (which any field worth their salt will not), backed by your personal, non-expert confidence in your own work.
You can't replace your eyes. Buy the freakin' eyepro.
Turn 26 in 10 days, started playing 2 weeks ago.
I bought these:
They've been great so far, pretty low profile and hasn't fogged at all either time I played (I'm a sweaty dude so that's pretty miraculous tbh)
https://www.amazon.com/Escolite-Flashlight-Ultraviolet-Blacklight-Detector/dp/B008133KB4/ref=pd_cp_469_3?pd_rd_w=KZIH3&amp;pf_rd_p=ef4dc990-a9ca-4945-ae0b-f8d549198ed6&amp;pf_rd_r=KN64YYMJ1NE18KP2M2CM&amp;pd_rd_r=d53cd7f6-a4de-11e9-910c-738a5becb10e&amp;pd_rd_wg=2dknW&amp;pd_rd_i=B008133KB4&amp;psc=1&amp;refRID=KN64YYMJ1NE18KP2M2CM This is a good UV light for GITD Pops.
There are many skin issues that could cause discoloration. One indication of vitiligo would be that it glows under a black light, like the hands in this image.
I'm not an expert (AKA dermatologist) but I know vitiligo tends to start around joints and the face. It usually spreads from there to the rest of your body.
However, it could start elsewhere but the fact that these spots on your back are the first ones you're noticing makes me think it's less likely that it's vitiligo, though it's still possible.
Best thing you can do (aside from seeing a doctor) is get yourself a black light (Amazon has some small handheld ones) and a mirror.
Turn out the lights, get naked and shine the black light over your body slowly as you look for spots that glow. If it's vitiligo, you'll see it glow and look very different than the surrounding skin. You'll also likely find other areas of your skin that hasn't fully lost pigment due to vitiligo which will also glow. They may even be tiny spots that look like a bunch of freckles. I don't think vitiligo is the only skin issue that glows but if it doesn't glow at least you know it's not vitiligo.
I'm saying to get completely naked because vitiligo can effect genitalia as well. Make sure you look around there.
Of course, if you have healthcare options, it's best to see a dermatologist. Vitiligo can be treated. If you catch it early, such as now with only a few spots, treatment can be very easy and fast. Treatment for a couple of small spots may only require a few months of using a cream and a little light treatment.
If it's something else, you also want to catch it early, so that you can start any possible treatment.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008133KB4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_GL2cAbRAKRRB9 works really well and isn’t too expensive.
Do you use a UV flashlight? Those are awesome if not. I bought a badass one on Amazon that really helps compared to the one I had before that I got at Circle K.
I've tried anything from sprays, to a screwdriver duct-taped to a stick. I find just using a regular stick can get in the rocks pretty well and handle it. Having the powerful flashlight helps too because you can see them from across the yard.
Also, having someone spray for scorpions monthly does wonders. When I moved in my house, I could easily get 5-10 per night. I've had my house sprayed ever since then, and I haven't seen one in two years.
Yeah, I always bring a UV flashlight with me for glow rounds. Definitely does depend on the plastic type/color how much it glows, but with the right discs it makes finding your discs at night a non-issue. You can even sometimes find some others that were lost during the day that were well hidden, but glow at night. I use this one, for $10 it works great.
Nice. I have this one and it does nothing for my POP. Works wonders on my other GITD POPs though.
I use this Blacklight UV Flashlight from Amazon! Just have to charge for minute to see the glow!
A UV light is handy for a little instant charge. If you're looking for a really glowy disc, try Kastaplast. It outshines the rest.
I use an LED UV flashlight like this
Scorpions glow under blacklight, so it's pretty easy to find them with something like this
We got this and it's worked great.
I always thought this one garnered more use off what the sub says often
I have one of these;
I use it almost daily and its really, really bright, and the best part is the size is very small, probably half that of the one your looking at. I do realize that the one your looking at offers 100 Lumens more, but the magnet on the end of the olight really comes in handy.
2x TH20 Headlamps
This is an amazing thing you do! ThruNite TH20 Neutral White headlamp
ThruNite TH20 NW - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FCV32SI
Thanks for the give-away!
Skilhunt H03! Thanks for the Giveaway!
A cheaper option to try similar to Wolczyk's suggestion is the skillhunt H03.
You’re the best for doing this, especially so soon after the last one! Here’s my choice:
> B-52s, I pretty much need to look at every panel/radome/pod per my inspection criteria.
So, a thrower/big spill light for exterior. During your inspections, do you have to crawl around inside, or does someone else do that? Reason I'm asking, you may be better off with two lights. Maybe a good flood type headlamp for interior inspections. There is also the Thorfire S70S, Beamshot, the Convoy L6, and the Eagle Eye X9, which are similar to the On the road, except with XHP70 emitters. Discount coupon codes available for all except maybe the eagle eye x9
These would be my two options if I were looking. The neutron looks to be the most simple, has the good charging option, and what I would buy someone with the same requirements. Happy hunting
Thanks! I'd like the Neutron 2C NW.
thanks for doing this!
Awesome giveaway! Here us my pick https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XXFC1VN/ref=psdc_2445457011_t2_B01EWW91S8?th=1
ThruNite Neutron 2C V3 NW!
Thank you so much for the opportunity.
Thrunite Neutron 2C V3 NW. Thanks again for doing these!
Thanks for this as usual Parametrek!
Wowtac A2S would be perfect, thanks parametrek!
Pretty much any single cell 18650 light will do that with the utmost ease. The best way to describe the performance of a single 18650 1000 lumen light that hasn't used one is that it's brighter than you expect it will be multiple times over.
The wowtac a2s in neutral white is a great low cost high quality light. It's a headlamp, but it can be removed from the headband for handheld use. Being able to do both is very useful.
Someone else reccomended the wowtac a1s. It's great too. Its handheld with a better user interface. Better at handheld use. I just reccomend the headlamp since it does both and you might end up using it more than you expect.
Make sure to get the verson with the s at the end, the plain a2 is a 500 lumen cheaper model and the amazon page tries to merge them for some reason.
It comes with a usb rechargeable battery, but i consider it a freebie, not something to depend on permanently in my opinion. The charger built into the battery gets kinda hot and the cell is of unknown quality and true capacity. The ones i gifted to people at Christmas are still going strong though with heavy use. You could very well just buy the light and see how the included battery does.
If you decide on a higher quality battery get an NCR18650GA and an xtar ant mc1 plus. This light needs long protected cells so that one is perfect.
Wowtac A2S https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075ZN5LJY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_-BnQAbZY2WE4A
MAKE SURE A2S NEUTRAL WHITE IS SELECTED. Annoying shared page with the a2 and cool white version (tint of light emitted).
Inexpensive and good charger:
Sweeet! It was a bit of a tossup for me - the EU selection of flashlights on amazon is lacking. Either a nice 2xAAA as the TI4 NW or a headlamp. I ended up selecting the WowTac A2S NW.
Thanks for the giveaway! The Aurora looks worth checking out.
Congrats on 38k and thanks para and anonymous benefactor for the giveaways! Looks like the RovyVon Aurora A5 will now qualify, so I'll go with that this time around.
Love the giveaways! Thanks, Para! I'd love a Rovyvon!
Edit - Added Link.
Edit edit - I'm not a smart man.
I’ve been looking at this ever since the review posted to this sub.
My boyfriend would be pumped for this!!
Hey, thanks for doing this! I would take the ThruNite Neutron 2c V3
Thrunite Neutron 2C
Thanks for the giveaway!
Wowtac a2s would be sweet
So .. I have a question. Would I lose much by going for the A2S? I know it's not a form factor I listed but seeing the price difference, I'm wondering how much "worse" it would be and the form factor would be easily useable.
In your area keep an eye out for an event called "Stop the Bleed". It is a free event that teachings how to teat medical trauma. Other than that you can go to 2nd hand book shops and look for books related to prepping topics. Other cheap suggestions.
I've run out of time. Let me know if you have any questions.
That reminds me to go dumpster diving myself. I've got a coworker who goes all the time with his wife and I don't know how but they are always scoring a lot of goodies.
Anyway it seems like there are some lights out there many would skip over because of better a little more expensive alternatives, but those lights also seem to fit your needs pretty well so there may not be any need to spend the extra money. One such light is the Wowtac A2S I saw reviewed not too long ago. There's also the A2 for ten bucks cheaper but it's half as bright. It's your basic angled 18650 XP-L headlamp that comes with a battery with the built in microUSB recharging port. Again, not the best light for the price range, not the best included battery, but it sounds like you would get good use from it in an all inclusive package.
$20 or less: a good pen light or wowtac headlamp.
Edit: looks like these are priced a bit over $20 currently, but if you search around, you can get them for $20.
$50 or less: I like to give the wera multi bit screwdriver and a makita bit set.
$100 or less: I've got nothing for this one, possibly a battery for the persons choice of cordless tools?
Have had my eyes on this for a bit.
Thanks for your generosity!
Rechargeable AA batteries exist. You don't have to choose AA batteries or rechargeable batteries. You can have both in AA batteries. The lights I always recommend are AA Zebralights, but they're above your budget. If you can stretch your budget, they are worth it, and I recommend this one:
For batteries, obviously rechargeables are almost always the right way to go even if you can't recharge them for a while. I recommend you get these ones (make sure your battery specifications match the packaging in this photo):
Get this package first to get the highest quality charger on the market:
You need that charger to get the full life out of Eneloops. If you take care of them, Eneloops will last at least a decade, maybe longer.
If you absolutely want to permanently avoid the issue of recharging, another good option are disposable AA Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries. They're expensive, but they're lightweight, and they last longer than any other battery on the market, by far:
Thanks! These seem popular,
Thank you for this giveaway!
A Zebralight H53c AA Headlamp Neutral White High CRI would be awesome!
Thanks for the giveaway. Zebralight H53c
Would love to try a right angle light. Wowtac A2S NW thanks for the giveaway!!
A wowtac would be interesting.
Wowtac A2S Neutral White. Thanks for the giveaway.
I would take a Wowtac A2S NW if chosen.
Wowtac A2s headlamp: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075ZN5LJY
Thanks so much!
Wowtac A2S, hopefully FTW!
Wowtac A2S LED Headlamp Headlight 5 Modes Max 1050 Lumen USB Rechargeable 18650 Battery Waterproof Headlamps, Super Bright Outdoor Sports Running Walking Camping Reading Hiking Fishing Neutral White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075ZN5LJY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_HL6eAbE9DS869
Thirded. Wowtac A2S is at the upper budget, but it's a spectacular deal and pretty much perfect for what you want. Can't charge it while you're using it, but you can get more batteries, and it'll run 14hrs on the ~100lm medium mode, which is plenty of light for hiking.
Long battery life with high output and mostly trail walking, a Zebralight H602. Long battery life with high output and mostly task work, an Armytek Wizard Pro. Light weight, good output, and mostly trail walking, a Zebralight H52.
I think some of those may exceed your range unless they're on sale or clearance, so I'll also mention that the Skilhunt headlamp gets lots of recommendations, but I haven't bought it because I really don't need more headlamps unless there's a new one that checks all my boxes in a big way. Wowtac also gets a lot of recommendations, falls at or below your price range, and is on Amazon, but I don't personally have this one either.
If you want a headlamp with continuously variable output, then Imalent has the HR20 that dips as low as $25, and I have this light, so I'll add that the only thing preventing me from totally loving this light is that the ergonomics for the control ring can occasionally block access. Nitecore has at least one headlamp with continuously variable output, but the one I know of uses a slider and was around $90.
For more recommendations, and probably better recommendations, /r/parametrek has a light database that you can use to filter by features and get a list of lights that suits your needs, and then go on /r/flashlight or budgetlightforum.com to see what people actually think about those lights.
Some of these you'd have to order from China on sites like Banggood or Gearbest. Here's a few tips if you haven't bought from a Chinese vendor before. Be warned that two week delivery is very quick. 4 weeks is typical. 2 months occasionally happens. If you get a defective light, you'll have to haggle with them once a day for several days if you wish for them to send you a full refund, and you'll probably still have to go to Paypal to force their hand. Don't bother with shipping insurance because you can't claim it directly, and you're covered with Paypal anyway. The tracking number, if you get one at all, doesn't really work on usps.com until it's in the country, and while there are a couple sites that show tracking overseas, updates are slow and relatively meaningless compared to the info we're used to from USPS/Fedex/UPS.
wowtac a2s NW
Thanks for the giveaway!
Many thanks for doing this -- but even more for the database!
I bought a 3M charcoal respirator for like 30 USD since i also use it when i'm priming outside
also this is the "spray booth"
I second this. I bought a 3M respirator from Amazon (this one I think), and it's worked great. Looks like I need to change my filters, though; didn't know about the 30-day limit. (I've only used it about eight times, for a few minutes each, so I'm way under the forty hours of use limit...but if it's whichever comes first...it's been well past a month.)
Also of these: http://www.amazon.com/3M-Paint-Project-Respirator-Medium/dp/B00004Z4EB/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1410819278&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=painters+mask+3m
Even if you are just using acrylics, you will need one. You will also be sealing your models, too, which are usually lacquer based.
I would get one of these if you are exploring highly questionable areas
Here's what I would do...
Buy a respirator
Turn off the water to the house. Drain the pipes as best you can.
Rip out the tub and the tub walls, including the faucet and handles on the tub. Throw them away.
Clean up any mold you find now that the tun and walls are out. Soap & water and a brush will do.
If there is any wood work that's falling apart from water damage/mold, you may need to get help... It'll unfortunately cost more than you have, but the alternative is for the house to fall down. Hopefully it's not too bad.
Buy one of these and one of these and a few tubes of silicone bathtub sealant.
Now, you'll need some help putting the tub in if you've never done it before. Possible someone here is local and can lend a hand.
It'll end up costing about $800-$1000 - I tried to get you as close to $600 as I can...
I could not agree with you more. I bought this [respirator mask] (https://www.amazon.com/3M-Paint-Project-Respirator-Medium/dp/B00004Z4EB/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1482934910&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=3m+respirator) and it works really well even with my full bushy beard and is super comfortable.
Remember it may state that it is non-toxic but that is when you are using a paint brush.
Honestly, this is a shitty thing to have to do. You should make it as easy for yourself as possible. Get something like this:
The active charcoal filters actually take away a lot of the smell while the particle filters make sure there's no danger from aerosol particles (can be an issue if noro or rota are involved and also if you're dealing with rodent droppings). I have one like that (different brand) and it's well worth the money. Much more effective and more comfortable than the standard dust masks. Plus, it looks badass.
Haha, fair enough. Worst case scenario you get it down to bare wood hate it and you can paint it something else. Hopefully you like it. You never know what to expect on those.
with the heatgun, dont do it till the paint comes off on its own as that will for sure burn the wood. Just pick an area maybe 1/4 to 1/8 of the face of the guitar, and heat it, keeping the heat gun in motion. As the paint gets soft, scrape it off with a putty knife. Once its mostly off, it will be easier to sand the oddball remnants off, probably with 180 grit or so using a hand sanding block. Then hit it with 220, 300, and maybe up to 600 if youre just going to oil it.
Also, for the love of all that is toany, get a respirator. You can get a decent one for $25 on amazon, I use this and it works quite well.
http://www.amazon.com/3M-Low-Maintenance-Half-Mask-Respirator-Assembly/dp/B00004Z4EB/. Also do this outside.
All in all, If the paint isnt scraping off easily it needs more heat, but always err on the side of farther/more motion than less, and dial in the distance slowly so you dont burn the wood.
Good luck man!
They can actually be pretty cheap and not too cumbersome.
I've used respirators for a lot of projects involving volatile organic solvents which emit vapors with molecules as small or smaller than the fumes coming from dead bodies and I can't smell a thing. And they get a decent amount of life out of em.
From the pictures it looks like you are wearing a simple mask like this Home Dust Mask. If you have another project involving tile or dust like it, or a friend has such a project you should wear a better mask. One like this one would work, and this one would work even better and be more versatile.
On a side note, I bet the dust got to the refrigerator's compressor.
how often do you guys change the filters of your breathing mask? I use
and was wondering how often you guys change the organic filter? I seem to get some irritation everytime I use it and was wondering if its the filter expiring or what.
I painting with tamiya spray cans
I think it's cool you want to pick up a hobby your father had. It will be a nice reminder every time you pick up the gun.
I use this 100% for miniatures, and it works great!!
Alright, here is the list I bought. It's a bit more than you want to spend, but this will ensure you can get going right away, and not be frustrated. I did a fair amount of research on different forums, sites, and youtube videos. If you want to know why I chose something, feel free to ask. I was going to bold the ones that you absolutely need, but I would say everything in the first set are a must.
For the compressor, I keep mine at about 18-20 while doing miniatures and it's perfect.
I do 1 drop Improver, 5 drops thinner, and 6 drops primer and have perfect flow.
Feel free to ask any questions! Good luck!
>I would like to know if a normal dust mask would be fine during the sanding, what respirator to get (any brand, but would prefer 3M), and if any filters would be suitable for use during the whole process.
No real complaints. They are comfortable, cheap, and make very loud things fairly quiet.
If you want to "solve it once and for all" as you put it, the best option for you is the Etymotic ER4SR. The triple flange tips on these will block out EVERYTHING and I really do mean everything. The only thing that will beat these is custom IEMs which are way out of your budget.
Another option I recommend to people is getting a set of these and wearing them over cheaper but less isolation IEMs like 1More Triple Driver. Blocks out just as much noise and is possibly more comfortable, though you do look a little dumb wearing them.
I see what you're saying now. I think what would work even better is some basic noise blocking ear muffs like this: https://www.amazon.com/3M-Peltor-H10A-Optime-Earmuff/dp/B00009LI4K
Only $20, and if you've ever put a pair of these on you'll be surprised at how well they block out sound.
Over-ear: these are fine.
In ear: I usually buy store brand 33db foam ones, probably similar to these:
Ah man, I will not tell you what to do or not to do with your life because it is your life. But if there is that one part of you left that still wants to go to med school then I will give you this advice that might help.
Get some earmuffs when you study for the MCAT or take the practice tests or the real MCAT. Lucky for you they have the earmuffs to cancel noises in the testing center.
My first 3 months of studying for the MCAT, I didn't understand anything. Sure I can just read but it would just goes straight out off my head. I even studied at the library too, super quiet. You don't even know how many times I wanted to give up. Then break was on and the library closed and I couldn't go there anymore. Studying at home was a no go for me because of all the noises associated with being home, e.g. Tv, my parents talking. After a night of sleep, I woke up and thought, why don't I get some sort of noise cancellation devices. I tried out these earmuff and from there on, my life changed. I understand >90% of what I read from MCAT review books. I went on and studied for the MCAT that I took yesterday. It was hard, but doable. Also, English is my second language so I'm at a disadvantage compared to Native speakers already.
Take home message: buy the earmuff and use it to see improvements on your scores, and possibly other improvements in your life. Read the reviews on amazon for the earmuff if you don't trust me. They have med and law students backing that thing up.
i'm currently searching on reddit and a popular one is this: (http://www.amazon.com/Peltor-H10A-Optime-Over-Earmuff/dp/B00009LI4K)
but it's so cheap...
edit: uhh wrong link.. (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826501005)
Loud is an understatement. It's like standing next to a jet. I tried one out using both earplugs (these with an NPR of 32) and then, in addition to those, hearing protection earmuffs (these, with a NRR of 30). Even with all of this hearing protection I found the unit to be very loud. Afterward I needed to rest my ears, not listen to records.
From reviews, I know many of the RCMs are loud. I doubt they're this loud, but, as you'll read here, some people don't find them to be as bad as I did. But if you're concerned about noise, this isn't the unit to get.
I'm hoping the Pro-ject might be quieter. I'd really prefer to have an all-in-one unit. Otherwise I'll probably get the KAB EV-1 which I can use with my quiet Miele home vac.
I use these for this type of work (such as hammer drilling concrete). I have at least 5 pairs, I leave them all over the shop/house/garage so that a pair is always available.
I am not a fan of the "jam it in your ear canal" hearing plugs, as they get pretty nasty in a short time, and my ears always feel terrible after a day's use.
My neighbor is an audiologist and she told me some good advice: the best hearing protection is the one that you will actually use. Meaning, if you get the top of the line earplugs, but you find them uncomfortable, or inconvenient, you will end up not wearing them.
A 30dB reduction from 91dB is more than enough... 60dB is considered "normal conversation" sound levels.
Just remember, you are not stuck. Maybe you can't move tomorrow, but you can work tomorrow towards moving. Figure out ways to generate money, move forward, save as much as you can, and make it happen, you deserve it. And while you are doing that, find short term solutions for today's issues. Can you make a lateral move and rent a room somewhere else in the area away from sirens and the current situation? Check, regularly, rooms open up all the time, find something better. Is the owner as unhappy as you, is he working to kick the trouble maker out? Put some locks on your door, and when the sirens are driving you nuts, try these, they are amazing Sound Cancelling EarMuffs
Thanks I’m gonna check those out. I bought these a couple months ago and finally started using them today. They are super ridiculous so I’ll prob buy those until I get a nice pair. Want to try to get insurance to cover a pair. https://www.amazon.com/Uvex-Blocking-Computer-SCT-Orange-S1933X/dp/B000USRG90
Adding to the other comment about blue light, you can check out these glasses to wear at night. It completely blocks blue light, so much so that the blue light display my fridge uses looks grey and even my hue lights set to blue looks like a greenish grey.
Uvex Skyper Blue Light Blocking Computer Glasses with SCT-Orange Lens (S1933X)
These glasses on Amazon may help. Some people just get extremely tired after wearing them for some time. Just make sure not to take them off (close your eyes if you are changing your shirt) as that sorts of resets the amount of time it requires for you to fall asleep.
I love these - https://www.amazon.com/Uvex-Blocking-Computer-SCT-Orange-S1933X/dp/B000USRG90/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=orange+light+glasses&qid=1566905224&s=gateway&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&sr=8-5
For Seasonal Affectiveness Disorder specifically, get one of those blue lights and have her shine it in her eyes for an hour every morning. I have a Philips GoLite, costs about $125, makes a huge difference. Or you can go outside and get direct sunlight first thing in the morning.
Then get rid of blue light at night, either by wearing a pair of ugly orange glasses or replacing your bulbs to be more orange (blocking blue light) and putting your devices in the new "night shift" mode in iOS or using a program like flux.
Blue light in the morning makes you feel good, blue light at night ruins your sleep. Depressed people virtually always have sleep issues.
EDIT: also magnesium. Magnesium deficiency may play a role in depression, and supplemental magnesium improves sleep which can help with depression. I recommend magnesium glycinate.
Science is here to save you.
There is a kind of receptor in your eye called "melanopsin," which synapses directly with the mood/sleep regulation center of the brain. 
This regulatory center controls the melatonin level in your bloodstream. When light hits these receptors, it suppresses melatonin and advances sleep phase (makes you go to bed later). 
The kicker: these receptors respond to blue light. If you can block the blue light, then you can preserve your endogenous melatonin level.
The solution: wear special glasses that block light up to the 500 nm range. I got mine for less than $10. 
In a pinch, you can simply avoid looking at the computer screen. This is one major reason why I think reading a book before bed works so well.
 Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melanopsin
 Source: http://jp.physoc.org/content/549/3/945.full (This is the most sophisticated study I've seen concerning sleep phase response to light exposure.)
 Link: http://www.amazon.com/Uvex-S1933X-Eyewear-SCT-Orange-Anti-Fog/dp/B000USRG90
Why not just wear blue blockers? Uvex Skypers absorb 98% of blue light and you can get them for <$10 on Amazon.
I've been wearing them at night for about a year. I'm still nocturnal, but I believe the 98% claim, they definitely reduce eye strain (transcriptionist + student = LOTS of computer use), and they're comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time.
Do you use scototherapy (dark therapy)? It works much better than melatonin for me. I think if you can get your pineal to produce melatonin naturally, it will continue all night instead of ending in 30 minutes. It's also possible that the noradrenergics could be an enhancer to the dark therapy - noradrenaline stimulates melatonin production - so while on their own you feel more wakeful at night, noradrenergic+scototherapy could be more sleep-enhancing than scototherapy alone if you otherwise have trouble with noradrenaline systems (as is possible in MDD and ADHD). The cheapest way to try out scototherapy is uvex SCT-Orange.
I struggled a lot with this too. I tried putting my cell phone far away from me when I went to sleep so I would have to get up to turn it off; I tried the alarm apps with the crazy captchas that made me do math before it would turn off (I would just sleepily wind up removing the battery, and eventually got good at drowsy math)... I even tried the crazy-loud alarm clocks made for deaf people..... Nothing worked.
I would up taking a shotgun approach to this as well.
I started off with some very cool looking blue-blocking glasses that I would religiously start wearing once it was sundown, and wouldn't take off until I went to bed. I would take some melatonin at the same time as well.
Now, the real pièce de résistance was a sunlamp--of which there are many kinds that I used alongside the Sleep as Android phone app. There's a specific captcha on there called "Let there be light" that forces you to turn on a lamp before the alarm will turn off. By adjusting the sensitivity I made it so that only the INCREDIBLY BRIGHT sun lamp would turn it off, which combined with the sun lamp finally did the trick. By the time the alarm had turned off, I really did start feeling invigorated by the bright light.
Don't feel like you need to jump in to the deep end and wake up at 6:30 right away. Set realistic goals, and once you establish a rhythm you can adjust times based on your schedule.
Best of luck, friendo!
This website can explain it better: yourbrainonporn.com. Also search some TED talks about this if you're feeling lazy.
The reviews do a good explaining about the effects of blue light and mental state.
Hope you feel better :)
Stick to it totally, no cheats, no fudging. I did this and it completely transformed my sleep. I also keep the house as dark as I can in the evening and turn off the screens at least an hour before bed. Your natural melatonin is very light sensitive, especially to blue light, so limit your light exposure as much as you can. I wear these for good measure.
Keep your wake up time the same every day (no matter what!) and don’t try to get into bed until you are really sleepy. Don’t worry about how sleep deprived you will be. If you wake up at the same time, the deprivation will actually help you sleep better in the long run.
Btw, it took me at least two weeks to start to feel normal. There was a lot of two steps forward, one step back. Keep your sleep log and you’ll see that you really are improving, even when it doesn’t feel like it. Good luck!
I agree that sleep is incredibly important, and using electronics before bed isn’t exactly conducive to good sleep. I’ve been using 100% blue light blocking glasses at night for a few years, and these really help (though be careful when buying because some don’t block all, but imply they do - these look gnarly but have been tested to block 100% of blue light).
This, however, isn’t a perfect solution because the content most of us read on our electronics is stimulating. Personally I’ve had better results by donning my glasses, putting my phone in airplane mode, and reading an ebook that doing the same but keeping signal on and browsing reddit/reading articles.
People’s experiences can obviously vary, but I was diagnosed as depressed which then switched to bipolar II after my first (and arguably only) hypomanic episode, so my experience might have some good lessons for your girlfriend.
If you want, DM me and I’ll give you my cell number. I’m happy to talk to you or your girlfriend about it at length. She should know that my medical history looks a lot like hers and it hasn’t stopped from me from living a fulfilling, stable life.
I really like this sub, but sometimes it has some strange articles on it that I don't personally believe in (everyone's entitled to an opinion), which can also turn other people off to the idea behind it. Not all good alternative health options have studies to back them up, but its good to at least try and find some science to back up the claims.
Anyways, I worked in Ophthalmology for a few years and found that reducing blue light at night is a great way to aid in better sleep (and has other positive effects). This is especially important for ages 0-20.
There is a relatively easy way to lessen the effects. Get glasses lenses that block blue light (they look kind of orange) which is the most effective (amazon has cheap options http://www.amazon.com/Uvex-S1933X-Eyewear-SCT-Orange-Anti-Fog/dp/B000USRG90). Another option which is less effective is to download an app that lowers the amount of blue light given off from screens (I think its called twilight for android, f.lux for windows, not sure about ios). This should be used about 2 or more hours before bed.
For eye fatigue (which is good for people on the computer all day as well as using handheld devices): the 20/20/20 method: every 20 minutes look 20 feet away for 20 seconds or blinks to let your eyes relax.
One thing that helps me when it comes to going to bed early is these orange glasses that block the kind of light from the TV and computer that can keep you awake. They look dumb as hell but they cost less than ten bucks and really help me wind down/get sleepy and fall asleep faster once I'm actually in bed if I put them on about 2 hours before I want to go to sleep
Other helpful anti-insomnia tips
Yes. I have both tried out light therapy in the morning and blue light blocking glasses in the evening. Both seem to have had quite an effect on me.
Maybe you try out the glasses first. You can get them for just a few dollars online. (e.g. [those] (http://www.amazon.com/Uvex-S1933X-Eyewear-SCT-Orange-Anti-Fog/dp/B000USRG90) )
OP is asking about filters that absorb blue light.
Two big things for me are going to sleep / waking up at the same time every day, and reducing blue light at night. First one is self explanatory.
For the second one, it's very important and no one realizes it. Blue wavelengths of light, like from your TV, phone, and computer, WILL make you less tired at night, and keep you up hours later than you normally would.
To fix this, install Flux (https://justgetflux.com/) on the computer, and set it to the strongest setting at night. You will get used to it and even really prefer it at night. I'd also recommend blue blocker glasses: https://smile.amazon.com/Uvex-Blocking-Computer-Glasses-SCT-Orange/dp/B000USRG90/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1504802660&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=blue+blocker+glasses
They look goofy but will help when watching TV, and even cut out blue wavelengths from regular lights. I put them on soon after sunset. I bet if you start doing those things, you'll have less trouble sleeping.
Wow, I'm amazed you guys haven't heard about the massive importance of lights on your energy level. I'd actually rate is as way more important than any kind of supplement/nootropic.
Light in the blue spectrum boosts the production of seretonin, giving you great, pure and clean energy. I often go from being grumpy, borderline depressed in the early morning to downright joyful after using my lamp for around 30 minutes.
The lamp I have is a Philips goLITE BLU. It's downright awesome. It's small, effective, easy to use (touchscreen) and portable. Some may think it's expensive, but it's actually not considering how big an impact it'll have on your life and for how many years it'll last you.
While blue light is great during the day it's harmful in the evening, since it prevents you from producing melatonin (the sleep hormone), both reducing your tiredness/ease of falling asleep and your sleep quality when you eventually do. To combat that I use glasses that filters out the whole blue spectrum, Uvex S1993X - just $8. It's much more effective than solutions like F.lux (it covers everything, not just your computer screen - and Flux can't stop all the blue light from the screen), and much easier to use too.
i've got some of those glasses and f.lux. works great.
real life: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000USRG90/ref=pd_aw_sim_23_1?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1&amp;refRID=PSWREQHHR3SWHEKJNXMX&amp;dpPl=1&amp;dpID=61AZ2dsYbGL
Thanks! According to what you say & what I've read on amazon's forum, it shouldn't be a problem on lowest setting.
I used to wear http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000USRG90/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 but they don't fit on my new glasses. I didn't know there were special lens coatings. I'll look into it. Again thanks. That asshole /u/kangthrutime kept insulting me about this, it's nice to read a normal response.
Also consider using blue light blocking glasses for watching tv or any other screen based activity before bed.
the problem is that melatonin production is disrupted not just during specific sleep-time, but throughout the evening, when it would naturally get darker over time.
it's good advice to make sure that all lights are blocked while sleeping (including blinking lights from electronic devices, cable boxes, etc); however, it's kind of impractical tip to suggest that people should avoid all sources of light after sundown. flux is a good technological work-around to an unavoidable technological "problem".
edit: these glasses do a great job of blocking all blue-light from monitors, phones, TVs, etc: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000USRG90/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1
Do what you can to sync yourself physically to a more normal schedule. Eat your meals consistently at regular times, for example. I've also been advised to modulate my exposure to light intensity when it gets late. One of my teachers suggested these. Blocking blue light from your eyes is supposed to activate your natural circadian rhythm into preparing you for late night rest. I've had this particular pair for a few days. Still getting used to them, and can't say for certain if they're effective or not. It may very well end up being YMMV.
It sounds like your sleep is really not good. The fact that you are going to bed late at night is likely part of the problem. If you spend this time staring at a screen or in a lit room your melatonin production will be suppressed.
You can try orange glasses. Put them on a few hours before your bedtime. They block blue light, which inhibits melatonin production. If you can get your pineal gland working you will have a better natural supply of melatonin and DMT. Also try to get sunlight while the day is on. Here is a link to the glasses I use. Good luck!
Such a great little light! These are ~$18 new with free Prime shipping on Amazon.
These two always end up as giveaways whenever I use them and some of my buddies sees.
Swiss+Tech ST66676M2 Utility Key Multitools (6-in-1) for Keychain for Auto, Camping, Hardware - 2 Pack, Polished Stainless Steel https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BMYLK38/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_uAX.zbDK9CMA6
Streamlight MicroStream Ultra-compact Aluminum body with AAA Alkaline Battery, 3.5 Inch - 1.04 oz (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00143JZ08/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_hCX.zb8F6RN6K
Flashlight - http://www.amazon.com/Streamlight-66318-MicroStream-LED-Flashlight/dp/B00143JZ08/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1396827326&amp;sr=8-1-spell&amp;keywords=streamlight+mircostream
Pen - http://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Space-NonReflective-Pen-SM4B/dp/B001NXDFC8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1396827360&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=fischer+space+pen+click
*Knife - http://www.amazon.com/Gerber-31-000486-Combo-Mid-Size-Tanto/dp/B002RILCQO/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1396827606&amp;sr=8-1-fkmr1&amp;keywords=Gerber+evo+tanto+mini
Wallet: Big Skinny Wallet
Knife: Take your pick. You've got great selections from Spyderco, Kershaw, Ontario, and SOG. Those are reputable brands and worth looking into. Make sure you define price, size, and purpose to ensure a closer match.
Flashlight: Streamlight Microstream
Suggestions: Try putting some band-aids in your wallet. For the notebook, you could try either Moleskine Volant or get a cheap Marble notebook. Try not placing anything in back pockets as they can mess with spine alignment.
That's a Streamlight MicroStream
I'm 28, in the Navy, and here's what I'm usually carrying.
Maxpedition Pocket Organizer
NM Flag patch
Old coin given to me a while ago
Sparrow's Tuxedo Pick Set It's a great set, and a cool thing to learn. The linked set has a different case, I guess they don't do the leather cases anymore. I also had them put rubber handles on mine when I ordered, makes all the difference.
USB cord that came with my phone
Tekton 4" adjustable wrench
Zebra pen. Forgot which specific one...you probably know it though, it's one of the popular choices on this sub. My main pen I keep in my breast pocket, the Fisher Bullet. That's the best pen I've ever had, hands down.
Fine point Sharpie
Rite in the Rain notebook. It's ok. I much prefer Field Notes Expedition which I also keep in mind that breast pocket. Just wish the pages were perforated.
Streamlight Microstream. Awesome little light, and the AAA battery it takes lasts quite a while.
ThermoWorks surface thermometer. Sorry, can't find a link. My buddy gave me this last Christmas. Comes in real handy in the field, to see if my JetBoil is too hot to put away. Also, I dunno, I can tell you if stuff is hot or cold or whatever. Neat.
I carry a similarly small light on my keys: http://www.amazon.com/Inova-CB-W-Translucent-Microlight-White/dp/B000BP8CAY/
As well as a 1AAA in my pocket: http://www.amazon.com/Streamlight-66318-MicroStream-LED-Flashlight/dp/B00143JZ08/
Both have their place, but I end up using the Microstream far more often. I don't even notice it in my pocket.
I'm a fan of Streamlight. I have the microstream, it's great for the size.
Streamlight 66318 MicroStream C4 LED Pen Light https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00143JZ08/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_YWiMybHXT6QV1
If you don't mind the extra bulk you could go with something with a little more power.
Streamlight 88031 ProTac 2L High Performance Lithium Flashlight with White LED, 2-Lithium Batteries and Nylon Holster, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00396S1Q2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_a0iMybC9QF49Z
I'd upgrade flashlights to one of these. I have one and it's been awesome.
I am a very firm believer that a flashlight is a really useful tool, even for non-defensive scenarios. Since we need light in order to take in data, I like having as bright of a light as possible. There's very few scenarios where I would see myself wishing I had LESS light, whereas there's a lot of scenarios where having a light not bright enough might not give me the kind of data I want to see.
Example: Walking through a dark parking lot late at night, I can quickly scan the areas/shadows as I'm walking and it's bright enough that it illuminates areas really easily, when I carried a smaller dimmer light (streamlight MicroStream), I would have to have the light go over every shadow in order for me to see what was there if it was really dark.
So the way I see it, the brighter the light, the better the results. A lot of people will claim that if your light is too bright that you'll lose your night vision, but with a bright light, you can aim it somewhere like your feet, the wall, or the ceiling, and use it as an area light, you don't have to look directly into the hot spot.
In a defensive scenario, having an incredibly bright light in your face in a dark environment makes it VERY difficult for them to see what I'M doing. So if someone walks up to me in the dark and i'm not sure if they're a threat or not, I can shine the light directly at them and I'm essentially "blinding" them while also illuminating them, so I can see if they have a weapon or whatnot. This also means that I can draw my firearm with my main hand while blasting a light in their face, so they won't be able to see me reach for my gun.
Sage Dynamics on Youtube goes over all of this a lot better an more in depth than I could, I would check him out. Here's one of his videos that goes over most if not all of what I mentioned here.
you could try one of those new synthetic puffy jackets (like this), they are extremely light, and very warm (check out /r/CampingGear for the top of the line ones, otherwise they can definitely be had for less). I got one last winter or the winter before, and except for the -40C days I got last year, I can wear it the entire winter.
I would recommend a flashlight like the streamlight microstream or stylus pro, to just throw in your bag and forget. They can be SUPER useful when you need them, and don't add much weight or bulk.
although not a pen, the streamlight microstream has a pocket clip that can attach to ballcaps if you wear them, and are really pocketable
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The Streamlight 66318 MicroStream C4 LED Pen Flashlight is $17.82 at Amazon fits your requirements. Also has pretty good reviews 4.6 out of 5 stars with 460 reviews. /r/TheFavoritesOfAmazon
I'd recommend the Streamlight Microstream. I've had might for about 4 years now and it's been through the washing machine 2 or 3 times now and it keeps on working. There's a AAA version and a USB rechargeable version. its your preference.
Is it this model?
I can heartily recommend the Streamlight Microstream. Only $15 on Amazon and runs off of one AAA battery:
I've had mine for about a year and a half. It gets beat up in my pocket with keys, Swiss Army Knife, etc and still works incredibly well. It is very bright for it's size and only using one AAA battery.
CRKT Minimalist $22.53
Money Clip $13.99
Parker Jotter $8.49
Timex Expedition $34.39
Micro Streamlight $17.15
Total $96.55 just enough left over for a Sierra Nevada tall boy.
For an EDC light that uses standard consumer batteries, I suggest the Streamlight Microstream. It's a single AAA LED flashlight, and so far it has stood up to the abuse it takes riding in my pocket.
The size is good, it is bright enough, tough enough and water-resistant, and I can get it to turn off and on without cycling through three other settings I didn't want. At around $17, it's also cheap enough to replace if it gets lost.
The only real downside is that the on/off switch is really stiff, but that does prevent it from getting turned on accidentally in my pocket. And it is slowly breaking in with use.
OK. Here are some EDC options, knives and other things.
ummmm, let me know if you need more suggestions.
Edit: you will have to shop around for best prices... no idea where it would be cheapest for each of these products.
Seconded, I use mine almost every day.
For some reason, the first image on that listing is wrong, but the rest are correct, it's a nice, small light.
Don't bother with the little gas station LED keychain lights, or anything that has more than one LED (They're all shit). It's less than $20, and will last for years and years. I've only had to change out the AAA twice in the last two-ish years, and one of those was because I left it on all night once (D'oh!)
Oh, and I know everybody raves about the Mini Maglights, and I don't know why. They're actually really dim compared to a good LED :P
I wanted a slim flashlight too so I purchased this Streamlight 66318 to be honest I don't like it, too weak for my taste also runs on single AAA battery, that should tell you something, I'm about to buy an Olight S1R which is what I should have done in first place but I'm stupid
Less than $20
Amazing and very small/thin diameter. Bright and sturdy. It says "pen light" but it's half the length of a pen. Same diameter though.
First off, many of these things are intentionally cheap, because I do tend to break and/or lose things, so... Here goes.
All have Amazon links, because that was what was easiest.
Right front pocket:
Left front pocket:
Left back pocket:
This has a multiple modes (low for checking pupil response, high for searching a house).
Comes in Neutral White, which you want.
Takes AAA batteries.
And is under $20... or pay an extra 10 for the shiny version
Or if you want similar, with single mode, simple on/off and 'momentary on' (this is where the light turns on when you half press the button, and turns off as soon as you release it) then the Streamlight Stylus Pro is just good at what it does.
I have a stylus pro and like it, but will replace it with the Thrunite when the time comes.
If you're willing to pay $20 for a badass pen light, here's what I have.
> What addition would compliment this EDC?
You could always add a portable battery pack to keep your devices charged in case of emergency (there are lots out there, that was the first one that popped up on Amazon). Other than that, maybe a Clif Bar or two and a hand sanitizer pen. Lastly—because I recommend them to everyone—a Streamlight Stylus Pro would be redundant, but a very sturdy and bright alternative to your two smaller lights (which I'm assuming get lots of use in your line of work). The Streamlight and MicroStream are much more ergonomic and function using only one hand (having an end-cap clicky switch).
Heres to hopefully winning
My brother in law has been wanting a penlight for low profile EDC
Thanks for the giveaway! You're too good to this community lol
the streamlight stylus pro used to be my edc untill some one never gave it back. also 2xAAA but worth it imo https://www.amazon.com/Streamlight-66118-Stylus-PenLight-Holster/dp/B0015UC17E/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1511133463&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=streamlight+flashlight&amp;dpID=412RYgTefUL&amp;preST=_SY300_QL70_&amp;dpSrc=srch
[The stream light stylus pro runs on 2 aaa batteries and has 48 lumens all for around $21.] (http://www.amazon.com/Streamlight-66118-Stylus-Flashlight-Holster/dp/B0015UC17E/ref=pd_bxgy_hi_text_y)
Hard to go wrong with a Streamlight Stylus Pro for $20.
I dress similarly, and I'm big into minimalism. I hate carrying too much stuff in my pockets.
I hope this gives you some ideas! Good luck.
Not from REI but I love this.
It's part of my EDC, keep it clipped in my pocket next to my knife. I don't use it every day, but every time I've needed it is more than capable of lighting up whatever I need.
A pair of these. small and light for EDC.
Streamlight Stylus Pro
It’s under budget, lightweight, takes common batteries, and has a simple push button at the end.
I carry one around all the time. It’s a great light for nighttime walks.
I just got this last week and really like it.
Streamlight 66118 Stylus Pro Black LED Pen Flashlight with Nylon Holster https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0015UC17E/ref=cm_sw_r_other_awd_dwz5wbAM2TH5K
I'll try not to sound like an advertisement. I've needed to use various ways to visualize patients at night for a long time, and I'll give you a couple of suggestions. This is an excellent one if you need a white light. It has a rather narrowly-focused spotlight which can help you keep it out of the patient's eyes and is also waterproof and very durable. I've had one for years. This smaller square flashlight may also be useful - it has both a white and red LED (with low and high modes for each) and recharges via USB.
Red is best for keeping night vision and not blinding the patient, but green can also work (but it tends to be brighter). If you're just checking for respiration, reflecting the light off the ceiling or wall can give you enough light in the room to visualize the patient (and the room as well if you're doing safety/security checks). I've found it useful to carry a flashlight(s) that can handle both red and white in both low/high power modes. Red usually does a good job illuminating the room, but sometimes it's necessary to see colors, and then the white beam is needed. Rarely does it wake them up, and I need to check on the patients four times an hour.
I personally use this Mostly because it uses triple A's which are a lot easier to get.
I've been carrying a [Streamlight Sylus pro] (https://smile.amazon.com/Streamlight-66118-Stylus-PenLight-Holster/dp/B0015UC17E/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=streamlight&amp;qid=1557811819&amp;s=gateway&amp;sr=8-3) for years. I probably end up using it more than my knife.
It is nice and bright, but only about the size of a pen so it doesn't take up much space in my pocket.
Streamlight 66118 Stylus Pro LED Pen Light with Holster, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0015UC17E/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_7.zczbVJE2ACT
Love this light. Perfect size and it's great for doing rounds in those dark cells. And it takes AAA.
I don't use the holster.
if this is your first delivery job make sure you get a good small flashlight and buy some good pens to keep in your car at all times. I also bought a mini clipboard for a few bucks and had the credit card receipts on it. It increased my tips by a lot because when someone didn't fill in the blanks I handed it back to them and told them "You need to fill out the entire receipt" and 80% of the time would add a tip. Also, countless comments of "Fancy/Convenient!" as it is hard to sign a receipt when you have to find somewhere to do it at.
If you drive a older car MAKE SURE you have:
use the maps as much as possible and use google maps in a pinch. This gets you used to learning the lay out of neighborhoods and what not as google maps just tells you where to go.
i usually keep mine fashionably clipped on my scrub neckline
That light seems bulky, have you considered upgrading to something like the Streamlight Stylus Pro or ThorFire PF02? both budget friendly way easier to carry
Pen Light It's probably a little too bright but it's still awesome none-the-less
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00008BFS5 The stylus might be more appropriate
I have also heard great things about the book The House of God even if you are not religious. I have not had a chance to read it yet but it's on my list.
If you are trying to spend a little more money an engraves stethoscope (I recommend the Cardiology III) is always appreciated.
you can add this one to the list: Streamlight 66118. 24 lumens, forward clicky. 17.95
From left to right.
Suggestions are welcome!
I didn't have the dorm experience, but I lived far enough from campus that I would hang out there all day most days.
Quality shoes - you will be walking quite a bit. Depending on your style, consider something like a waterproof hiking shoe that will last through some like snows.
Reusable water bottle that will fit in your backpack well. Sparty's will fill it up, or you can use the drinking fountains.
I'm a fan of some of the /r/edc stuff as well, a small flashlight can be very useful, and shouldn't run over $20.
A small plug splitter, would be very useful. I have a more complicated one, but if I did it again, I'd get this. A lot easier to charge your laptop/phone when you don't have to convince someone to unplug theirs.
Either a collapsible umbrella or packable raincoat.
Extra headphones. I'm lucky enough to have accumulated several pairs of iphone earbuds, so if I lose/break one, I'm still okay.
Concur, great light. Very popular on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Streamlight-66118-Stylus-Flashlight-Holster/dp/B0015UC17E. A cursory search of the reviews suggests that some have had issues with the switch and/or the clip. No issues in my case - I'll confess that I've bought two. One for work and another for my travel bag. Used to EDC with one, but found it too large to carry on my person for my personal tastes. FWIW, for EDC, I now use a Fenix E01 on my keychain.
Streamlight Stylus Pro
Sanrenmu Stonewashed 710
Cheap Card Holder
UAG S6 Case
I would say the top 3 pen lights that I see recommended are:
Streamlight stylus pro
And the (slightly out of budget) foursevens preon 2 p2
This is a nice quality inexpensive mess kit (no spork)
This is a really nice quality flashlight!
Here is a good quality pocket knife.
I have my Streamlight Stylus Pro(http://www.amazon.com/Streamlight-66118-Stylus-Flashlight-Holster/dp/B0015UC17E/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1376325273&amp;sr=8-4&amp;keywords=streamlight+flashlight) under my Leatherman Skeletool CX(http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000XU43IC/ref=oh_details_o06_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1)
I wear the holster horizontally for comfort.
Additionally; venom is transported through the lymphatic system, not the blood. If you "open" the patient up, you'll just have a snake bite victim who is now bleeding.
Watch_wait_plot has the right procedure.
I also carry a knife, and I find a small flashlight and a Bic lighter extremely useful.
I'm not a knife expert, but as for the light, a Streamlight Stylus Pro should do you well.
Hit up a Preon if you want something a bit nicer.
Streamlight 66118 Stylus Pro LED PenLight with Holster
This is my EDC flashlight love the size/weight/durability common AAA and the throw of the beam plus it's $19.00 at amazon
CZ 75 Compact
RayBan RB 4075 Sunglasses
Not a high end flashlight - but i've been using this every day since Nov. 2012 for exactly what you want to use it for.
Streamlight Stylus Pro
I just picked up a Stylus Pro by Streamlight. You get good bang for your buck, and I like how slim it is.
It's probably not bright enough to blind an attacker, but it's great for rummaging through saddle bags, lighting up the sidewalk in front of you at night, etc.
I use these
OR, get something like this...the water stays cleaner, and you can get it all out.
If all you're worried about is basic bathing and water to flush toilets, then fill up a bathtub with water before the storm hits.
If you're worried about drinking water, then look into a Water Bob. A giant plastic bag you put in your tub and fill up for drinkable water.
This is the product.
I believe amazon will ship it to the middle of... well, the amazon, if you ask them.
barring that,ask the manufacturer where they have a uk distributor.
There's the "water bob" which is a water bladder that fits in your tub. You should also have smaller jugs of water on hand under the bed the the closet, etc. In an emergency you can deploy this and store many gallons of water. That is as long as pipes don't freeze where you are and earthquakes don't break the main, but here's the link.
Basically turns your tub into water storage.
Yep - get a bath tub water storage bag instead
Or if you want to be fancy you can use a WaterBOB.
I keep a knockoff version that is built as well but didn't include the pump as I have a hand pump already, saved a few bucks.
Turn your bathtub into a water supply tank.
What's missing from my shelter-in-place plan??? A LOT, I think...
any guidance on this list??
Well, I keep a month's supply of water on hand, so no issues there. I might pull out my emergency water holding tank and fill that up (just in case). My portable solar array will keep the refrigerator going and charge my cell phone and radio. My fireplace will keep the house warm. And, finally, my outdoor grill will allow us to cook food for a while. I have roughly 6 months of food and about month worth of frozen meats, etc. so I wouldn't even have to make an unscheduled trip to the grocery store.
Of course if it is looking like things will be too crazy and the interstate is somewhat clear I'll just take my family on a little vacation trip up to the cabin. No worries.
Localized disasters are easy when you practice preparedness as a way of life.
>KEEPS WATER CLEAN FOR DRINKING: Water stored in an open bathtub with dirt, soap film, and exposure to debris will spoil and become useless. WaterBOB lets you negate these health risks and make your bathtub a clean and fresh water storage container that can keep water fresh for up to 16 weeks depending on the water source. Keep your water clean for drinking, cooking, washing, and flushing.
Real world product for disaster/survival scenarios. Id think in PZ it wouldnt be too much to ask to store the water to use for boiling.
Get one of these https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001AXLUX2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_BPeSzbRENBBK2
I'm too OCD for that. "Things" would get into my water. A waterBOB or just get water bricks are great for water storage and my peace of mind. Of course, your water tank should hold around 50 gallons.
A full bathtub can still go to crap if the sewer backs up the drain like it did to a friend of mine in Houston.
Get one of these:
> Just fill your bath tub before the storm.
If anyone is thinking about this for future use, there is a plastic tank/bag you can put into the tub to fill to keep the water a little cleaner.
You could stack these guys in all sorts of configurations http://www.homedepot.com/p/HDX-27-Gal-Storage-Tote-in-Black-HDX27GONLINE-5/205978361 or even through your mattress on top of them. They are ugly but they make a good use of 3d space. Only 10.77 each when you buy 12 or more. Since you do not want guests to see them, incorporate them into the furniture somehow.
Use your bathroom to store some stuff. Get a good shelf that goes over your toilet seat. You are not occupying that space anyway. All (most) of your first aid kit stuff and maybe paracord and fire extinguisher and bleach and soap and baking soda and ... other non-edibles(drinkables) could all be stored in the bathroom. Also something like this: https://www.amazon.com/waterBOB-Emergency-Drinking-Storage-Gallons/dp/B001AXLUX2?th=1 - only $23
A bath Bathroom is the first place I run to when I say cut my finger with a knife, so it only makes sense that you put your first aid kit there.
I have a couple of these and these.
I particularly like the Sceptre cans because they're quite stout, unlike the cheaper 5-gallon camping cans you can get at Walmart or other places.
The water bob container is what you are looking for.
It is usually $22.99 when sold and shipped by Amazon and not a 3rd party seller. Amazon as a seller appears to be sold out.
CamelCamelCamel will tell you Amazon price history - it will help you know if you are buying at a low point.
Overkill for you, I think but I'm grabbing a non-playa tested WaterBOB and yes you can use it without a tub. Seems decent. We shall see. I'd totally spring for a military bladder if I could, but, I can't. For you, I'd just get gallon jugs to supplement what you have. It makes it easier to distribute the weight in your car as well. The homer buckets aren't food grade IIRC, so, your milage/smell may vary. You'd probably be alright. If you want to do that, you'd be best off swinging by a restaurant or bakery and asking them for some food grade 5/7 gal buckets.
It is funny that you say that. this is also an option. nizmob is correct solar is not cheap especially for small projects.
still just a spork
I have this one.
I use this for lunch every day. It's superb.
Personally, I usually have a titanium spork, chopsticks (you could find similar ones cheaper) and I usually have a knife of some sort on me (like a swiss army knife or something). in case I need to cut up something a little tougher than the spork could handle.
Titanium is nice because it's super light and antibacterial. If you look in an outdoor store you'll find lots of lightweight options that should be easy to carry/store in your car.
Based on my experience with the NeoAir Xtherm, I'd be a bit sketched out about using a NeoAir Xtherm or Xlite for a lengthy thru-hike. Mine started to leak air significantly after only a handful of uses, in such a way that it was impossible for me to repair it (even after getting out of the field). Fortunately, Cascade Designs replaced it for free, but mine is now reserved only for the trips that I really need that added warmth on to keep the wear and tear of the pad to a minimum. Perhaps someone who has carried a NeoAir on a thru-hike (or a lengthy section hike) can chime in, but again, I'd be hesitant to carry one myself on a longer trip.
I agree with /u/AussieEquiv that a 30 degree bag may or may not be sufficient, depending on the timing of your thru especially. Some details on when you plan to depart would be helpful, but I suspect in any case that you might want to consider at least carrying a liner- that way you can send it home once things have warmed up enough that you won't need it. Based on my experiences hiking Georgia in early spring, a 30 degree bag by itself would be a bit cold on at least some nights until some time in April. And even if you start in GA late, you may not finish in ME until late Summer/early Autumn, and accordingly you may still find that the 30 degree bag isn't warm enough in the northeast towards the end of your hike.
Similarly, I also agree with the comment about a thermal top in addition to the leggings. You'll likely be glad to have a full set of long underwear on at least some nights early into your thru-hike. I see you're planning on getting a light puffy which is good, but a light thermal top will be more comfortable for sleeping in.
And again, on another similar note, I would at least consider a hat liner and glove liners for occasional cold weather as well.
And yes, definitely ditch the town clothes (especially since they weigh nearly a pound). A spare t-shirt, underwear, and socks are OK, but you can otherwise just your cleanest hiking clothes (even if that includes your rain gear) while the rest are in the laundry.
I might suggest also carrying a pair of pants in addition to shorts- perhaps look into zipoff/convertible pants to keep weight down. You'll be glad to have pants on colder days, when hiking in grassy areas with ticks, etc.
Was the decision not to carry rain pants a conscious one? If so, what was the rationale behind it? Are you OK with soaking wet pants/shorts at the end of the day (and having to put those same soaking wet pants/shorts on the next morning)? I don't always bother with putting on rain gear myself when the weather is particularly warm (on hot and humid days you sweat just as much under it as you would get wet from the rain without it), but for a longer hike I think it's probably a good idea to have a full rain suit. You will have some cold, rainy days during which I think you'd be glad to have rain pants during in addition to a jacket.
I think if you have a spork with shallow fork tongs it will be OK. Something like the Sea to Summit Titanium Utensil Spork will be fine. Or you might look at the Light My Fire Titanium Spork, which has a fork/knife combo at the opposite end of the spoon (I'm a huge fan of this one, personally).
I hope this is helpful!
Solar chargers are great for a renewable source of energy when you're not certain you'll be near any outlets soon, their drawbacks are their weight and durability, though some new models are decent on both accounts.
I do; I have a plastic bag with some money in small to large bills and copies of my birth certificate, license, health insurance, and passport. This is in case I'm not at home, where my actual documents are all in my emergency binder.
Plastic sporks? Depending on the brand they may get brittle in the cold. My preferred utensil is the Light My Fire Titanium Spork, it's super light and durable.
I recommend nitrile for medical reasons, but I was talking more along the lines of work gloves.
Good idea! If I needed glasses I'd be super paranoid about not having a spare pair. One of the things that's impacted me lately are the stories from the Californian wild fires. There are a lot of first hand accounts about dealing with the smoke and how essential protecting your lungs and eyes is.
I have a few in titanium, they're actually very nice to use camping or at home.
I bought one of these http://www.amazon.com/Light-My-Fire-Titanium-Spork/dp/B001E7S5BO I really like it. It's not uncomfortable to use unless you use a death grip to hold it.
I prefer the super spork from Light My Fire. It's actually double ended, instead of the real combo utensil.
Sporks are fun ideas, but then you realize you have a fork with stubby tines, and a spoon with slots in it. The super spork isn't ideal, but it is better. The titanium model also fixes the primary design flaw of the (lighter and cheaper) plastic version, which is the slight fragility of the middle section.
I use this for a utensil http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001E7S5BO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1
I use this for a bowl/plate http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007MJ9TGS/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;colid=2KO70LRROUK7U&amp;coliid=I245GJ6QHYV8H1
Do you mean, $10 light my fire spork.
Here you go (on mobile so I can't link well): http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001E7S5BO/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1405896580&amp;sr=8-1
I've had a lot of flashlights. This one is the best I've used taking into account reliability, price, brightness, size, and it's use of regular AA batteries. If got a few of them.
I've been using this one for years. It's a streamlight, which is comparable to surefire.
It takes two AA batteries. A lot of people write off lights that take alkaline batteries, but unless you're a super enthusiast, I just find that alkaline batteries are much easier to deal with. No dangerous explosion warnings on the box or charger.
The light itself is very durable. Mine tend to last 2-3 years before I lose them, but would probably last for life.
It puts out a ton of light (155 lumens) for its size. Also, don't be discouraged by the complicated labeling. It has 10 different modes, but you can easily set one and then it will always use that one when you turn it on. I hate when lights make me click them five times each time I turn on the light just to find the right setting.
If you can splurge for fan goggles that will be your best bet. I am also a VERY sweaty guy, for me the solution is these: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006WPSDXS/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1
0 fogging issues even playing indoor in full bdu
With the battery and charger you have on there they don't match. you can't use a nimh charger on a lipo you'll blow it up.
If you're going to use a lipo battery I use this charger
also with that battery it will only work if your gun is front wired (the plug for the battery is in your handguard) if its rear wired it wont work because you need the battery in the buffer tube.
as far as the gun sack you can pick up a hard rifle case at walmart for under 25$ and it will keep your rifle safe and you can lock it with padlocks if you'd like
I also really wouldn't recommend a paintball mask either cause they usually fog unless you get a really nice one like a dye i4/i5. they are also almost impossible to aim down sights with. I use arena flak jaks as I just pop out the vents and they never fog and you can get cheap replacement lens on ebay
others recommend the pyramix goggles as they are lower profile but I just find it easy for them to move off my eyes by just moving facial muscles
with those if you want lower face protection most people recommend the one tigris as it makes it easy to aim down your sights
bamf mags I've heard many different things on them so i guess it just depends on your gun if they fit they will be good if not kwa k120s, g&p skullfrog, and pts epm are all good mid caps and those go in order from least to most expensive
Sounds like they might be doing it for insurance and liability reasons but that's a bit backwards as full mesh face protection isn't the safest thing around. Definitely wear a set of properly rated full seal goggles underneath it, such as the Pyramex iForce goggles.
In addition to stored water and filtration, I have one of these:
The drawback is that you have to anticipate a water outage and fill it up before. My plan is to fill it up within a couple hours of s power outage, but I live in a desert and it never freezes.
WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage Container
Looks like it would be a big hastle to clean and dry from use to use ?
Found it, for anyone wondering: https://smile.amazon.com/WaterBOB-Emergency-Drinking-Storage-Gallons/dp/B001AXLUX2
Thanks for posting. Didn't know this existed.
Get one of these
They also sell basically giant bath tub sized "balloons" that are handy if you're in a place with unreliable utilities. I'm not sure how big a tub is but they probably hold at least 80 gallons.
Edit: this one holds 100 https://www.amazon.com/WaterBOB-Emergency-Drinking-Storage-Gallons/dp/B001AXLUX2
there's also things like this
Also, if you're worried about Potable water, check out local camping supply stores for a LifeStraw (or similar) water filter. I use one while camping instead of lugging ten gallons of water into the woods. It'll clean up the scummiest pond water into clear drinkable stuff.
It doesn't filter out things like oil contamination, though, so fill up your bathtub. They're sold out for obvious reasons, but something like this really helps.
Raid your recycling for containers, too. Fill up all you can while you can.
If this is a recurring thing, you may want to invest in a WaterBOB
Why? Because she bought all the water? Its first come first serve. Sure, a little compassion would always be nice but you should never expect people to show it, especially during an emergency.
The fact is: If seeing this pisses you off, you're woefully unprepared yourself. Most Americans don't even have the FEMA recommended amount of supplies, and wait until something is imminent before doing anything. This is why stores are flat out of stock and its a giant shit show. If you'd spend time/money on basic emergency preparedness (and were prepared yourself) you'd be looking at this photo and instead of getting angry at the woman buying all the water, you'd worry for the obviously under prepared.
Water doesn't need to be in a bottle to be clean. You can filter/sanitize it yourself if need be, but most tap water is absolutely fine.
Here are some solutions for water in an emergency:
WaterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage (100 Gallons) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001AXLUX2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_DY9RzbVQSJNTDHS
New Wave Envrio Products BPA Free Bottle, 5-Gallon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003B27RAA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_k19Rzb8JNTDHS
Reliance Products Aqua-Tainer 7 Gallon Rigid Water Container https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001QC31G6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_129RzbHHVHTV4
If all else fails, get a steel cup and a bunch of those butane/propane camping fuel sources. You can boil your own water. Filters can and do work, but I usually don't recommend them unless youre willing to at least read how they work, and what they can/can't filter. I never recommend the iodine tablets for water purification unless its an absolute emergency.
I do not know why people just don't get a Water Bob particularly for events like this where you have a warning about an impending storm.
I ran across this on Amazon the other day. Wish we had seen it when I lived in Florida.
Maybe too late unless some camping store or Walmart sells it but if you're going to continue to live in a potential disaster zone buy one of these: https://www.amazon.com/WaterBOB-Emergency-Drinking-Storage-Gallons/dp/B001AXLUX2
Or order it from Amazon and do next day delivery if possible.
This will get you the ability to instantly store 100gallons of drinking water.
Får väl skaffa en sådan här då.
WaterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage | Be Safe During Disasters (100 Gallons) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001AXLUX2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_RqEaBbBCGHKRS
Yeah after the fact its not really great, as the water is already contaminated. However if your well water is still clean but at risk of contamination it's a vaible option.
As for portability, no it's literally a bag the size of a bathtub. 100 gallons of water. Not something you can move as its not rigid without a bathtub to sit in. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001AXLUX2?pc_redir=1407179256&amp;robot_redir=1
$60 from Amazon, plastic "bag" for bathtub that holds 100 gallons and has a pump.
Arrives by end of September.
I use it all the time. Next time out is the 25th-27th.
edit: ya, if you're referring to the mess kit it's new this season. I still have two more things on the way as well. A Lite My Fire titanium spork and a folding grill.
Buy a Spork everybody should own a spork !
Just finished my holiday shopping: Titanium Spork
I introduce you the mighty spork.
Steam ID http://steamcommunity.com/id/1nf4m0uz
These are the items I currently have in my pack:
Collapsible plate, bowl, and cup
single burner - there are probably better/smaller/lighter weight ones but this is just what I'm using at the moment
Titanium spork knife
I toss a sponge and a travel bottle of dish soap in the pot.
It'd be nice to see if other people have similar travel packs and what they use.
I got a titanium spork! I'm very excited about my spork. :)
I'd worry about the rubber edges. Rubber tends to wear out/flake after time and exposure to the elements, and it's definitely less durable than metal. Not really sure rubber is needed to scoop out every last bit of a meal either. The shape of the spoon end also seems less than optimal for eating. Is this product better than, say, this spork?
I've got both of these. Both are great.
there are titanium sporks
Titanium spoons - they are the future.
I also have the titanium version and it is great. Never once worried about breaking it. I typically am only using the spoon on dehydrated foodstuffs, but every so often I do "luxury" hikes where we bring steaks and whatnot and so a discrete fork is a boon. It's because of the fork that I think it's superior to the frequently recommended long spoon option. "Spork" is a total misnomer for the utensil since it is a fork and spoon on opposite ends, not a mutant amalgamation of the two.
Don't get the Light my fire Titanium Spork. While it's sturdy and has a good "hand feel", they made the stupid thin about a quarter inch too large to fit in the typical steel mess kit, even removing everything but the pot and outer bowl. You have to buy their stupid spork cover if you don't want crud all over your spork.
Tiny (near perfect) 16gb USB Flash Drive
Fenix E05 Flashlight
Pull-Apart Key Ring
I wasn't blown away by the organizer thing, but the rest are good.
I’m thinking this one... Streamlight 88033 ProTac 2AA 250 Lumen Professional Tactical Flashlight with High/Low/Strobe w/ 2 x AA Batteries https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003GXF9OA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_IR6eAbENRZV93
This Streamlight ProTac fits your requirements but is on the low end of what you're looking for. Takes 2xAA.
Good to know. This is my work flashlight and I think I might wrap it. Thanks for the inspiration!
I'll take one of these, please.
Hey, thanks for doing this!
Thanks for doing this!!!!
Well, aren't you just awesome for doing something like this!
I like this one too
I guess this is worth a shot.
A guy I work with uses it as a backup flashlight.
I’d like the streamlight 88033 as well.
Winter Storm Xanto knocked our power out early Saturday morning and it just came on last night. We only had a couple cheap plastic flashlights and I was kicking myself for not having something better. Thanks for the opportunity!
I’d like the streamlight 88033 as well.
Streamlight 88033 ProTac 2AA 250 Lumen Professional Tactical Flashlight with High/Low/Strobe w/ 2 x AA Batteries https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003GXF9OA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_8XG1AbFSSCEAY
Thanks for the chance! I lost mine after 4 years on a camping trip lol
This is my choice
Love this sub! Thanks para
Streamlight ProTac 2AA with White Led https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003GXF9OA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_kL58Bb94T0D7F
Thanks for setting this up!
I personally love this flashlight. It's small which I'm sure you would enjoy, cheap, and really bright.
Awesome contest thanks!
The hard thing is that a lot of this is up to opinion and how you play. To start I recommend getting that rifle, a pistol with lots of available parts (like a hi-capa), some goggles and a mask.
Get an mesh mask and for goggles [these](Pyramex I-Force Sporty Dual Pane Anti-Fog Goggle, Black Frame/Clear Anti-Fog Lens https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006WPSDXS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_zoTByb86S3PEZ) work well.
Stuff like plate carriers and chest rigs are hard to pick for someone else.
So to start for that I would just get a good belt and pistol holster.
Silencer seems pretty stupid on a stubby gun, but if you really want one go ahead and take whichever one you like. The G&G Firehawk is a solid starter CQB gun with a very nice sound + ROF. I'd stay away from those starter package, those are just some sales talk to get rid of their shittiest options.
Get some pyramex i-force goggles and a mask like this.
Budget for everything or just the gun?
If you want modern I would get this
If you want classic I would get this
The battery I would get a good 9.6v or 7.4v I'm not an AEG guy so I can't tell, but that is what LCT recomends
Those goggles https://www.amazon.com/Revision-Military-Desert-Locust-Goggle/dp/B007HKPCMW
Or those if you don't want to spend money on a better pair
For a face mask this is great, I have one and I love it
Ahh okay thanks man [Goggles] (https://www.amazon.com/Pyramex-I-Force-Sporty-Anti-Fog-Goggle/dp/B006WPSDXS/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?keywords=pyramex+safety+glasses&amp;qid=1564104080&amp;s=gateway&amp;sprefix=pyram&amp;sr=8-3)
Would something like this be allowed on the battlefield?