Paracord great for more than just cables and parachute lines


It’s not uncommon to get comments and e-mails offering thanks for suggestions in finding the right gift for their loved one for the right occasion. And we thank you, our readers, for those times. However, I can’t ever recall an instance that a holiday gift roundup inspired a new creation of its own from a single $20 product suggestion. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Satechi LightMate lights charges and breaks glass


It’s not quite a mini Star Wars Lightsaber, but the Satechi LightMate, a 4-in-1 flashlight, emergency light, glass breaker and portable USB charger that can possibly save you in a time of need. And unlike the immortalized Hollywood prop, LightMate is a real product, solidly built – made from an aluminum steel alloy that the company says can withstand the weight of an average sized car.

The flashlight features fairly bright LEDs, putting out 220 lumens that can be seen, even in daylight. You can select from three different brightness levels – 100%, 50%, 15% as well as two emergency modes – strobe and SOS modes which cause the LEDs to flash in two different patterns.

Using it as a flashlight makes it idea for directional lighting to light up the way, but it also comes with a white screw-in light diffuser for area lighting, like for reading a map in the dark.   Read more… at Canoe Tech Blog

Survival Sidekick might just save your life

 RCEP100FL_ALT3_MEDToday, in a suburb just outside Minneapolis, Bob Renning, a Good Samaritan, somehow found the strength to pry open the door of Michael Johannes’ burning Chevrolet TrailBlazer and saved him from certain death.  Now after seeing the footage at Canoe cNews, it made me rethink the usefulness of features on today’s emergency gadgets that we think we’ll never use, but in actual fact could one day save our life.

One such feature is the glass breaker found on the new Champ Survival Sidekick 8-in-1 (Emergency Preparedness) Multitool by Voxx Accessories. Johannes had mentioned that he was unable to get out of his vehicle as the electrical system was disabled and he couldn’t unlock the door. And without his good fortune that someone like Renning just happened to be around, he may not be alive right now to tell about it.

The Survival Sidekick 8-in-1 actually looks like a very large flashlight, and a flashlight it is. It features three LEDs that can keep shining brightly for up to five consecutive hours.      Read more…AT CANOE TECH BLOG

SpareOne phone lasts 15 years on one AA battery


You find yourself stuck in a situation where you need to make an emergency phone call but sadly your phone is dead with no power source in sight. You say to yourself, “I wish I had a spare one”. XPAL Power Inc. has developed a product for that and it’s appropriately called SpareOne. It’s a low-cost, vanilla emergency mobile phone that’s designed to be there just when you need it.  It can call 911 with or without a SIM card and can operate as a phone with one installed.