Call me late to the party, but I first heard of Bug Out Bags a couple of years ago on the TV show Archer. (Sterling Archer’s bag is “full of fake passports and mustaches … And two hundred grand in cash!”) Archer is probably definitely not the greatest role model, but I could definitely see the appeal of having a pre-packed contingency plan. So I did a little Googling for information about Bug Out Bags.
And that was kind of the problem: There was TOO much info out there about Bug Out Bags. A lot of it was on forums dedicated to survivalism, military-style planning, and outdoors skills. Frankly, many of the dudes seemed like nutjobs. Everyone wanted to sell me their eBook. Everyone claimed to have the definitive list of stuff to pack, and much of the equipment was specialized and expensive. It was hard to know who to listen to, or where to begin. I sifted and sifted, and here’s what I learned after those long hours of reading and research: (more…)
We’ve selected some sunglasses for you with two factors in mind: we want you to look cool, and we want to offer you sturdy, serious eye protection. Everybody has to worry about UV, but if you live or work in challenging environments, then you need something safer than drugstore shades. Luckily we carry the top brands for eye protection in Wiley X and Smith Optics. This blog will highlight a few of the best of an extensive collection of quality sunglasses.
Wiley X Sunglasses:
It doesn’t get more hardcore than Wiley X. They were founded to produce shatterproof, impact-resistant sunglasses for government and military agencies. One of our favorite Wiley X lines is the Blink Climate Control Series with high velocity protection. The Climate Control series features a removable facial cavity seal which is prevents airflow inside the glasses. This seal makes your Blinks great at eliminating weather effects on your eyes, and reduces fatigue from peripheral light exposure. Bikers, motorcyclists, kayakers, and anyone who works in the sand & dust will appreciate the way these stunners keep the grit from their eyes. The Blink glasses feature highly durable Triloid nylon frames and optional shatterproof lenses. The Blink glasses are great for just about any activity and have a variety of color schemes making them perfect for just about anybody!
Smith Optics Sunglasses:
Smith Optics Factor Tactical Sunglasses come with interchangeable grey, clear, and ignitor lenses to suit different situations. While the frames are impact resistant, they are also comfortable with Megol nose and temple pads for long-term comfort. With a sleek design, high durability, and interchangeable lenses, these sunglasses are one of the top eye protection products out there.
Protecting the Sunglasses:
The next step after getting your sunglasses is protecting them. While some glasses will come with their own case, you know that they’re not always built sturdily. For superior protection look no further than the NiteIze Rugged Glasses Case. This case is durable and weather resistant, and features a zipper top to completely seal out the elements. The case also features a clip which helps to deal with accidentally misplacing your glasses, keeping them safe by your side. This case also includes a micro-fiber cloth so you can give the lenses a quick clean when is necessary.
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In this blog post I will talk about the reason your flashlight has so many colored LED options, and what situation each color is useful for.
If your flashlight is going to have any extra colored LEDs, it is most likely going to be red. This color is useful for a couple reasons. Firstly, red is the universal color signal for caution. It also works well as an attention-getting color if you need to get help. Red LEDs also help to preserve your night vision. In a situation where your eyes are adjusted to darker surroundings the red LED will require less light adjustment than a white LED. This difference in color between white and red will help illuminate your surroundings while allowing your eyes to continue to see more clearly outside of the flashlight’s beam area.
Green LEDs are useful for hunters and fishers when they are outdoors. Fish, deer, and other animals have a harder time seeing green light than white or other colored lights. This advantage allows people who are in nature to illuminate their surroundings with a reduced risk of alerting nearby animals to their presence. Green LEDs also tend to have longer run times than other color LEDs which can be useful in a survival situation where saving battery power is important.
Blue LEDs are great for multiple applications ranging from nighttime map reading to easily identifying bodily fluids. They are often used for reading maps in dark conditions because they do not blend out the red colored lines on maps. Law enforcement and hunters use this light color because the LED illuminates blood and other bodily fluids. Blue LEDs accomplish this better than a red or white LED, but not as well as UV, which we will look at in a moment. Blue lights are also useful for low visibility situations because they cut through fog more effectively than other LEDs.
Infrared/Night Vision Green:
Infrared lights are used for seeing at night. The infrared beam will illuminate a relatively short distance ahead of the wearer in most situations, and is great for remaining undetected as it is invisible to the naked eye. The green color that you see through most night vision goggles is due to the fact that the human eye is more sensitive to green light. When images are converted through night vision goggles they appear in black and white, but a green filter is applied because human eyes can look at green for a longer amount of time. (This is one of the reasons that many early computer screens used green text.) The combination of the two is common and leads to the best visual results at night, here is an informative thread with pictures of the differences.
Ultraviolet lights are common and can be used for a variety of applications. One of the most common uses is the ability to authenticate IDs, money, and any official document that uses a UV-sensitive watermark. Ultraviolet lights are even better than blue LEDs at identifying blood and other bodily fluids, making them a favorite of law enforcement and crime scene investigation workers. In an odd but potentially life-saving usage, UV lights can be indispensable if you live in a climate where you need to watch out for scorpions. Believe it or not, scorpions’ shells react brightly under UV light, making a UV LED a piece of helpful safety equipment. UV lights are also good for quickly recharging watch faces, compass needles, or other glow-in-the-dark items when the sun is down.
Hopefully the information on the different LED colors and their individual uses can inform your next flashlight purchase, or introduce the potential you didn’t know your current flashlight possessed. And as always we have a large selection of LED flashlights at Battery Junction, so come by with your newfound knowledge and see what products we have to offer.
NiteIze is a great company that produces a countless number of handy products that you never knew existed but have the potential to change your life. In this post I will go through a couple of the best NiteIze has to offer.
The screen skate microfiber screen cleaner is the best alternative to your t-shirt that you can find for cleaning your cellphone or tablet screen. This microfiber cleaner helps remove dust, dirt, and fingerprints from your favorite electronic device with ease. The microfiber pad features a magnetic close to keep the elements from the cleaning side, is available in three colors, and includes a small s-biner allowing for easy attachment to key chains, belt loops, and zippers. At around $5 this microfiber pad is a no-brainer.
The Knotbone is a revolutionary rubber shoelace replacement from NiteIze that will make sure you never go back to traditional shoelaces. The Knotbone eliminates the need for tying shoelaces by expanding and contracting to fit the contour of your foot. With a simple trim/size adjustment these laces will last through all types of weather and will give you a tight grip when running, but will expand when putting on the shoes. No more shoelaces coming untied, no more tripping on loose laces, no more bad friends tying your laces together! All of your problems are solved – pick up a pair of Knotbone laces now!
This handy device will help you avoid the unbelievable annoyance of tangled cords. The Gear Tie Cord Organizer is a mountable rubber coated metal wire device which is meant for organizing and keeping ugly wires out of sight. Simply attach the acrylic backing tape to any surface, shape the gear tie to your preferences and you’re good to organize your electronic cords as you please. This product is ideal for organizing TV/cable/HDMI/power cords, and is perfect for keeping your phone charger at hand on your bedside stand or desk. You won’t realize how much you needed this cord organizer until you experience if for yourself.
Have you ever wondered how headphone cords become tangled so easily? I do, all the time. Three minutes in a pocket or backpack and your headphones go from normal to having more knots than is physically possible – good luck untangling those for the next ten minutes. Ever wonder if there is a better way? I don’t, ever since I found the NiteIze Curvyman Cord Supervisor. This funny looking device will solve all your headphone problems by anchoring both ends of the headphones and providing a curved middle surface for winding the remaining length of the cord. The Curvyman comes with a small S-Biner for attaching the belt loops or keychains and is the perfect travel companion for avoiding the annoying headphone tangle.
The DoohicKey is the best keychain multi-tool you can get your hands on. This pint-sized tool comes has a bottle opener, scraper/tape cutter, flat-head screwdriver, pry tool, ruler, and a wrench. The DoohicKey is made of durable stainless steel and features a carabiner clip for easy attachment to key rings and belt loops. Airport friendly with a goofy name and great design, why isn’t this a part of your key ring already?
These are just a couple of the dozens of goofy, handy, and ingenious NiteIze we have here at Battery Junction. Come find a hidden gem today!
Your dog is part of the family – so treat them like one! Outfit your pup by giving them one of these fun dog accessories. It is important to keep your pup happy and safe this summer season.
1. Don’t let them get lost.
When it’s the middle of summer and everyone is outside, many pets like to run off, most of all now when fireworks are being set off left and right. Check out the NiteIze NiteHowl LED Safety Necklace. As far as dog accessories go, visibility is key. Featuring a normal and strobe mode, easily spot your pet in the dark! For smaller pups, clip on a light-up dog tag right to the collar!
2. Play with them!
Many of us are lucky to have full time jobs and are not available during the day. With the DogDiscuit light up LED flying Frisbee, you can play with your pooch even after the sun goes down. Fido doesn’t like Frisbees? The NiteIze LED Ball works just as well and shines bright with multiple colors!
3. Keep them comfortable.
In this nice weather, your pup is bound to explore in the woods or in fields. Even with special ointments and collars, ticks always find a way onto dog’s fur. Pull them off without hurting your dog with the Tick Wrangler by UST. Plus, if you’re anything like me and hate ticks, this is perfect since you don’t have to touch them with your hands!
4. Take them on a nice walk.
Nature calls and your yard does not have an electric fence. Consequently, you’re going to need to walk your pup! This is one of the best dog accessories if it is dark outside. Stay safe from cars and be noticed with your Nite Dawg LED leash. You might know the rules of the road, but your dog doesn’t. Keep them safe from cars by using a light up leash.
5. Fun Dog Tags!
Have the cutest dog on the block with one of these fun dog tags! Easily clipped onto your dog’s collar as an added safety measure, the benefits of this go far beyond a normal dog tag. Not only do the NiteIze ClipLit tags come in fun and unique shapes, but they also light up in a multitude of colors making your dog easily identifiable to yourself and others.
Furthermore, when you’re outside at night with your dog, it is important to carry a flashlight with you. The Nitecore MT1C is perfect for that as you may take it out
in the rain, it features a lanyard attachment if your hands are full, and it is small enough to fit inside your pocket! Plus, as an added extra, it has a strobe mode to scare away raccoons and other animals that might bother you!
Summer is here! Burgers are grilling, hotdogs are roasting, the potato salad is getting hot, and you’re thinking about how great your cookout is going thanks to Battery Junction! In this short blogpost we will go over some cookout essentials that can make your summer BBQ one to remember.
Yes, GetLit is the best bottle opener/S-Biner/light source for your summer picnic purposes. This gear is a perfect keychain companion for opening bottles and finding your way around once the sun starts to set. Simply use the S-Biner clip to attach the GetLit anywhere you need continuous glow or flashing light for up to 20 or 25 hours respectively! Silly name aside, this weatherproof keychain is a sturdy and useful tool to have with you at your next cookout.
The Niteize Flashflight LED Frisbee is a light-up disc that is perfect for your next evening cookout. The Flashflight features a fiber optic array which lights up the entire disc making it easily spotted. The disc is made to ultimate frisbee regulations, meaning it is also great for use during the day even when you won’t need the light. This light up disc is perfect for playing with the dog, and comes with a replaceable battery that provides up to 20 hours of light.
The UST KLIPP utensil set is a must have for any summer cookout. The KLIPP set has a fork, knife, and spoon made of durable and lightweight stainless steel. All the utensils are kept together with a handy carabiner which allows the KLIPP set to be attached to any belt loop, backpack, or gear that you can think of. This utensil set is an absolute essential if you are looking for an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic utensils at your next cookout.
The UST Water Cube is another essential for planning the best cookout. This water holder is a collapsing cube made from strong polyethylene plastic. It includes an on/off spigot as well as an opening large enough to cool the water with ice cubes. The Water Cube is especially useful because when it is not filled the container can be collapsed to a smaller and lighter version. With a strong handle and dent/crack resistant plastic, this water cube is a necessity for a good cookout.
This Fenix rechargeable camping lantern is an unassuming lantern that packs a punch. Known as “The Little Penguin”, this lantern will give you 2.25 hours on the 350 lumen turbo mode or up to 600 hours on low mode. The Little Penguin can be recharged via USB, includes 6 output modes, lights up an area up to 25 meters in diameter, and has a hanging loop and magnetic base allowing for optimal placement. Small enough to easily bring anywhere but strong enough to light up almost any area, this light is a perfect cookout companion.
These are just a few of many cookout essentials that are sure to make your summer better than you imagined, all thanks to Battery Junction!
As time goes on things become old and dull, and your jewelry is no exception. Luckily you can do something about it! That expensive ring may not shine like it used to, but you can bring back its luster with the right tools.
Ultrasonic Jewelry Bath:
Cleaning jewelry with ultrasonic waves is a common practice that produces great results. The GemOro Spa Pro Cleaner utilizes this technology by combining the look and performance of a high-end jewelry store cleaner, and the price point of a personal use machine. The GemOro cleans jewelry by producing 42,000 ultrasonic waves per second, which places intense pressure on contaminants such as dust, rust, grease, bacteria, fungus, and general slime. The piece of jewelry being cleaned must be suspended in water or a cleaning solvent for the process to work at full potential. This method of jewelry cleaning is particularly effective because it is able to clean blind holes and cracks that would normally be unreachable, and most times requires nothing but the machine and some tap water to effectively work.
Vapor Steam Cleaning:
Vapor Steam Cleaning is another commonly used cleaning method, and in some cases is used in conjunction with ultrasonic cleaning to get the best possible clean. This method of cleaning involves placing the jewelry in the vapor stream of pressurized water. It’s great for tarnish removal. The combination of the water’s temperature and the pressurized method of delivery is the main cleaning agent. The GemOro Ultraspa 50 PSI Ultrasonic & Steam Cleaner is a 2 in 1 cleaning system that uses both the ultrasonic and vapor cleaning methods. The vapor cleaning method is cited as being an environmentally conscious cleaning option due to its lower amount of water usage, and lack of chemical cleaning solutions.
Many people often opt to use a magnifier to clean their treasures, whether in combination with an ultrasonic/steam cleaner, or on its own for a spot clean. Magnifiers allow you to focus on a specific spot that may be dirty, or make adjustments with screws or placement. For a nice, higher end magnifying tool take a look at the GemOro Magnifier Light which comes with a bench clamp and a 22 watt light. For a cheaper magnifier look no further than the GemOro iView LED Magnifier, which is a handheld magnifying glass with built-in white and UV LEDs. Both magnifiers will give you at least 2.5x zoom, and the LEDs help spot imperfections or blemishes in your jewelry.
Using any of these cleaning products with a brush or buffer will help get your jewelry’s shine back and will keep new rings or necklaces looking great for the future. Come by Battery Junction and get all you’ll need to keep your valuables looking shiny and clean!
Going out on the boat can be a fun time, but can also turn dangerous depending on the weather or boat malfunctions. In order to ensure that everything goes right on your day out on the water, we have put together a few must-haves for your next boating trip.
Underwater Kinetics is mainly a brand servicing divers, however many of their products are also very useful for casual boating functions. Specifically, the Underwater Kinetics Weatherproof UltraBox is a great device for keeping your electronics safe from water damage. The UltraBox is available with or without a padded liner, is waterproof, moisture proof, dustproof, and is submersible to depths often exceeding 16 feet. This UltraBox is a great place to put your phone, keys, or other small electronics while on your boat to keep them safe.
This handy light accessory is a perfect item to have on your boat when in low light situations that require use of both your hands. The Fender Friend features a magnetic tripod and a flexible neck, allowing for hands-free illumination. While intended for use with cars, this accessory is great for fixed lighting around the boat, for late evening fishing, or map/book reading assistance. Simply pair the Fender Friend with your preferred spotlight and prepare for all the hands-free lighting you can handle.
The Underwater Kinetics Super Q is a high quality waterproof light with a USB rechargeable power source. Another product made with divers in mind, this light will stand up to as much water as you can throw at it and more. Made of ABS high-impact rubber and a stainless steel frame, this light is durable and dependable. There is no more better light to have with you on your boat, and it can even be used to go underwater should you drop something off the boat. The Super Q has a 90 lumen output for 4 hours and comes with a USB charging cradle.
These are just a few of many boating excursion products that will greatly improve your maritime experience. If you are looking to upgrade your next fishing trip or are just trying to find a quality flashlight to keep on your boat, Battery Junction is the place for you!
The Olight H05 Active is the perfect headlamp for a late evening bike ride, nighttime hike, or for just navigating in the dark with your hands free. The powerful 150 Lumen LED light features high, medium, and low lighting levels, as well as two red indicator lights which help keep you easily visible to others. Living up to its Active name, this light will withstand drops of up to 1 meter and also has a IPX-4 water resistance rating. The H05 will light will illuminate your surroundings up to 55 meters away, and runs on only 2 AAA batteries which are included with a purchase. The H05 comes in Orange, Purple, Green, and Blue colors.
The Olight H05s is the H05’s older, more serious brother. The H05s boasts an increased 180 lumen output, 3 brightness outputs, and red lights for when you want to keep a low profile. Coolest of all, the H05s can be activated by waving your hand in front of the light in addition to the physical power switch. This light features a run time of 8.5 hours on medium, and an impressive 24 hours on the low setting. The CREE LED light has a beam throw of 60 meters, and also features an indicator light for when battery power is getting low. For an extra $10 when compared to the H05 this light is a no-brainer upgrade whose only drawback is it’s lack of vibrant color options.
The Olight S2A Baton is a great option if you are in the market for a dependable everyday carry flashlight. This pint-sized light is just over 5 inches and weighs less than 2 ounces, but still produces up to an astounding 550 lumens of light. Cased in a hard-anodized aluminum body, this light can be submerged under 2 meters of water and will withstand drops of up to 1 meter without taking any damage. The S2A boasts some impressive light outputs as well, with 4 constant brightness settings and a strobe function for self defense or distress signaling. This light has the potential to illuminate targets up to 110 meters away and can run on a pair of AA batteries for 100 days on the lowest output setting. Available in black, gray, yellow, or fluorescent blue, this light is a great everyday illumination device to have with you for most any circumstance.
Need some high lumen outputs from your flashlight? Then check out the Olight R50 Seeker. Capable of producing a blinding 2500 lumens, this flashlight can light up the darkest of spaces. This light is equipped with a USB rechargeable Lithium Ion battery pack making re-powering convenient, cheap, and environmentally friendly. The Seeker is also built to hold up to some tough beatings. The R50 features a body made of aircraft grade aluminum, is IPX-8 waterproof rated, and can be fully submerged underwater without breaking. A true powerhouse for your next search and rescue mission, with this Seeker you won’t have to look low and high.
These new Olight products join an already robust catalog of great flashlights and headlamps, come take a look at Battery Junction today!
Guns require a ton of maintenance to keep working in top shape, and can become dangerous when they do not function properly. Luckily we have a number of ideal cleaning and maintenance items for your gun here at Battery Junction!
The Leatherman MUT is a top of the line multi-tool used both by civilians and in a more tactical capacity by members of law enforcement and the military. The MUT is designed to be the one-and-done tool for anyone who owns a firearm. It comes with 16 different tools including brushes and threading tools for keeping barrels clean, and screwdriver components that are made to fit standard military and civilian gun sight adjustment. And with standard attachments such as a 420HC steel knife and wire cutters, this multi-tool will cover your gun maintenance needs and more.
Gun Butter is a top of the line firearm lubricant manufacturer from the USA with a wide range of products. Gun Butter’s products can help keep your guns from jamming in harsh conditions such as snow, rain, or even dust clouds. It’s built to work in temperatures anywhere from -20 to 400 Fahrenheit and will provide 2 years of rust protection for your metal to metal, metal to plastic, or plastic to plastic mechanisms. This lubricant is a must have for extending the useful life of your firearm.
Maxpedition cases go a long way to ensuring that your gun keeps working by providing quality protection for your firearm while you are not using it. Maxpedition bags are made from high strength 1000 Denier Nylon, reinforced at pressure points with composite thread, use YKK zippers and slides, and finally given a triple coat of polyurethane for water protection from the elements. Maxpedition makes bags specifically suited to carrying and storing guns, and produce some of the best carrying holsters for tactical weapon use. A big part of taking care of your gun is how you store it and Maxpedition offers some of the best protective bags money can buy.
If taking care of your weapons is a top priority for you, or if you are just trying to keep your guns in working condition, stop by Battery Junction and look at our selection of high quality products.