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New Year’s Resolution Support with Battery Junction

New year, new you! With the start of a new year comes the pressure and desire to improve and make serious positive changes. This can be tough or very easy depending on your resolution, but either way Battery Junction has you covered with the best gear for making that resolution a reality.

theshorelinemarket_2452_385942051Running/Exercise Resolution

Many people choose to make resolutions to improve their health or to step up their exercise regimen. We don’t sell diet plans at Battery Junction but we do have the NiteIze Lacelock KnotBone system for your running needs. The KnotBones are made of stretchy rubber material that allow the shoe to expand and retract without ever having to re-tie the laces. If you’re looking to go running you will also want to be sure that you’re easily visible to drivers on the road. Fortunately wetheshorelinemarket_2447_2834490926 have just what you need! The NiteIze Led Run Vest will make sure that every driver on the road spots you from hundreds of feet away.

Be Seen From All Angles

theshorelinemarket_2452_113964231Biking, whether it be for exercise or environmental consciousness reasons, is another popular New Year’s resolution. If you choose to substitute a car for a bike in the morning work commute then it is very important to have the right gear. The JetBeam BR10 is a great accessory for your bike that will allow you to see even when it begins to get dark. The BR10 comes with a bike mount and can run with a 960 lumen output for 2 hours! This mounted flashlight features a rechargeable battery and competitive pricing relative to its peers.

It is very important to be seen from every angle when biking at dusk or night. The NiteIze SaddleLite is a great way to increase your visibility from behind. The battery-powered bag light provides illumination with both glow and flash functions to make sure you are seen. Also if you are wearing a helmet (as you should) it is a good idea to highlight it for drivers. The NiteIze Helmet Marker Plus easily attaches to the back of any helmet and provides instant eye-catching light for drivers to be aware of. Finally, the NiteIze SpokeLit spoke lights will create an optical illusion that is impossible for drivers to miss. Simply attach one of the LEDs to a spoke and the spinning of the tires will create a glowing circle of light. With lights on the front, side, and back, you’ll see and be seen clearly.

Going Green!

ResolutionSome people may opt to be more environmentally conscious with their New Year’s resolution and try to go green in some way. If you should choose to invest in green energy we have a wide selection of solar powered lights and panels for purchase. One of the standouts is the Sunforce 37150 Solar Panel which can be installed to provide clean renewable power for a home, RV, or boat. The Sunforce is a top of the line solar panel at a competitive price that can provide you with power almost anywhere.

Rechargeable batteries are also another great way to go green for the new year. We are currently having a sale on Eneloop rechargeable batteries for up to 15% off! If you are looking to go rechargeable you will also need a charging device. Luckily we have you covered for that as well. The Xtar VC4 charger is a great device for keeping your Eneloops ready to use. This charger features 4 bays for charging and an LCD screen that updates in real-time.

Drop the Smoking Habit

Some people may choose to drop a bad habit such as smoking for their New Year’s resolution. This is never an easy task and for those who turn to electronic cigarette alternatives Battery Junction has the accessories to help you with the transition. For a simple yet effective battery carrying case the UltraFire Battery Case should do well. The case can hold up to (4) CR123As or (2) 18650s and keeps batteries shielded from the elements to ensure peak performance. Additionally we carry waterproof cases for keeping the most valuable vaporizers in working condition. For a top of the line case take a look at the Underwater Kintetics Weatherproof 207 Ultrabox. The Ultrabox is waterproof, moisture proof, dust proof, and can be submerged in up to 16 feet in water.

These are just a few of the many products at Battery Junction that can help you keep on track with your New Year’s Resolution!

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Super Spooky Halloween Flashlight Pumpkin Face Project

What’s more spooky than an eerie floating face hovering in the darkness?

Inspired by a crafty blogger, we decided to celebrate Halloween with cut-outs to overlay on our high-powered flashlights.

img_7452First, we measured the head of our flashlight to find out how big our cut-out should be.

img_7439Then we printed up a terrifying jack-o’-lantern face that we found on the internet.

img_7441We  cut it out with scissors,

img_7443and our helpful Marketing Coordinator jumped in and used a razor to cut out the details like the eyes and mouth.

img_7445While cutting out the details, our Marketing Coordinator accidentally sliced his hands open and died a horrible death. We’ll miss him.

img_7449Our friend Mr. Meeseeks (from Rick and Morty) was left to finish the job.

img_7453With the details all hacked slashed cut out, we affixed the filter to the front of our trusty Nitecore EA8 Caveman searchlight. We left little tabs along the side to tape the filter onto the light’s bezel.

img_7456It works, kind of! We just couldn’t get the big bright spot the center to go away, even by adding extra layers of paper. Our flashlights just have TOO MUCH POWER.

That, or they’re haunted.

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Let us know if your flashlights come in handy this holiday!

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NiteIze Products You Didn’t Know You Needed

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.

Screen Skate Cleaner: NiteIze Screen Cleaner

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.

Knotbone Lacelock System:

NiteIze Knotbone sneaker laces 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!

Gear Tie Cord Organizer: 

NiteIze Gear Tie Cord Organizer
Cord Organizer

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.

 

Curvyman Cord Supervisor:

NiteIze Curveyman Cord Supervisor 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.

NiteIze DoohicKey Tool:

6x Key Tool

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!

Light up Frisbee

Five Summer Cookout Essential Items

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.

GetLit!GetLit Bottle Opener, Cookout

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.

Niteize Flashflight LED Frisbee:

Light up FrisbeeThe 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.

 

UST KLIPP Utensil Set:

Cookout UtensilsThe 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.

 

UST Water Cube: 

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 Water Cubeincludes 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.

Fenix CL25R Camping Lantern:

theshorelinemarket_2425_258617078This 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!

 

 

 

 

Niteye MINI-1 Rechargeable

These Seven Keylights Will Make You Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

If you’ve never carried a flashlight by your side daily, it may not sound that useful. But much like a pocketknife or a lighter, once you begin carrying a keylight, you begin to see uses for it everywhere. Eventually you begin to wonder how you ever lived without one.

If you’re looking for the TL;DR version, jump to the bottom to see my top recommendations.

Carabiner LED flashlightI still remember the first time I used a keychain flashlight and saved myself some grief. It was a classic “fumbling with keys in the dark” moment. I had parked my car in a woodsy area off the road from where I worked. By nightfall it had become a minefield of rocks and tree branches, the kind of place where you might accidentally sneak up on a skunk or other critter. What’s worse, it was a moonless and overcast night, and the darkness was so inky, I could barely see my white car! I had to stumble over a rock before I remembered that I was actually carrying a light with me: a rinky-dink combination LED and carabiner.I was so used to thinking of it as the hook that attached my water bottle to my bag, I had forgotten it had a built-in flashlight. When I turned it on, I could see everything so clearly that I actually chuckled at myself for not thinking of it sooner. Instead of taking slow, cautious steps over the rocky ground, I was able to breeze right up to my car, unlock it, and get on the road after a long day’s work. From that point on, the problem wasn’t remembering to use my flashlight – it was keeping it loaded with fresh batteries!

So if you’re bewildered by all our gear, technical specifications, and unfamiliar brand names, no worries! As of this post I’ve been at Battery Junction for just over a month, and I feel like I’ve just dipped my toes in the water. In fact, part of the reason I’m writing this post is because I’m considering picking up a couple of these lights for myself and my loved ones. Let’s take a look at some of the coolest keylights in our inventory and find you a good match.

 

1) Niteye MINI-1 Rechargeable KeylightNiteye MINI-1 Rechargeable

The Mini-1 is so adorable I could explode. This stubby little guy is basically the size of a pen cap, but it blasts out an impressive 130 lumens, which puts it near the top of this list in terms of raw power. The real kicker is the durability of its construction. Machined out of stainless steel, the Mini-1 is rugged, waterproof, and 1M impact resistant. It’s far and away the toughest of the keylights I’m reviewing. It’s almost like they knew you’d be clipping it to your keychain and then dropping it. God, why is it so adorable? It comes with a rechargeable battery, and you can recharge it with a micro-USB cord. Cute overload!

How it ranks:

  • Easily the most durable keylight on this list!
  • In terms of brightness, it’s essentially tied for second place with the 132 lumen Titanium Innovations Illuminati.
  • Tied with the Photon for smallest form.
  • Moderately pricey, but probably the last keylight you’ll ever have to buy.

 

2) Titanium Innovations KEYLIGHTTitanium Innovations KEYLIGHT

I’m not gonna lie: we give these out for free on orders of $20+ because we know they’ll get you hooked. I wouldn’t blame you if you saw the $0.99 price tag on these and figured they’re cheap and mediocre, but as one of our highest-rated products, the 5 star reviews just keep pouring in. I grabbed one from the Warehouse, and I can totally see why customers are inclined to rave about the Keylight. It’s super tiny, about as light as a pen, and feels really natural between your thumb and forefinger. The button on it is very soft and easy to operate. Combined with fun colors for both the body and the LEDs, these are perfect for kids as safety lights. Buy them by the handful and give them away as stocking stuffers. Heck, if you want to buy in bulk for your company, event, or promotion, did you know we can even make them with custom labels? If you want to see how handy it can be to add a keylight to your everyday gear, but want to stay frugal, start here.

How it ranks:

  • Hands-down the cheapest keylight we offer, but still boasts impressive quality.
  • Second-smallest light on the list.
  • One of the highest-rated products we sell (5 stars, over 40 reviews).

 

3) Photon Micro-Light II KeylightPhoton Micro-Light II

I’d call the Micro-Light II the “big brother” of the Titanium Innovations KEYLIGHT, since it upgrades several key features. But the Photon is smaller than the KEYLIGHT, which kind of mucks up my whole “big brother” comparison. Oh well. The point is, it’s brighter, more durable, and slimmer than the KEYLIGHT, while still retaining the same basic form and simplicity.

The Photon Micro-Light II is the only light on this list to offer two on-off switches: a toggle switch for constant-on, and a thumb-press button if you just need momentary light. The LEDS are available in a variety of colors, some of which have neat properties or applications. (See a more detailed explanation of the uses for each color on the product page.)

How it ranks:

  • Tied with the Mini-1 for smallest form.
  • Tons of LED colors available if you have specific needs, or like rainbows.

 

4) Titanium Innovations Illuminati CA1-AL KeylightTitanium Innovations Illuminati CA1-AL

With its rugged good looks, 132 lumen beam, and three brightness settings, the Illuminati is quite possibly the perfect entry-level flashlight. Why? Because you get to experience some of the features of full-sized lights (rugged body, multiple brightness settings, waterproof seals) at a tiny size and an affordable price point. Unlike some of the other items on this list, the Illuminati actually looks like a flashlight, feels like a flashlight in your hands, and is sturdy enough to take a beating. The hard anodized aluminum body is a step up from the plastic of some of the smaller lights, but the Illuminati is still the size of the average car key. It runs on widely-available AAA batteries (though I recommend some high-quality rechargeables if you plan on using the full-strength beam often). IPX-7 water resistance means you can actually drop it in a meter of water and it will still operate. Its light weight and compact dimensions make it look and feel at home on your keychain.

How it ranks:

  • One of the only two lights on this list that takes AAAs (along with the Titan Plus).
  • In terms of brightness, it’s essentially tied for second place with the 130 lumen Niteye Mini-1.
  • Named one of the nicest-looking keylights in our totally scientific office poll.

 

5) Nitecore Tube KeylightNitecore Tube

We’re confused too. Here in the office, we’re still trying to figure out how the Tube got its name, seeing as there’s nothing tubular anywhere in its design. And since we’re a bunch of snarky geeks, we’d probably mock it to death if it weren’t so darn well-made. Instead, its name just became a loveable quirk of one of our favorite lights.

Feature-wise, the Tube is really impressive. It has two brightness settings, but you can also adjust the brightness to anywhere in between those fixed settings, allowing you to reach the perfect balance between brightness and battery life. It’s impact resistant and water resistant. And it recharges via USB micro cable—the same adapter type as most smartphones. It doesn’t shine as bright as some of the heavier hitters on this list, but it’s still more than enough raw power to get you out of the dark. The Tube is a true Jack-of-all-trades.

How it ranks:

  • One of the highest-rated products we sell (4.5 stars, over 100 reviews).
  • Well-balanced between brightness, features, and price.
  • Named one of the nicest-looking keylights in our totally scientific office poll.

 

6) Spotlight Turbo FlashlightSpotlight Turbo

Ok, fine, strictly speaking it’s not a keylight. The Turbo is a bit different from most of the lights we offer, in that it charges in your car lighter. But consider how often you need a light for your car. If you’ve tried to outsmart fate by putting a cheapo light in your glovebox, you probably grabbed it in your hour of need, only to find the batteries had died. Argh, they discharged from sitting unused for so long! Since the Turbo lives in your lighter outlet, it constantly stays charged to max capacity. Ideal for pinch hitting while you replace your dead dome light, locating a wallet that fell under the seat, or peeking under the hood in the dark.

How it ranks:

  • Cleverly sidesteps the dead flashlight batteries in your glove compartment.
  • Not exactly a keylight.
  • I put it on this list because I felt like it. Whatever. Don’t tell me what to do.

 

7) SureFire Titan Plus KeylightSureFire Titan Plus

They didn’t give it this name for nothing. The Titan is the light that will begin to inspire the lust and yearning that may convert you into a full-fledged flashoholic. It’s the brightest, biggest, and most expensive of the flashlights on this list. (Well, biggest, in a manner of speaking. It’s still super-portable. Compared to a Sharpie marker, it’s about as thick, and almost exactly as long as the gray body of the marker.) The stylish Titan tops out at 300 lumens, which is more than double the next-brightest lights on this list. Powered by a single AAA battery, this beast gets immense amounts of light out of a common and widely available cell. You’ll definitely want to invest in some good rechargeables if you spring for this one. Three different output levels let you adjust brightness based on your task. The body is constructed out of nickel-plated solid brass, which gives it a lovely heft. Plus Surefire products are guaranteed for life, so in the rare event that it breaks or malfunctions, you’re completely covered.

How it ranks:

  • The brightest on this list, by a longshot—more than twice as bright as the Mini-1 and Illuminati.
  • One of the only two lights on this list that takes AAAs (along with the Illuminati).
  • Three different brightness settings.
  • Named one of the nicest-looking keylights in our totally scientific office poll.

 

My recommendations:

Entry level no-brainer light:

Titanium Innovations KEYLIGHT

Perfect for newcomers who want to enjoy the utility of an everyday carry flashlight without breaking the bank. Also hard to go wrong if you’re having trouble deciding between the lights we’ve reviewed today. If you get one and find yourself wondering “What if it was a little brighter?” or “I wish the beam was a little more focused,” come back to this article and try one of my mid-tier recommendations.

 

All-around versatility:

Nitecore Tube

Affordable, compact, cool-looking, easy to recharge, tons of settings, and bound to make people ask where you got it. This is the light that many Battery Junction employees carry. After using the Tube for a year or two, you’ll know whether you need a more application-specific flashlight to compliment this great all-rounder.

 

The dream light:

Niteye MINI-1 Rechargeable

When you power up your Mini-1, folks of your preferred sex and gender will suddenly circle you, cooing at your style and sensibility. They’ll wonder how you combined such brightness with such a small form. They’ll marvel at its USB rechargeability and durable, waterproof frame. You will no longer have to pay for drinks, repay debts, or show up for work on time. You’ll slyly say that you paid a little more for it than some other keylights you could’ve bought, but it was worth every penny. You devil.

 

What keylight do you carry? What are your favorite features? Have you ever swapped or upgraded? Let us know in the comments—we read every one!

Nuka Caps by Etsy user NukaColaCaps

Surviving the Fallout Wasteland

Surviving the Fallout Wasteland

A lot of us are video game geeks here at Battery Junction, and the Fallout franchise has a particular place in my heart. I’ve been a Fallout fan since the very first game came out on the PC. The recent announcement of the Creation Kit for Fallout 4 is about to turn that game into a modder’s paradise. In celebration of this event, let’s take a look at some of our best gear for surviving the post-nuclear wasteland.

 

Here, Dogmeat! Good boy.

Fallout 3 Dogmeat vs Behemoth by u/Khusley

You might have the wits to hang back and snipe a Super Mutant Behemoth from afar, but of course your trusty canine companion insists on running up and gnawing on its ankle. How do you call him back to your side? By whistling, of course! But how can you be heard over all that gunfire? With the piercing shrill of a survival whistle. Our Fenix Lifesaving Whistle (stainless steel) and Nitecore Emergency Whistle (titanium) both emit up to 120 decibels of ear-piercing sound. Both feature a dual-flute design that makes them easier to use than conventional whistles. Choose the shape and metal that’s right for you! Just don’t blow it inside your power armor helmet. Ouch.

 

Time for a Nuka Break

Homemade Fallout Nuka Caps by Etsy user NukaColaCaps

Every time you crack a Nuka Cola, you get a little richer. The refreshing taste gets even sweeter when that brand new bottle cap hits your purse, since caps are currency in the post-apocalypse. But of course Nuka Cola didn’t anticipate nuclear war, so they probably neglected to make twist-off tops. That means you’re not getting any soda OR bottle caps unless you have a bottle opener. The Nite Ize GetLit is an office favorite because of its goofy name, but it’s a wasteland favorite because of its portability. Easy to clip onto your backpack or vault jumpsuit, the GetLit’s built-in LED makes it easy to open bottles for that Nuka boost even at night. Unless you’re drinking a glowing, radioactive bottle of Nuka Cola Quantum. But of course you aren’t. Nobody actually drinks their Quantum. They’re for hoarding.

 

Hey, does this smell like explosion to you?

Fallout 3 Plasma Grenade

Unless you have a PipBoy, you probably can’t stop time mid-combat. That means you need to have your weaponry close at hand. You’re gonna want our rugged Maxpedition Double Frag Grenade Pouch to hold your pop rocks. Technically the pouches are designed to hold standard issue military frag grenades like the M67 or MK2, but who uses those? Regular frags are weaksauce. I’m sure the pouches can hold Enclave standard-issue plasma grenades just fine. I like to name mine. The one on the left is “Good Karma,” and the one on the right is “Bad Karma.”

 

Don’t drink the water

Fallout 4 water pump

Ok, so it won’t remove the radiation from your water, but our line of SteriPEN UV Water Purifiers will kill just about anything else that wriggles, swims, or crawls through your drink. Just submerge the pen in your water bottle, and its UV rays will roast microbes faster than you can say “Giddyup Buttercup.” Combine the UV pens with our water bottle filters to remove particles from your water as well. It’s no Project Purity, but then again, you can’t really fit the Jefferson Memorial in your inventory without becoming overencumbered.

 

A well-lit settlement is a happy settlement

Fallout 4 raider, blinded by the light

Those pesky raiders are always skulking around your settlements at night. Light ‘em up! The Sunforce 60 LED Ultra Bright Solar Motion Light is motion-activated, so the moment someone crosses your perimeter, they’ll be lit up with the fury of this massive LED array. And the maintenance-free, weather resistant solar panel means that this beast will draw minimal power from your generators. Imagine the look on their ugly mugs when this thing switches on and blinds them.

 

Patch yourself up

Fallout 4 Stimpack

Medicine in Fallout may be leaps and bounds ahead of real life, but sooner or later, you’re gonna run out of Stimpaks. When it’s time to heal up the old fashioned way, you’re going to want a versatile kit at hand. Enter the Marine First Aid Kit 2.0 from Ultimate Survival Technologies. Packed in an ultra-light, water-resistant pouch, the kit is jam-packed with supplies for a variety of medical situations. Grab one for your car, one for your house, and one for your pack brahmin.

 

For those late nights in the workshop

Lights in Fallout 4 Workshop

It’s another 3 A.M. session of reinforcing your power armor with radiation resistant lead plating. Highlight those fine details with the Wagan Brite Stick XT Rechargeable Worklight with Magnetic Base. Use the magnets to go hands-free and stick it wherever you need light. Super-bright LEDs make for low power consumption. Use the included adapters to recharge it by day. It’s a tinkerer’s dream.

 

Carrying Capacity

Maxpedition Kodiak S-Type Gearslinger

Everybody knows that the only way to beat Fallout is to pick up every single item. Garden gnome? Could come in handy. Iguana on a stick? You might not want to eat it, but you can probably sell it to someone who does. Your own amputated sixth toe that you grew after stepping in radioactive goo? Who knows, it might insta-kill the end boss. But where are you gonna stash all that stuff? You’re going to need a sweet pack. We carry tons of survival- and tactical-oriented bags, but the Maxpedition Kodiak S-Type Gearslinger has some features that make it particularly suited for the wasteland. Anti-theft zipper pulls make it harder for punks to pickpocket you (or stash live grenades in your bag). And the concealed carry weapon (CCW) pouch makes it easy to carry a handgun out of sight. Simply swing the bag around your shoulder to access it.

 

Mr. Handy in your pocket

Fallout 3 Mr. Handy

In a perfect wasteland, you’d have a RobCo Mr. Handy unit by your side at all times, to assist you with everyday operations such as repairs, salvage, and flamethrowing. But when you need to strike out on your own, the next best thing is a multitool. Leatherman invented the multitool, so you’d be hard pressed to find a better manufacturer. Their MUT EOD tool is one of their few heavy/military duty pieces, making it perfect for the rigors of the radioactive wilderness. Plus it has MUT in its name, which makes it extra-ironic when you use it to slice open mutfruit. Or super mutants.

 

What’s your favorite piece of real-life wasteland survival gear? What mods are you most excited to see? What’s the closest experience you’ve had to Fallout in real life? What crucial survival gear are did we forget? Let us know in the comments. We read every single one.