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Gavin’s Top Ten Battery Junction Gear Wishlist

Hi, I’m Gavin, and as I have worked at Battery Junction over the years I have come across more than a couple of products that I wish I had myself. In this blog post I will go through the top ten products (in no particular order) that have caught my eye.

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First up on the list is the Maxpedition Thermite Versipack. Being a huge skiing, biking, and hiking fan this handy pack caught my eye pretty quickly. This pack can be attached to the waist and leg, or held sling style over the shoulder. When skiing the waist/leg attachment is great for making sure that the pack stays firmly attached. When biking or hiking this pack can be more casually carried over the shoulder for a more comfortable and less movement restrictive method of carrying. Like most Maxpedition products, this pack is made to withstand some of the toughest conditions out there. With water and abrasion-resistant lightweight ballistic nylon fabric, as well as double stitched stress points I am confident that this pack would stand up to any rigors I might put it through.

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Next up on the top ten list is the Ultimate Survival Technologies Reusable Handwarmer. This product is perfect for anybody who goes out in the cold for extended periods of time. Living in Connecticut and being a frequent Vermont skier I have used many (probably hundreds) of disposable hand warmers over the years. This product is a great alternative that both helps my wallet and my conscience by being environmentally friendly. It is super easy to reuse the hand warmer, all that is needed is to place the used warmer in a pot of boiling water for about 15-20 minutes, or until the gel turns from orange to clear. This neat device is super affordable and has saved me big money that I would have otherwise been spending on hand and foot warmers.

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Next up on the top ten list is the Wiley X Nerve Goggles. These goggles are made and tested for military use so it is safe to say that they will stand up to anything I could put them through. The top down ventilation system is a great feature as it keeps that sealed goggle area from becoming too warm. Also, there is an anti fog coating on the goggles that importantly makes sure that the vision field never gets clouded. I have been eyeing these goggles for skiing purposes but they also could easily (and would probably be better) used for off-road biking/ATV track racing. They are a bit pricey at ~$85 but there is no doubt that these goggles will last for a couple of years and have the quality to be worth the price tag.

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Next up on the list of my top ten products is my favorite pet accessory the NiteIze NiteHowl light up dog collar. I personally use this product on a daily basis with my two dogs at home and love it. The collar is made of a plastic/rubber material that can be cut to fit any dog’s neck in the diameter range of 12″ – 27″. I use this all the time when walking my black lab mix at night because without it I have trouble seeing her any further than 5 feet away. The collar is great for making sure cars see your dog when walking on the roads, or even for when you want to keep an eye on your dog while they go for a nighttime run in the yard. As a dog owner and enthusiast I cannot say enough good things about this light up collar.

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Coming in at 5 (even though order doesn’t matter) is the very useful NiteIze HandleBand Smartphone Bike Attachment. This is just one of a couple of smartphone bike attachments that we have at Battery Junction. However, I prefer this one over the other options because of its universal fit feature. Because it can fit such a range of phone sizes I would have no problem getting a new iPhone, or changing to an Android because the bike attachment will work regardless. This attachment keeps the phone face up which is great for when you are using a GPS feature to get around, or are trying to track your fitness performance in an app. For just ~$15 this is a no-brainer bike/phone attachment.

6.

Being an outdoor person I would have to go with a headlamp for my flashlight pick, and the Petzl Tikka R+ Headlamp wins easily. This headlamp is rechargeable (USB compatible) and can have an output of up to 170 Lumens. However, the main draw for me is the Reactive Lighting Technology which allows the headlamp to make hands-free adjustments to the lighting pattern and strength. This feature is great because the main draw of headlamps is that they are mostly hands-free and this headlamp takes that into account by making it truly hands-free. The headlamp can also be connected with an app on your smartphone to allow for customization of lighting preferences. I have yet to come across a headlamp that is smarter or more hands-free than this lamp.

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The Tenergy Dual Port USB Power Bank is up next on my top ten list. As a college student and full-time smartphone addict I am a big fan of portable power banks. This one from Tenergy is one of the best options on the Battery Junction site because of its compact design mixed with large energy holding capacity. With two outbound ports for charging, this device can charge multiple devices at once and has a 8000mAh capacity for enough charge to go around. The slim design and built-in flashlight make this the best portable charger available at Battery Junction (in my opinion).

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Next on my wishlist is the Wagan 6L Thermo Electric Fridge/Warmer for car use. This one is on the wishlist because car trips are a pretty common occurrence for me and it would be a great convenience to have a fridge/heater for food and liquids. This unit plugs into any car charger and is compact enough to fit in between the driver and passengers seats for quick access while driving. This food container is the perfect companion for keeping coffee warm for an early morning ski drive, or for keeping beverages cool on the way to the beach over the summer. At a competitive price of ~$55 this cooler may be my next purchase.

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The Leatherman MUT EOD Multi-Tool is an all-encompassing tool that is also in my top ten. This multi-tool from Leatherman is top of the line as far as multi-tools go. The MUT features 15 tools which can fulfill a range of functions. I would likely not need all the tools on any one trip, but my philosophy is that if you’re going to bring a multi-tool you might as well bring a multi-tool that has it all. I would bring this tool with me on pretty much any outdoors trip because it has the potential to help out in so many situations. I’m not a big multi-tool person but the wide range of tools and the 25 year warranty make this an easy top ten contender on my wishlist.

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Last and definitely least on my top ten wishlist is the NiteIze GetLit S-Biner Flashlight/Bottle-opener. As a college student of drinking age I always have my eyes out for cool and interesting bottle openers. This one may be neither but the price, light, and goofy name are enough to make me wish I had it. This may feel like a cop-out for the tenth spot but I honestly couldn’t choose because there are so many good products on Battery Junction.

If you liked any of the products in my top ten or are interested in coming across some of the products that just missed out, then come by Battery Junction and check out our selection of products!

Gun Butter weapon lubricants

Gun Care and Maintenance Essentials

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!

Leatherman MUT:

Leatherman MUT Multitool
Leatherman MUT

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 – Firearm Lubricant:

theshorelinemarket_2421_541491159Gun 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 Carrying Cases:

Pistol Case/Gun Rug
Pistol Case/Gun Rug

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.

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.