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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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!

Wiley X Goggles

Skiing Essentials for the Winter at Battery Junction!

Its that time of year again, it’s skiing season! Once the stress and intensity of the holiday season subsides it is time to hit the slopes, and there is no better place to gear up for your skiing trip than Battery Junction! This post will show you a few of the great cold winter sport accessories that we carry at Battery Junction.

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The Thermite Versipack from Maxpedition is a great product for your next trip to the mountains. Originally designed for tactical and military use, this pack can also double as one of the sturdiest skiing bags you can find. The Versipack has the ability to either be worn as a shoulder sling or to be firmly attached to the waist and leg. The waist and leg attachment is a great option for more high intensity skiing as it provides a much tighter grip. The Thermite features abrasion resistant nylon material that can stand up to the most rigorous and testing circumstances. Carrying a cell phone and other semi breakable material while skiing has never been safer with a #AS-100 high grade closed-cell foam padding material that can absorb the impact from some of your hardest falls. Competitively priced with other name brand skiing bags, this multifaceted Maxpedition bag is a great way to carry around all you need while on the slopes.

theshorelinemarket_2447_3616607494Wiley X Nerve Goggles

The Wiley X Nerve Goggles are a high quality alternative to the standard skiing goggles that most people choose to use. These Wiley X goggles are all you need and more for the job of  protecting your eyes while skiing. Originally designed for high speed biking and combat situations, the Nerve Goggles meet ANSI Z87.1-2003 high velocity safety and MIL-PRF-31013 Vo Ballistic Standards. ANSI Z87.1-2003 high velocity safety means that the glasses meet the protection standards for impact, non-ionizing radiation, and liquid splash exposures. MIL-PRF-31013 Vo Ballistic Standards refer to military standards testing with reference to the size caliber bullet that the glasses can absorb without breaking. In addition to being tough as nails these goggles also feature no-fog ventilation technology and the ability to insert a prescription into the lenses. The no fog ventilation technology will keep your vision field clear from clouding during those high intensity mogul runs. These goggles are a great buy for any skiing enthusiast who is serious about their eye protection!

Leatherman Hail Snowboard/Skiing Tool 

theshorelinemarket_2450_1470375334The Hail Snowboard Tool from Leatherman is a must have for both skiers and snowboarders alike. This handy pocket tool fulfills 5 different functions that are perfect for the most hardcore skiing enthusiasts. The scraper tool is perfect for shaving off any excess wax on the bottom of skiis or snowboards. The scraper can also smooth out any divots that you may have picked up while skiing through the woods. The flat/phillips head screwdriver and 10mm wrench tools are perfect for tightening or loosening bindings depending on preference and conditions. The handy lace assist tool is great for helping snowboarders get their boots tightened and ready in record time. The anti-tangle headphone holder keeps headphone organized and ready for use at all times. Finally, no multi tool would be complete without a bottle opener and the Hail Snowboard does not disappoint. The Hail Multitool is a great piece of equipment to have for quick on-the-go adjustments while out on the mountain!

SkiingOlight S1 Baton EDC Flashlight

The Olight S1 Baton is a great everyday carry flashlight to bring with you on the slopes. Whether skiing in back country or doing some “off trail” skiing it’s always good to have a light source handy. The S1 is easily portable at just under 2.5″ but also packs a punch with a 500 lumen maximum output. Easily attach the clip to any ski jacket for a hands free carry when daylight gets low. Competitively priced and rechargeable, this light is a no-brainer for anyone who likes to ski into the evening.

Skiing trips are a fun time only if you are fully prepared for the possible range of weather and conditions. Make sure you are prepared for any possibility on the slopes by shopping at Battery Junction for your ski accessories!


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.