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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!

Flashlight Self Defense

Effective Self Defense With Your Flashlight

When people think of self-defense tools items like pepper spray, whistles, or weapons come to mind, but not flashlights. This blog post will explain the possible benefits that a flashlight can give you in a situation where self-defense is required.

Bezel:

Crenelated Bezel
Crenelated Flashlight Bezel

The bezel is usually found in the front area of a flashlight in a ring around the lens. Some bezels are more specialized for striking would-be attackers. These are known as crenelated bezels with the word “crenel” coming from the rocky outcrops seen on the top of the battlements of old castles. Bezels come in varying sizes and shapes with the more weaponized bezels being larger and sharper. Crenelated bezels are good for smaller tactical flashlights because they’re discreet and portable. The majority of flashlights make removing and replacing bezels simple, with most simply screwing on to the lens cap.

Using the Light:

There are a multitude of ways that you can use your flashlight’s standard functions to help ward off attackers.

Identification:

The majority of muggings and assaults occur at night, so simply having the ability to expose an assailant before they get close enough to attack you may be Lighting up dark parking lot
all you need to defend yourself. Using the light to properly identify your attacker should also double as an attention grabber for others to help you if you’re in a populated area.

Stun/Blinding:

Another function that can be used for effective self-defense is the strobe or high mode on your flashlight. Shining a strobe or high-powered beam into an attackers eyes is a great way to stun or blind the assailant. Stunning your attacker can give you the crucial few seconds needed to either escape, or fight back while they are unable to defend themselves. Low kicks or jabs are effective as the attacker will most likely raise their hands to cover their eyes leaving the lower half of their body exposed. Also, if your flashlight has a crenelated bezel attachment, this is the perfect opportunity for you to use it. Your flashlight should be sufficiently bright (over 100 lumens) in order for it to be truly effective in disorienting an attacker.

Use with a Gun:

Using Light with a GunMany people exercise their right to carry a firearm to defend themselves, but in dark situations, gun use may be dangerous or ineffective. Having a small tactical flashlight on your person is an easy fix to this problem because it allows you to light up your surroundings with one hand and use the gun with the other. It is important to note that you will not want to have your flashlight and gun pointing together, like on TV, or you may accidentally fire your gun if you are startled by something that your light beam uncovers.

Take it with you Anywhere:

Another big advantage to carrying a flashlight for self-defense is that you can take it with you almost anywhere, which cannot be said for other forms of defense like firearms and knives. The only situation that might cause you trouble is if the flashlight is fitted with a bezel that is deemed too dangerous, but this rarely happens if the bezel teeth are within reason. Most flashlights are small enough to be carried on your belt or in your purse and if you never end up needing to use it for defense, you will always have a high quality light source when you need it. Come visit our tactical flashlight section at Battery Junction and see what flashlights interest you!

Pelican Cases and Logo

The Best Protective Cases For You!

This blog will introduce you to the variety of high performance protective cases that we have at Battery Junction and why they are a great way to keep your valuables safe. Both Pelican and Underwater Kinetics offer top of the line protection for your valuables and will keep your equipment safe in most any circumstances. These cases are wonderful for everybody from divers and extreme sports enthusiast who will be enduring some of the harshest conditions, to bands looking to keep their sound equipment and instruments safe, to regular consumers who just want to keep their firearm from rusting or getting clogged. These cases provide the highest quality protection for your most valuable possessions.

Pelican Protective CasesPelican Cases:

Pelican protective cases, like UK cases, are produced and tested under the toughest conditions in order to make sure your equipment stays safe no matter the situation. Pelican Protector Cases are airtight, watertight, dustproof, and constructed from the highest quality plastic and stainless steel materials. From micro cases for your smallest gear, to long cases for keeping your guns dust and moisture free, chances are Pelican has your storage needs covered.

Pelican Coolers:

Pelican also offers arguably the most high quality coolers on the market from 20 quart to 250 quart sizes covering all yourPelican High Performance Cooler
refrigeration needs. Pelican claims to have the thickest wall insulation in the industry which allows the coolers to keep ice for up to 10 days. As with the other cases, the cooler includes locking latches, handles, and wheels for easy transportation.

 

UK Ultrabox Protective Cases
UK Ultrabox

Underwater Kinetics:

Underwater Kinetics is a premier brand in the protective case market because of the high quality materials and design that goes into the company’s dry cases. The cases are constructed using high strength ABS plastic that can operate effectively anywhere within the temperature range of  -20°C and 80°C. UK cases come with silicone O-rings for waterproofing and provide the option for foam inserts, custom coloring, or electrical instrument panel installation for in the field use of equipment.

Transit Protective Case
Transit Case

Transit Case:

UK’s transit protective cases are great for safely transporting larger fragile gear, making them a favorite traveling case for band equipment, medical supplies, photography equipment and more. Transit cases are dust proof, waterproof up to 1 meter and have 3 inch wheels with an extendable handle for easy transportation. The transit case is a great option when you need to transport large and fragile materials to their destination damage free.

 

Ultra Case
Ultra Case


UltraCase:

The UltraCase, similar to the Transit case is perfect for keeping medium-sized gear damage free wherever it needs to go. The UltraCase is made with the same strong ABS material as the other UK cases and is also dustproof/waterproof. The case is also outfitted with venting latches that equalize pressure from the exterior with pressure in the case when it is opened, while also keeping the case airtight while it is closed. The UltraCase is stackable with other cases of the same model providing a safe and efficient way of transporting your medium-sized gear.

Dry Box Protective Case
Dry Box


DryBox:

The DryBox is very similar to the UltraCase in construction and materials used, but is meant for more of a protective carry as opposed to travel. The DryBox offers many of the same features including being watertight, dustproof, crushproof, and airtight in order to keep gas from entering the case. The DryBox has customization options including clear or solid colored lids and different foam inserts.

Ultra Box Protective Case
Ultra Box

UltraBox:

The UltraBox is the smallest option of the four protective cases and is meant for small electronics while providing the same protection that larger cases offer. The UltraBox is waterproof, airtight, dustproof, and boasts a lighter weight than its larger counterparts. The UltraBox gives the option of either a clear or solid lid, nylon mesh pouches, or shock-absorbent rubber liner. The UltraBox is the perfect high protection case for small electronics and gear that you need to bring with you on the go.

If you have sensitive equipment that needs transporting, or if you just need a quality cooler to bring to the tailgate then come by our protective storage cases section on Battery Junction and take a look at our selection. For further information about case materials, construction, or ratings visit either the Underwater Kinetics website or the Pelican site.

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.