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Archer searches for his bug out bag.

7 Things They Don’t Want You to Know About Bug Out Bags

It Began With a Lewd Cartoon …

Archer searches for his bug out bag.
“My bug out bag. It was right here.”

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…)

Ultimate Survival Technologies Lensatic Compass

5 Ultimate Survival Technology Products For Camping

Going into the woods for a camping weekend without the correct gear can have disastrous results. Thankfully that is where UST (Ultimate Survival Technologies) products come in. UST provides quality, inexpensive survival products for everyone from beginners to experienced survivalists.

Survival Compass
Survival Compass

Find Your Way

First up is the UST Lensatic Compass, probably the most basic and commonly used survival tool. It’s perfect for finding your bearings after you’ve lost them.

This tough, pint-sized compass features a compact design, adjustable lens, shock resistant casing, and even includes glow in the dark directional letters for compass use at night. If you don’t already own a compass this is a dependable choice and an absolute must-have instrument for nature excursions.

Trekker Lighter
Trekker Lighter

Start a Fire

Next on the list of survival must-haves is the UST Trekker Stormproof Lighter, which is built to provide fire even in the most testing conditions. The Trekker contains an extra-large fuel tank that will provide over 1,000 ignitions on a single fill, and a catalyzer coil which provides flames that can withstand winds of up to 70-80 miles per hour.

WetFire
WetFire

If you find yourself in wet conditions where wood will not light, then you will be happy that you brought along the UST WetFire Firestarting Tinder. This handy tinder will help you get a fire going in wet weather, and will even burn longer when the material is wet or moist. The tinder packs come wrapped individually and only require a small amount of shaving to start the fire, which can be a lifesaver when you’re stuck in cold wet weather without the proper gear.

Survival Cutlery

SaberCut Para Knife
SaberCut Para Knife

Next up is the UST SaberCut Para Knife which is a great cutting tool to have with you for your next camping trip. The SaberCut has a partially serrated blade which is useful for stabbing and cutting, and includes a handle wrapped in 5 feet of glow-in-the-dark paracord which can be unwound for a number of uses. With a titanium coated 440C steel blade and an included nylon sheath, this is the perfect companion knife for your survival needs.

Dependable Lighting

30-Day Survival Lantern
30-Day Survival Lantern

Surviving nature is difficult enough during the day, but when night comes around you will want to have some long-lasting quality light sources with you. Luckily UST has you covered. The UST 30-Day LED Lantern just what you need for long-lasting light. This lantern features a high mode of 700 lumens for 30 hours or a low/dim mode that will last up to 30 days off of three D cell batteries! This lantern is durable with impact resistance up to 1 meter and an IPX4 water resistance rating which allows lighting in conditions that are normally hazardous for other lights.

These are just a few of the great survival items by UST that we offer. Come over to Battery Junction and gear up for your next nature expedition!

Black Cat Snarling

Make It Through the 13th: A Guide to Surviving This Frightening Friday

Broken Glass

It’s the end of the week, and while Fridays usually bring relief and joy, we find ourselves avoiding the cracks in the sidewalk and steering clear of dark colored felines. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen; we’ve Friday the 13th. While you haven’t necessarily succumbed to bad luck in previous years (knock on wood), it can’t hurt to plan around the possible jinxes that seem to be particularly present on this most unlucky of days, and Battery Junction is here to help you with your preparations.

Avoiding Black Cats:

black-catThese pesky hex machines are a prominent symbol for misfortune on any given day of the year, so encountering one on this particular date can only amplify the chances of receiving 13 years of bad luck. While you’re able to put your house on black cat lock-down, you won’t have the same environmental control once you step out into the outside world, so you’ll need something more mobile than walls to keep them from crossing your path. What better repellent is there to keep the cats at bay than their seemingly sworn enemy, man’s best friend. Keep a dog close to your side, which can be easily done with the help of a proper leash, and your path will stay clear of any unlucky felines.

 

Umbrellas Aren’t Worth The Risk:

Open-Umbrella-in-House-grey2001-300x233If it’s raining on your Friday the 13th, then you may already feel like bad luck has found you, but don’t let it trick you! All the rain is doing is prompting you to use one of most potentially unlucky objects out there; an umbrella. This seemingly innocent device may keep your head dry, but has the potential to cause a severe depletion in luck when opened inside and is just not worth the risk on this unluckiest of days. Sure, you may tell yourself that you’ll remember not to open it until you walk out the door, but all it takes is one distraction while you’re leaving and BOOM, you earn yourself an unhealthy dose of hexes. Keep yourself dry with a nice waterproof poncho, or better yet, just say inside; there could be black cats out there anyway.

Steer Clear of Hazardous Mirrors:

broken-mirrorSure, you’ve had that mirror in your bathroom since you’ve moved in and you’ve never come close to breaking it before. Well unfortunately, bad luck doesn’t check your track record of maintaining your reflective surfaces. It’s Friday the 13th, should checking to see if your hair looks good really your top priority? Be confident in your own appearance, or at least accept that approaching something so fragile on a day like today isn’t worth the potential 7 years of bad luck. If you truly find yourself in need of gazing upon your own beauty, at least use a nearly unbreakable mirror to lower your risk of jinxing yourself.

Be Ready For The Unexpected:

friday-the-13th-jason-voorheesFor 363 days of the year, we can all be fairly confident that a masked man wielding some form of bloody cutlery won’t be a major concern. However, from what horror cinema has taught us, today (along with Halloween) is the day where that sense of safety and doubt of the supernatural may cost us our lives. Don’t let your common sense lure you into a false sense of security; anybody wearing a hockey mask isn’t worth approaching. Just because you don’t live near Camp Crystal Lake doesn’t mean you’re safe (Jason somehow made into a spaceship, he can certainly make it to your front door). If you do unluckily stumble across a masked man wielding a long knife, make sure you’re evenly matched by carrying a machete of your own. With the proper equipment, you may just survive this Friday the 13th in one extremely paranoid piece.

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.

How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

fear-the-walking-deadIn honor of the new series, Fear the Walking Dead, I thought it would be suitable to write Zombie Apocalypse survival guide for our readers – How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse. BatteryJunction.com sells a plethora of flashlights, batteries, survival gear and cutlery – all of which would be extremely helpful during such a time of crisis. Check out the list below and add your suggestions and ideas in the comments!

 

1. You Need a Weaponsog-knife
We all know that the only way to eliminate a zombie is to destroy its brain. That being said, the first weapon that probably comes to mind is a gun (or if you are a Walking Dead fan, then a crossbow.) Unfortunately, guns and crossbows require good aim. If you are anything like me, I would probably panic if a zombie is running towards me, therefore eliminating any aiming skills I may have acquired at the shooting range, thus leaving me with a bullet-less hunk of metal. (This is one of the many reasons why I don’t currently own a gun – I know my limits.) So for this reason, I would suggest a fixed pocket knife. Sure you have to get closer to the zombie in order to destroy the brain, but it is effective and reusable. Plus it is quiet! Remember, zombies are attracted to noise. So when you are stabbing the gruesome monster in the eye socket, please refrain from letting out a Serena Williams-esk shout. My knife of choice is the SOG Fixation Bowie Fixed Blade Knife. This knife has a bad-ass 7-inch-long blade with clip point and a really sleek-looking black finish. The knife was developed by SOG with military experts so you know it will last through a zombie apocalypse. The stainless steel construction is incredible durable and it even comes with a nylon sheath for when you aren’t saving your loved ones’ lives. To clarify though, in most cases, I think the best solution is to run. Unless the zombies are from World War Z and can run, you should be able to get away…

led-lenser-h72. You Need to be Able to See
For whatever reason, zombie apocalypses always seem to start at nighttime. Yes, I know zombies are not vampires – they can wander during the day without fear of being disintegrated by the sun(or twinkling – any Twilight fans out there?) But when the power grid goes out, because it’s bound to happen, you need to have a reliable tool to help you see at night. In my opinion, I think a headlamp would be the best choice for a situation like this. Your hands need to be free at all times so that you can fight off a zombie attack if necessary. You may also have to climb over fallen furniture, trees, cars, you name it so the hands-free way is, in my opinion, the way to go. My headlamp of choice is the LED Lenser H7.2. The light is pretty bright at 250 lumens and it features an adjustable head strap that fits most and is comfortable for long periods of time. Another important feature is runtime. When in Low mode, the headlamp can last up to 30 hours. Zombie apocalypses typically last for many many days, weeks or even years. You need a flashlight on which you can rely. Most importantly, this headlamp runs on four AAA alkaline batteries. There is no electricity when the zombies attack. You need to make sure you have a light that runs on primary batteries. Speaking of batteries…

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