~ Where the Sun Will Never Set on Our liberty ~
I thought I would take an opportunity to draw attention to a simple, yet effective, light that falls out of the realm of the mainstream “tactical” type lights we so often see being produced and featured today in the 'arms race' of luminosity that is undertaken by many manufacturers.
This review is on the Pak-Lite Super glow which has a design that is ingenious in its simplicity.
For information on this light you can see it here: http://www.9voltlight.com/inc/sdetail/31948
I will allow their website to fill in any details that are not covered here. However, I would like to highlight some of the benefits that I see in having this light.
1 – It is extremely portable so it can easily be placed with almost any type of kit. It is also a fairly durable design regardless of appearance so accidentally dropping it should not cause a failure of any sort.
2 – It has an extremely long runtime on any type of 9V battery. Purchasing a lithium battery will greatly extend the runtime (up to 1200 hours on low), extend the amount of time it can be stored and still be ready to use (up to 10 years), and also enable you to have reliable light when used and/or stored in more extreme temperatures (-40°F to 140°F) where alkaline batteries would cease to function. Lithium batteries also have the added bonus of being 1/4th the weight of alkaline batteries for you 'ultra-light' hikers reading this post.
**A note on the durations listed here, and on their website. These are not ANSI ratings, but from all I have read are fairly accurate listings although I have not tested this myself.** Storage and operating temperatures of the lithium batteries were obtained from the Energizer website concerning their 'Advanced lithium battery'.
3 – This model of the Pak-Lite has two modes of brightness. Low mode throws off roughly the same amount of light as a candle so it is more than enough to navigate with in a dark room, and can be used for reading or viewing a map without the light blinding you in the process. The high mode is accessible at the flip of a switch when desired.
4 – If something should happen where light is needed in an extended emergency situation, you can always find another battery in most all smoke detectors if you are caught with an old or mostly used battery with you at the time. This is a handy detail if you are caught in an urban survival situation like being trapped in a building, or simply by enabling you to keep a practical light handy in an extended power outage in yours or someone else's home.
5 – The cap continues to glow for quite some time after the light is turned off allowing you to easily find it again. Their website lists 12 hours, but I have not experienced this with my own. Merely turning the light on and off though does make mine glow for about 30 minutes. This glow feature is enough to read a clear base plate compass when having a light on during night-time navigation is undesired. Doing this entails switching the light on and then off again while it is completely concealed from view before removing it to use in this manner. If you manage to accidentally drop this light when it has not yet been turned on, you can use another light to 'sweep' the area in question. Even if you do not spot your pak-lite when the light shines on it, when you turn the flashlight off and your eyes re-adjust, you may have hit the pak-lite with the beam causing it to glow and easily be found.
6 – The cap both separates and snaps back on easily for battery replacement, but will not merely fall off.
7 – This also makes for a readily available firestarter if you have any steel wool handy. Merely touching the battery to steel wool will cause instant ignition of the steel wool. So even if you are hypothermic, it takes no more than simple gross motor function to both operate this light, and use it to quickly get a potentially life-saving fire going. This can be done when your Bic or other type of lighter will not function well due to cold temperature, high altitude, or has gotten wet.
8 – It has a very weather resistant but not water-proof design. However, merely removing the cap, and drying the contacts if accidental submersion does happen will have it up and running again in most instances. I have used mine in the rain, and experienced no problems or water infiltration.
9 – There is a cheap accessory kit available for this light. I would however caution against attaching a magnet to this light or having ANYTHING magnetic in your kit other than your compass.
A final note: Neither this author nor this website are affiliated in any manner with any distributor or manufacturer. The aforementioned receive no monetary compensation by your viewing or purchase of any item discussed for your benefit herein. Your mileage may vary.
I hope those reading this find it both informative and useful.
Great information Rahth! This light is awesome! Tweeting it and doing a check-out!
Thank you Robin! I am glad you liked it. I hope others do as well.
Yeah, I really thought something that has a such a high utility to cost ratio was worth sharing with everyone.
I like this Light Thanks for the 4/11. I just Purchased two Lanterns that use LEDs at The Local Big Lots Odd Lots Store.Very inexpensive,Compact and bright enough to Light a Room They Retail for about 5-8 Dollars apiece.They would make good pack lanterns or suffice if you lose Power due to a storm.They Run on AA Batteries.
Great, Kevin! Feel free to post a review, as Rahthrae did!
You are most welcome. I have a couple L.E.D. lanterns posted on the Prepare page as well you might wish to check out. One thing to keep in mind when looking for lanterns is to make sure they do not have clear globes. Those little L.E.D.'s can really bother the eyes whenever they happen to cross paths with the lantern. Checkered or frosted globes are definitely the way to go. If yours do have a clear globe as one of my first ones did, just tape a piece of paper around the globe. Doing anything to partially shield the eyes from the L.E.D. will be most helpful. It made my extended power outage years ago much easier to deal with at night.
Thanks for posting, Rah. Told JG I'd like to start sending out some prep info, so will forward on.
Just bought 2 of 'em. We could all use more light :)
You are most welcome. Most every item I placed on the Prepare page I either have or have something very similar. I was relegated to finding things on Amazon that had an ASIN code for those widgets I made. That is why I had to use mostly Kindle versions of the books. Most all of their books use an ISBN number rather than an ASIN code unfortunately. I tried to find the best prices I could when I created the page. I was also limited to 10 per widget so I divded them up in psuedo-categories, and tried to cover as many possible option-types per category that I could. I have several things that are not listed there as well.
It gave me fits trying to figure out the best way to approach this stuff for the site. I didn't want to sound like I was trying to be 'Rambo-extraordinaire' or some such. I also knew with as thorough as I try to be on this topic because I feel with this topic it is so vital that it would take me forever to write reviews for all the items that I do have and use. However, I will try to post a little more often than I have been previously. I really hope you enjoy your Pak-Lites as much as I enjoy mine.
Hey, Rah...I'm having trouble "organizing" by AG21 stuff! So, I hear ya.
It's all about doing our homework, right?...then sharing what we've learned. Wrong, right or indifferent, let's share.
I'll will only let you know if my Pak-Lites are less than your review :)
Thanks Raht. Great information. Bookmarked and shared.
Thank you Kwicgov, and you're welcome too! There was another 9V light I was going to cover in this same review, but this review became so long that I thought it might be best if I waited for another time to review the other one.
Hi Rah, Your review made the Prepper site again! :) Thought you would like to know.