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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.
That's great news! Thank you Robin and everyone else for helping to get the word out! In my opinion, sharing information like this with one another is one of the best gifts we can give. Helping others is great food for the soul too! :-)
Most welcome, Rah. Can't wait for your next review on your gear. You are just a wealth of information. ;-)
That is one really cool light, Rah. I'm ordering one. As a note, it is also shown on our Prepare page http://fundamentalrefounding.ning.com/page/prepare in the "Lights" carousel of items.
I hope your Pak-Lite works as well for you as mine has for me. It really means a lot to me that people actually will trust me enough to purchase things based on something I have written. Believe me when I say that is a trust I do not take for granted.
To piggy-back on something I said above to Mangus, this light's weight and space to utility ratio is also hard to beat. If there is a con to this light versus a more conventional flashlight is that it lacks the throw that more conventional flashlights have, but as a back-up or emergency light it is really tough to beat. Often times what works well for 'tactical' applications are not practical for more conventional uses, especially in survival scenarios.
That is why I shy away from anything that uses CR123 batteries. They are expensive and harder to find so they drive up operating costs, and can be much more difficult to find when you may need them the most. It can also be much more difficult to find rechargeable versions to mate with a good solar charger capable of even recharging those batteries to keep your gear running when on the move. That's part of the reason why the 1200 hour runtime on low with this Pak-Lite is so great.
I can't wait to get mine, and share it with my prepper group. The 9V battery is really common, and in a SHTF scenario, and in may not be depleted as quickly as other sizes since its most common usage is smoke alarms, right? That would make this light even more desirable. And as you said, small and lightweight too.
I'm with you on item #9, that's for sure. Magnetics should be kept to a minimum.
Yeah, everytime I read an article where someone is providing a list of gear, EDC or otherwise that contains something magnetic, I cringe. There are quite a few little gadgets and/or their accessories which are magnetic. It is definitely something people should pay attention to, and be wary of.
Those are invaluable skills to possess. Your family is lucky that you do. The more knowledge and capability we possess, the more self-reliant we are, and larger assest we are to those that may depend on us. As the old saying goes, "The more you know, the less you need to carry." Knowledge weighs far less than gear, and breaks less often too. Just the same, I would recommend someone pack more than just confidence to accompany it.
Indeed. I'd recommend most people carry at least a few things that are not readily or easily fabricated from natural resources/materials if they go hiking, hunting or camping.
Bad things happen to good people all the time. Bad things happen to capable people all the time as well. If someone suffers a mechanical injury they may be unable to perform many of the things you describe above regardless of how well they know how to do them.
Region effects those types of skills as well. It can be very difficult to make and use a bow drill or use a hand drill if injured or if living in the Pacific NW for example. I've seen some of the best fail at this. Failure is not a big deal unless your life or someone else's depends on it. It also takes calories, and if it is hot and you are dehydrated, it can hurt your chances of survival attempting it when you do not have to.
1 - Medication and Vitamins.
2 - Proper clothing and a cover. At least a wool blanket and an emergency poncho like the one I have on the Prepare page.
3 - Water.
4 - A stainless steel bottle and nesting cup.
5 - A combustion device other than a lighter like the Aurora 2SA or Blastmatch. Lighters can fail and often do.
6 - A light like the one reviewed here and small L.E.D. flashlight. Something with at least two modes of brightness so a longer run time can be exploited if necessary.
7 - At least a small knife like the BK14 and perhaps even a muti-tool. Either a pliers based tool like the Leatherman Wave or something like a Swiss Army Mechanic etc.
8 - A Compass. Even experienced orienteers can become lost or disorientated due to a variety of reasons.
9 - Cordage like 7 strand 550 parachute cord.
10 - A carrying device even if it is a stripped down 20 - 30 liter drybag with a shoulder strap.
11 - A cloth like a bandana.
12 - Some char cloth or some tinder like Wetfire, Tinder-Quik or Vaseline soaked cotton balls.
13 - Some food items. While not necessary in many cases, if someone has a problem maintaining blood sugar. It can help them sustain until rescue is effected if they become lost or injured. It can save a life.
14 - Signaling Devices like a whistle and signal mirror. Maybe even a cell phone if you have one. I don't own a cell phone.
Those things can pack down fairly well and still be reasonably light. I include a few more things in my bag, but to each their own. It's great to know how to improvise those items. I do. However, as I said, I would recommend packing out more than confidence to accompany that knowledge. I definitely do. It appears from your above statement you do as well for much the same reasons.
To view any of the aforementioned items or get a few more ideas, folks can look at the Prepare Page I constructed. The tab for it is towards the top of this page. Remember, just because it has never happened, does not mean it never will. People speak about Murphy's Law for a reason. Be smart and plan ahead. Come home to those that love and depend on you.
Sorry for the long-winded reply. I suppose I could have made a whole other post about this. Perhaps I should someday.
It's good to see you Jerome! I hope you can stop by more often, and add your thoughts! Semper fi.
Hi Rahth, Your review was picked up by another site as well and tweeted out by
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That's great Robin! I am really pleased that folks liked the review, and that people are hearing about the Pak-Lite. I think it is a great bit of kit. Thank you to everyone that has shared it.