The best emergency equipment for the home (2022): Flashlights, stoves, chargers and more | MarketingwithAnoy

You know drill. Maybe you have even participated in it once or twice. While a natural disaster threatens, everyone in the city goes insane to grocery stores, household stores and gas stations. Demand exceeds inventory in a capitalist’s nightmare, and most people go empty-handed, without enough flashlights, batteries, or kitchen utensils to ride out of the impending hurricane, blizzard, or forest fire. It’s better to refill in advance and avoid Battle Royale. We have gathered all the essentials for your emergency kit.

Updated June 2022: We added Coway Airmega 200M air purifier, Garage Boss 5-gallon gas can, N95 and KN95 face masks for forest fires, Mountain House Adventure Dehydred Meal Kit and Petzl Actik headlamp.

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A flashlight

Fenix ​​E20 V2.

Photo: Fenix

That Fenix ​​E20 V2 ($ 45) is my best choice for an affordable emergency flashlight, but it ThruNite Archer 2A V3 ($ 25) is another solid choice. At 350 and 500 lumens, respectively, they are bright enough while remaining compact, and they last a long time at lower light settings – 200 hours at 5 lumens for Fenix ​​and 51 hours at 17 lumens for ThruNite. Both use two AA batteries, and in an emergency, your biggest concern is having a good supply of replacement batteries.

If you use alkaline batteries, remove them from the flashlight if it is to be left unused for a long time, otherwise they will leak and cause problems. Store them near the flashlight so you can easily find them. Try taping the batteries to the flashlight barrel.

Pro tip: The best performing flashlights are built specifically to use lithium-ion batteries or have non-removable rechargeable batteries that will not do you any good if the power is out for a long time. Rechargeable nickel metal hydride (NiMH) AA batteries retain their performance better throughout the life of the battery, while alkaline performance decreases more as they are used up, so buy some Panasonic Eneloops ($ 40). They are better for the environment, but if they run out of power, you can still use regular alkaline AAs.

You may prefer to have a headlamp on hand. That Petzl Actik ($ 50) is my favorite model and has never let me down, from snow-capped mountains to dusty deserts. It runs on three readily available AAA batteries and has three brightness settings, the brightest of which is more than powerful enough for home emergencies.

A lantern

Coleman Divide Lantern

Coleman Divide + Push Lantern.

Photo: Amazon

Flashlights do a bad job when you have to light up an entire room or when you have to have your hands free for a task. Diffused light is what you want and that Coleman Divide + Push Lantern ($ 16) does a very good job. It’s smaller than the typical Coleman lantern, which’s nice because it’s likely to spend most of its life in storage. There are two options: 425 lumens at high for 40 hours of driving time and 50 lumens at low for 330 hours of driving time. It uses three D-cell batteries, which sounds like a lot, but next to other full-size battery-powered lanterns, such as the Coleman Twin LED lantern, which uses eight D-cells, it is economical.

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