In today’s day and age we can buy anything from around the world, weather you are buying a torch or a lantern to a solar panel there is something for everyone.
So when it comes to prepping buying the right products at the right price and most importantly the right quality, is pretty important. So I like to bring up a couple of things for me that I like to know is gonna do the job when I expect it to do the job.
The first thing I like to ensure, and is right up there with the best, are my torches, and equally important are the rechargable batteries that go in them, I can tell you now not all torches are the same and most of the time if you are not buying a quality torch, especially in the led range that could spell disaster when you turn it on and its just a dull luminated, well put it this way a match can sometimes give you extra light. Also with torches all led’s are different and when you start to research the different types then you will realise torches arnt as simple as they use to be. I prefer a couple of different torches my self, and I prefer torches that are very bright and have very good throw eg as you point you torch it needs to look like daylight but also very sharp. Also I like solar torches, not as powerful but they are always ready to go if left in sun light and good for close range work and next day you can recharge it, and it’s good to go again. I also ensure all my batteries are of good quality and definitely reading a couple of reviews you will differentiate the poop with the good, also to accommodate all this I need to be able to charge off grid so a couple of solar battery charges never go astray.
This also goes with my lanterns, I prefer lanterns that have solar and whined up tops to charge if no sun and also be able to charge from a 12v source that way you have light all night long if desired. Once again having a few different types of both torches and lanterns you should never be left in the dark.
So now you have the basics then come the led lighting if the grid goes down for a while, so then you may need to use larger solar panel attached to lets say around the 100 amp hr battery to light up larger areas with 12v lights, with this I found your string led lights work well and you can by as many meter as needed. Also once again quality needs to be met and with led lights you get what you pay for. As I have been stung many times with inferior cheap products because they look good in pictures and or whatever but once the drivers fail in the led’s , there is no resuscitating them.
So for me all aspects of prepping for emergencies are important, taking short cuts most off the times will lead to failure, and if you are in a emergency situation I like to know I have more light than not enough, but with lights and batteries all need to be checked every 60 to 90 days to ensure it’s all working and fully charged when it is needed, once again I have been burnt with not having things checked and charged regularly.
So I hope what i’m telling you is just some very basic ways to look at ensuring you read a lot of reviews on products before purchasing and just knowing that when the time comes you wont have to stress but know you are WELL prepared, and I believe I have heard this a few times “but the difference to someone who is well prepared and someone who is not could be death”
So that’s my take , hope you enjoyed .
have a great day…….