Home Depot currently sells a great LED headlight from Rayovac’s “Indestructible” line of flashlights. This particular Home Depot model isn’t listed on Rayovac’s website and is in fact much brighter and nicer than the models that they do have listed.
This particular model is powered by three AAA batteries. It has two brightness settings. The high setting produces 120 lumens for approximately five hours, and the low setting produces 30 lumens for as long as 22 hours. It features a water-resistant over-molded rubber body with a pivoting head, has a shatterproof lens and reflector, and can survive a drop from 30 feet (9 meters). Best of all it is backed by a lifetime warranty. You do not need to register the product with the manufacturer or keep the purchase receipt. Simply return the defective light and Rayovac will replace it.
I really like these lights for several reasons. They are inexpensive (around $15), bright, run a long time, operate hands free, and can take a beating. I keep one in each car. They are perfect to wear when changing a tire at night. I also keep one in my toolbox, one in my boat’s survival box, and one in my bug-out bag. I have used these lights during countless home and auto repairs, and camping trips. They have never let me down. Of course, always keep a spare set of batteries.
I picked up a Bushnell Pro flashlight from the sporting goods section of WalMart for $20. It has a Cree LED that is advertised as emitting 100 lumens of white light with an endurance of 3.5 hours on two easy to find AAA size batteries. It is made of aircraft grade aluminum, has a momentary on / constant on end-cap switch, and has a pocket clip. Bushnell backs it up with a one year warranty.
The light is very compact and very light weight. It appears well made. While I’m sometimes skeptical of the advertised brightness of flashlights, this light is bright and is probably close to the advertised 100 lumens. The light is plenty bright for the its size, but the beam is widely dispersed and not as tightly focused or strong as I would normally like for tactical or emergency use. It is, however, perfect as an inexpensive, general use or backup flashlight carried in purse or pocket.
Here’s a great way to light up a room or create a night-light when the power is out. Simply place a headlamp over a milk jug with the light facing into the jug. It probably won’t produce enough light to read by, but it certainly will give you enough illumination to enjoy a meal, or at least keep you from tripping over all of your other prepper gear.
I just bought Streamlight’s new Siege LED compact lantern and used it on a camping trip last weekend. It’s the best money that I’ve spent in a long time. It provided my campsite with lots of light without the pain of using liquid fueled lanterns.
It uses 3 D-cell batteries, can shine white or red, and has multiple brightness settings. With white light on the high power setting you get 300 lumens of light for 30 hours, on medium intensity you get 165 lumens for 60 hours, and on the low intensity setting you get 30 lumens of light for 130 hours! The Siege also has a red 10 lumen mode and a red SOS flashing mode.
This is what every home emergency kit and camping gear set needs. Get yourself a solar-powered battery charger and some rechargeable D-size batteries and you will have light for a long time. It’s perfect to hang from a hook or to set in the middle of the dinner table.
They retail at Bass Pro Shop for $50, but I just saw them on Amazon in the $29 to $32 range. Get one (or several) and you won’t regret it.