12 Most Popular Dehydrated Food Shelf Life

Jacob Moore

Last updated May 15, 2021

We all are well versed with the food dehydration benefits, and the one reason that keeps all the preppers on the food dehydration grind is its exceptionally famous long shelf life.

The peskiest hindrance of the food expiry gets in the way of storing food for years. But with dehydration, any type of food group can be dehydrated and used for years without compromising the nutritional value and taste of the item.

Let us read some of the most popular dehydrated food shelf life to help you add these items to your list.

#1 Potato

dehydrated potato

  • Average Shelf Life: 20 years

How to prolong the shelf life

To extend the shelf life of potatoes, we highly recommend storing them at the top counter of your prepper pantry.

The placement will keep them dry, and the constant change in temperature while you stock and restock won’t affect and make them go bad.

Dehydrate them as much as you can; a little water in them can cause mold, which will defeat your purpose of storing them.

Make sure to blanch them before you start dehydrating; skipping this step will make them turn brown/ black even after dehydrating. They do not look appetizing in the slightest.

Possible uses and important niblets

No meal can complete without a hearty side dish of potato. Luckily dehydrating them isn’t as hard as digesting the carbs from the potatoes!

These potatoes have an excellent 20-year lifeline which makes them very storage-worthy. You can either dehydrate these potatoes as a powder, chips, or grated Julian. The potato powder would reconstitute quickly with some water and butter.

Mix these three ingredients, and you have mashed potatoes ready even while surviving; you can carry your ritual of breakfast hashbrowns by simply soaking them in water and frying as you usually do.

Do not worry, as your daily casseroles of au gratin or scalloped potatoes would taste just the same.

#2 Apples

dehydrated apple

  • Average Shelf Life: 20+ years

How to prolong the shelf life

To increase the shelf life, you must keep the moisture content about 20 percent. There are high chances of the moisture pooling in one part of the apple slice; you can tackle this by conditioning the fruit.

Once the fruit is cooled down, place these slices into a Ziploc bag; make sure not to cram them; use several bags if you have a large quantity to deal with. Let this Ziploc bag stay on your countertop for a week.

This process would aid the driest piece to soak the extra moisture and balance the water ratio. If you see heavy condensation after one week, place them one more time in your dehydrator and let them crisp. This step will undoubtedly increase the shelf life of your apples to many years.

Possible uses and important niblets

Try to spritz a little dash of lemon juice to maintain the color of apple slices; if you wish to make a powder try to keep the pieces as thin as you can.

Thin slices will make the dehydration process comparatively faster; you can then grind and use this powder on ice cream or flavoring your yogurt as a quick snack.

If you wish to store these potatoes for a scrumptious cobbler pie, try to cut the pieces slightly thicker than your regular size.

#3 Jerky

jerky shelf life

  • Average Shelf Life: 0.5- 1 year

How to prolong the shelf life

Beef jerky will stay edible and good for 10-12 days if you keep them in a Ziploc bag.

If you plan to store this a little longer for 5-6 months, consider investing in vacuum-sealed bags; these would considerably prolong shelf life.

Possible uses and important niblets

Making homemade jerky is extremely easy and cost-effective than a pack of store-bought ones. Dehydrating your jerky will be very nutritious and devoid of preservatives.

An ideal beef jerky should bend a little before cracking into pieces; if it simply breaks like a chip, you have over dehydrated the jerky. Always use a lean piece of meat; the little the fat, the better your jerky will dehydrate and stay fresh for a long time.

Some of the best meat to dehydrate include top and bottom round roasts, flank steak, sirloin tip, and the eye of round roast.

#4 Milk

powder milk

  • Average Shelf Life: 15- 20 years

How to prolong the shelf life

If you wish to keep your milk powder for more than ten years, try to skip on regular milk and use skimmed milk for this process. Skimmed milk will increase the shelf life because of the lower fat content.

We recommend storing your milk powder in an airtight container to help it keep fresh for the most prolonged time. Consider avoiding a wet scoop or spoon while using the powder. The wet spoon can moisten the milk, leading to mold within days drastically.

Possible uses and important niblets

We apologize in advance as dehydrating milk will be an arduous task; the result is highly worth it.

Reconstituting milk is the quickest and most straightforward of all dehydrated food. You add water and stir the mixture to let it turn into milk.

#5 Strawberries

dehydrated strawberries

  • Average Shelf Life: 10- 15 years

How to prolong the shelf life

Condition your strawberries soon after your first dehydration cycle completes.

Conditioning will remove all the moisture so they can stay good for years. Keep shaking the Ziploc bag to start and aid the conditioning process.

Possible uses and important niblets

We recommend that you chop and slice the strawberries in the same thickness, or else they won’t dry evenly. An ideal size would be ⅛ to ¼ inch slices that would get dehydrated very evenly.

Since it’s comparatively easy to dry strawberries, you can try dehydrating these in the microwave or oven too. Microwaving is a good start if you are on the fence about buying the dehydrator.

These strawberries would taste extremely sweet, and you can opt-out of your dessert for a healthier alternative.

#6 Eggs

dehydrated egg

  • Average Shelf Life: 5-10 years

How to prolong the shelf life

You will see many people dehydrating their eggs at 140° F, but this temperature doesn’t kill the salmonella, and you need to vary about the consequences of the temperature.

Dehydrating your eggs at a lower temperature will also make the eggs go bad a lot quicker because of the bacteria. USDA studies suggest keeping a minimum of 160° F to make them safe. We would recommend going 165° F for 10 hours to be extra safe.

Possible uses and important niblets

Eggs might not sound the most appetizing, but extreme survivors and preppers add dehydrated eggs to their pantry for their nutrition value.

You can enjoy a steaming bowl of scrambled eggs or make a french omelet, or you can use it for baking or cooking. After mixing the eggs and dehydrating them, they should look like thin crispy crackles; you can blend and store the powder in airtight containers.

#7 Brown Sugar

brown sugar

  • Average Shelf Life: Indefinitely

How to prolong the shelf life

Your dehydrated sugar would surely go bad if you fail to store it properly. To make it last indefinitely or last for a few years, make sure to keep the brown sugar in a sealed five-gallon bucket deep where there is zero light present in the environment.

You can take out smaller batches and store those smaller batches in airtight containers for instant use.

Possible uses and important niblets

You can use brown sugar in almost all deserts. It is very healthy than regular white cane sugar and adds a rich flavor to your dishes.

Since brown sugar gels excellent with desserts, you can use them to make bread, croissants, and various types of desserts but make sure to taste and break the clumps before adding in the dishes.

#8 Banana

dehidrating banana

  • Average Shelf Life: 20 years

How to prolong the shelf life

Give your banana slices an ascorbic acid bath to retain their color and compositing while it dehydrates.

It would be best if you carefully stored these bananas in an airtight container with oxygen absorbers to increase the shelf life of these chips.

Possible uses and important niblets

You need to make sure your chips are bone dry to get the maximum number of shelf years. Some people do love chewy chips, which would reduce the final shelf life to 5 years.

These chips are very nutritious and go well with a bowl of granola or simply snacking like a chip. If you use fully ripe bananas, the final chip would surely be sweeter to taste.

#9 Pinto beans

dried pinto beans

  • Average Shelf Life: 25 years

How to prolong the shelf life

A great thing about pinto beans is their fantastic quality of staying fresh without much effort. You can store them in Mylar bags, and they are good to use for more than a whopping 25 years.

Possible uses and important niblets

These beans need some time to reconstitute if you wish to add this as a taco topping. If you are making chili, you can plop them with water and spices and let them cook with all the rest of the ingredients.

Beans would surely give you a fuss-free option while keeping your meal nutritious.

#10 Carrots

dehydrated carrots

  • Average Shelf Life: 20+ years

How to prolong the shelf life

We highly recommend that you wash your carrots in the Fit Organic Produce Wash or make a 50/50 mixture of clean and vinegar to wipe away the germs and make the veggies clean.

A perfect way to store carrots would be to use zip lock bags. You can make various Ziploc bags of different vegetables and store them in a five-gallon sealable tub. This method will keep your dehydrated carrots fresh for more than 20 years.

Possible uses and important niblets

Blanch or steam the carrots before dehydrating them. Blanching is generally used for vegetables that you do not eat raw. Doing this step also makes it easier to add in your meals after dehydration.

Cut small dices and reconstitute by adding them into hot water for 5-6 minutes. You can use these carrots for soups, salads, or a quick healthy snack.

#11 Tomato Salsa

Tomato Salsa

  • Average Shelf Life: 1 year

How to prolong the shelf life

You can store this tomato salsa leather in a glass jar as plastic containers absorb the flavor and odors over time. Adding these pieces in a well-sealed glass jar would surely increase the shelf life.

You can transfer these into easy carryable plastic bags when you are hiking and going outdoors.

Possible uses and important niblets

You can add a little dash of olive oil to enhance the flavor of this sauce. You cannot dehydrate all types of sauces as a three-cheese sauce, or vodka sauce has an abundance of fats that won’t dehydrate properly, and you can only use them for a brief period.

Your dry paste should look like leather in which you can add water to make tomato sauce for your spaghetti and pasta.

#12 Yogurt

dehydrated yogurt powder

  • Average Shelf Life: 2 years

How to prolong the shelf life

You can increase your yogurt’s shelf life by storing the powder in a sealed glass container with zero light and oxygen. We discourage opening the yogurt powder jar constantly as the moisture in the air can get quickly sucked into the powder.

Possible uses and important niblets

This yogurt works as an excellent base if you wish to make no-cook breakfasts. You can combine this with freeze-dried fruits and cereals to make a healthy meal.

This yogurt powder will have a sour taste than your regular yogurt with a bit of gritty consistency, but this can only be noticed while eating the yogurt alone. When mixed with granola and fruits, you seldom taste its shortcomings.

Conclusion

These we some of the most popular dehydrated items that you can try and follow our steps to increase the shelf life of these ingredients.

Before wrapping up, we highly discourage dehydrating butter, avocado, and olives. They have a lot of oil that does not get dehydrated well, and butter creates Botulism, which is dangerous poisoning and can lead to severe paralysis.

It would be best to avoid non-lean meats; concentrate on lean beef for a product that gives you more shelf life.

How To Make Your Own Vegetable Oil

Jacob Moore

Last updated May 13, 2021

Being on the path of self-sustainability can be a long process but indeed an attainable goal if you avoid being dependent on corporations and third parties.

Having a skill set for making your vegetable oil is one of those little things you should learn to take one step toward your sufficiency goal. Not to mention it will surely come in handy one day in case of an emergency or SHTF situation.

If your goal isn’t to be self-sustainable but to want a better lifestyle and make healthy choices, this article is for you too. You can learn how to make high-quality oils without extra chemicals and refining steps.

The oil you procure will be 100% natural and healthy. Apart from the health benefit, you will learn a new skill which is very cost-effective as you can procure your oil at half the price available in the market.

Making Oil At Home

Absolutely yes; making oil at home is not a very complex process. You will need few ingredients to procure a jar full of healthy and organic oil.

However, we would like to mention that it can be a bit labor-intensive. You might have to get ready for an upper-core workout, but the result will surely make you feel good about making an effort.

Apart from it being easy, you have tremendous varieties of oilseeds to choose from. If you wish to make oils for soap making or cosmetics or flavoring your food, consider making coconut, pumpkin, hazelnut, and almond oil.

If you want some oil that is a little inexpensive and can be used for deep frying and multi-purpose, then undoubtedly, sunflower is your best bet!

Once you get the hang of this extraction process, you can even start building your collection of exotic oils that you can use for cooking on high temperatures or raw as salad dressings.

Type Of Oil You Can Easily Make At Home

oils you can made at home

All types of oils are easy to make, but we recommend going for cold-pressed oils.

When it comes to nuts, always try to choose seeds or nuts with high oil content. Some of the easiest and good nuts that harvest ample oil quantity are pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, peanuts, flax seeds, almonds, and walnuts.

Below is a little comparison that helps you notice yields per quart of the most loved seed oils:

  • Sunflower: 5.3 pounds
  • Peanuts: 4.6 pounds
  • Walnuts: 2.9 pounds
  • Pumpkin: 5.3 pounds
  • Hazelnuts: 3.5 pounds

Note: You can get lesser yield from sunflower or pumpkin seeds, but in a broad sense, they are effortless to grow and dirt cheap to buy, which balances the extraction conundrum.

Hot Versus Cold Oil Pressing

When you decide to make your batch of homemade oil, you will need to determine the type of oil you wish to make.

You can extract oil through the hot or cold pressing method. Cold pressing is the easiest and no-fuss method that doesn’t require electricity. Cold-pressed oils are better in taste and comparatively healthy and pure than hot oil.

The catch is, not all seeds and fruits can go through the cold-press method to extract oil. Seeds like sunflower, canola, sesame, coconut, and olive oil are highly capable of producing oil through this process.

Coldpress oils require a little more process and multiple pressing stages in commercial oil factories. The term that you often hear in the oil industry- extra virgin oil comes through this process in which you only press the seeds one time, and there are no multiple pressings involved to increase the quantity.

On the other hand, hotpress oils do not require heavy machinery; you can use your stovetop or oven to yield the oil. This type of oil gives a larger quantity of oils too. These hotpressed oils usually stand up better to high heating while cooking.

Step-By-Step Guide For Making Sunflower Oil At Home

These are the steps you need to follow to get a bountiful harvest of pure unadulterated sunflower oil.

Pay attention to the type of sunflower seed you are buying; black sunflower oilseeds would drastically double the amount of oil than regular sunflower seeds. If you wish to make 3 gallons of oil, you will need approximately 35-36 pounds of oilseeds.

Requirements

  • Peeled sunflower seeds
  • Hand crank machine
  • Strainer
  • Bottle
  • Big bowl (for husks)

Directions

Get your machine situated

oil press machine setup

You need to purchase a manual hand crank machine for extracting the oil. At this point, you can either opt for a manual device or an automated machine.

The latter would be expensive, and we won’t recommend it if you are on a tight budget. These manual machines are way cheaper and long-lasting because of their strenuous hardware and built quality.

Prepare your nuts

nuts in oil press

Clean out the dirt, residue, and other big little earthy surprises in a large pot. Rinse the seeds in good flowing water and let them dry for 24 hours in the sun.

If you live in areas that do not have a lot of sunlight, you can use a dehydrator to dry out the seeds. Keep tossing them, so they are equally dried.

Setting up your machine

With the help of the clamp provided by the manufacturers, affix the tool to your workplace securely.

Start warming up the hand crack by keeping a heating lamp or candle under the machine and let the machine heat up for a good 10 minutes. The most efficient way is to use kerosene or alcohol lamps to have a brighter and more strong flame.

Processing

oil pressing machine

Most hand crank models require you to make a makeshift funnel out of a plastic water or milk can. Once you have that or a wide-mouthed funnel, start adding your seeds in the funnel at the top.

As soon as the nuts start getting inside the machine, turn the crank. This motion makes the seeds get hand-cranked and fed into the expeller. Make sure you have a bottle under the device to trap the oil coming from it.

A mason jar would be the perfect size as its wide mouth would allow the oil to drip down into the bottle irrespective of the flow. This process would create a seed husk cake that gets expelled out. You can save it for a nutritious chicken feed or compost.

Settling and storing the oil

Once the oil gets extracted in your mason jar, keep the pot for 24 hours as is. The oil you extracted would have a few impurities that would automatically get settled once the oil settles overnight.

Carefully sieve the oil without disturbing the remains to have an extra filtered product. Transfer this oil to an airtight container and place it in a cool and dry place.

A kitchen cabinet or pantry would be an ideal place. Your oil can stay fresh for two years as long as it is perfectly sealed. If, after few days, you start smelling a rancid oil, you should stop using it for cooking and start using it as a lubrication or lamp oil.

Alternative To Vegetable Oil

homemade oils

Sunflower, peanut, palm, olive, cottonseed, canola, and coconut are some oils that come under vegetable oil.

Most people use these oils for heavy cooking and not for dressing and seasoning. Some of the other alternative that you can use include:

Avocado Oil

Believe it or not, the star ingredient of avocado toast can make pure avocado oil. This oil is extracted from the pulp, which then gets heated to a high temperature which eventually separates the oils.

The result is a rich, creamy and buttery oil that will make amp up any dish within few drops of this oil. Pure avocado oil has one of the highest smoke points, so the oil doesn’t burn very fast.

You can use avocado oil for grilling, stir-frying, marinades, and dressings.

Olive Oil

Olive oil still wears the crown of being the healthiest oil available in the market. This healthy oil is made from fresh olives harvested from the tree.

This oil contains monounsaturated fatty acids, which considerably help to reduce the harmful risks of heart diseases. You should avoid using olive oil for desserts, but it gives a complex flavor to savory food items, which we highly recommend.

Coconut oil

natural coconut oil

This nutty oil is extracted from the dried meat of the coconuts. You can easily use this as an alternative to vegetable oil.

As this oil has a good smoking point, you can use it for deep frying, but mind you, the recipe would taste extra nutty, so only deep fry food items go with the flavor of this oil. This oil turns solid at room temperature, so you might have to melt it before using it.

Sesame Oil

This flavorful oil is often used for sauces and stir-fried foods. Sesame oil is not the most appropriate oil for deep frying or dished with subtle flavors because of its strong and distinctive flavors.

Almond

Almond oil

This sweet-tasting oil is often used in skincare and cosmetic products, but the oil is very nutritious.

You can use this oil for salad dressings or cold applications. This oil is perfect for baking, too, because of its light and delicious smell.

Re-using your harvested homemade oil

Sometimes you can re-use the oil you have harvested with so much effort with this simple trick mentioned in the Fannie Farmer Cookbook.

The author instructs you to peel few potato skins and dip them in the hot oil. This method will quickly absorb all the flavor from the previous cooking sessions. Remove the skin and strain the oil, and you can use it one more time before discarding it.

Conclusion

Knowing how to extract oil is truly a great skill to have under your belt during emergencies and building a broad skill set.

We promise that these extracted oils would be healthier and tastier than your store-bought ones. If you aren’t sure about the hand crank machine or wish to try it first before committing to a device, you can try the cold press method via a blender.

Blend the seeds and add few drops of water. You then extract the oil from the seedy husk by pressing on it with your hand. Make sure to wear gloves before extracting oil.

Now that you know how to extract the oil efficiently, why don’t you give your body a workout and test your skills?

How To Store Flour Long Term

Jacob Moore

Last updated May 12, 2021

As you foray into the morning every day, you need a hearty breakfast that helps you put your best leg forward, and nothing beats freshly baked bread!

Cooking without flour is very difficult as you need flour for making breakfast, lunch, or dinner. When you have different flours in your pantry, you automatically get the choice of making a wide variety of dishes to feed your family.

If you are a survival expert or prepper, you already know the importance of bulk buying, but this bought food would waste if not stored properly.

However, as mentioned earlier, these flours are very sensitive to the environment and tend to deteriorate if not cared for. Fret not; we have a pervasive list of ideas that will help you store flour for the most prolonged period.

Reasons Why Flour Goes Bad

how to store flour

Many people feel that dry foods have a long shelf life, but that doesn’t mean they won’t go bad; flour is one such product that can quickly go bad.

If you leave a bag of flour in your pantry, there are immense chances of your flour going bad because of:

  • Oxidation – Oxidation is a process that causes your food nutrients in the flour mix to break down as the air interacts with its nutrients. Whole grains like ragi, buckwheat, oatmeal have incredibly high chances of getting oxidized. This process will make the oils of the grains go rancid, thus emitting a foul smell.
  • Mold – Mold will easily impact the quality of your flour. People living in high humid areas tend to face this issue quite often. General humidity and temperature fluctuations aid the flour to absorb moisture from the environment, thus resulting in a bad case of mold. You can smell the mold before you could see it.
  • Absorbing Various Smells – Flour is excellent in soaking and absorbing smells of its nearby surroundings, and it can pick up the scent of any pungent ingredient in its vicinity. If you have a massive bowl of garlic powder seasoning or onions, chances are your next batch of pancakes will have an underlying smell of these ingredients.
  • Insect infestation – Insect outbreak is a ubiquitous thing that happens when psocids barge in and infest the entire stock of your flour. This infestation has nothing to do with having a clean and hygienic environment; flour provides excellent living conditions; thus, they usually thrive there. Females can end up laying 100 or more eggs at a time, which will surely make your flour unfit to eat.

Safe Ways To Store Flour

To tackle this issue of fowl flour, you can take few preventive measures that will guarantee a pantry full of fresh flour for all your dietary needs:

Keeping the flour airtight

flour in jar

You need to keep your freshly purchased or milled bag of flour in an airtight lock. You can either opt for an airtight container with a tight seal or resealable plastic bags.

If you wish to keep everything extra secured, you can try investing in a vacuum sealer and vacuum bags that will keep your flour safe for over two years.

The vacuum creates a seal that keeps the air away, which slowers the oxidation process. This airtight process also helps in keeping the strong smells at bay.

Freezing the flour

As mentioned earlier, the colder and darker the place, the better your grain flour stays put. Freezing your flour is exceptionally ideal as it keeps the food fresh for the most extended period.

You can expect your whole grain flour to be in the most pristine condition for six months with this method. Always opt for keeping the flour away from the door; this will decrease the chances of the kitchen light touching the flour every time you open your freezer.

Storing your flour in the freezer for four days kills any existing pests and their chances of infecting again in the future. You will need to let the flour come to room temperature before using it, but that’s a minor inconvenience you can easily overcome if the result is fresh and clean flour.

Refrigerate the flour

fridge

If you are prepping, chances are your freezer is overflowing with other perishables like fruits and vegetables; in such cases, it is a good idea to store your flour in freeze.

Keep the flour bag away from the light and deep inside the fridge in a corner. This method won’t guarantee you the most prolonged freshness; nonetheless, it is better than keeping your flour at room temperature.

Storing in a cool and dark place

If you live off-grid or wish to use flour constantly, using the products mentioned above won’t be much of your help. You can try to put your flour in an airtight container and store it in a cool and dark place that you can easily reach.

Most people keep their stock underneath their flooring in a cubby or the basement; Both are viable options provided the place is clean and humidity-free. You can expect a shelf life of two to three months when stored at room temperature.

How To Store Flour Long Term

tips on how to store flour

If you plan to store white flour (self-rising flour or all-purpose flour), you can keep them safe and edible for three months under room temperature.

If you keep that in the fridge, it will surely last six months and a year. It will last two years without any issue when kept in the freezer.

Flours like whole grains or whole wheat don’t last as long as white flour because of the abundance of natural oils in the grains. You can expect any whole grain flour to last one year in the freezer, six months in the fridge, and one month at average room temperature.

You can follow these guidelines that will help you determine the freshness of your flour within minutes:

  • Refined flour can stay fresh for two years, so you need not worry about these types of flours that often, but you should trust your sense of smell to understand the freshness. Usually, flour that has gone bad would smell sour, and that is your indicator of throwing away without thinking twice.
  • Whole grain can smell a little sour and funky, indicating the time to discard them.
  • It would be best if you always kept seed and nut flour like flax and almond in the freezer; they would smell a little burnt or bitter, allowing you to determine its edibility quickly.
  • Always try to get into the habit of labeling your containers to stay up to date. Try to write down the flour type, date of purchase, and date of manufacturing to keep track of the expiry date. It would be best if you immediately restocked new flour once it passes its expiry date.

How To Keep Flour Fresh Long Term

How To Keep Flour Fresh

Apart from the airtight, salable, and frozen methods, it would help if you kept these tips and tricks in mind to keep the freshness:

  • Try storing your flour in Mylar bags with added oxygen absorbers. This Mylar bagging option is an excellent method for prepping for years. Your flour would stay fresh for decades without any issue. These Mylar bags are made from metal that doesn’t allow moisture and heat to sink in; it even keeps the bugs away. To make it more time-proof, you can add oxygen absorbers that will suck the rest of the oxygen to keep your flour light and fresh. Whole wheat flour can last for ten years, while white flour will easily last for ten-fifteen years without any doubt.
  • Use the flour before the expiration date; this will ensure greater chances of consuming fresh flour. When buying, always purchase a very recently packed product; this will give you more shelf life.
  • It would help if you always filled your airtight containers to the brim. The lesser the air seeps into the container, the greater chances of it being safe. Seal away this tightly packed container and store it in a cool and dark place.
  • Avoid mixing old and new flour. Keep both of the flour in separate containers even if it increases the space. Consider using the old flour first and then moving on to the newer one.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can you store your flour in a 5-gallon bucket?

Yes, you can easily store your flour in a five-gallon bucket. Usually, a five-gallon bucket can hold 125 lbs of mass so that you can fit a lot of flour into one.

If you have a big, home-cooked meal-loving family, you might want to keep many buckets. We highly recommend storing one single type of flour in one bucket.

Keeping two bags in one bucket can considerably deteriorate the shelf life of both the flours. Always buy a bucket that has great sealing power.

What are some of the best and durable containers to store flour?

containers for flour

While buckets are very robust and hearty, you cannot delve down your storage and remove the seal thousands of times; you will need few suitable containers to store the flour for a few days worth of stock.

We highly recommend that you try these best flour storage containers:

Enloy Stainless Steel Airtight Canister

If you have toddlers and teenagers at your home, we advise you to go with a stainless steel airtight canister as it won’t break or shatter as easily as glass or plastic.

This container will keep your flour safe from sunlight and air. The locking clam system secures its brimmed silicone lid onto the metal base with excellent support.

The top is transparent, which helps you identify the type of flour by just looking at it. This container is highly durable and requires gentle soapy water to clean.

Essos Glass Jars with Wood Lids Set

People who want to invest in a BPA-free set should consider buying this product without thinking much.

The glass jar has tight wood seals that prevent the flour from spilling. Apart from the obvious protection, you have a wide variety of sizes to choose from.

OXO 3106300 SteeL POP Container

This product is an excellent choice of container if you are bored with regular lid containers. OXO features a special button that instantly seals the container upon pushing.

You can press it again to create a makeshift handle for carrying the container. This container is durable and made out of BPA-free plastic, ensuring your flour stays fresh for a more extended period.

How much flour does a four-person family spend in a year?

On average, a family of four buys 10 kg bags of flour for each month, which makes it approximately 120 kg or 240 Lbs. The US has reported that the annual wheat consumption rose from 113 pounds to 146 pounds per capita from 1964 to 2000.

It saw a slight decrease after 2012 with 133 pounds per capita, but the consumption has increased ever since 2020. If you are talking about this much flour, it becomes highly economical to buy it in bulk.

Now that you have all the information related to the storage, you can easily buy these and store them without any issues.

Conclusion

That was our article on preserving and keeping your fine-milled flour safe.

Keep an inventory and avoid food wastage by sticking to the expiry date schedule.

Now that you have a foolproof plan to prevent the flour from going bad, we highly recommend bulk buying and storing for cost-effective meals, bread, and baking!

Best Survival Water Filter On The Market

Jacob Moore

Last updated May 5, 2021

We have learned and talked about water scarcity for decades now.

Most of the time, when we do so, we are talking about the shortage of pure, drinkable water, you know. And a survival adventure can show you how severe the issue has become.

In case you didn’t know, pollution has affected even the well-kept areas in the wilderness. It is not surprising, then, to see that you have problems finding pure water during survival runs and emergency bugout situations.

Even the most natural streams in the forest may have contaminants that can threaten your life and health. It is why people do not want to take risks.

Survivor Filter Pro Hand Pump Water Filter

1. Tested in the USA

2. Carbon Filtration 

3. Fast Flow Rate

Katadyn Vario Water Filter

1. Two quarts per minute

2. Faster flow mode

3. Cleanable ceramic disc

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

1. Removes microplastics

2. Removes bacteria & parasites

3. Long Lifetime

Sawyer MINI Water Filtration System

1. Fits in the palm

2. 2 ounce weighs

3. Reusable 16-ounce pouch

Seychelle Advanced Water Filter Bottle

1. Squeezable bottle

2. Removes radiological contaminants

3. All made in USA

Instead, they carry a water filter that can make things more effective and reliable. When you think about it, survival water filters are just magic. They can take water from some of the most polluted sources and give you reliable and drinkable water.

Considering that you cannot live without water, carrying a water filter is a better decision than adding so many water bottles to your backpack. This way, you can bring an empty water bottle and refill it with pure water whenever you want. Sounds incredible, right? Well, you must have a water filter most suitable for your survival adventure, though.

In this article, we have talked about five of the best survival water filters on the market. We have picked the products based on their performance, cleaning options, and ease of use. We believe you can make the best pick based on your specific needs.

Survivor Filter Pro Hand Pump Water Filter

Survivor Filter Pro Hand Pump Water Filter Review

  • Type: Hand Pump
  • Volume: Not Applicable
  • Flow Rate: 17 Ounces per minute
  • Capacity: 100,000 liters

Survivor Filter Pro Hand Pump Water Filter is undoubtedly the best water filter that any survivalist must pick from the market. It comes from one of the most trusted brands in the category and can remove an immense variety of pollutants from natural water sources.

We should also appreciate the filter’, making it usable under any circumstances. It is also worth noting that Survivor Filter has included many innovative features in this small-looking package.

Benefits

  • The Survivor Filter Pro Hand Pump Water Filter comes with an elementary-style use system. The filter comes with two hoses: the water inlet hose and the outlet hose. You can put the outlet hose into any form of water and the inlet hose to the container. You can get ultra-pure water in the container. As you can see, the process is simple that a toddler could do it.
  • The filter used in the package effectively removes viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Besides, the company’s independent testing revealed that the filter reduces the presence of heavy metals, odors, and unpleasant tastes as well. As for the technicalities, the filter does not let anything more significant than 0.2 microns through the system, meaning that you get rid of most contaminants.
  • Despite the affordable price tag it bears, the Survivor Filter Pro Hand Pump Water Filter has used exceptionally vital construction material. The shell uses ABS material, and Food-grade Activated Carbon is found in many components. Finally, the manufacturer has used medical-grade Polysulfone to make the filter.
  • We must also note that the portable water filter system provides one of the best flow rates you can find in the market. You can filter up to 17 ounces of water per minute, which is excellent. It means you can fill a comparatively large container or water in a few minutes. This filter system can help you stay worry-less about water in the long run.
  • Independent testing of the filter system also reveals that the filter can remove threats like Phi-X174 and E.coli from natural water sources. It is powerful-enough performance to recommend the system to most survivalists and hikers. Even if you are into long-term prepping, this filter will not let you down.

Drawbacks

  • Some customers have noted that the Survivor Filter Pro Hand Pump Water Filter is not ideal for big groups. While solo survivalists can get enough water via a few minutes of pumping, filling too many water containers is too much effort. Therefore, we cannot recommend this water filter for big groups, especially if you have varying needs.

Extra Features

  • It may not be an extra feature, per se, but you can connect the Survivor Filter Pro Hand Pump Water Filter to several accessories. Considering that a single filter unit can filter up to 100,000 liters of water, buying one of those accessories is a great decision. For instance, you can use the collapsible canteens to store the filtered water you get from the filtration system.
  • The three-stage filtration system on this product is just off the charts from a performance perspective. It is also one of the most celebrated water filters on the market. Given that the filter works well with extreme conditions, you can expect a stable performance when you are in the wild for a casual survival adventure.

Buying Advice

For most solo travelers and small families, the Survivor Filter Pro Hand Pump Water Filter is the perfect water filter for survival adventures. It is an excellent addition to any prepping kit out there as well. The makers behind the product have combined the ideal performance with an ergonomic design and capacity. Although it does not have many convenient options like sip-to-filter, the design is suitable for entry-level survivalists and veterans alike. We cannot recommend the water filter for larger groups despite all these.

Katadyn Vario Water Filter

Katadyn Vario Water Filter Review

  • Type: Turn-to-filter system
  • Volume: Not Applicable
  • Flow Rate: 2 liters per minute
  • Capacity: Up to 1875 liters

One problem with our top pick is that it cannot filter a lot of water per minute. However, the Katadyn Vario Water Filter fixes this problem and introduces an innovative design.

The design makes the water filter an impressive choice for larger groups and families. You will not have any trouble connecting it to a variety of containers, either. This is also a survival water filter popular among survivalist veterans.

Benefits

  • Compared to our top pick, the Katadyn Vario Water Filter does not require too much effort from the customer. The turn-to-filter system is less time-consuming as well. Therefore, when you want to get an entire container of pure water quickly, you can count on this water filter without a doubt. Its core handle has also been designed for maximum durability.
  • While the company does not specify what the filter can remove, the included filtration layers are very effective. The Vario Dual Technology uses two layers: a high-performance glass fiber filter and a pre-filter made of ceramic. Depending on the situation you are in and the type of water source, you can shift between these two options.
  • It is impressive that the Katadyn Vario Water Filter uses a replaceable carbon core. This core can filter up to 1875 liters, which is significant. When it comes to removing pollutants, the carbon core can efficiently deal with chemicals, toxins, odors, and other elements that make water impure. The ceramic pre-filter is easily-cleanable as well.
  • The Katadyn Vario Water Filter has one of the best flow rates you can expect from a portable water filter. The system can filter up to 2 liters of water per minute. It means you will not need more than a few minutes to fill an enormous water container. It is also why we recommend it to large groups of survivalists.
  • As you can guess, you will not have any trouble using the water filter for heavy-duty needs. The bigger size of the system makes it more suitable for more extensive water sources. You can keep using the filter without worries of losing it somewhere. We should also appreciate the overall build quality of the water filtration system.

Drawbacks

  • While the more prominent design is great for usability, it poses another problem: space consumption. You will have to dedicate a lot of space from your bugout bag or backpack if you want to carry this water filter around. Again, it is not a problem when traveling in a group. For solo survivalists, the filter is a little too big.
  • We noticed that the Katadyn Vario Water Filter does not show any independent cleaning statistics as to what it can remove. We would have loved to see a better, more scientific answer from the makers instead of saying that the filter can remove toxins and chemicals. By the way, replacement cartridges for the machine are relatively more expensive.

Extra Features

  • Like Survival Pro, Katadyn is a fully-fledged company in water filter equipment. So, it is easy for you to connect the water filter module to various accessories. Even though additions and replacements for the product are expensive, you can find them in online stores and typical stores across the country.
  • Conveniently, the Katadyn Vario Water Filter comes as a complete package. You can find the pre-filter, carry bag, and cleaning pad in the box. You can use the carry bag to take around almost everything you need for filtering out water. If you have gotten started with survivalism and prepping, this nudge can save you time and space.

Buying Advice

For one, the Katadyn Vario Water Filter is an excellent choice for survivalists traveling in groups and those who need a lot of water. This product is expensive compared to our top pick but comes with a more innovative cleaning design.

In the end, you will not have any trouble using the water filter with water sources that you have never seen before. You must be ready to dedicate more space for carrying around the filtration system.

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter Review

  • Type: Sip-to-filter
  • Volume: Not Applicable
  • Flow Rate: Not Specified
  • Capacity: 4,000 liters

There are times when you care more about filtration quality than convenience. If you need such an essential water filter, the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter is a great pick. It comes with a compact design but gets the job done most of the time.

Despite all of these, the water filter can filter a good amount of polluted water. You can also count on the seemingly weird but effective filtering mechanism in most survivalist circumstances.

Benefits

  • The LifeStraw Personal Water Filter is very portable and does not take much space from your bugout bag or the survivalist backpack. Because of the no-fuzz design, you can use the filter system with any water source. Rest assured, the product will ensure good results, turning impure water into something drinkable.
  • A single LifeStraw Personal Water Filter can filter up to 4,000 liters of water. This number is not only impressive but very practical. You can throw this filter into your bag, and you can stop worrying about drinking water for a couple of survivalist trips in the future. It is also significant that the filter removes almost every type of pollutant from water.
  • The brand claims that the portable water filter can remove99.9999% of bacterial, protozoan parasites, and other risks. The filter has a pore size of 0.2 microns, meaning that not many pollutants make it to your mouth. Because you can sip the water to filter it, you can increase this filter’s flow rate by a long shot.

Drawbacks

  • While the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter is a compelling piece of tech, it provides zero to minimum convenience. Many people, especially kids, may have trouble using the water filter with unfamiliar water sources in the long run. Because of the sip-to-filter design, you cannot use the device for water storage purposes, either.

Extra Features

The LifeStraw Personal Water Filter does not have any extra features inside. However, you can get multiple-unit packs of this device for reasonable prices.

Buying Advice

You have to make a few compromises when choosing the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter over one of the typical water filters we saw above. However, you can embrace a more compact way to filter water while doing so.

Sure, the company has to work on the flow rate and the overall capacity of the smart straw, but that is it. If you can live with these disadvantages, you should consider getting this filter.

Sawyer MINI Water Filtration System

Sawyer MINI Water Filtration System Review

  • Type: Squeeze-to-filter
  • Volume: 16 ounces
  • Flow Rate: Not Specified
  • Capacity: 100,000 gallons

If you think our first alternative was a little too inconvenient, you should check out the Sawyer MINI Water Filtration System. This water filter employs a more modern method to purify water.

However, it does not store the water anywhere. You have to filter water as you need it. If you are okay with that limitation, you should keep a lookout for this product. In the end, you will not regret adding this compact thing to your bag or survival backpack.

Benefits

  • The Sawyer MINI Water Filtration System uses a squeeze-to-filter system that is incredibly effective. It means you can connect one end of the filter to a water container and squeeze the container to push water through the filter. And you can enjoy high-quality water on the other end of the filter, a pretty convenient way.
  • The included filter has a pore size of just 0.1 microns. The number translates to the filter clearing out various pollutants from the water source. For instance, it can remove almost all bacteria, such as E.coli and cholera. The filter is very effective when it comes to eliminating microplastics from water.
  • Compared to other water filters in this category, the Sawyer MINI Water Filtration System packs an incredible filtration capacity as well. A single cartridge can filter up to 100,000 gallons of water, and you can use the 16-ounce squeeze pouch to store water. The drinking straw also comes in handy at times.

Drawbacks

  • While the design is more convenient than the previous pick, the Sawyer MINI Water Filtration System offers a better place to store water. However, you cannot use this filter for your long-haul water filter needs or living in a group.

Extra Features

There are not many additional features in the Sawyer MINI Water Filtration System.

Buying Advice

On the one hand, the Sawyer MINI Water Filtration System is a definite convenience upgrade. Still, you cannot use the system to pour water into a big container and store it.

However, as a hiker or survivor, you may have to carry at least some water at a shorter distance. In those instances, you can consider this compact package from Sawyer.

Seychelle Advanced Water Filter Bottle

Sawyer MINI Water Filtration System Review

  • Type: Sip-to-filter
  • Volume: 28 ounces
  • Flow Rate: Not Specified
  • Capacity: 100 gallons

If you are looking for the most convenient way to filter water during emergencies, you should consider the Seychelle Advanced Water Filter Bottle. This is a fully-fledged water bottle that can purify water as you need it.

The sip-to-filter mechanism is more effective than you think, but you have to get used to applying more force during the process. In the end, carrying this water filter bottle does not consume a lot of space from your backpack, either.

Benefits

  • You can get used to the sip-to-filter system without any prior experience. Once you have filled water from the source, you can sip up to purify water. Depending on the pressure you apply, you can get a good amount of water. You will love this kind of freedom if you spend most of your day moving across the forest.
  • For a bottle that you would carry around during the trip, the capacity of 100 gallons is excellent for the Seychelle Advanced Water Filter Bottle. You will have enough water to drink and days to spend before you have to replace the cartridge. On that note, we should mention that the cartridges are straightforward to find.
  • Even though the design is simple, the Seychelle Advanced Water Filter Bottle can remove radiological contaminants, heavy metals, and industrial contaminants from the raw water. So, even if you get into uncharted territories, this water filter will provide you endless water supply. We think you will value this assurance as a survivalist.

Drawbacks

  • Squeezing the bottle to get water may work, but it is not ideal. Therefore, you need something other than Seychelle Advanced Water Filter Bottle to enable water storage. In short, the bottle is made for personal use only.

Extra Features

The Seychelle Advanced Water Filter Bottle does not offer any extra features.

Buying Advice

If you need a super-convenient way to hold water and purify it during emergencies, we think you can choose the Seychelle Advanced Water Filter Bottle. As a survival water filter system, it is pretty effective and does a great job of removing even radiological contaminants. It is also impressive that the bottle does not cost as much as the other options.

Survival Water Filter FAQ

What water filter removes viruses?

antibacterial water filter

Many water filters can remove viruses from natural water sources. In many cases, companies use a combination of activated carbon and fiber to remove viruses from water. It is also worth noting that these filters’ pore size will be minimal.

How do you filter water in a survival situation?

Since you cannot carry an unlimited amount of water, you have to rely on natural water sources. You will have to collect water from ponds, rivers, and other streams and purify it into something drinkable. It is why you need a water filter system.

What is the best solution for a more extended time?

We recommend going for a water filter system with high filtration capacity. You should choose a filter that can provide you enough water to store in other containers. Therefore, even if you cannot find water sources for a few days, you can survive with the reserve.

Can you drink any water with a help from a water filter?

Yes, in most situations. As we mentioned earlier, modern water filter systems can remove viruses, bacteria, and even radiological contaminants from water.

You can also remove chemicals and other odors from the water source. Therefore, unless you are in a strictly unbearable area, you can drink any water using a water filter.

The Bottom Line

We believe our coverage of the best survival water filter on the market helped you choose the right one for your needs.

We have recommended products from almost every category, including sip-to-filter and pump-to-filter systems. You have to make the final decision based on the number of people in your group and the type of event you are preparing for.

On any day, though, it is better to go for a water filter system with better storage and filtration capacity.

Best Survival Stove For Emergency Situations

Jacob Moore

Last updated May 5, 2021

One thing about emergencies is that you cannot predict how long they last.

For instance, when a hurricane hits your area, you do not know how long you will have to shelter yourself.

Due to the same reason, it makes sense to carry something you can cook with instead of taking ready-to-eat food. I mean, you cannot take too much ready-made food without making your bugout bag a hefty affair.

On the other hand, if you can get a portable stove inside the survival kit, you can carry multiple packs of raw material and last longer. It is why experts advise you to get one of the best survival stoves for emergencies.

REDCAMP Wood Burning Camp Stove
OAKVUE Foldable Camping Stove
Ohuhu Stainless Steel Backpacking Stove
Solo Stove Lite
STADELHORN Titanium Minimalist Wood Stove

Now, because emergencies vary, you may also have different kinds of emergency preparedness. The bugout bags of people who regularly face hurricanes and people who come across earthquakes are very different.

Besides, you have to consider how long you want to stay away, as we said. Therefore, we cannot recommend the single perfect survival stove for emergencies.

Instead, we have narrowed down the options from a variety of categories. In this way, we could include survival stoves from multiple categories based on size, fuel type, performance, and ideal usage conditions.

Based on a few factors like customer reviews, design, and features, we have ranked these portable/survival stoves. We hope the collection helps you make the right choice.

REDCAMP Wood Burning Camp Stove

REDCAMP Wood Burning Camp Stove Review

  • Type: Camping Stove and Grill
  • Size: 8.3” x 5.9” x 5.5”
  • Material: 430 Stainless Steel
  • Fuel: Wood
  • Weight: 1.9lbs

If you do not want to spend too much on a survival stove but want something practical, you should consider the REDCAMP Wood Burning Camp Stove.

This portable stove/grill combines the best construction quality, ergonomic design, and portability. It is also an excellent choice for those unpredictable situations when you may want to use multiple types of fuels.

Thanks to its modern design and features, the REDCAMP stove can help you survive in the wild for several weeks or months.

Benefits

  • REDCAMP has used 430 stainless steel to construct this portable survival stove. It helps the device in two ways. The construction keeps the stove’s weight to a minimum of 1.9lbs. So, it will be easy to carry this device around. Two, the durable construction can handle a wide variety of pans. As you can expect, the design is also heat-resistant to a great extent. It means you can take your survivalist cooking skills to a whole new level.
  • The REDCAMP Wood Burning Camp Stove design is very versatile in addition to being sturdy and durable. It means you can use the stove for different cooking needs. For instance, if you want to grill some meat you hunted from the wild, you can use the grilling panel. Otherwise, you can use one of the available skillets to cook a proper meal. As long as you provide a good amount of fuel from below, this stove can catch up with your emergency needs.
  • Even though the REDCAMP Wood Burning Camp Stove uses wood as the primary fuel, you can consider some other options as well. For instance, you can use synthetic fuels and twigs to ensure good heat during the cooking process. Some alternatives include leaves, solid fuel tablets, coal, and spirit burner. The best part is that the stove can conform to your situation. This multi-fuel design makes this portable stove the ideal pick for emergency bugout bags.
  • Despite packing so much power and durability, this burning camp stove is portable to the core. It has a total weight of just 1.9lbs and measures 8.” X 5.9” x 1.5” when folding. 1.5 inches is an incredible figure by any standard. Because all parts of the stove snap so ideally, you do not have to worry about any protruding points, either. We should also mention how ergonomic the controls on this stove are from a user-friendly perspective.

Drawbacks

  • The REDCAMP Wood Burning Camp Stove does not have any drawbacks. However, this stove might not be the ideal emergency cooking solution for large families. If you want to cook heavy-duty meals, which need better surface area and skillets, this stove would not be perfect. In that case, you should consider going for a larger variant.

Extra Features

  • It is not exactly an extra feature, but the REDCAMP Wood Burning Camp Stove ships with all things you need to start a survivalist cooking project. As we said, the grilling panel is a great fit when you want to deal with some sausages or freshly-hunted meat. The stove also has a mechanism to keep the ash quite effectively. All these features get a boost from the ventilation-friendly design as well.

Buying Advice

If you are looking for the best survival stove that does not cost a fortune, the REDCAMP Wood Burning Camp Stove is an excellent choice. The versatile design lets you use the stove for conventional cooking, grilling, and barbecuing.

Conveniently, you can use various fuels to light up fire on this stove. In the end, the package is quite comprehensive as well. The stove comes with an incredible packing bag as well.

OAKVUE Foldable Camping Stove

OAKVUE Foldable Camping Stove Review

  • Type: Camping Stove
  • Size: 8.07” x 7.28” x 1.34”
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Fuel: Wood
  • Weight: 1.1lbs

If you think the previous survival stove has a generic design, you must consider what the OAKVUE Foldable Camping Stove offers on the front. It comes with a design that improves the overall performance and heat distribution within the stove.

Simultaneously, the plan does not compromise the quality or sturdiness of the device. Considering that you can carry this stove as quickly as you did the last one, we think it is a superb choice for many people.

Benefits

  • As we said, manufacturers have designed the OAKVUE Foldable Camping Stove to withstand a variety of cooking requirements. Regardless of the pot you use for cooking, the design offers sufficient power and protection. The entire structure uses ventilation holes that increase the airflow and decrease the cooking time. Despite the seemingly complex design, setting up this portable stove does not take more than a few seconds.
  • Like we saw with the final product, the OAKVUE Foldable Camping Stove can also work with multiple fuel sources. While wood is the best option, you can also turn to solid fuel cells and charcoal. Given that you cannot predict fuel flow during emergencies, this multi-source design can boost how useful the camping accessory is. Regardless of the fuel you use, the material stays sturdy and lasts a lot. It is also very safe.
  • This portable stove goes a step further than being foldable. You can remove almost every part of the stove and reattach them after cleaning. It is a great feature to have if you are into heavy-duty cooking in the survivalist scene. Even after preparing meals for many people, cleaning the stove will be an easy task. We should also mention that the built-in design does an impressive job of taking care of debris.
  • The OAKVUE Foldable Camping Stove also happens to be one of the most lightweight stoves you can get for camping needs. It weighs only 1.1lbs, which is barely a noticeable amount of weight to add to your bugout bag. However, you should not underestimate the performance of the design since the primary pane can handle skillets and pans that weigh multiple times the device itself. This is an area where the real power of stainless steel is visible.

Drawbacks

  • While the overall system can handle various containers, we cannot suggest this stove as an ideal option for continuous cooking. If you have a family with many members, you may want to get more than one unit of this stove. Considering that the product costs less than a good cup of coffee, even that would be a reasonable decision.

Extra Features

  • We noticed that the manufacturer behind the OAKVUE Foldable Camping Stove includes quite a few accessories in the package. These come in handy when you are in an unpredictable situation. It comes with a collapsible fire bellow and a telescopic fire tube igniter. The second accessory will help you in lighting fire even when the environment is rough. Considering that the product does not cost much, it is nice to see these accessories.

Buying Advice

The OAKVUE Foldable Camping Stove checks all the necessary boxes as a survival stove for emergencies. We are talking about sturdy construction quality, compatibility with multiple pans, and running on many fuel types.

The manufacturer has also included some useful accessories in the package. The stove is portable and worth-carrying-around as well.

Ohuhu Stainless Steel Backpacking Stove

OAKVUE Foldable Camping Stove Review

  • Type: Camping Stove
  • Size: 5.3” x 5.3 x 5.3”
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Fuel: Wood
  • Weight: 0.8lbs

If you are looking for a low-cost survival stove that does not compromise in significant aspects, you should check out the Ohuhu Stainless Steel Backpacking Stove. This product does not offer all the benefits we saw in the previous two options.

However, it can help you fulfill the basic cooking needs when you are in a rough place with your family. We also noticed that the survival stove had been designed to save as much space as possible.

Benefits

  • Compared to most of the market’s survival stoves, the Ohuhu Stainless Steel Backpacking Stove is easy to set up. You can also insert many elements, such as wooden branches and twigs, to improve the stove’s cooking experience. Altogether, the intelligent design compensates for the small format of the stove.
  • The Ohuhu Stainless Steel Backpacking Stove measures only 5.3” x 5.3” x 3” when folded. It means you will have no trouble carrying the stove in your backpack. The weight of 0.8lbs means you can get a couple of these stoves to keep in the bag. If the emergency wants you to start communal living, these stoves will help you a lot.
  • It is excellent that the survival stove comes with the necessary hardware for cooking and barbecue. You can count on the protruding stands while placing a pan or skillet on the stove. Otherwise, the built-in barbecue stand will offer you enough surface area to deal with some sausages or meat. In both cases, the stove provides a stable cooking experience.
  • We should also appreciate the manufacturer designing the Ohuhu Stainless Steel Backpacking Stove in multiple layers. Thanks to this design, you get dedicated places for different elements. For instance, there is a place where you can keep solidified alcohol fuel in addition to the typical chamber to keep twigs and dried wood.

Drawbacks

  • There are not many problems with the survival stove per se. However, some customers say that the manufacturer could improve the ventilation options. If we keep that apart, the stove’s design is pure class.

Extra Features

The Ohuhu Stainless Steel Backpacking Stove does not have any extra features.

Buying Advice

If you are looking for an affordable alternative to multipurpose cooking, you should consider Ohuhu Stainless Steel Backpacking Stove as an option.

While it costs less than a good plate of a meal, the stove can help you make hundreds of meals when you are in the wild. The design deserves special applause for usability.

Solo Stove Lite

Solo Stove Lite Review

  • Type: Gasification Rocket Stove
  • Size: 3.8” x 3.8” x 4.25”
  • Material: 304 Stainless Steel
  • Fuel: Wood, Gasoline
  • Weight: 0.88lbs

When you are into hardcore survivalism, efficiency is an essential factor. You must get the most out of fuel, even if it is a bunch of twigs. If you are willing to spend extra for this extra efficiency, the Solo Stove Lite will be an excellent addition for you.

Many enthusiastic survivalists have shifted to the Solo Stove Lite after trying their luck with a conventional stove. We should also mention that the stove comes with a range of limitations.

Benefits

  • An innovative design ensures that the Solo Stove Lite gets a sufficient amount of air to boost the cooking process. It is one reason why the stove can offer some of the best water boiling times, among other things. This happens even when you have a low amount of fuel as well. As we said, the stove can increase efficiency to a great extent.
  • We should say that the Solo Stove Lite’s extra price is a fantastic investment. You will not have to continuously purchase packaged fuel or white gas to power your survivalist adventures. Even if the emergency makes you stranded without any stores, this survival stove will help you keep up.
  • The design indeed contains many techniques to improve the efficacy of cooking. However, the makers have done this without impacting the compactness. 304 stainless ensures that the stove is as lightweight as 0.88lbs and measures only 3.8” x 3.8” x 4.25”. It can handle many pots even if the weight varies by a long shot.
  • We believe the multi-layer design of the Solo Stove Lite deserves another applause. The technique can ensure that the burning material is fully utilized before changing it. Thanks to the secondary burn system, the stove can improve the amount of heat while lasting a lot longer than you expect.

Drawbacks

  • There are times when the Solo Stove Lite becomes too small for the purpose. In that case, you have to get a larger variant.

Extra Features

You can connect the Solo Stove Lite with several accessories from the manufacturer. For instance, the Solo Stove Pot 900 offers the best performance, and you can use the space to store the stove. These accessories enhance efficiency or offer better convenience.

Buying Advice

We can recommend the Solo Stove Lite without a doubt if efficiency is your priority. As you saw, the stove works just great and provides the right cooking environment for most people. By shifting to a more efficient stove, you can help the environment.

STADELHORN Titanium Minimalist Wood Stove

STADELHORN Titanium Minimalist Wood Stove Review

  • Type: Wood Stove
  • Size: 3.8” x 3.8” x 4.25”
  • Material: Titanium
  • Fuel: Wood
  • Weight: 0.5lbs

The STADELHORN Titanium Minimalist Wood Stove is an excellent alternative for those who prioritize build quality over everything else. If you want to prepare for the worst disasters and need a portable stove to keep up, this titanium-made option is the best.

Thanks to the innovative design it comes with, you do not have to compromise efficiency. We should also mention that it is one of the highest-rated emergency stoves on Amazon.

Benefits

  • As the name says, the STADELHORN Titanium Minimalist Wood Stove is made using 100% titanium, which helps in two ways. First, the stove is more lightweight than the stainless steel counterparts. Two, the design can withstand a tremendous amount of force and power. For reference, the stove can handle up to 100lbs of weight.
  • Even though you have to spend a little on this portable stove, the amount will be one of the worthiest investments ever. With regular usage, this product can last for decades. Even if you put it under too much pressure, the titanium-based construction will last for years. You should also note that it is heat and shatter-resistant.
  • As icing on the cake, the STADELHORN Titanium Minimalist Wood Stove is very portable. You can fold the stove and place it in your bag and expand the system whenever you want. The design will ensure maximum heat distribution and easier lighting when you do. Of course, you do not have to keep worrying about fuel canisters.
  • We also noticed that installing and using the titanium stove is very easy. Even if you are utterly new to survivalism, you can get started with the stove. Because the design supports natural kindling, you do not have to put too much effort, either. Although the design is standard, you can expect high efficiency from this package.

Drawbacks

  • Considering that the entire stove is made of titanium, the price is higher. This could be a problem for those who have a limited budget. On the other hand, if you are preparing a fully-fledged bugout bag, this stove is a must-have.

Extra Features

The STADELHORN Titanium Minimalist Wood Stove does not offer any extra features.

Buying Advice

You should think about the STADELHORN Titanium Minimalist Wood Stove only if you can justify paying for better build quality. If we keep that aspect apart, the stove is not different from the other emergency stove systems in the market.

Survival Stoves FAQ

Why does any prepper need a stove?

foldable stove

During emergencies, you cannot have a constant supply of food. Nor can you carry enough ready-to-eat food for weeks or months.

Therefore, a prepper should have a survival stove. In that case, they can use the space to pack more raw material or even hunt and cook.

Can you cook on a survival stove?

You can cook on a survival stove. Most survival stoves are designed to support bigger pans as well as skillets. It means you can enjoy a smooth cooking experience. However, you may have to get a sturdier survival stove for this purpose.

How do you make your survival stove?

Depending on the availability of materials, you can make a survival stove using stones.

However, the stoves made in this way are not the most efficient option out there. They might have ventilation options and fail to provide enough heat/flame to cook correctly.

Should you opt for a wood or gas stove?

Ideally, you should have a hybrid stove. However, if you have to choose, we recommend going for a wood stove.

The reason is simple. You cannot expect a steady supply of gasoline or other types of packaged fuel during an emergency. On the other hand, you can easily find wood.

Conclusion

Like we mentioned in the introduction, we have included different types of survival stoves in the list.

Based on the level of prepping you are into, you can choose one or more of these solutions. However, if you are planning for a casual survivalist adventure, you should look for something sturdy.

As we said a couple of times, you should also consider the number of people the stove should serve. For instance, there is no point in getting an entry-level survival stove if you are prepping for a high-impact emergency as a family.

On the other hand, if you just want to stay on top of your fear using a simple bugout bag, a starter survival stove is enough.

Full List For 1 Year Supply of Food For Family Of 4

Jacob Moore

Last updated April 28, 2021

Building up a fortified pantry for a family of four is a crucial undertaking.

When doing so, you should remember that stocking up on the survival food elements is a two fronted battle:

  • Firstly, stocking up components or elements that you actually will eat
  • Secondly, learning how to cook & eat things, which you are stockpiling

In other terms, you do not just have to stock up around 100 pounds of dry beans or rice if you have not learned the art of cooking, but also must learn to prepare beans or rice in the way that you and your family would like.

For most of us, probably the second task seems more complicated. As compared to the previous generations, most of us usually are much far away from cooking, mainly when it is about cooking with raw components, the bulk of ingredients that primarily are stored in a dry place.

How Much Food Do You Need For 1 Year?

When it is about a one-year supply of food, the first thing you would want to factor in when gathering your food storage products is the supply of a few easy to prepare, good-tasting boxes, such as noodles, soups, etc.

While these are not generally healthy, they are quick and delicious, acting as a filler for your hungry tummy. When things get hectic & more or less falling apart inch by inch, you do not want to soak in black beans for nearly three hours or fret about making bread from scratch.

The name of the game with such meals is to throw something together to fill your family’s tummy quickly so that you can easily regroup and plan out the next move.

Here is a list of some readymade food you should consider carrying:

  • Stovetop Meals & Stuffing
  • Waffle or Pancake Mixes
  • Potatoes Au Gratin
  • Cheese & Macaroni
  • Ravioli, Canned Spaghetti, And Similar Products

Starches & Grains

Grains and Starch

Starches & grains are long-lasting food items & typically are easier to prepare as compared to other things. They usually are inexpensive & are considered the backbone of survival food products.

Note that they are carbohydrate-heavy & a great source of instant energy. They give better energy if combined with sauces, proteins & veggies. Such products include the following:

  • Noodles & Bulk Pasta: Macaroni, Spaghetti, Linguine & Fettuccine
  • Cereals: In Specific, Think About Items Such as Shredded Wheat
  • Couscous
  • Oatmeal
  • Bulk Instant Potatoes
  • Instant Rice Mixes

Proteins

Proteins are nothing but building blocks needed to create & repair cells. While it is for sure possible to get the protein from various plant sources like nuts, grains, beans, etc., the largest and one of the most prevalent protein sources comes from animals.

Note that canned meat is an inexpensive & long-lasting way of incorporating protein into your emergency diet.

Over the past few decades, protein shakes and bars have become way too popular as they provide an instant & easy way to avail of protein.

Canned Beans/Other Products

canned products

You can get them in much cheaper rates and bulk. However, note that they need a more prolonged cooking procedure.

Thus, we recommend having a small supply of such canned beans that are not just ready to cook but even easy to eat on the go. Here are some of the examples:

  • Refried beans
  • Black beans
  • Garbanzo beans
  • Pinto beans
  • Kidney beans
  • White beans
  • Baked beans
  • Butter beans
  • Almond butter
  • Peanut butter
  • Cashew butter
  • Sun butter
  • Dehydrated peanut butter
  • Canned beef
  • Protein bars
  • Protein powder & shake mixes
  • Canned chicken
  • Canned turkey
  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Hot dogs & cured sausages
  • Vienna sausages
  • Boxed tofu
  • Dehydrated eggs

Soups

Soups are one of that time-honored manner of filling your tummy. Require feeding a couple more people on the go? Simple! Just add in water and soup powder to it, heat it, & then serve it on the go.

Soup historically has been a food for people residing in extreme poverty. Those people trying on to extend their warfare rations even consumed it.

There are various options available in the stock that are not just satisfying but delicious. Soup is an excellent survival product, even as it is simple to prepare and has a long shelf life.

  • Dried Soup Mixes
  • Canned Soups
  • Canned Chili
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Chowders
  • Stews

Fruits/Dried Fruits

fruits

Fruits help add in a bit of sugar, making most things taste better. One can even add fruits to their oatmeal in the morning, eat it as a snack or combine them with other proteins.

Besides providing good taste, fruits can help gain vitamin C, iron, potassium, antioxidants, vitamin A, and various other things if added to the dietary value. At the same time, few nutrients can get lost in the process of preservation.

The perfect fruit situation is to get accessibility to fruit trees. There are canned and dried varieties of products that can be readily stocked for those who do not have access to fruit trees.

As compared to canned products, dried fruits do not come with shelf life. Also, for those lacking access to fresh fruits, canned and drying food products can be easily preserved.

Fruit Leathers and Dried Fruits

  • Raisins
  • Apricots
  • Mixed fruit
  • Cranberries
  • Banana chips

Canned Fruits

  • Mixed fruit
  • Pineapple
  • Applesauce
  • Peaches
  • Pears

Jellies, Jams & Preserves

  • Cherry
  • Peach
  • Orange Marmalade
  • Strawberry
  • Raspberry
  • Blackberry
  • Blueberry
  • Apricot

Vegetables

Fresh organic vegetables

Vegetables offer micronutrients and fiber. However, it is highly dependent on what you have in store to avail decent calorie source.

Concentrate on sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and various other root crops for the highest calorie source. While these are not very common for many Westerners for the daily diet, they are filling and delicious with the correct seasonings and preparation.

Everyday vegetable products are:

  • Vegetable Juices
  • Canned Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Canned Pumpkin
  • Corn
  • Green Beans
  • Peas
  • Beets
  • Mixed Vegetables
  • Asparagus
  • Potatoes

Oils, Sauces & Condiments

Condiments and sauces offer flavors & variety to the otherwise monotonous long-term food storage list.

Oils cater energy, which is thoroughly loaded with calories & essential for cooking and baking.

Fundamental Problem Here Is Their Shelf Stability

In actuality, coconut oil is one of those, which can be stored for a long time, roughly two years on the shelf. The ultimate conclusion is to know the shelf life of the oil you are carrying.

  • Syrup
  • Organic Shortening
  • Lard
  • Coconut Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Tabasco
  • Mayonnaise
  • Soy Sauce
  • Mustard
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Salad Dressings

Shelf Stable Dairy

Dairy Products

If you are a hardcore homesteader, you might have a cow or goat that you can easily milk, however for the remaining of us; few dairy staples can go a good long way.

You can use whole milk powder or powdered milk for drinking. Also, you can use it for baking.

While stable shelf cheeses are out on the luxury frame, they can add some punch to your life if you have space and money for it. These involve things such as powdered Parmesan cheese and also hard cheeses encased in the wax.

Basis what type of cheese it is & how well processing is conducted; preserved cheese can last nearly 10 to 25 years.

  • Sweetened Condensed Milk or Evaporated Milk
  • Powdered Whey
  • Powdered Milk
  • Ghee
  • Shelf Stable Butter
  • Freeze Dried Cheese
  • Parmesan
  • Canned Cheese
  • Shelf Stable Cheese

Luxuries and Snacks

While the snacks are mostly not very nutritious and healthy, they are highly comforting and provide a nice kick of energy in the middle of meals.

This item is stated towards the end in a survival priority list. Still, it is not a wrong choice to include if you have incorporated various preparation products already. Such products include:

  • Cookies
  • Popcorn
  • Granola Bars
  • Beef Jerky
  • Crackers
  • Pemmican
  • Hard Cheese Completely Encased in Wax
  • Trail Mix
  • Hard Candy
  • Pickles

Nuts

all kinds of nuts

Nuts can even be considered a good energy source and are not at all shelf-stable for long periods.

  • Pecan
  • Walnuts
  • Peanuts
  • Almonds
  • Mixed Nuts
  • Hazelnuts
  • Sunflower Seeds

Juices & Various Other Beverages

Drinks provide not just nutritional value to the food but also are tasty. Just give a thought to how much you would relish if you get a good hot cup of chocolate on a cold winter day.

For many individuals, tea and coffee are a highly comforting part of their routine.

Note that drinks offer a good hit of energy and nutrition on one go. These products include:

  • Powdered Drink Mixes & Sport Drinks
  • Teas
  • Coffee
  • Oval Tine
  • Hot Chocolate

Bulk Staples

Bulk staples are the intersection of cheapest & longest-lasting long-run food storage. Beans in specific, are completely high calorie, thoroughly versatile to use & can be even sprouted for nutrition.

The tradeoff is that they take a while to cook. Beans must be presoaked for some time and then still be cooked for an hour more. Unless you have a rice cooker, cooking rice will take some time.

Some of The Dry Beans Included in Bulk Staples Are:

  • Kidney Beans
  • Black Beans
  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Pinto Beans
  • Lima Beans
  • Garbanzo Beans

Include hard grains under bulk staples as they are a hard protective shell. You can store them for up to 25 years. Hard grains include:

  • Flax
  • Kamut
  • Buckwheat
  • Dry Corn
  • Millet
  • Hard Red Wheat
  • Spelt

Soft grains are those grains with a more delicate shell that can be adequately stored for eight years or even more. Soft grains include:

  • Barley
  • Oat Groats
  • Rye Berries
  • Soft White Wheat
  • Rolled Oats
  • Quinoa

Legume Includes:

  • Red Lentils
  • Split Peas

Rice is one of the crucial things. Note that brown rice, while it is more nutritious and filling, the shelf life of it is way less than white, jasmine, or basmati rice.

Freeze Dried Food for Emergency

freezed and dried food

Freeze-dried foods are compact, lighter, and better in taste than the canned food counterparts. You can prepare them to stay shelf-stable for years with the same nutritional values.

Also, they typically taste better. But they are way too costly and take quite long to prepare. Note that freeze-dried fruits are exceptionally notable and highly popular as you do not require to reconstitute them for enjoyment.

Freeze-dried fruits are good antioxidants and fiber sources. The list of freeze-dried fruits include:

  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Mangoes
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Pineapples

Also, ensure to include freeze-dried meat and freeze-dried vegetables in your one-year supply of food list.

Baking Ingredients Are:

  • Flour
  • Grits
  • Cornmeal
  • Molasses
  • Sugar
  • Iodized Salt
  • Seasoning & Spices
  • Garlic
  • Pepper
  • Rosemary
  • Chili Powders
  • Mustard
  • Oregano
  • Cumin
  • Ginger
  • Saffron
  • Dill
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Bread Mixes
  • Yeast
  • Bullion Cubes
  • Coconut Milk or Powder
  • Bread Crumbs
  • Vegetable, Chicken, Beef Stock
  • Potato Flour or Cornstarch
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Honey

Vitamins & Supplements

For those on a diet with few fresh foods, vitamin supplements can be of great help. A good multivitamin is a good start. Note that there is a particular multivitamin for women and men.

Calcium and vitamin D are good for assisting your body fight numerous infections. Magnesium helps counteract the wear, which ongoing adrenaline & stress puts on your body.

Various other vitamins help your body absorb nutrients and then replenish themselves & more effectively.

Food Storage for Animal & Pet

Do not forget about critters in life! For most of us, four-footed companions are every bit our family members as other members in our family. Thus, ramping up of food storage of your pets should be accordingly.

Here, the expense will differ significantly between large dogs, cats & livestock. Also, it is crucial to remember to include the necessary dose of proteins.

What Type of Food Is Easiest to Store?

Stockpiling of food can be costly. There seems to be good news for those with a strict tight budget as you tend to spend a fortune on its preparation.

You might not have all food you wish to prepare, but you will have the food to keep your family members alive.

Dry Beans

On a worldwide basis, beans are a common protein source.

If you have spent your time in Mexico, you would know that beans are essential. It is packed with a great deal of nutrition in a small space. Moreover, beans are available in different variants as well.

Rice

Rice is a staple food. In most countries and territories, beans and rice are the most common dishes.

While brown rice is a good protein source, survivalists prefer basmati or white rice because of its reduced shelf life as it can be stored for a more extended period.

Whole Grains

We generally think about wheat when we think of grains, mainly because we usually use it for – making bread. When purchasing specialty bread, like rye bread, you buy bread made of a mix of wheat flour and rye flour.

When you purchase 7-grain bread, it is a mix of 7 distinct grains. Having a stock of grains, mainly mixed supply, will permit you to experiment as well as break up the diet monotony. Also, you will have more nutritious bread.

Cooking Oil

To properly use the grains, you will require cooking oil. Luckily, it is not costly unless you purchase olive oil or something similar.

If sealed, oils can stay for a prolonged time. There are limited risks of bacteria or insects forming in it.

Peanut Butter

It is an inexpensive protein source with a lot of nutrition. And can be stocked up for long.

Pasta

pasta storage

Pasta, similar to rice, is a rich source of carbs. The good thing about this is that there are various things that you can do with this.

Aside from throwing them in some sauce to prepare spaghetti, it even forms a good base for various soup types.

Bouillon

Bouillon is dehydrated or even freeze-dried stock of soup. If you buy it from a grocery store, it can be expensive. But if bought packaged for use in hotels or restaurants, it can be cheap.

Salt

Salt is essential for one’s health. Lack of salt prevents one’s body from retaining sufficient water.

Moreover, salt is even used as a preservative for meat. Those who happen to kill a deer or any other animal will require salt to preserve its meat.

Sugar

Sugar is a sweet treat. For instance, it works well as a preservative for bread dough and fruits.

Similar to salt, sugar can stay for a long time. The only issue is keeping moisture & ant out of this is essential.

Conclusion

For this specific reason, we recommend gathering a handful of simple to prepare survival goods so that the survival recipes, i.e., a bucket of rice or beans, is not some dull, weird thing left in the pantry that we have to choose.

Here in the above of the article, we have listed one year supply of food for members of 4. Just look at it and accumulate those food items that can last for long.

Off-Grid Refrigerator And How To Run One

Jacob Moore

Last updated April 27, 2021

There is always a need to get that chilled drink, especially after completing a tedious activity that has probably taken your whole day.

But just imagine you rushed home after work and humped straight to your fridge only to discover your favorite drink is still as warm as your body temperature.

Was there a power outage?  Oh, no. 

You just remembered an announcement on the radio about a faulty transmission line on your street and your house was affected. Now, you feel like banging the fridge in rage and bursting some bottles.

But, hey. Hold on.  Did you know there were many options you can employ to ensure such a disappointment never reoccurs?

In this article, you would get to see precisely what to do to get your drinks and foods cooled without dependence on the national grid. We have broken down this article into four sections:

  1. Best cooling solution for your food in an emergency.
  2. How can I turn my fridge on without electricity?
  3. What size solar system do I need to run a fridge?
  4. What are alternatives to refrigerators while living off-grid?

Best Cooling Solution For Your Food In An Emergency Situation

in case of emergency

Refrigerators are very helpful, no doubt.

However, in a time when you need to get that fish iced up to prevent decay and find that your refrigerator can’t power up because there has been some power outage, what do you do?

Folks that live off-grid often have a hard time choosing a refrigerator that works for them at all times, and so this necessity can’t be overlooked. You certainly wouldn’t want your food going bad because you couldn’t provide enough power for your fridge.

Simply put, you need an off-grid refrigerator. You also need a perfect one at that. An off-grid refrigerator is a type of fridge that can run without electrical power or uses meager power for its operation.

They are often designed to hold variant power sources, fully responsive cooling methods, deep insulation, and specialized refrigerator-parts.

So, your best bet is to have an off-grid refrigerator at hand at all times. In the past, AC on-grid refrigerators were the only option and required a lot of power to operate.

They, however,  kept our foods and medications cooled to a highly needed temperature so long as there was electricity.

Today, with advances in solar power generation, we have more options than we ever had. Besides, they do the job just fine. To choose the perfect fit of an off-grid refrigerator for your needs, you sure need to consider these factors.

How much power do you intend to allocate for refrigeration?

Suppose there is the availability of a robust solar power system with mega battery storage. In that case, you may have fewer worries because, with such large setups, you can even make do of your regular high-end refrigerator and freezer sets.

It is not the case. You would need to go into the careful calculation of the exact battery and solar panel needs for the amount of refrigeration you would need per day.

To get a better clue, when going shopping for an electrically powered refrigerator, make sure to check out for the EnergyStar symbol or any similar label. You will find beneath their rating the average annual kWh usage displayed boldly. It will give you a better idea of how much power you will need in a month.

How much space do you have available in your home, and what amount of food do you need to keep at lower temperatures?

There are varying sizes of off-grid refrigerators. While some are relatively compact-style, others are way bigger.

How durable, lasting, and easy to maintain are your off-grid refrigerators?

Durability is now a significant measure of what and what not to buy. But how exactly can you be sure? Maybe going for highly advertised ones could help.

Though, that’s not a guarantee. Most goods today aren’t quite as durable as they used to be. Any off-grid refrigerator you select is expected to run consistently 24/7 without issues.

You also want to make sure it is easy to maintain and repair when faulty. You definitely won’t want to have to wait for days or weeks to get a specialist tech officer to fix minor issues on your refrigerator. That would be a no-no.

How financially disposed are you currently?

Do you have a lot of issues with your credit card? Are you saving for a significant annual vacation? Are you planning to move into a new home?

You will need to consider all factors when pricing your off-grid refrigerator, which can range anywhere between $50 for standard cooling options and $3000 for more high-quality solar-powered types. 

How To Run An Off-Grid Fridge?

Stored food in fridge

Keeping your food safe and always cool, your refrigerators need continued access to an uninterrupted power supply.

It may seem impossible to achieve with solar power but keep in mind that with the availability of the proper solar power configuration and well-calculated power requirements, you will be able to plug any refrigerator into solar power.

To effectively set up solar power that will be suitable for your off-grid refrigerator, several devices in addition to your solar panels will indeed be required. 

Very sound batteries are needed to store enough power that your off-grid refrigerator will be using at night when the sun has gone down or when there is an eclipse. 

You will be using a charge controller device that will smoothen the flow of power from your solar panels to your battery. The charge controller is an essential element and cannot be overlooked.

It protects your battery from continuous fluctuations in power caused by the change in solar rays’ intensity. It ensures that your battery always receives the correct voltage and current. 

An inverter is another piece of equipment you will need to convert the direct current (DC) power supplied by your battery to alternating current (AC) power required by your refrigerator.

Do I Need a Solar System To Make It Work?

You will need to consider the average power rate that your off-grid refrigerator will be consuming when you set out to design your solar power configuration.

To determine your refrigerator’s right and actual power requirements, you will need to check the nameplate ratings. They can typically be found somewhere inside of your refrigerator.

The nameplate ratings give you a list of the appliance’s voltage and current needs. For instance, a fridge may read 223 volts and 7.4 amps of current. To calculate the power demand, you will need to multiply the two quantities. It would give you: 223 x 7.4 = 1650.2 watts of power.

Different refrigerators use power in varying ways depending on their operating conditions. If, for instance, there are several already frozen items inside it, it will stay cool for a while longer. It also stays cool for longer if its room temperature is cool. It will not turn on as often as you may expect in this state.

When the air compressor on the refrigerator powers on, it usually uses a surge of energy to triple the average running current. This excessive power draw happens very quickly and is not necessarily a problem, except your solar power system is not robust enough. The refrigerator, however, returns to the average power usage as listed by the nameplate voltage and current.

A conventional solar battery supplies 12 volts of electrical energy for a number of amp-hours. A battery’s capacity is measured by way of amp-hours. The amp-hours depict the number of amperes drawn from a battery within a specific timeframe. 

Ideally, a battery is rated over a 20-hour work cycle. For instance, a 200 amp-hour battery would theoretically provide 10 amps per hour within a  20-hour timeframe. Nearly all solar batteries will usually offer ample current for both the refrigerator and other appliances.

The inverters that convert DC battery power to AC power need to be carefully selected. Most of the ones readily available in the market are inefficient, losing 50 percent of power during the conversion. 

You need to shop for inverters with higher efficiency ratings. Also, you need to assume inverter inefficiency when calculating your refrigerator’s power needs.

Alternative Refrigerators for my Off-Grid Lifestyle

baterry for fridge

We have seen the solar-powered off-grid refrigerators and can seal the following facts about them:

  1. They have an energy efficiency of at least 5 kW monthly to operate unhindered.
  2. They can range in price from a minimum of $1000 to over $2000.
  3. They vary in size; some are compact-styled, while others are large-sized and upright refrigerators.
  4. They are the best option when looking for the most reliable off-grid cooling systems with ample battery storage and continuous sunlight.

Solar refrigerators haven’t been around for so long and are newcomers to the off-grid scenario. However, they’ve come to be the only viable option bringing ever-increasing research on and renovation to solar cells and battery efficiency.

They do not work differently from your traditional refrigerators, but they provide extensively higher efficiency rates through a combination of more robust insulation and more elaborate compressor systems.

You will find both AC and DC solar-powered refrigerators in the electrical and electronics market. Each type of solar system module you install and inverter types you use come with their downsides and benefits.

DC solar systems, for instance, draw their power directly from the battery storage, thereby eliminating the conversion loss that is often associated with using powerful high-end inverters.

Despite this juicy feature of DC refrigerators, they are far more expensive than their AC counterparts which are still averagely rated as costly. AC solar refrigerators use 120/240 volts just like the traditional ones but require powerful, pure sine wave inverters to run them safely.

Considering the high cost of such an inverter, some people try to opt for the modified sine wave inverters. Still, the risk is that you could ultimately render your expensive new refrigerator useless with just a slight error.

Another advantage the AC refrigerator has over the DC is the long list of AC refrigerator types you can decide to choose from in the market. This is not the case with DC refrigerators.

In a nutshell, solar-powered refrigerators are beneficial due to their relatively low power draw on the solar system, their offer of refrigerators and freezers with high efficiency, and their extensive range of sizes available to consumers.

They, however, won’t power up if the sun doesn’t shine, are expensive, difficult to repair, easily affected by environmental temperatures, and may require a pure sine wave inverter for conversion.

Another off-grid cooling option is your thermoelectric refrigerators. They have an energy efficiency of over 2,000 kW per month.

off grid fridge

They are generally cheaper, ranging in price from as low as $50 to $200 but with a compact mini-fridge size. They are best used where very small-scale refrigeration is needed or in already cold climates.

Thermoelectric refrigerators use compressor-less refrigeration and rely on the Peltier effect for their operation with much little power. The main benefits of off-grid thermoelectric refrigerators are their considerable low cost, their durability, and their ability to operate efficiently with minimal energy and within a compact environment.

They are easy to maintain, and since they have no moving parts, they can easily last for centuries if you want. Their downsides, however, are their low cooling and their inability to scale up in size.

They lose their efficiency with an increase in size. That means, once the size is over mini-fridge size, it will use far more power for less cooling, unlike a solar refrigerator.

Propane refrigerators are the last on the list of off-grid refrigerator alternatives with an energy efficiency requiring about 60 to 90 gallons of propane per year of about $120 to $180 on average.

Microscopic models of off-grid propane refrigerators start at $500 in cost and can vary to over $2,000 for more robust models.

They are also available in different sizes and are excellent options when sunlight is significantly insufficient to solar power systems.

Why is a Flashlight Important in a Survival Kit?

Jacob Moore

Last updated April 15, 2021

If you are going out into the wild or just preparing a kit for an emergency, something that every expert will tell you is to have a flashlight on hand. Now, it might seem kind of obvious that a flashlight is fairly important for survival scenarios, emergencies, and even just for camping too.

However, flashlights can do more than just light up the pages of your book or allow you to go to the bathroom at night without tripping over rocks and sticks. A flashlight might not seem like anything too exciting, like anything that could save your life.

However, flashlights actually have many uses, although most aren’t standard uses that you’d think of, but nonetheless, a flashlight makes for a great survival tool, and this is true for a variety of reasons.

  1. Illuminating the Way

Alright, so to start with the obvious, the main use for your flashlight is of course for illumination. If you find yourself in a survival scenario, chances are that you won’t have access to any electricity, so when the sun goes down, you’re left in the dark.

Whether you need to travel in the dark, walk through the woods, or just find the bathroom in the night without falling down the stairs, a good survival flashlight will have you covered. It can also be used for other purposes like providing you with light so you can cook in the dark, set up shelter, and more.

  1. Starting a Fire

Something that you may not know about flashlights is that they can be used to start fires. Of course, it’s the not the primary function of a flashlight, but it is possible to do. One method of lighting a fire with a flashlight is to take out the glass lens and use it as a magnifying glass to enhance natural sunlight. That concentrated beam of sunlight is hot enough to light dry tinder.

If you have a flashlight with a filament, so not an LED light, you can also break the bulb while leaving the filament intact, and then turn the flashlight on while holding the filament to dry tinder. That filament gets so hot that it will light up anything dry nearly instantly. If your flashlight has the right kind of battery, you can also use foil wrappers and steel wool to make fires.

  1. Blinding an Attacker

In the event that an animal tries to attack you, or a human comes into your camp or home to try and steal supplies, you can use a bright flashlight to blind them. Even better is if you have a flashlight with a very bright strobe mode that flashes on and off very quickly. This will disoriented and confuse any attacker, thus providing you with enough time to either escape or neutralize the threat.

  1. Hunting in the Dark

If you are a in dire survival situation, chances are that you don’t have enough food. Sure, hunting during the day is fine, but it might not always be possible, and there are some meaty animals that only come out during the night. The right kind of flashlight can be mounted to a rifle or bow, thus lighting up the area in front of you, so you can spot and kill your next meal.

Why is a Flashlight Important in a Survival Kit

  1. A Blunt Self-Defence Weapon

Although a small survival flashlight might not be the best weapon of choice when it comes to defending yourself, it’s still better than nothing. No, it’s not a gun, a knife, or even a big stick, but when you are in a tight spot, it can still come in handy.

If you have ever seen older movies, there is a reason why police officers have those massive flashlights, because that thing can be used to clonk a bad guy over the head.

If all else fails, you can use a smaller flashlight as a projectile. No, throwing a small flashlight at somebody might not do a whole lot of damage, but it can act as a momentary distraction at the very least.

  1. Extreme Weather

A good survival flashlight can also help you find your way in an intense rainstorm, blizzard, or even through thick fog. That light isn’t just handy during the night.

  1. Surveillance

You can also use a good flashlight for surveillance and monitoring. In other words, if you think a bad guy is hiding in the bushes and waiting to come into your camp or home to steal supplies or do whatever bad guys do, you can survey the scene and use that light as a deterrent. Moreover, if it dark out, and you need to set up camp, you can use a flashlight to find the best camping spot.

  1. Signaling for Help

One of the biggest uses of a flashlight in terms of a survival situation is to signal for help. Many modern flashlights, particular LED flashlights, have strobe modes. These strobe modes feature a very strong beam of light that flashes on and off in rapid succession.

This way, you can signal to airplanes, boats, and whoever else is close by for help. On that same note, seeing as flashlights can also be used to start fires, with fires being very bright and smoky, it’s another way that they can be used to signal for help.

  1. Digging a Hole

Although it’s not to common, a large flashlight could technically be used to dig a small hole in the event that you need to dig a latrine, dig for water, or search for grubs to eat. On that same note, if you have a really durable flashlight, you might even be able to use it as a hammer for various purposes.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, a flashlight is good for a whole lot more than for reading books and finding the latrine in the dark. You need to have a good flashlight in your survival kit because it can end up saving your life in more ways than one.

 

Different Types of Flashlight Bulbs

Jacob Moore

Last updated April 15, 2021

Whenever you go to purchase any type of product, there are always several features that need to be considered. Even with something as seemingly simple as a flashlight, there is a whole lot to think about.

Sure, the size, durability, and battery life are all important, but then again, this is a flashlight, and perhaps the most important aspect of all is how good that bulb is. How bright is that bulb? How long will it last? How far does the beam of light actually travel?

They’re all fair questions that you need to ask yourself before buying a flashlight, and in case you didn’t already know, the answers there will all be determined (mostly) by the type of bulb the flashlight in question has.

So, what are the different types of flashlight bulbs, how do they perform, and what are their advantages and drawbacks?

  1. Incandescent Bulbs

The first type of flashlight bulb to think about is the incandescent bulb, which also happens to be the type of bulb and flashlight that has been around for the longest amount of time.

Now, this type of flashlight bulb doesn’t cost much to purchase in the first place, which is nice, and sure, they are fine for basic and occasional use around the house, such as for those couple of hours where the power goes out, but that’s about it. Incandescent flashlights might be the oldest kind, but certainly not the best.

For one, those incandescent bulbs just don’t last very long. With regular use, you will end up replacing that bulb in no time at all, and that is going to cost you money. There is also the fact that this type of bulb is not efficient in the least. In terms of how much power they use, they aren’t all that bright. Sure, they’re bright enough to provide a bit of illumination, but they don’t rival modern LED and HID lights, not even close.

These things waste a ton of energy, which means that they drain batteries fast, and will require replacement batteries often, something else that will end up costing you. There’s also the fact that incandescent bulbs are not very durable. Drop an incandescent flashlight and it’s almost certain to break. Finally, these things just aren’t eco-friendly either as they waste a lot of energy.

In essence, if you need a good flashlight, you probably want to stay away from incandescent bulbs.

  1. Xenon, Halogen, & Krypton Bulbs

The next type of flashlight bulb to be considered is the xenon, halogen, or krypton variety. Now, this type of flashlight bulb is actually still an incandescent one, with one major difference. That difference is that inside of the glass, along with the filament, there is also pressurized gas, usually xenon, halogen, or krypton.

This is a step up from your regular incandescent bulb because that pressurized gas allows the filament in the bulb to burn brighter and longer without wearing down as much, and all without requiring more juice to power it.

In fact, when it comes right down to it, these are the brightest types of flashlights that you can buy. However, in all reality, they don’t make for great survival flashlights, as they are still very fragile, their battery life still isn’t great, and their overall lifespan still doesn’t compare to other flashlight bulb types, mainly LED.

Different Types of Flashlight Bulbs

  1. High Intensity Discharge Bulbs

In terms of uncommon flashlights bulbs, high intensity discharge, or simply HID bulbs, are the least common. This type of bulb features a sealed ball that is filled with ionized gas. An electric current is then passed through that gas, which through the miracle of science then lights up.

This type of flashlight bulb is also very bright, almost as bright as the xenon bulbs discussed above. The bulbs also tend to be quite durable and long-lasting.

However, when it comes to portability and survival purposes, they aren’t exactly ideal due to their bulkiness. Moreover, HID flashlights tend to be very expensive, usually way more than people are willing to spend.

  1. LED Bulbs

The final type of flashlight bulb to consider is the LED bulb (light emitting diode), and when it comes to survival flashlights, this is what you want to go for. LED lights, for one, don’t have any kind of glass or filament such as the other bulb types, and this helps make them very durable and long lasting.

Some LED flashlights can last 100,000 hours or more. LED flashlights often have good impact resistance, so they won’t break if they are dropped (to a reasonable extent anyway), and many are even shockproof and waterproof (also to a certain extent).

There is also the fact that LED flashlights waste much less energy than incandescent and other bulb types. A lot more of the energy coming from the batteries is used to produce light, whereas other bulb types usually produce a lot of heat. Heat is just wasted energy in this sense. On that note, due to the fact that LED lights don’t get hot, it’s another thing that allows for a greater lifespan.

Moreover, LED lights are the most efficient around, both in terms of energy usage and conversion. In other words, you won’t end up replacing the batteries in an LED flashlight nearly as often as with other bulb types, not to mention that the most modern options sometimes come with rechargeable batteries.

Now, LED flashlights can be relatively expensive, although the price across the board has come down a lot in the last years, but that said, due to the fact that they last a long time, produce a lot of light, and don’t use much battery power, they can be seen as being very cost effective in the long run. Simply put, if you need a good survival flashlight, the LED bulb is what you want to go for. It’s durable, bright, long-lasting, and energy efficient.

Final Thoughts

There you have it folks, everything you need to know about the different types of bulbs that flashlights might come with. Now you can make your own informed decision as to what is best for you. Once again, when it comes to survival flashlights, we strongly recommend LED.

Streamlight ProTac 2AA 250 Tactical Flashlight Review

Jacob Moore

Last updated April 17, 2021

Are you tired of paying way too much money for anything you buy, especially if you want quality? Yeah, some things are just way too expensive, such as some tactical and survival flashlights. Well, right now we want to take a look at one particular survival flashlight that doesn’t cost too much, yet still has some pretty impressive features.

Streamlight ProTac 2AA 250 Tactical Flashlight

Today, we want to take a closer look at the Streamlight ProTac 2AA Flashlight, a simple yet effective flashlight with a bright and far-reaching beam, decent battery life, and a very rugged design, all for a very reasonable price.

Who is this Product for?

The Streamlight ProTac 2AA Flashlight is designed for people who want a decent survival flashlight without having to pay an arm and a leg for it.

What’s Included?

When you purchase the Streamlight ProTac 2AA Flashlight, you get a 6 inch long flashlight complete with a C4LED bulb, a decent waterproof rating, and plenty of other features that we’ll discuss below.

Overview of Features

What we want to say right off the bat is considering that the Streamlight ProTac 2AA Flashlight comes in at such a reasonable price, it does have some rather impressive features worth talking about. First off, this particular flashlight comes with a high output C4 LED bulb, one that features a lifetime of up to 50,000 hours, which is nothing short of impressive.

In terms of brightness, this bulb can pump out up to 250 lumens on high mode, and the beam distance is up to 130 meters, or about 400 feet. You can also choose the low light mode, which produces just 18 lumens of light energy, and features a 40 meter beam distance, or somewhere around 140 feet. The Streamlight ProTac 2AA Flashlight does also come with a strobe mode.

In terms of battery life, when running on high mode, the Streamlight ProTac 2AA Flashlight can last for about 2 hours, and when on low mode it can last for about 43 hours. It might not be the longest runtime in the world, but it’s certainly not too bad either, especially considering the more than reasonable price that this thing comes in at.

Something else that you might appreciate about the Streamlight ProTac 2AA Flashlight is that it is quite portable. Now, it’s not the smallest flashlight in the world, but that said, it is only 6 inches long, which is short enough to fit in any bugout kit, backpack, or even into your jacket pocket. On that same note, with the batteries, this flashlight weighs just over 3 ounces, which is very lightweight. All in all, we would consider it to be fairly portable. It does also come with a pocket clip, a simple yet effective add-on in terms of portability.

In case you are concerned about durability, the Streamlight ProTac 2AA Flashlight is pretty tough. It’s made out of high-quality and solid materials that allow for a good bit of impact resistance, up to 2 meters in fact, plus it’s impervious to shock as well.

In case you are worried about weather, this flashlight features an IPX7 waterproof rating, which means that it can handle being submerged down to a few feet for up to 90 minutes. All in all, keeping in mind that this flashlight is one of the more affordable ones out there, the features you in this small package are rather impressive.

Tutorial

In terms of getting the most out of it, keep in mind that the Streamlight ProTac 2AA Flashlight is designed specifically for use with AA alkaline batteries, so you do want to make sure to use those specific batteries. Moreover, although it does have a good waterproof rating, we would not recommend testing it out too much in this sense. Keep it dry if you can.

Pros

  • Good beam distance
  • Fairly bright (considering the price)
  • Decent portability
  • Quite tough
  • Decent battery life (considering the price)
  • Pocket clip included
  • Good price

Cons

  • Not the brightest flashlight out there
  • Could use more light modes
  • Won’t fit in your pant’s pocket

Alternatives

In case you are looking for a survival flashlight that is smaller than this model, one that you can easily fit into your pocket, as well as one that is much brighter, has more light modes, and a better runtime, you might want to consider something like the LUMINTOP TOOL AA 2.0 EDC Flashlight.

If you want something even brighter and more powerful, the Fenix UC35 V2.0 1000 Lumen Rechargeable Tactical Flashlight is another good option to consider.

Conclusion

The bottom line is that the Streamlight ProTac 2AA Flashlight is a great flashlight all things considered. It might not be quite the brightest or most compact option out there, but it still puts out a good amount of light, it’s small enough to be considered portable, and it’s pretty darn tough too, and all with a price tag that won’t set you back very much.

LUMINTOP TOOL 2.0 EDC Flashlight Review

Jacob Moore

Last updated April 17, 2021

Do you need a really good flashlight for survival and emergency situations, but don’t want to pay a fortune for it? If so, you have come to the right place, because right now we want to take a look at a particular flashlight that can fit in the palm of your hand and light up the way literally hundreds of feet into the distance.

Lumintop Tool 2.0 EDC Flashlight

Today we are here to review the Lumintop Tool 2.0 EDC Flashlight, a super portable flashlight with a rugged shell, a super bright bulb, and great battery life too. If you are looking for a fantastic survival flashlight, but don’t want to pay through the nose for it, then this is a good option to consider.

Who is this Product for?

The Lumintop Tool 2.0 EDC Flashlight is designed for anybody who needs a small, tough, portable, bright, and long-lasting flashlight. You could use it for camping, to keep in your car for emergencies, for when the power goes out, and for any other situation where a whole lot of light will come in handy.

What’s Included?

When you purchase the Lumintop Tool 2.0 EDC Flashlight, you get an awesome survival flashlight with an XPL-HD LED, the ability to handle multiple battery types, and more.

Overview of Features

One of the standout features of the Lumintop Tool 2.0 EDC Flashlight is how it body is made out of aircraft-grade aluminum, which is then finished with a military-grade anodized surface. In other words, this thing is about as tough as it gets.

With ANSI verified impact resistance of up to 5 feet, you can be sure that if you drop this flashlight on the ground, it’s not going to break. Next, the Lumintop Tool 2.0 EDC Flashlight is also built to be shockproof. Moreover, it also has a shatterproof lens for added strength.

To top it all off, this flashlight is sealed in such a way that makes it IP68 waterproof, which means that it can be submerged to depths of 6.5 feet for several hours without fear of breaking. There is also the fact that this flashlight can handle both extreme heat and cold without fear of degrading. When it comes down to it, this is one of the most durable flashlights out there.

What is also worth noting about the Lumintop Tool 2.0 EDC Flashlight is that it is designed for portability. It comes in at under 4 inches long, which means that you can easily stuff it in any pocket and forget that you have it on you.

On that same note, this flashlight weighs less than 1 ounce (without battery), thus making it one of the most lightweight flashlights out there. In terms of rugged portability, you won’t find much better than this. The included pocket clip is another aspect that helps increase overall portability.

One of the most impressive features of the Lumintop Tool 2.0 EDC Flashlight is the XPL-HD LED bulb that it comes with, one that has an impressive 50,000 lifespan. In terms of brightness, when using the right kind of battery, this thing can pump out a whopping 650 lumens with a beam distance of 417 feet, which is nothing short of impressive.

In terms of both brightness and battery life, this is definitely a top notch flashlight to consider. On turbo mode, it can pump out 650 lumens for up to 33 minutes, on high mode it produces 360 lumens for 79 minutes, on medium mode it puts out 28 lumens for up to 12.5 hours, and on low mode it puts out 16 lumens for up to 37 hours.

Not only is the Lumintop Tool 2.0 EDC Flashlight great because there are so many light modes to choose from, but also because it has great battery life too.

The other thing worth mentioning about this flashlight is that it has a textured grip that makes it easy to hold, even in wet and slippery conditions.

Tutorial

There isn’t really anything special that you need to know about using the Lumintop Tool 2.0 EDC Flashlight. The only thing you should know is that for the best results, the most lumens, and the longest runtime on a single charge, you should use a 14500 battery.

You may also use regular alkaline or Ni-MH batteries, but they won’t last nearly as long or produce nearly as much light.

Pros

  • Compact and lightweight
  • Impact resistant
  • Shockproof
  • Waterproof
  • Included pocket clip
  • Can handle different battery types
  • Great battery life
  • Very bright
  • Various brightness levels
  • Good grip texture

Cons

  • Pocket clip could be more durable
  • Grip texture is very abrasive and may scratch things in your pocket

Alternatives

If this flashlight seems like it is overkill to you, maybe because it’s brighter than you will ever need, a good alternative to consider is the Streamlight 88033 ProTac Tactical Flashlight.

On the other hand, if you want something even brighter, and you are willing to pay a bit extra, something like the Fenix UC35 V2.0 1000 Lumen Rechargeable Tactical Flashlight could be right for you.

Conclusion

When all has been said and done, we think that the Lumintop Tool 2.0 EDC Flashlight is a fantastic survival flashlight to consider. Besides a couple of minor flaws, it has everything you could want and need in a flashlight. It’s tough, it’s portable, it’s bright, and it has great battery life too.

Best Survival Flashlight of 2021: Complete Reviews with Comparisons

Jacob Moore

Last updated April 28, 2021

If you need a good flashlight for survival purposes, whether to get you through a power outage, an emergency, or even just for a camping trip too, the seemingly endless possibilities might make your head spin.

Fear not though, because we are here today with a narrowed-down list of the best survival flashlights that the market has to offer. Let’s get to it and find the best survival flashlight for you.

Best Survival Flashlights: Reviews

LUMINTOP TOOL AA 2.0 EDC Flashlight
Specifications
  • Pocket-sized Keychain Flashlight

  • Super Bright 650 Lumens

  • 5 Modes with Mode Memory

  • IP68 Waterproof

  • Powered by One AA or 14500

  •  Camping Hiking Emergency

Streamlight 88033 ProTac 2AA 250
Specifications
  • Lumen Professional Tactical Flashlight

  • High/Low/Strobe w/

  • 2 x AA Batteries

  • 250 Lumens

NITECORE P12 2015 Version
Specifications
  • 1000 Lumens Precise Tactical Flashlight

  • CREE XM-L2 U2 LED

  • Waterproof Flashlight

ThruNite TN4A 1150Lumen
Specifications
  • Single CREE XP-L V6

  • LED Flashlight/Powered by 4 AA batteries

  • Neutral White

Fenix UC35 V2.0 1000
Specifications
  • Lumen Rechargeable Tactical Flashlight

  • 3500mAh Battery

  • 2X Lumen Tactical CR123A

  • Backup Batteries

Lumintop 2.0 EDC Flashlight

If you need a super small pocket size flashlight, one that is built tough and designed with maximum brightness in mind, the Lumintop 2.0 EDC Flashlight is a good option to consider.

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Right off the bat, one of the really cool things about this flashlight is that it allows you to use either a single AA battery or a 14500 cell to power it.

The AA battery is fine, but if you want the brightest experience with the highest possible lumens, as well as the longest runtime, using the 14500 cell is recommended.

When used on low mode, with a single battery, you can get up to 60 hours of use, which is quite impressive to say the least. When using the 14500 battery, on high mode, you can get just under 80 minutes of use out of it, and on the turbo mode you can get about 33 minutes.

Speaking of lumens, the Lumintop 2.0 EDC Flashlight is by far one of the brightest flashlights around. When using the best battery option, on turbo mode, this thing can pump out 650 lumens. For a flashlight this small, impressive is an understatement. For the record, it comes with low, medium, high, turbo, and strobe modes.

Moving onto the size of the Lumintop 2.0 EDC Flashlight, it is about half as long as a human hand, making it one of the most compact flashlights around, and it weighs less than an ounce. In terms of survival flashlights that can be stored in a small place and transported with ease, it’s a great option to consider. It also comes with a little clip so you can clip it into your belt, your pants, or any other such location.

Not only is this flashlight portable, bright, and long lasting, but it’s also built tough. This thing has a high amount of impact resistance and can be dropped from as high as five feet without worry, it can withstand both extreme heat and cold, and it has an IP68 waterproof rating as well. To top it all off, it comes with a textured grip so you can hold onto it without fear of dropping it.

The Good

What we like about the Lumintop 2.0 EDC Flashlight is that it’s just an all-around great flashlight. It’s durable, portable and compact, lightweight, and very bright too, at least with the right battery. For the low price it comes in at, we think that it’s one of the best survival flashlights out there.

The Bad

One of the only drawbacks to consider with the Lumintop 2.0 EDC Flashlight is that if you are just using a single AA battery, both the brightness and runtime are going to be quite limited.

Pros

  • Waterproof
  • Impact resistant
  • Temperature resistant
  • 14500 battery allows for a very bright beam with a long runtime
  • Small, lightweight, and portable
  • Good grip texture
  • Great price

Cons

  • Normal AA battery won’t get you too far
  • Pocket clip is not all that sturdy

Streamlight 88033 ProTac Flashlight

Here we have a slightly more expensive survival flashlight than the one above, but it does also have some really nice features that you might like. It may not look like much, but it’s definitely a top contender.

Product Highlights

What is quite impressive about the Streamlight 88033 ProTac Flashlight is that it can put out a maximum of 250 lumens (when set to high mode), which is not too bad at all, more than bright enough for the darkest of nights, not to mention that the beam can reach up to 130 meters, which is pretty far indeed.

It does also come with a low mode, which features a beam of 18 lumens that can reach out to 40 meters. Here you can choose from low, high, and strobe modes.

What is also pretty good about the Streamlight 88033 ProTac Flashlight is that when on high mode, it can run for up to two hours, and when on low mode it can run for a whopping 43 hours with just two AA batteries.

In terms of the size, this flashlight is just under six inches long, and when it comes to the weight, it’s roughly 3.5 ounces. While it is not the smallest or lightest flashlight around, it’s still more than compact enough to be considered portable and to easily keep it in a jacket pocket or a backpack.

What you may like about the Streamlight 88033 ProTac Flashlight is its high level of durability. This model is made out of anodized aircraft grade machined aluminum, which makes it very tough, not to mention that it features an impact resistant glass lens, and the whole package has an IPX7 waterproof rating, which means that it can be submerged down to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes without fear of breaking.

The anti-roll front-end of it makes sure that it doesn’t roll around when you lay it down, and the removable pocket clip helps make life a little easier too.

The Good

More than anything else, we really like how the Streamlight 88033 ProTac Flashlight is so durable. It is totally shockproof, highly impact resistant, and it can handle being submerged for a short amount of time too. Besides that, even when used on high mode, the runtime is pretty good considering that it uses basic AA batteries.

The Bad

Something we don’t like about the Streamlight 88033 ProTac Flashlight is that it doesn’t really have any texture on it, which can make it easy to drop, especially in wet conditions. Moreover, the pocket clip not the strongest either.

Pros

  • Good size for survival purposes
  • Solid construction
  • Waterproof and shockproof
  • Impact resistant
  • Long runtime
  • Fairly bright

Cons

  • No grip
  • Weak pocket clip

Nitecore P12 Tactical Flashlight

If you are looking for an extremely bright flashlight that can shoot a beam hundreds of meters into the distance, there might not be anything better than this Nitecore P12 Tactical Flashlight. In terms of lumen output, this thing is an absolute powerhouse.

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Hands down the most impressive aspect of the Nitecore P12 Tactical Flashlight is how bright it is. On turbo mode, this thing can pump out a whopping 1,000 lumens. Not only is this a 1K lumen flashlight, but that beam of light can reach out to 253 yards, which is a very long distance no doubt.

That said, the Nitecore P12 Tactical Flashlight does also have other modes including the medium mode with 240 lumens, the low mode with 70 lumens, and the lowest mode with just one lumen.

In terms of battery life, when on the highest mode, this flashlight can last for about 75 minutes, on medium mode it lasts for six hours, on low mode it can last 28 hours, and on the lowest mode it can last for a whopping 520 hours.

Keep in mind that this flashlight also comes with strobe, location beacon, and SOS modes. Another related feature you might like is how this flashlight will remember your previously used setting, and will automatically switch to that setting the next time it is turned on.

In terms of the size, the Nitecore P12 Tactical Flashlight comes in at 5.47 inches, and weighs just over three ounces, making it a very small and lightweight option, something that you can fit in jacket pocket and completely forget about. It’s definitely something we would consider to be portable, which is also thanks to the integrated belt clip.

The Nitecore P12 Tactical Flashlight is also made out of some very durable materials, mainly anodized aircraft grade aluminum, and it is well-sealed too, more than enough to allow for impact resistance up to 1.5 meters, plus it’s waterproof too. To top it all off, this flashlight has a really good grip texture all along the outside, which makes it hard to drop even when slippery.

The Good

For one, we think that the Nitecore P12 Tactical Flashlight looks very cool. It definitely looks like a tactical flashlight. Moreover, the simple fact that this thing can pump out 1,000 lumens for well over a full hour is nothing short of impressive. It’s durable, bright, long lasting, portable, and more, and all for a decent price.

The Bad

For some reason, the overall lifetime of the Nitecore P12 Tactical Flashlight does not appear to be very long, around two years at most. It appears to have some internal issues, some components that stop working after prolonged use.

Pros

  • Super bright
  • Many modes
  • Far beam throw
  • Great battery life
  • Small and compact
  • Good grip
  • Decent price

Cons

  • Overall lifespan is not great

ThruNite TN4A Flashlight

If the most important things you want in a flashlight are brightness and durability, then this ThruNite TN4A Flashlight is a fantastic option to consider. Now, it’s significantly more expensive than anything else reviewed here today, but that said, you get what you pay for, and here you get one heck of survival flashlight.

Product Highlights

First off, this particular flashlight comes in at roughly 7 inches long, with a total weight of just over 13 ounces. As you might be able to tell, in terms of our list, it is so far the biggest and heaviest flashlight. While you probably can’t fit it into your jean’s pockets, we would say that it is still lightweight and small enough to be considered portable, although less so than the other flashlights reviewed today.

Now, there is a trade off that you get for that size and weight, which is functionality. As mentioned in the intro, the ThruNite TN4A Flashlight is one of the brightest flashlights around. It can pump out an astounding 1,050 lumens with a beam distance of 326 meters (turbo mode).

This is of course truly astounding. However, it does also have other modes for use, including high (577 lumens), medium (138 lumens), low (17 lumens), and moonlight mode (0.38 lumens), as well as a strobe mode.

In terms of batteries, keep in mind that the ThruNite TN4A Flashlight required 4 x AA batteries, which is quite a few, but that said, the battery life here is quite good. It can last for 67 minutes on turbo mode, for 150 minutes on high, 14 hours on medium, 93 hours on low, and for a whopping 80 days on moonlight mode.

When it comes to durability, the ThruNite TN4A Flashlight is no slouch either, as it features impact resistance up to two meters, plus it is rated IPX-8 for waterproofing, which means that can survive being underwater down to 1.5 meters for about an hour.

Finally, we do also like how this flashlight is not round, something that prevents it from rolling around, plus it also makes it easy to hold, which is also thanks to the textured grip.

The Good

The good part about the ThruNite TN4A Flashlight is that it really makes for a fantastic survival flashlight. With well over 1,000 lumens and a beam distance of 300+ meters, as well as an extremely durable and waterproof shell, this thing can survive mostly anything that you throw at it.

The Bad

What’s not so great about this particular flashlight is its size and weight. Although it’s not heavay or large enough to be a dealbreaker for us, the fact of the matter is that it’s no the kind of flashlight that you can just shove in your pocket and forget about. Moreover, it is also quite wide. It kind of resembles a soda can.

Pros

  • Superior durability
  • Extremely bright
  • Very far beam distance
  • Great battery life
  • Many brightness modes
  • Good grip texture
  • Waterproof

Cons

  • A bit heavy

Fenix UC35 V2.0 Tactical Flashlight

Here we have what is the most expensive flashlight on the list today, coming in at just under $100. However, like we said above, you get what you pay for, and what you get here is a real powerhouse, not to mention that it comes with one super special feature that the majority of flashlights don’t have.

Product Highlights

What really stands out about this particular flashlight is the CREE XP-L HI V3 bulb that it comes with, something that allows the Fenix UC35 V2.0 Tactical Flashlight to put out around 1,000 lumens with a beam distance of just under 300 yards. That’s bright and that’s far.

Yes, this flashlight has various brightness levels including turbo and strobe modes (1,000 lumens), high mode (350 lumens), medium mode (150 lumens), low mode (50 lumens), and moonlight mode (1 lumen).

Now, what is really impressive about the Fenix UC35 V2.0 Tactical Flashlight is that it comes with a rechargeable battery. Yes, that’s right, it comes with a charger, so that the included battery can be recharged. This is the super special feature we hinted at before.

In terms of battery life, this is very good too. Turbo mode allows for 2 hours and 15 minutes of use, high mode allows for 4 hours an 10 minutes, medium mode allows for 10 hours and 40 minutes, low mode allows for 28 hours and 10 minutes, and moonlight mode allows for 800 hours of use on a single charge.

Even though the Fenix UC35 V2.0 Tactical Flashlight is super bright, it also manages to come in a small and compact package. It’s just over five inches long and weight just over three ounces, making it one of the smallest, lightest, and most portable options on our list today, not to mention that it comes complete with a handy pocket clip too. It’s also easy to hold thanks to the rough texture it has on the handle.

It is also worth noting that the Fenix UC35 V2.0 Tactical Flashlight is super durable, as it is made out of high quality metal, and has the ability to resist a drop of one meter. Moreover, it also has a waterproof rating of IP68, so it can be submerged down to two meters for over 30 minutes without fear of breaking.

The Good

The good part about the Fenix UC35 V2.0 Tactical Flashlight is, well, everything really. When it comes down to it, this is the best survival flashlight on the list today. It’s bright, it’s durable, it’s portable, and it has excellent battery life, not to mention that it’s rechargeable too.

The Bad

One of the only downsides to the Fenix UC35 V2.0 Tactical Flashlight is the price. No, it’s not cheap. On a side note, the pocket clip is not overly durable, but it’s no dealbreaker.

Pros

  • Extremely bright
  • Far throw distance
  • Various brightness levels
  • Great battery life
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Very durable
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Good grip

Cons

  • Quite expensive
  • Pocket clip could be better

Buyers Guide

Before you go out and buy just any old flashlight for survival purposes, let’s take a quick look at the main factors and features to keep an eye out for.

  1. Brightness & Runtime

One of the most important things to look out for here is how bright the flashlight is on its highest mode. Generally speaking, the higher the lumen count the better. You want something that can put out a few hundred lumens at the very least, and if you can find a flashlight with 1,000 lumens, you’re on the right track. Just remember that the higher the lumen output, the less runtime you will get out of it. As you can see, even the best flashlights, when on turbo mode, can only last for a couple hours at the most.

  1. Battery Type

When it comes to batteries, sure, disposable AA and AAA batteries are fine, but they just won’t last very long. Next you have your alkaline, lithium, and carbon-zinc batteries, which are all considered high performance (we recommend lithium). Finally, you can also go for a flashlight with a rechargeable battery, such as a NiMH or NiCd battery.

  1. Durability

Of course, you want a survival flashlight that can handle some bumps. A good material for this kind of thing is anodized aircraft grade aluminum, as it is very strong and lightweight. Moreover, a shatterproof lens is recommended. As long as the flashlight in question can survive a drop of a couple meters, and as long as it has a decent waterproof rating, you’re on the right track.

  1. Bulb Type

The bulb type is going to determine how bright the flashlight is and how far the beam can reach. Lowest on the list is the incandescent bulb, then the next best thing is LED, and after that, a high intensity discharge bulb is very bright and long lasting. When it comes to tactical and survival flashlights, generally speaking, your best options are bulbs such as CREE XPL-HD LED and CREE XP-L V6 LED bulbs.

  1. Weatherproofing

You do want your flashlight to be sealed, which means that water cannot get inside of it. Remember, water resistant means that it can handle a bit of rain, but in all reality, you want a waterproof flashlight that can handle being submerged down to at least one meter for 30 minutes.

FAQs

  1. What are Lumens?

Lumens are a measure of light output, or in other words, the intensity of the light coming from a specific source. It’s how much light a bulb can put out.

  1. Do LED flashlights last longer?

Yes, LED flashlights do use less power than regular flashlights, and therefore you get a longer runtime out of them.

  1. How many lumens should a good flashlight have?

If we are talking about normal flashlights, a couple hundred lumens is fine, but in terms of tactical and survival flashlights, something that can put out between 700 and 1,100 lumens is recommended.

Conclusion

Of you are looking for the best of the best, the number one option we recommend is the Fenix UC35 V2.0 Tactical Flashlight.

However, if you want something a bit more affordable, that still works well, the Lumintop 2.0 EDC Flashlight makes for a fine choice as well. Whatever your choice ends up being, just remember to keep the most important purchasing factors and features in mind at all times.