PowerTalkie: Advanced Off-Grid Comms Device

The PowerTalkie is an off-grid communications device that connects to your iPhone or Android smartphone via Bluetooth and allows you to continue to send text messages and voice messages when you go out of range of cellular or wifi signals. Some possible uses would be when camping in remote areas or perhaps when traveling to…

Life Straw Go Water Bottle and Filter

The Life Straw Go water bottle with integrated water filter is a great item to have on any kind of adventure or to just keep in with your emergency kit. Not only is it extremely well built and rugged, it is also extremely easy to use. Plus, it comes with a handy carabiner for attaching…

Solartab solar panel battery pack

As its name suggests, the Solartab is a solar panel with an integrated battery pack that has two USB power output charging ports. The built-in Mono- crystalline solar panel on the Solartab has an output of 5.5 watts, which is enough to completely charge the Solartab’s internal 13,000mAh Lithium- Polymer battery from dead to full…

KN-Q7A SSB 20m Ham Radio QRP Transceiver Kit

Are you tired of building pixie kits, rockmites, and other entry level ham radio transceivers that just end up sitting on the shelf or junk box in your ham shack collecting dust? Take your kit building up a notch with the KN-Q7A SSB Transceiver from CRKITS, and build a radio that you will actually want…

Fenix HL60R 950 Lumen Headlamp

With the Fenix HL60R Headlamp, sundown will no longer slow you down on your next adventure in the great outdoors. This headlamp has it all: a super bright LED, durable high-grade aluminum housing, it’s USB rechargeable, and it even has a IPX-8 waterproof rating, which means it can be submerged 2 meters. The HL60R isn’t…

MDT 40m Ham Radio QRP Transceiver Kit

If you enjoy ham radio kit building, then you are definitely going to want to hear about the MDT DSB QRP transceiver kit from ozQRP. This article will be more of a real-world, operational performance review of this radios’ capabilities, not a walkthrough on how to build it. The 40 meter MDT kit (Minimalist Double…

Tracker2 Avalanche Emergency Transceiver

If you are an avid skier or snowboarder, then you know about the risk of an avalanche taking place. There are many safety tools that are effective at saving lives in the event of an avalanche. An avalanche transceiver such as the Tracker2 from BCA is one such emergency device. The Tracker2 transmits a beacon…

Magellan eXplorist 110 handheld GPS

When you need to navigate in harsh conditions, the Magellan eXplorist 110 handheld GPS receiver can easily handle the job while your iPhone stays safe at home or in your pack. The eXplorist 110 is rugged, waterproof, runs for 18 hours on a pair of AA batteries, has a bright 2.2” color transflective screen that…

CC SkyWave Shortwave, Weather, Aviation, & AM/FM Radio

In our current age of instant information, going off the grid where there is no cellphone coverage can be a welcomed break from being constantly bombarded by news. Sometimes, however, a little bit of news and weather reports can be both fun and useful. The best and most affordable way to get news while out…

BioLite Camp Stove

The BioLite Camp Stove is an amazing wood burning stove that utilizes a TEG (Thermo Electric Generator) to generate electricity from the heat of the fire. That electricity is used to charge a built-in lithium ion battery. That battery is used to power an electric fan that blows on the fire to help it burn…

Motorola FRS Talkabout WalkieTalkies

Let’s face it. When you go way out into the backcountry with your friends, the only useful communication you can hope to achieve with your cellphone is using the glass screen as a signal mirror. This is where walkie talkie radios like the Motorola FRS Talkabout MS350R can really come in handy for keeping in…

ParaPak Survival Kit

The ParaPak emergency kit is one of the most complete and compact kits I have ever encountered. I don’t know how they do it, but there are over 30 items stuffed inside the ParaPak container (which doubles as a canteen), including a pocket knife, lighter, food, water purification tablets, stove, matches, rope, cooking cup, emergency…

LD-5 HF Ham Radio QRP Transceiver

The LD-5, made in USA, by LNR Precision Inc. is an amazing little 5 band SSB/CW Amateur Radio QRP Transceiver that’s small and light enough to fit in just about any backpack. this makes it one of the most portable SSB multi-band HF rigs currently on the market. Not only is the LD-5 small in…

Helios Smart Solar USB Battery Pack

The Helios Smart from Solpro is a compact USB battery pack that incorporates three fold out solar panels and a battery capacity of 5,000mAh. This allows you to harness the power of the sun in order to charge your smartphone, tablet, or other USB gadgets. This device really comes in handy for all kinds of…

Cobra Hand Held 40 Channel CB Radio

My review today will be covering the Cobra HH Road Trip 40 Channel Hand Held CB (Citizen Band) Radio Transceiver. This radio also incorporates a built-in 10 NOAA weather band receiver, which allows the user to stay up to date on local and regional weather conditions without any Internet or cellphone coverage. This can really…

Voyager Multi-Band Emergency Radio

The Voyager KA500 by Kaito is a shortwave, AM/FM, and weather band radio receiver that’s built for emergencies. It’s certainly not just for emergencies though; I have brought it on several camping trips, and it really comes in handy to be able to hear the weather reports when you are out of cellphone signal range….

Cobra CXR 925 MicroTalk FRS Radios

Have you ever been on a camping trip or family vacation where cellphone service is either spotty or non-existent? If you answered yes, then you know how staying in touch with the other members of your family or group can quickly go from unreliable to impossible right when you need it the most. This is…