SunBell Solar Light & Phone Charger Review

SunBell Solar Light & Phone Charger

I recently got the SunBell Solar Light & Phone Charger from EarthEasy and ironically it could not have come at a better time. A solar light is one of those items that seems like a good thing to have on hand “just in case” you need it. As sure as things happens sometimes, the SunBell arrived just a few days before we had a power outage. This gave me the chance to not only see if it works, but see if it works in an emergency.

Solar Light

I was very pleased with the SunBell. It is built from sturdy materials and all of the connections and connection points are well protected from the elements. The performance of the solar light function was flawless and versatile, offering three different settings (5 lumens, 50 lumens, and 150 lumens). The option to use it as a gooseneck lamp, flashlight, lantern, or overhead light is super convenient and really makes it practical for numerous applications. That is only half of what the SunBell does!

In addition to being a solar light, the SunBell is a cell phone charger as well. A USB adapter plugs into the Sunbell that allows phone charging cords with a USB plug to be connected for charging. I did not try charging anything other than the prescribed cell phone but I am almost thinking that the USB charger could be used for more than just a cell phone. Of course, you will have to expirement on your own and at your own risk.

I took the SunBell outside on a sunny day and plugged my phone in just to see how well it worked. It took only ten minutes for my phone battery to increase twelve percent. I was very pleased with the results to say the least. What was also impressive is that there is no need to direct the solar panel in any certain direction. I just set it on top of my table outside and the SunBell did the rest. It is even possible to leave the solar light unit itself inside and place the solar panel outside using the nine foot cord that the SunBell comes with. The panel could easily pass through a window on the sunny side of a house for charging.

Overall, the specifications are quite impressive:

  • 150 Lumen Output for 4.5+ Hours
  • 50 Lumen Output for 14+ Hours
  • 5 Lumen Output for 130+ Hours
  • Charging Time: 3-8 Hours (Depending on Sun Conditions)
  • 1.8 Watt Solar Panel
  • Weight: 21.2 Ounces

If you were to set the solar panel out for just a few hours every day, the SunBell could meet the lighting requirements for the average room. In fact, since I got my solar light, I have charged it once and use it every evening for general tasks around the house and it doesn’t even exhibit any sign of getting dimmer after about four hours of use. To say that I like this solar light would not do it justice. The fact that it has the phone charger option is just icing on the cake. I think the SunBell is worth every penny!

If I were going to live off grid or set up a bug out location, I think that I would definitely select the SunBell as a viable lighting option. The SunBell Solar Light & Charger is a perfect solution as a back-up light during a power outage, camping light, or for living off grid. If you have been looking for a versatile solar light to serve as a backup lighting source, primary lighting source, or both; there is not really any need to look further than the SunBell Solar Light & Charger.

Survival Sunday – 3/22/2015

Survival Sunday

Time just keeps going by. We are down to the last week of March and the end of the first quarter of the calendar year. We have had a stomach bug going through the house this week so that has definitely put a damper on things. On top of that, it was my sons’ spring break. To say that they did less than they may have planned would be an accurate statement.

I would like to say thank you to those of you were gracious enough to take the time this week to let me know what your greatest struggle with preparedness is. If you did not provide your input but would still like to, you can let me know here.

Here are this weeks finds:

“All The Prepping In The World Is Immaterial If You Don’t Survive Long Enough For Your Supplies & Planning To Matter” – A no-nonsense look at how the experience of the Jews with the Nazis can be related to prepping along with some more modern and common scenarios. Bottom line, you can prep but you have to survive for it to help.

What Do You Prep For: Common Personal Disasters – The follow-up to the article above, this is a further look at what you might be prepping for. Don’t miss the minimum items that a true prepper should have with them at all times.

Celiac Disease And The Problems Of Food Storage – It used to be that food allergies and intolerances were the exception to the rule but these issues are much more common today. This is a great list of food storage items that are alternatives to the usual suspects and safe for someone with Celiac Disease.

Collapse Survivor: “There Was Little Room For Error…Either You Learn Fast Or End Up Dead” – A story by Selco of a scary trade made in the early days of the Balkan wars. This is similar to what anybody could probably expect if put in the situation of needing to trade in a war-torn country.

Cash After The Collapse: How To Make Moonshine – Having the knowledge to make or source in demand items will be a vital skill in the event of a collapse. One such item that is sure to be popular is moonshine. This is useful for drinking, medicine, and disinfectant. Practice now and profit later!

Thats it for me this week!

If you found something that you would like to share with the group or have any questions, email me at tom@thepreparedninja.com.

Come back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday.

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Selecting a Great EDC Bag

Selecting a Great Every Day Carry (EDC) Bag

All of us have things that we carry with us every day and usually everywhere we go. These items are referred to as every day carry (EDC) items by most everyone in the preparedness community. Some are items that get used many times a day while others are there “just in case.” Regardless of why they are there, we carry them with us on a daily basis because they are important to us. These could be items that ensure security, have sentimental value, or feed a habit; either way they are valuable items to have and it is ideal to have a place to keep them. This is especially true if they are handily kept in an EDC bag that can be grabbed on the run.

EDC Bag

Things To Look For

Not all bags are created equal. When deciding on an EDC bag, look for one that will fit your appearance and lifestyle. Your EDC bag should be a reflection of you which will help prevent you from standing out. You don’t want someone looking at you as if you don’t belong. Other considerations should include the color and materials and how they match up with your needs. While all of these qualities are important, perhaps the most important factor is the type of bag and what is comfortable and practical.

Types of EDC Bags

There are many styles of bags. Below are listed some of the most common styles of bags to be used as EDC bags along with some examples of those specific styles.

Over The Shoulder Bags/MURSE (Man Purse)

Just to be clear from the beginning, I can call them Murse’s because I have a couple so I can get away with calling them that. They are very useful to have. In fact, I have found that this is often the best way for me to carry a pistol on long trips. I don’t want to ride for hours across three states with a pistol on my hip so I just put it in my “man bag,” as my wife calls it, and then it is still accessible and if I need to get out of the car, I just take my EDC bag (including my pistol) with me.

Evac Plan-B Sling Pack by Hazard 4

S.O. Tech Mission Go Bag

S.O. Tech Sling Go Bag

5.11 PUSH Pack

5.11 RUSH MOAB 6

5.11 2-Banger Bag

5.11 4-Banger Bag

5.11 Tactical COVRT Zone Assault Pack

Maxpedition Mongo Versipack

Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack

Maxpedition Fatboy Versipack

Maxpedition Neatfreak Organizer

Voodoo Tactical 3-Way Deployment Bag

Backpacks

A backpack is the universal container to use when traveling. It doesn’t matter if you are camping, going to school, work, or the gym, taking a trip, or just getting from one point to another; a backpack can do it all. One of the best qualities about a standard backpack is that it will not draw any additional attention to it because we are so used to seeing them. This makes it ideal as an EDC bag.

Kelty Watts Backpack

Kelty Redtail 27 Backpack

Kelty Redtail 27 Backpack

Eberlestock X4 HiSpeed Pack

5.11 Rush 12 Back Pack

ARCTERYX Military MARPAT Assault Pack

Eagle Industries 3 Day Assault Pack

Purses

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that based on my observations, women usually carry a purse with them. This is a huge bonus when it comes to EDC items because it does not draw any attention like a man carrying a purse would. Without any extra attention you can carry what you want, where you want (for the most part). There are always exceptions aren’t there?

Concealed Carry Purse – Black Leather

Brown Leather Concealed Carry Purse w/ Slash Resistant Handle

Gun Tote’n Mamas Concealed Carry Flat Sac

GTM Gun Tote’n Mamas Concealed Carry Raven Shoulder Pouch

Don’t like the style of concealed handgun purses? You can also turn your favorite purse into a purse capable of carrying a concealed handgun using a Concealed Carry Purse Holster.

Briefcase

Not everyone carries a briefcase but for those that do, it can be very convenient if that briefcase can serve more than one purpose. One of the most popular features in an EDC bag is an area to keep a concealed handgun. All of these briefcases offer the ability to carry the usual briefcase fodder as well as a concealed handgun and other EDC items:

Smith & Wesson Off-Duty Satchel

5.11 Side Trip Briefcase

Uncle Mike’s Tactical Briefcase

Maxpedition Operator Tactical Attache

Messenger Bags

Like a briefcase, a messenger bag can provide a way for EDC items to be carried in addition to items like books or paperwork that are needed for work or school. One advantage to a messenger bag is the fact that they typically ride a little more comfortable across the body. It worked for Jack Bauer didn’t it?

5.11 Rush Delivery Messenger Bag

Hazard 4 Defense Messenger Bag

Maxpedition Gleneagle Messenger Bag

BLACKHAWK! Covert Carry Messenger Bag

Bail Out Bags/Range Bags

I lumped these two bags together because in many cases they have similar qualities and features while also being capable of performing most of the same functions. I like that most of them feature several pockets for organization. What can I say? I’m a bag man (of the non-criminal persuasion I might add).

5.11 Bail Out Bag

Smith and Wesson M&P Edge Bail Out Bag

CONDOR Tactical Response Bag

Smith and Wesson M&P Pro Series Tactical Range Bag

Lumbar Packs

Super versatile and comfortable to walk long distances with, a lumbar pack is a good option for someone who does not want a bag with a shoulder strap. If you are planning on doing a lot of walking with your EDC bag, a lumbar pack might be a great choice for you.

Mountainsmith Lumbar-Recycled Series Tour TLS R

Kelty Oriole Lumbar Pack

The North Face Mountain Lumbar Pack

ALPS OutdoorZ Pathfinder Pack

Mountainsmith Daylight Lumbar Pack

Tenzing TZ 720 Lumbar Pack

Of course, if money is not a limiting factor for you, you can always look into some of the more expensive options out there. If I could buy any bag in the world without having to worry about the cost, I think I would choose the X-Ray Tactical Pack from Kifaru. At this stage in my life, I can’t justify spending over $400 on a bag though so I will just have to do without. But if I ever have more money than I know what to do with, I am going to make the X-Ray my newest EDC bag.

I hope that you got some ideas for potential EDC bags. I’d love to hear what you use for your EDC items. If you feel like sharing, leave a comment or send me an email at tom@thepreparedninja.com.

Survival Sunday – 3/15/2015

Survival Sunday

I wanted to start this week’s segment off by mentioning the fact that if you missed the pilot episode of Survivalist Prepper TV (SPTV) that aired yesterday, you can still watch it. I may be biased because I was in it, but I had a blast and I think there was some definite value provided. I would like to say thank you to Dale and Lisa from Survivalist Prepper for having me. If you would like to see Episode 01 of SPTV, you can catch it here.

Besides being one step closer to being an Internet sensation, I have not been up to much. (It is a very small step on a road I am not looking to go down.) The week has been good but long and filled with the responsibilities of having a family and a real job.

I did get the SunBell Solar Lamp & Phone Charger this week. Expect to see a review in the next few days.

Here are this weeks finds:

Stockpiling of Food Banned in Venezuela – Just scan your fingerprint when you check out at the grocery store…no big deal right? Things are not looking good in Venezuela and while that isn’t great, it could be worse if our government thinks its a good idea and wants to follow suit.

‘Idle Car’ Bill in NY Pays Citizens to Record, Snitch on Drivers – Not so surprising but another ridiculous bill has been proposed by a New York City Councilwoman. I guess you can just add this to the, ‘If you see something, say something’ campaign. Maybe someday people will get tired of this utter nonsense?

What Do They Know? Why Are So Many Of The Super Wealthy Preparing Bug Out Locations? – There seems to have been an uptick in the development of survival bunkers for the rich. Here are a few of the reasons that this seems to be happening.

California Has About One Year Of Water Left – I don’t buy into global warming/global cooling/climate change and all the garbage (especially political) that goes along with it. Regardless of which side of climate change you fall on, there are some legitimate concerns out there. You know, like the disappearance of water…even if it were only temporary. This solidifies one of the basic principles of preparedness, water storage. Check this out and see what you think.

Adopting Dogs As Survival Animals – This is a sound principle. I think that if you have the capability (property, finances, etc.) to have a few dogs, you should. They have many great qualities that allow them to fit perfectly into a long term survival plan. This is especially true when it comes to security and hunting. I love that my dog can stay inside with us but some day when I have my forever home with some property, I intend to have some well taken care of animals that can keep an eye on what is going on outside.

What Kind Of Person Is A Prepper? – A tool that can assist in self-reflection, do you have these qualities? If not, what qualities do you have, or not have, that makes you a prepper?

The 10 Best Garden Vegetables For Beginner Preppers – A vegetable garden is a must for survival. This is an area where it seems like it can be done well or not at all sometimes but for the most part, it just takes a little practice. If you are looking to get started with gardening, here are 10 vegetable to get started with.

Thats it for me this week! While the world doesn’t seem to be getting any better, all we can do is prepare for the worst while hoping for the best.

If you found something that you would like to share with the group or have any questions, email me at tom@thepreparedninja.com.

Come back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday.

If you appreciate the content here on The Prepared Ninja, I would love it if you left a comment or shared a post with your friends or loved ones! We are all in this together after all, right? With that being said, it does cost me money every month to keep The Prepared Ninja up and running. If the site does help you and you would like to help support it, you can provide monetary support to help keep things going via PayPal here. Thank you!

Survivalist Prepper TV

Hi! Just a quick note…I wanted to let you know that I will be appearing on the pilot episode of Survivalist Prepper T.V. (S.P.T.V.) this Saturday (March 14, 2015). I am pretty excited about this opportunity and I think you should be too. Not only is it a chance to listen in on a discussion about survival and preparedness, you can be a part of the conversation!

S.P.T.V. is the brainchild of Dale and Lisa of the Survivalist Prepper podcast and website. The first episode is going to feature Dale and Lisa, me, and Kyle from the Rational Survivor Podcast. It will be interesting to see how this goes with it being the first episode but I know that it will be worthwhile.

The concept behind S.P.T.V. is to have a show for preppers, by preppers about what everyone is doing, what works, and what doesn’t. Each episode will feature different guests and will not necessarily be experts in the field of preparedness and survival. That is one of the things that I like about this idea, the opportunity for the average Joe and Jane to take part in the conversation, either as a guest or by asking questions throughout the show.

There will be two places to watch this inaugural episode of S.P.T.V. If you are a Google+ user, you can view S.P.T.V. as a Google hangout. If Google+ is not your thing, you can view the episode as a live broadcast within the Survivalist Prepper Academy.

I hope that you have the time to stop by on Saturday. If this Saturday does not work for you but you are interested in getting information about future episodes of S.P.T.V., sign up for future notifications here.

Enjoy the rest of your week and I will plan on seeing you this Saturday for a great episode of Survivalist Prepper Television!

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