I just tried mine (mentioned in post 14) with a friend's iPhone and it didn't work. Little screen popped up on the iPhone that stated that it was an unsupported charger. Apple must have set it up so you require a data connection to a computer to charge it and the supported chargers emulate that connection somehow. I just tried it with my BlackBerry Curve 8330 and it work like a charm. (Just realized that I hadn't tried it after I upgraded that phone line.:embarassed:) Tried and true tested with my Motorola i880. :hand10:
Originally Posted by PSLOwner
I did find this one that works with an iPhone, but it the website is based in the UK and the prices are in Pounds or Euros. They also might not ship to the US. Wind Up Mobile Phone Charger / Torch This website is where I found the review for it. Wind-Up iPhone Chargers Make Awesome Holiday Gifts : CleanTechnica
+1 on space blanket, some protein bars and the Eton radio (which serves as a radio, light and cell phone charger).
Heavy duty gloves are also good if there is wreckage, storm debris etc.
Although I have plenty of flashlights, I also pack one of those magnetic shake flashlights that don't need a battery, just in case all the other batteries die.
I have one of those, but they are pretty weak, at least the ones I have are, but they are better than nothing.
Originally Posted by 8ball
I am trying to find something to store the batteries in. I don't keep them in the devices, as I don't want them to burst and ruin what they were in. Right now I am just leaving the batteries in the package and I rotate them out by the "use by" date. When that date arrives the batteries should still have at least an 80% charge. They then leave the bag for the battery drawer and I replace them. I have found that the batteries sold at my local RadioShack have the longest to expire date than any other retailer local to me. I have talked to the manager there and he told me that his store moves a lot of batteries so they burn through their stock quick. He also told me that they can do what they call Direct2U and order store stocked merchandise straight from their warehouse and have it delivered by FedEx to the customer with free shipping. That way you could get as new batteries as possible. He also told me that we could order whether it was in-stock or not, plus they are running a battery sale right now. :35:
I'm also thinking of getting some of those "Glow-Sticks" for instant light. That would give me something to install the batteries by at night.
What I keep in my get home bag:
Change of clothes (including long underwear)
Boots (For those rare instances when I'm not already wearing some)
Extra smokes (cigars, extra pipe, filters, loose tobacco)
2 bottles of water
GMRS/FRS radio and extra batteries. May change this to CB at some point.
Also in the truck:
2 gallon bottles of water
Ratchet straps (and other assorted tie downs)
Tire cables (probably not needed with 4WD)
Bolt cutters (not sure what these last two are for, I just never took them out)
Man you guys are lightweights!
I have "nutz's trunk of goodies" that puts all the above to shame. It is essentially a camping kit that one could take on a few day hike. Most of it is packed in the crevices around the spare tire as to not be obtrusive or visible to be stolen. Much of my camping stuff essentially lives there. Especially in the winter months. A reasonable amount of water and food doesn't take up much space either.
For very cold climates, use a styrofoam cooler in reverse to keep water from freezing. When it is 5 degrees day after day, it will keep bottled water liquid.
I do not have any firearms or ammo stored in the vehicle. It is irresponsible and could cause legal issues...
This has made my life far more pleasant when my 'gal is having a rough day. Aspirin and feminine products are worth their weight in gold!
A most excellent song retsupt99
Originally Posted by retsupt99
An empty soup can and several dinner candles. Put the can on the dash board, light the candle and open the window about 1/2". That little flame will keep the cab of the vehicle from freezing. Been there, done that during a white out in Erie, PA. I stayed warm, had most of the items you've got and waited until morning.
Man, I should not have read this thread. Soon my trunk will be filled up with so much stuff that I wont be able to fit in a bag of groceries!
A rather large item I have in my car is a good, sturdy hydraulic car jack. The ones that come with the cars are a joke.