From a simple roadside breakdown to getting lost after dark, emergencies can develop out of nothing. It pays to be prepared for these little challenges, so we picked out our five favorite emergency tools from the Popular Science Shop—now with up to 82 percent off MSRP.
No matter what happens after sundown, it’s essential to have some kind of flashlight. The Emergency Multi-Function Radio and Flashlight needs no battery, and it allows you to catch NOAA weather broadcasts. You can power the device by turning the crank, or by allowing the built-in solar panel to soak up power. It will even charge your phone, meaning you can make emergency calls. Normally $89.95, this multi-function device is now just $18.95.
Things can get ugly when vehicles collide. With the Emergency Auto Survival Kit, you have everything you need for getting free from a burning car or giving first aid. This paramedic-designed pack attaches to your sun visor, meaning you should always have easy access. The case contains a StatGear T3Tactical Rescue Tool, complete with seat belt cutter, window punch and LED flashlight. You also get a full array of first aid kits. It’s normally $64.99, but you can grab this life-saver now for just $45.99.
While some flashlights are big enough to get left behind, the UltraBright 500-Lumen Tactical Military Flashlights offer incredible pocket power. Despite measuring just 3.7 inches long, these flashlights have a range of one mile. The adjustable zoom lets you focus on one spot or light the whole area, and there are several brightness settings to choose from. Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, this two-pack has dropped from $100 down to just $17.99 for a limited time.
If car collisions are your main concern, the Ztylus Stinger Car Charger Emergency Tool offers an affordable upgrade. This clever device works as a dual-port USB charger until you need some assistance. In emergency situations, you can use the spring-loaded punch to break windows and the seat belt cutter to cut yourself free. The blade is actually capable of slicing through a 5000lb tow strap, so seat belts should be no sweat. It was $21.95, but the Ztylus Stinger is now just $19.95.
With so many crazy people on the road, you might want a reliable eyewitness. The Hi-Res Car DashCam captures everything in 1080p HD, and it can even react to events. This intelligent camera sticks to your windshield and offers two video modes. You can make it record continuously, or allow the built-in G-sensor to start the recording when something hits your vehicle or you brake hard. Worth $119.95, this impressive camera is now just $24.99 with an 8GB microSD card included.