Several gear companies are making the most of National Preparedness Month 2019 with special programs and promotions — we recently wrote about the free survival courses being offered throughout September at the 5.11 Tactical ABR Academy. BioLite is tapping in to NPM by offering limited-edition emergency bundles that include lighting, power, and water purification gear for households of various sizes.
BioLite's emergency bundles will be available only during September, and are designed to help users cope with storms, power outages, and other common disasters. Given the company's specialization, it's not surprising that each kit is centered around lighting products, but they also include LifeStraw water filters. Three bundles are available:
Solo Kit — BioLite HeadLamp 330, SunLight area lamp, Charge 20 power bank, diffuser stuff sack (for using the HeadLamp as an area light), and a LifeStraw Classic filter. $130 MSRP (approx. $20 less than buying all items separately at MSRP).
Apartment Kit — SolarHome 620 system with wall charger, 2 SunLight area lamps, 2 HeadLamp 330s, 2 diffuser stuff sacks, and a LifeStraw Classic filter. $310 MSRP (approx. $50 less than buying all items separately at MSRP).
Family Kit — SolarHome 620 system with wall charger, 4 SunLight area lamps, 4 HeadLamp 330s, 4 diffuser stuff sacks, and a LifeStraw Family filter. $460 MSRP (approx. $75 less than buying all items separately at MSRP).
All kits include solar-powered SunLight area lights, which can be placed independently throughout the house in a blackout. The Apartment and Family kits also include SolarHome “microgrid” systems, which offer a control box that can toggle four area lights and charge USB devices.
Although a proper emergency kit should include much more than lighting/power and water filtration, these kits might be a good start for someone who's just getting into preparation. They provide the ability to see clearly during power outages, without relying on candles or mismatched flashlights scattered around the house. For more info on the National Preparedness Month kits and individual products, go to BioLiteEnergy.com.