Saturday, February 11, 2012

Simple Survival Gear - Tactical Tealights

Tactical Tealights

When it comes down to a small scale action that serves a larger purpose, tealights are often overlooked as a practical solution in a survival situation. Tealights are a multi-use item that has very distinct uses readily apparent to most everyone. Tealights are great when you are looking for a small solution to big problems.

Tealights can have a variety of functions that make them ideal for use as a simple piece of survival gear. Here are just a few of the possible uses:

Survival Uses for Tealights

1. Use a single tealight to make a portable lantern.

2. Use a plate full of tealights to heat a small space or room.

3. Use the flame of a tealight to sterilize a knife.

4. Use several tealights to heat a can of food.

5. Use as tinder to start a fire.

Tealights also have several qualities that make them great for use as survival gear. Here are a few of their useful qualities:

Useful Qualities of Tealights

1. Tealights are inexpensive.

2. Tealights are available in bulk.

3. Tealights are lightweight.

4. Tealights are small and portable.

5. Tealights are readily available most everywhere.

Tealights are a simple piece of survival gear that can provide you with a source of both heat and light that comes in a small and inexpensive package.

Got tactical tealights?

Staying above the water line!



shadowfaxdog said...

I put tea lights in the leftover cardboard toilet paper holder. then I wrap the holder with paracord and duct tape the ends closed. I put these holders in my EDC's, BOB's, buttpacks, backpacks, and vehicles. I do also have a little hanging lantern that can use tea lights. peace, shadowfaxdog

dsanborn said...

Great items to have in your vehicle winter kits. We've timed burn time at up to 4 hours. Careful though we've found lately that they changed the size and instead of 3/4 inch high tea light the ones available locally are only 1/4" high drastically reducing your burn time.

FernWise said...

Not only do I have tealights - I blogged about one way I use them at the end of last month.

Short version - as I sit here at my desk on cold days, one is under the desk. It makes a big difference!

vlad said...

There is room in the candle lantern to carry extra tea lights.

riverwalker said...

To: shadowfaxdog

Great tip for carrying tealights. Great low cost solution.

You can also use PVC pipe with caps on the end to carry's a little sturdier than cardboard. The pipe can also be wrapped with paracord as you indicated.



riverwalker said...

To: dsanborn

Most tealights have a burn time of 4 to 6 hours. I wouldn't plan on the longer burn time...keep things realistic and use the shorter burn times that are more typical. That way you won't come up short when needed.

You also need to make sure you insulate them from whatever surface they are on to reduce the possibility of burning the surface they are on when lit.

Haven't seen any of the smaller versions in my area you mentioned. They may be coming though.



riverwalker said...

To: FernWise

Tealights are great for heating small under a desk.



riverwalker said...

To: vlad

Any type of gear that has additional storage space can always come in handy. Thanks for the heads up on this one.


Anonymous said...

Great ideas shadowfaxdog. never thought of TP doily for storage.

Quick 'n easy tivingantea lantern - cut up aluminum can along top and bottom ring about 1/2 way, then connect with single cut. Open wings and use pull tab as hanging attachment.

If you live in hot areas, check on these from time to time - I've found melted contents pretty often.

Anonymous said...

Nightshift adds, some folks don't know that you can extend the burn time on candles and tealights by putting them in the deep freeze for a few days. Not sure what the reason is or how it changes the candle but it works. My wife does is and her mom and g-mother do it. Can't hurt to try it.

riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 6:59

That's a great tip! Going to have to try it out and see what happens.

Thanks anon.


Anonymous said...

A tealight used with a "space" type reflective blanket will keep you warm if caught in the open during a freezing rain/snow storm

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