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A worthwhile addition to your vehicle’s emergency kit and safer than incendiary flares, the small (6 oz. with batteries; 4 1/4″L × 3 7/8″W × 1″D) Lite Flare has a clear high-impact polycarbonate housing, two high-intensity red (yellow is available, also) LEDs that flash about 55 times per minute with a claimed visibility range of 1 mile at night, and uses two AA batteries that will operate for “400+ hours (alkaline type).” A 3-pack (the recommended number for “optimum” visibility) costs $33. They also make a Cone Flare version that fits in the top of a traffic cone to make it more visible.

If you don’t like the directionality of the Lite Flare, other manufacturers (e.g., PowerFlare) make LED flares that emit light in all directions.

I’m sure there are even more options out there. What do you prefer for road-side emergencies?

Lite Flare [Manufacturer’s Site]
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5 Responses to LED Emergency Flares

  1. Robert says:

    I think I’ll stick to old fashioned, dangerous, chemical based, fire flares. Why? I don’t trust batteries and electricity, etc. I know, I know, lithium batteries, technology, and so on, but old fashioned road flares just work. Also, you can start a fire in an emergency.

  2. Toolhearty says:

    Ditto. I’ve looked a few variations on this theme and stuck with a set of triangles and a pack of flares. Pretty much everyone recognizes the triangles and it’s hard to not notice a flare even in daylight.

    I can see someone running over one of these things and thinking “wonder what the hell that was”.

  3. russ says:

    These things may work well in a restaurant but like the other commenters the flares and triangle work better.

  4. Stacy says:

    These are cheap knock-offs of the PowerFlares.

    If you’ve seen a PowerFlare in person, you’ll know they’re quality kit.

  5. Doofus says:

    I really can’t see myself duct-taping a “Lite-Flare” to a can of gasoline to fend off pursuing zombies, so I’ll stick with the chemical kind.

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