Survivalist Technology Corner: Your Guide to Modern Survival Tools
While many people believe that technology has no place in a post-apocalyptic world Kennedy and I believe that, so long as it is useful, compact, and allows you to achieve a result you would not otherwise obtain, modern high-tech devices are transient. In this first edition of Survivalist Technology Corner I’ll introduce you to some affordable technologies that can be easily repurposed for survival. Whether you’re a tech-buff or an average-joe these devices have some truly compelling post-apocalyptic uses.
One of the most common reasons people think that technology will not survive the apocalypse is because there’s no way to charge it. No electricity, no charging, no tech. Well, say “hello” to the ReVIVE Portable Solar Pack ($27.99). This light-weight and highly portable device allows the user to harness the sun’s natural energy via solar panel technology. The pack can then be used to power virtually any USB-conectable device that you have the cable for. While you’re unlikely to have tons of free time post-apocalypse you might find the idea of being able to keep a typed log of your experiences comforting or perhaps you’ll enjoy being able to escape into some of the books or movies handily stored on your tablet. Satellite connectivity aside (as you won’t have it), being able to cling, just a little, to the past may be more useful than you’d think.
Now let’s say that the world ends in a fiery explosion with particles blocking the sun or alternatively, that you live in a region where it’s occasionally unclear that you’d even be able to harness enough sunlight to charge your solar pack. In such situations the HQRP UV Meter ($4.99) can be used to determine the level of solar radiation you’re encountering at any given moment. Just hold it out and wait for it to light up! Not only is this nifty little device helpful for avoiding wasting any time waiting for your solar pack to charge in too little sun it may also help you to avoid exposure on sunny days. Use it to determine if you should take shelter to avoid sun burn or heat stroke.
Another risk facing everyone in the post-apocalyptic world is water sanitation. Contaminated water is one of the primary causes of premature death even today. In the Western world we may not have to deal with this reality too frequently but access to clean water is quite literally the difference between life and death. While there are many ways to purify water it’s difficult to say that you’d always have access to a fire for boiling or iodine drops for chemical purification. The SteriPEN Water Purifier ($59.33), a battery operated water purification system comes to the rescue. But wait? It’s battery operated, right? So you can’t use the solar pack to charge it! Well you’re right. But you can use the solar pack to charge these Sanyo Rechargeable Batteries with USB Charger ($16.21) which in turn can power the SteriPEN.
The final device I’d like to mention in this edition of Survivalist Technology Corner is the Franklin 16 Language Speaking Translator ($29.95) this easy to use pocket translator allows you to translate more than 800 emergency and conversational phases into any of 16 common languages. And IT will say them out loud for you. If you encounter roving survival parties and don’t know their language this device can help to avoid a serious misunderstanding. This device also comes equipped with an alarm clock if you need to arrange sleeping shifts and runs on a rechargeable battery.
So you see, given the proper precautions and planing ahead, technology certainly does have a place in the post-apocalyptic world. While we caution you not to go overboard (after all you still need to be able to carry everything) some of these devices are real life savers and should be considered when you’re building out your stock of survival gear.