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8 Products that Belong in Your Car Emergency Kit

posted by on July 13, 2021 in Car Tech & Safety, Travel & Entertainment, Guides & Reviews :: 9 comments

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With these eight gadgets, be prepared for just about any car emergency. They're all highly rated and designed to help with everything from everyday problems, like flat tires, to life-threatening emergencies. 

Mophie Powerstation Go Rugged with Air Compressor shown with jumper cables in front of a car tire.

Jump start your car: Mophie PowerStation Go Rugged with Air Compressor

If your battery dies, the Mophie Powerstation Go Rugged will put you on the road again in no time.(and it can inflate your tires if the pressure runs low, too!). The whole thing fits into a convenient carrying case with clear instructions printed on the outside. 

Price: $99.95

Buy the Mophie Powerstation Go Rugged with Air Compressor on Zagg

Buy the Mophie Powerstation Go Rugged with Air Compressor on Amazon

Slime Flat Tire Repair Kit show from the front 3/4 angle

 

Fix a flat tire: Slime Flat Tire Repair Kit

Connect the Slime Flat Tire Repair Kit to your tire, plug the Slime into your car's 12V outlet, and hit the start button. It takes just about 10 minutes to repair punctures up to 0.25 inches and inflate the tire. Repairs last up to 3 days or 100 miles. 

Price: $57.99

Buy Slime Flat Tire Repair Kit on Slime

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Stonepoint Emergency Roadside Beacons set on the road in back of a woman fixing a flat tire on a white car at night.

Stay safe on the side of the road: Stonepoint Emergency Roadside Beacons

Working on your car on the side of the road can be dangerous, especially in the dark. The highly-rated Stonepoint LED flares are visible for up to two miles, waterproof, and crush resistant: perfect for roadside use, no matter what the conditions.

Price: $24.95 for 3 beacons

Buy Stonepoint Emergency Roadside Beacon on Amazon

Kizen LED Camping Lantern

Use a hands-free light: Kizen LED Camping Lantern

If you get a flat tire at night, you'll need a hands-free light, like this Kizen LED Camping Lantern. It's water-resistant, so it will work in the rain, And, it packs down to easily fit in the glove box. 

Price: $16.95 

Buy Kizen LED Camping Lantern on Amazon

Eton Sidekick Weather Radio with Bluetooth shown front and back with phone plugged in

Stay on top of the weather: Eton Sidekick Weather Radio with Bluetooth

Bad weather can sneak up on you when you're on a long trip, but the Eton Sidekick Weather Radio will keep you up to date on current conditions with its NOAA weather alerts. You'll also find the built-in phone charger, lamp, and flashlight handy. And, even if you've let the battery die, you can use the built-in hand crank for power to keep you connected to the outside world. 

Price: $99.99

Buy Eton Sidekick Weather Radio with Bluetooth on EtonCorp

Buy Eton Sidekick Weather Radio with Bluetooth on Amazon

ACR ResQLink+ Personal Locator Beacon

Get help whenever you need it: ACR ResQLink 400 Personal Locator Beacon

The pocket-size ResQLink 400 personal locator beacon uses GPS and a satellite link to contact emergency services with your location no matter where you are – no cell service and no subscription fee required. It's a must-have for trips to remote locations.

Price: $324.95

Buy ACR ResQLink 400 on ACR Artex 

Buy ACR ResQLink 400 on Amazon

LifeStraw Go Water Filtering Bottle open and submerged in a stream. The the person's other hand is the top show the top with the filter straw.

Find drinking water anywhere: LifeStraw Go Water Filtering Bottle

The LifeStraw Go is a water bottle with a filter that removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites from water, meaning you can find fresh water just about anywhere. And, it's good for filtering up to 244 gallons!

Price: $39.95

Buy LifeStraw Go Water Filtering Bottle on LifeStraw

Buy LifeStraw Go Water Filtering Bottle on Amazon

Lifehammer Emergency Tool

Escape an Accident: Lifehammer Emergency Tool

The Lifehammer can break through car windows so you can escape from your vehicle when using the door isn't an option. And if the seatbelts have jammed, a super-sharp blade will slice through them.

Price: $14.95

Buy Lifehammer Emergency Tool on Amazon

Updated with new products on 7/13/2021

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Why only Amazon

From Imme629 on August 07, 2017 :: 7:53 pm

Why not provide another seller besides Amazon?
After getting a few fakes from them, I’m hesitant to spend any serious money there again.

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I'm surprised

From Josh Kirschner on August 07, 2017 :: 8:45 pm

We use Amazon because they have the broadest selection of products and, almost always, the best prices (fell disclosure: we also have an affiliate relationship with them). I would be extremely surprised if you got anything directly from Amazon that was fake. Perhaps with some of the third-party sellers, which is why you should always order directly from Amazon, when possible, but not from Amazon direct. And if you do have an issue, Amazon customer service will usually resolve quickly.

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Exactly right! I've been a

From Buster Chappell on June 28, 2018 :: 11:26 am

Exactly right! I’ve been a Amazon customer since 2001 and have no complaints.

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Analyzing fake reviews helps prevent buying fakes

From Shesca on December 02, 2019 :: 9:16 am

To avoid purchasing fake items from Amazon, you should use FakeSpot Analyzer (https://www.fakespot.com/), which analyzes the reviews for every Amazon product. It is excellent in identifying reviews that are fake, and attaching a score to the reviews that represents the level of fake reviews.
I have used it many, many times, and it is incredibly helpful.

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Correct!!

From ACE on July 14, 2021 :: 10:36 am

I have gotten very few fakes but their delviery system is awful. Tired of searching for my merchandise and/or chatting with their reps to get replacements.

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Maybe just a bit overboard?

From Kurt Spieldenner on August 08, 2017 :: 11:10 am

The cell phone battery pack you mentioned can be replaced with the jump-start pack, item number 3 on your list they also charge cell phones and have high capacity batteries so why carry both? Also as for buying a separate GPS unit you can just download the (free, no ads) Here! App on your cell phone and pre-download your state. Since you now have a battery charger to charge your cell phone you can just use that mapping software with your cell phones GPS and you don’t need an internet connection. And although the locator device is nice when you’re up in the mountains hiking around in the middle of nowhere, having one in the back of your car is questionable. This article strikes me as more of a sales ad than an actual emergency kit for the average person’s car. But if you have a huge trunk and lots of space to fill up with expensive gadgets then more power to you.

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Fix a Flat? Maybe not!

From Buster Chappell on June 28, 2018 :: 11:26 am

https://www.dealnews.com/features/Heres-Why-You-Should-Think-Twice-Before-Using-Tire-Sealant/1742217.html

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Slime

From Robert on June 17, 2019 :: 7:42 pm

Some (maybe all) versions of Slime will destroy your tire pressure sensors.  Really important to check recommendations with knowledgeable people before making them.

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Slime won't destroy TPMS sensors

From Josh Kirschner on June 19, 2019 :: 12:49 pm

Slime doesn’t damage TMPS sensors, though it can gunk them up and make them inoperable until cleaned. So Slime advises that you remove the tire, clean out the slime (it is water-soluble) and repair the tire within 3 days or 100 miles, which you should do anyway since Slime is only meant as a temporary repair for emergency situations.

In an ideal situation, using a spare tire is the better solution. But if your spare is inoperable or you don’t have a spare (about 30% of new vehicles don’t), and roadside assistance isn’t available to tow your car to a tire repair shop or there isn’t a an open repair shop nearby (middle of nowhere at 1am?), then Slime could end up being a real life saver - cleaning a tire and TPMS sensor is well worth the trade-off in those situations.

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