@detailer@yakkoTDI Trunk light? Your car has a trunk light? Must be nice. My cars never had a trunk light, some of them didn’t even have a trunk. We just tied stuff to the roof and hoped it was still there when we got where we were going. Except when it was the neighbor’s kids.
@werehatrack Every car I’ve owned (none expensive) had a trunk light. Both of my pickup trunks had bed lights activated from the “push/pull” headlight switch. Remember those? First pull was parking lights, second was headlights,rotate for interior/cluster brightness. That’s when high beams were on the dead pedal. How I miss that feature.
@dwschwartz@rpiotro I have a different set, which includes two (of six) that are rechargeable. Four months after a full charge, their runtime is down to about 15 minutes. Lacking any kind of a charge indicator, that was the only way I could assess their state. When fully charged, they’d run for well over an hour, which was how long I let one go before deciding it was enough for a quick check.
A set of 6 for a fraction of the cost of one real Powerflare. Price isn’t always a good signal for quality, but given the life-safety implications of this product’s intended use, I don’t think I’d trust these to be ready to go in an emergency.
Might be fun, might even work when needed, but seem likely to be toys compared with the actual public-safety-grade product which they’re knocking off.
Store the batteries inside the lights, and they will leak before you need them. Store a larger quantity of them separately, and you won’t have time to assemble all of them when you need them, even if the batteries are still fresh.
@werehatrack assemble? How long does it normally take you to put 3 AAA batteries in something? I think i could get all 6 of these up and running in under a minute. Wait a minute… this looks like one of those things that needs a screwdriver to access the battery compartment… make that 3 hours.
@Kyeh@phendrick Yeah, when you just hand the bot a naked link, it goes all helpy and tries to imageify it if it gets one that’s on the list of what it understands. Local links back in Meh or SideDeal require explicit “No, just do what I tell you” handling to get it not to.
Poll asked what you do when you have a car problem, and I saw no responses to that. I fix it if I can. 1992 Toyota XCab with almost 150K miles. (It’s a Toyota, barely broken in). Unless it’s AC issue, I don’t have equipment for that. As an RN, I can’t say that Vehicle Maintenance was in my Core Curriculum but as a Woman, I find satisfaction in doing the work and save a lot of $$$. Replaced my Fan Blower Motor after finding the connectors toast. Had to make my own new connectors, part wasn’t available. Can’t say I enjoyed being a Circus Contortionist, but it sure was GREAT to have that success. Youtube FTW.
@macromeh It was… But changing the resistor out first w/o removing the blower was a real challenge… That one made me sore for 3 days. And evidently, if I had done the motor first instead of believing all I read, I would have saved some $$$. If I had a lift to put it up on,it wouldn’t have been so hard. Literally had to bring an ottoman out to the truck, lay butt on it, and lower upper body onto floorboard… It Worked. Got intimate with Glovebox removal and re-install…
@macromeh@Mandamm It’s probably no worse that the one on the 2003-07 Caravan, where one of the screws is buried where you have to chop out a chunk of the padding under the carpet just to get a driver bit close to it.
Do not ask me for my opinion of the task of replacing a heater core.
@macromeh@werehatrack There is a screw that is hidden in the back. Hard to get to, but not impossible. I hate to admit that that screw did not go back in… One day it will. That experience lasted more than a day. Changed Resistor, relay and it turned out to be Toasted Connectors… All good. It Works!!! Yippee! And I didn’t pay $105.00 an hour for labor.
Zero chance I’m having something as important as road visibility during an emergency dependent on batteries in any way. I’ve also heard of flares refusing to start and have personally seen them get blown/washed off a road.
I keep these in my vehicle. Tall/large enough to be useful in even a few inches of standing water, heavy bases, simple design, reusable, nothing to degrade or lose charge while being left alone for years.
@Kabn You have just hit on the reason why those triangles are pretty much standard equipment for the emergency kit for over the road trucks. In some states, it is a requirement that the trucks must have them aboard.
@Kabn We also have those in sets of 3 in each vehicle, which I use to make an extended hazard warning zone as far as I am able to easily walk back behind the stopped vehicle [or whatever distance feels like it is enough depending on weather conditions and the lay of the terrain].
I make it a point to do this after setting up the puck lights on the flat[ter] prominences on the back of the vehicle, so I can tell that everything works together to make it impossible to not see it [and hopefully steer away from it, and not be drawn towards it by the flashy lighting schema.]
I have seen too many youtube videos of cars hitting police cruisers with all their lights going to be sanguine about this point- thus I also have safety belts in my vehicles which have scotch-lite panels on them to hopefully ad even more visibility. In winter months I keep my [and SWMBO’s] safety yellow parka with scotch-lite panels in our respective vehicles with our winter emergency kits.
SWMBO calls me her boy scout [even though I was never actually in the BSA] because I have a tendency to [over- per her]-prepare for emergencies and unexpected difficulties.
@PhysAssist Nice, good on ya. My visibility vests are right next to my tool kit, fire extinguisher, and snow chains. The only thing I have that is dependent on batteries is a MagLite XL200 (I’ve had to flag traffic with it a couple times), and I have a reminder to put its AAAs on a charger every three months.
Fun story: my ex’s battery had a short, so the vehicle literally died while sitting at a stop light. Thankfully, it was midday on a low-speed, multi-lane urban road, so everyone just went around, but it’s a good example to give people who say “Oh, I’ll just turn on my hazards.”