VSSL took a standard camping flashlight and realised there was a lot of space to be saved by replacing the traditional bulb with a series of low energy, high output LEDs. The resulting light offered better battery life from far less batteries – opening up a lot of storage space in the flashlight’s tube.
Rather than lopping off half the handle, VSSL decided to create a series of flashlights and pre-load the handles with survival gear that has been specifically developed to fit neatly in place of the batteries.
The Supplies VSSL Flashlight (pictured above) contains: A dual mode (static and SOS) LED ‘flood’ beam lantern light, illuminates a large area (batteries included), an oil-filled compass, a 4 hour pure Canadian beeswax candle, a razor blade, 6 Aquatabs® water purification tablets, a wire saw (high tensile, 60lb working strength with handle straps), an aluminium beadless emergency whistle, waterproof matches, Tinder Quik® fire starters, fishing Gear, a signalling mirror, marine grade rope (250lb breaking strength), reflective trail markers, P38 military GI Type can opener, first aid supplies and a VSSL priorities of survival and instructions.
The First Aid VSSL Flashlight (pictured immediately below) contains: A dual mode (static and SOS) LED ‘flood’ beam lantern light illuminates a large area (batteries included), an oil-filled compass, an emergency whistle, 2 BZK-based antiseptic wipes, 2 isopropyl antiseptic wipes, 1 alcohol free cleansing wipe, 1 soap wipe, 1 triple antibiotic ointment, 2 cotton pads (2” x 2”), 4 knuckle bandages, 8 butterfly bandages, 12 regular bandages, 4 Ibuprofen tablets, 4 Aspirin tablets, 4 safety pins (2 small, 2 large), 1 pair of tweezers, 1 single sided razor blade, 1 roll of medical tape, 1 roll medical gauze tape, and 1 pair of nitrile gloves.
The Shelter VSSL Flashlight (pictured second below) contains: A dual mode (static and SOS) LED ‘flood’ beam lantern light, illuminates a large area (batteries included), a temporary polyethylene tent, a 20’ rope, and an oil-filled compass. The tent reflects up to 95% of radiated heat and can also be used as a first aid blanket to prevent/counter hypothermia, with its reflective surface being ideal for visibility.