|Brunton Emergency Pocket Survival Kit|
|Contents List||Photo of Kit||Specs & Ratings|
|Explanation of Survival Equipment and Supplies Ratings|
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Excellent (superior quality and/or performance)
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|EMERGENCY DEVICES GROUP|
|10mm Floating Disk Compass|
|Fresnel Magnifying Lens, 1.625 x 3 inches (41 x 76 mm) magnifying area|
|WATER & FOOD GROUP|
|MISCELLANEOUS & MULTI-PURPOSE GROUP|
|Survival Instructions, 3 plastic cards, waterproof|
|Plastic Slip Case, credit card size|
|Weight:||0.3 oz. (8.5 g)|
|Size:||3.5 x 2.25 x 0.125 inches (89 x 57 x 3.2 mm)|
The floating disk compass would be a joke, unless you actually had to depend upon it to save your life. Will it function if used according to the instructions? Yes, to a degree, assuming you have enough excess water handy, not always the case in a survival situation. You could fill your palm with spit, but that may in short supply as well. The problem we always experience is that it is not easy to actually hold a small amount of water in your cupped palm and then float the compass in it, at least it isn't for us. The water leaks out rapidly and you waste a good deal of water before you get it to work, and then it only works for short while until the palm drains. It's a lot easier to read about than to do in a real world situation.
The fresnel lens magnifier is excellent, will start a fire and allows you to read the fine print on the three double-sided survival instructions cards. These three credit card size waterproof plastic cards are about 50% medical instructions and a half of one card is wasted on the "floating compass." Impractical advice includes the ubiquitous solar still with the usual illustration. Instructions for water purification are to "boil water 20 minutes; let stand 30 minutes; strain,"" a waste of time, resources and energy a survivor might ill afford. The best that can be said of the cards is that they are waterproof.
The slip case has space on the back for your name, blood type and drug allergies, useful information to have in your wallet.
Calling this a "survival kit" is stretching the truth darn near to breaking. Overall, we rate this kit as "Very Poor."
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Publisher and Editor: Doug Ritter
Email: Doug Ritter
First Published: April 12, 2003
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