By Emily Woodbury
BASU’s eAlarm is incredibly handy for a keychain safety device. For RVers, we may find ourselves in situations where dangerous things “could happen.” Maybe we’re walking alone at night in a campground and a stranger follows us, perhaps we’re out on a hike and we encounter a bear, maybe after a long day in a National Park we come back and see an intruder breaking into our RV.
Most of these things never happen, but to some, a small alarm, with ear-piercing sounds up to 130-decibels (ouch), might be just what’s needed to feel comforted.
BASU’s eAlarm is the world’s smallest emergency alarm. The device is entirely legal (it’s even allowed on airplanes), super compact, lightweight and boasts statistics that say, “it works!” The smaller of the alarms, the regular eAlarm, is 120 decibels and fits perfectly on a keychain. The larger of the two, the eAlarm+, blasts out 130-decibel sounds and is great for keeping in your backpack or glove compartment. To activate the alarm, a tab is pulled and the alarm will sound up to 30 minutes or until stopped.
The alarm has proven to work against criminals, bears, intrusion, and as a rescue signal.
I plan on carrying my eAlarm everywhere. I’ll keep it in my backpack when I go hiking, on my keychain when I take my dog outside late at night. When I camp I’ll keep it next to my pillow. I don’t mean to sound paranoid, but it does make me feel good to have handy.
You can buy a BASU eAlarm here for $16. New customers receive 20 percent off their first order.
[Editor: BASU eAlarms are also available on Amazon.com.]
Mr. Wolfe, I’ll take your advice seriously. Thank you
Preparing for your own safety is not “paranoid” in any manner. Obtaining the tools and knowledge to handle whatever emergencies you’re willing to handle is the key to sleeping well at night. What is NOT healthy is remaining paralyzed by fear and doing nothing.
Professionally, I like the features of the BASU Alarm+ units quite a bit. 130Db and the ability to use them on tripwires works as well as sound alone can.
If used against predators, never employ an alarm with easily removable batteries, simple buttons, or any other easy deactivation. Bears have less dexterity, but all predators tend to smash annoying things, and can react unpredictably to startlingly loud sounds, so never rely ONLY on sound for predator defense. 130Db will hopefully give you time to deploy or your second countermeasure or get a headstart running.
Used for emergency signaling, you may wish to operate it in short bursts to conserve battery life, and I would probably couple noise with a 2000lm flashlight.
(Personal Safety Instructor by day)