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Old 10-07-2015, 20:25   #1
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LED Flare alternative approved

www.siriussignal.com

Looks like the alternative we've been waiting for. I can't tell if the battery is owner serviceable.

The SOS Distress Light is the first and only LED Visual Distress Signal Device accepted to completely replace dangerous and environmentally harmful pyrotechnic flares.
  • Complies with all U.S. Coast Guard requirements for “Night Visual Distress Signals” 46 CFR 161.013
  • When combined with the included daytime distress signal flag, meets all USCG Federal Requirements for carriage of DAY and NIGHT VDS.
  • Designed, engineered, patented, and produced in the USA.
  • FEATURES AND BENEFITS
    • ONE TIME PURCHASE — no expiry date so no disposal is needed
    • Family SAFE
    • SIMPLE on/off switch
    • Visible for over 10 nautical miles
    • Environmentally safe
    Battery-operated, buoyant, and lightweight SOS Distress Light, can be hand-held, tethered, or hoisted aloft. Lasts HOURS compared to flares, which last minutes, or flare gun meteors, which last mere seconds
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US $112

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Re: LED Flare alternative approved

So a ship is suppose to see this light floating and know it is a distress situation? Seems a flare shot into the air is a better indication of emergency.

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So a ship is suppose to see this light floating and know it is a distress situation? Seems a flare shot into the air is a better indication of emergency.

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Didn't say I would dump my flares. I just don't have to replace them every three years. I also like the idea of not having a hot dripping flame over my inflatable lifeboat.

Another note: It is a 10 -mile visibility light. I expect its pretty bright.
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Old 10-07-2015, 21:59   #5
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I kind of assumed it would be a strobe light, thereby indicating emergency.
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From what I've read and seen, it presents a
random pattern that can't be mistaken for
another type of light.
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The rules say it has to flash SOS, so it probably isn't random.


This one isn't quite the first. ACR had one for awhile
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So a ship is suppose to see this light floating and know it is a distress situation? Seems a flare shot into the air is a better indication of emergency.

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From their website, I gather it flashes SOS.

Only a night time device.
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Re: LED Flare alternative approved

The folks who invented this unit, and are marketing it, are good friends of mine. It's a clever idea. It's not the complete solution, however. Flares, especially ones with parachutes and high altitude range, will always garner attention from far-away rescuers before one sees a hand held blinking light. These units should be included with a variety of other pyrotechnic signals that have the capacity to help rescuers locate, then home in on a boat in distress.
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If you read their site you can also hoist it into rigging. Photo shows it in water but not only way to deploy. I prefer the green light laser though NOT USCG approved substitute. R
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This one says it "DUPLICATES THE FLICKER AND FLASH OF A BURNING FLARE..." (I'm not yelling)

Amazon.com : ODEO M3 LED Electronic Flare : Sports & Outdoors
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ODEO also has an comparable product, They do not claim US Coast Guard Approval though.


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Not taking anything away from the LED light, I really like this one, except for the price.
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Sounds like it might be good to supplement flares, not as a primary.
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Re: LED Flare alternative approved

"Didn't say I would dump my flares. I just don't have to replace them every three years. I also like the idea of not having a hot dripping flame over my inflatable lifeboat." Sounds right to me.


Given the number of waterborne bozos who think a strobe is just a cute light, I wouldn't expect a lot of recreational bozos to know what an SOS blinker was either. Then again, Carpathia thought Titanic was sending up fireworks, didn't they?


I've lost all trust in alkaline batteries though, they all leak too often too soon. And you can't get lithium 1.5v cells in "C" size. Making this something more like a solution in search of a problem, aside from quashing that three year clock.


SOS LED flashlights, $7, eBay, China. Not certified, not waterproof, but of similar use for signaling SOS.
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