Six Last Minute Gift Ideas for Preppers — 22 Comments

  1. I just looked at it closer. It apears to be two different misled by the photo. I guess the might of fixed it, I guess just make sure of which model you pick up

  2. @BlueEyeDevil the recall is for older units. By the very nature of a recall the model effected would no longer be available in major channels.

    I also think you can blame lawyers for the recall. I mean gee you can cut yourself with a razor, who knew?

  3. Jack, is there a reason you recommend the Excalibur 2900 versus the 3900 or the 3926 with the timer? We are getting an Excalibur for Christmas this year.

  4. @Berlan, no they are all good, but the timer just isn’t that important to me. There is no such thing as something be over dehydrated so I just figure it isn’t worth the extra money. But that is a personal choice.

  5. Thanks for listing these items, Jack.
    BTW, my Swiss Army knife arrived yesterday. It has now become my new favorite everyday carry knife!

  6. Jack,
    I, too, would like the hardback of Lights Out. Amazon shows only the paperback. From whom did you order the hb version?

  7. Ooops from me. Sorry. I think my age is showing, not catching the distinction between hard copy and compter copy. You young guys.
    Thanks for your response. Merry Christmas!

  8. If you are going to buy an Excalibur note they have many models. Ignoring the International and Japanese version, I think they have four basic models: The economic, economic with timer(?), deluxe, and deluxe with timer models.

    The deluxe model seems to be made better (judging on comments) and may be quieter due to better materials.

    For serious foodies the timer is unneeded/unwanted so you can save money there. If the timer turns off the unit during the night, the food may slightly rehydrate and may not be optimal for packaging.

    Also from comments, the bigger one is louder and very very bulky. So if you are going to use this in your kitchen, get the smaller versions.

    I just bought the 9-tray deluxe from the Excalibur site as they had a year end special that I couldn’t pass up.

    Also, Amazon just dropped their price on the Wagan Powerdome EX to $91 so I picked one up as well.

  9. @14 I just saw the decreased price on the powerdome, too, but unfortunately it won’t arrive in time for Christmas. Teaches me to wait ’til the last minute.

  10. I’m having problems logging into the forum and cannot post there to receive help for it, so I hope it’s okay to post in a comment here.

    I’ve forgotten my password, and never did set a “secret question”. When I follow the steps to reset my password the link I’m emailed turns out to be the same page that says to type in your username to have an email sent containing the link to reset your password. I’ve tried it multiple times, it just continues to lead me in circles.

    If someone there would be so kind as to see if it’s a bug that’d be great. 🙂

  11. Clearly I can’t help you here publicly. Email me your username and I will take care of it for you.

    email to jack at

  12. Bought the kindle version of “Lights Out” two days ago. I cannot put it down. DO NOT BUY this book if you want to remain a productive member of society. You will not want to stop reading. I’m blowing through it.

    Thanks for the recommendation Jack.

  13. Love my UTG ranger bag. Have had one for a few years now, and it gets great use being thrown around. The thing is a staple piece of gear.

  14. I was ordering Lights Out on Amazon, and in the ‘Consumers who bought this also bought:’ what do I see? Gerber EAB Lite!

    I guess TSP is the only thing that really connects the two. At least it did for me. Gerber is making good money with Jack as its unnoficial reviewer!

  15. I downloaded the kindle sample version of Lights Out last night and I’m now kicking myself in the butt for not buying the whole book. This is the first non-fantasy (dragon and wizard type) book i have read and love it! Ordering the full book as soon as i get home.