The Giz Wiz and the Hydra Light

Episode 1784 (2:07:52)

Dick Debartolo

This week's gadget from the Giz Wiz is the HydraLight Flashlight, a water-powered flashlight. Its operation was not great. Here's what the company says about them: NO POWER NO PROBLEM: Activates in 15 seconds by wetting the base; no batteries, plug-in, or power source required; Flashlights run for 72 hours total; Switch off to extend time with hand light. Perfect for power outages, blackouts, flashlight emergency preparedness. Compact size ideal for pocket, pack, first-aid kit; Take camping, hiking, in the auto glovebox, travel flashlight survival flashlight. 3 Pack, each one 2.75”H x 1.6”W x 0.5”D. 3/$12.56

Did it work? Sort of. The quality is very uneven & with 2 of the 3 samples, the LED light was not very bright. You can see just how bright in my video. But since the shelf life is said to be unlimited, these are all single-use - once activated & the light dies, they're finished!

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But wait, there's more!!! Does how much you pay make a difference?

The Eton Blackout Buddy American Red Cross version is another, more expensive, option. It has 3 LEDs vs 2 for the cheaper ones, but Dickie D says it was no better, and it doesn't even have an on/off switch. Strangely, the cheaper ones with on/off switches lasted longer. Remember, these are all single-use - once activated & the light dies, they're finished! I don't think this is a worthwhile buy, but here's the link anyway. 


Giz Wiz link here.