The 10 Best Tech Tools for Preppers

by Tommy Grant

Most of the time, when we think of prepping, we think of low-tech solutions for their reliability and longevity. The list below throws this thinking out the window for the best high-tech gear you can get!

While we agree low-tech solutions should never be overlooked, having these around can make your life much easier in a survival situation. Striking a balance between new tech and tried and true gear can make for some robust kits that can handle a wide variety of emergencies.


Goal Zero Solar Powered Flashlight

“All in one” flashlights are great, but most are cheap plastic and meant to be stashed in an indoor closet somewhere and pulled out during a hurricane.

The Goal Zero is rugged and meant to be in your EDC bag. It can charge through a USB cable, crank, or solar panels- never leaving you without a light.

I’ve had the Goal Zero 250 for half a decade now, but it has been discontinued and replaced by the more powerful 500 model we show here. Their gear is reliable and my old model still holds a charge without hardly any degradation.


Electric Tripwire Alarm

Personal protection is an area where low-tech usually works. Mace, knives, guns- all of these options have been around for a long time and work very well.

This alarm is no substitute for any of these but provides its own expanded usefulness. At 120 dB, it can be heard for miles in the right conditions. Besides its usefulness for personal protection, it is great if you get lost or need to get attention for another reason.

Lastly, it is set off by simply pulling on the key. This makes it easy to trigger in an emergency or to rig as a perimeter alarm.

It earned our upgrade pick over the more conventional types in our tripwire alarm comparison.


Smartwatch

Smartwatches have come a long way and we can now carry impressive computing power and a suite of useful apps on our wrists.

They also serve as a great redundancy to your smartphone if you get an additional cell line for them. The old adage ‘two is one and one is none‘ fits well for communication on the go.

The Garmin Instinct 2 is just one of the models we highlighted in our survival watch review.


Satellite Phone

The more severe an emergency is, the less likely cell phones will be working. Sending a text is the best way to get through a message with a cell phone in an emergency, but most of the world’s infrastructure will be relying on satellite phones to maintain communication.

While HAM radios also provide another means of communication, satellite phones are the creme of the crop that is mostly immune to earthbound disasters. Sure, an EMP, CME, or other disaster could take them out of the picture- but these disasters are less likely.

They cost quite a bit but are the pinnacle of emergency communication over long distances. You’ll need the hardware and a reliable SIM plan as well.


Atmospheric Water Generator

Renewable water sources can be difficult in some environments, but it’s the 21st century so you can pull water right out of the air!

Many people are unaware of AWGs, or don’t distinguish between them and typical dehumidifiers- but they are a great tool for advancing individual preparedness.

Large industrial styles can provide for communities, but we’ve reviewed residential atmospheric water generator solutions to steer you to the best value.


Hybrid CCTV Security System

The CCTV vs WiFi security system can stop because technological advancements have achieved both.

Why settle for one type when you can have the security and robustness of CCTV combined with app notifications and the ability to detect motion from anywhere in the world?

This inexpensive system earned our upgrade pick when we checked out security cameras, but there are plenty of options on the market to protect you, your family, and your home.


Radex Geiger Counter

This Geiger counter has a user-friendly interface and is versatile enough to be able to detect Beta, Gamma, and X-ray radiation. It has a setting to turn into a dosimeter as well, which makes it great for going through known contaminated areas without risking overexposure.

Picking one up even just to check background radiation in your area is worth it- there are often surprising results in natural variation.

I’ve been using Geiger counters for decades now after training with them in the military, and they are an irreplaceable tool for very specific situations. The Radex is reliable and easy to use, making it the top pick in our Geiger counter review.


Food Dehydrators

This dehydrator can drastically increase the shelf life of your fruit, vegetables, and meat. Not to mention dehydrated food, like jerky, is great tasting.

Using the Cosori is easy, and there are plenty of foods you can dehydrate. It ended up earning our top pick in our dehydrator review, but there is a wide range of price options depending on what you are looking for.

Whether you are looking for a new hobby or want to mix up your options for food storage, this tech tool comes in handy for any prepper.


Freeze Dryers

If you want to go past dehydrators, look no further than freeze dryers. They weren’t residentially viable until only a few years ago, but technology has finally caught up.

Whether you plan on freeze-drying some candy to sell as a side hustle or are looking to boost your food shelf life beyond 25 years, a freeze-dryer can get it done.

They aren’t cheap, and your return on investment depends on how much you use it. We compared several brands and models to help you pick which is best for you in our freeze dryer review.


Quadcopter Drone

While a quadcopter may not be for everyone, it can be a very useful tool. They make them very easy to pilot with self-leveling technology. With the attached cameras, you can survey large areas. Whether you are snowed in, have trees blocking you from a hurricane, or any other situation- your drone can get out.

Even the less expensive drones are useful, although you need to maintain line-of-sight and watch recorded video instead of real-time. If you know somebody with a quadcopter, ask to try it out and see how easy they are to maneuver- you may be surprised.

If you get a larger quadcopter, you can even mount a flamethrower to it.


The Final Word

Do you have any other devices that are worthy of adding to the list? Leave a comment below if you use any specific type of cutting-edge technology useful for preppers!

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Keep exploring, stay prepared, and be safe.


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