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Wagan EL2639 FRED Flashing Roadside Emergency Disc LED Flare

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  • 10 different flashing modes: spotlight, double blink, double pulse, single blink, rotate, SOS rescue (morse code), alternate, solid-on high, solid-on low, 2 LED flashlight
  • Multiple uses: road flare, emergency beacon, marine applications, camping/outdoors
  • 15 LEDs total; runs up to 38 hours
  • Shatterproof, crushproof and rainproof plus it has a magnetized base and hook
  • Requires 3 AAA batteries (included)
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Product Information

Size: Single Unit
Technical Details
BrandWagan
ModelEL2639
Product Dimensions4 x 10 x 10 inches
Item model numberEL2639
Batteries:3 AAA batteries required. (included)
Manufacturer Part NumberEL2639
Bulb Type LED
  
Additional Information
ASINB00C8YXGB6
Best Sellers Rank #1,302 in Automotive (See top 100)
Shipping Weight4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableMarch 8, 2013
  
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Product Description

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“FRED” Flashing Roadside Emergency Disc LED Flare offers 10 different LED lighting modes to make sure it attracts attention whenever it is in use. Perfect for emergency use, camping/outdoors, road flares, marine applications, etc. Plus it is shatterproof, rainproof (IP55) and it can float so you can take it anywhere. 10 different LED lighting modes include spotlight (6 hours), double blink (9 hours), double pulse (9 hours), single blink (38 hours), rotate (9 hours), SOS rescue morse code (15 hours), alternate (9 hours), solid on high (5 hours), solid on low (28 hours) and 2 LED flashlight (9 hours). Easy to use: Just press the button and hold to turn on and cycle through the different lighting options. Requires 3 AAA batteries (included). Superior visibility: Super bright LED array can be seen up to 1 mile at night and can also provide additional protection during the day as well. Lateral illumination: 360 degree coverage is provided (a common weakness of other emergency lights). Attachable: Strong magnetic backing allows flare to adhere to your vehicle’s hood and other metal surfaces. Plus the extendable hook can be used to fasten to backpacks. Compact: The size is similar to a hockey puck, and they can be mounted or stored just about anywhere on your bike. Versatile: FRED Light units can be used for traffic control, as a warning light, as a rescue beacon, and for any other emergencies. They can also be used for recreational activities such as camping and hiking. Durable: can withstand weight of 10,000 pounds vehicle. Watertight: Used on rainy weather and marine applications. Non-reactive: Flares can be used in places where old fashioned flares would be dangerous, such as in dry brush or in the presence of gasoline.

Customer Reviews

It's well made and sturdy, and each setting is bright and works great.
Ms. A
It can't be used until you open it and remove the plastic cover from the batteries.
Patrick
I purchase them for my car in case of emergency and there are perfect for it.
Teycha M. Texeira

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Brett on January 8, 2014
Size Name: Single Unit Verified Purchase
This review is based on a comparison between the Wagan EL2639 FRED light vs. the Smittybilt L-1409 UFO light. Neither light has yet been field tested or tested against time.

I wanted to buy about 6 of this type of light, and was leaning toward the Smittybilt, based on the slightly higher rating and the fact that it uses a CR123 battery. But because of the significant price difference (78% more for the Smittybilt at the time of this writing) I decided to buy one of each and compare them myself, to see if the price difference was worth it. Here are my preliminary observations of the two lights:

Outer construction\design:
Both lights are made very well, with a seemingly durable rubberized plastic (Orange vs. Black) molded around a water-tight inner housing made of a seemingly durable clear plastic. This inner clear plastic appears to be of equal thickness and durability on the two units. The outer rubberized plastic is a bit more robust feeling on the Smittybilt because it has 18 outer lugs vs. 12, and the lugs are bit larger. However, this also means that it has smaller LED window areas between each lug. In comparison, the Wagan has about 9/16" spacing between lugs vs. about 5/16" on the Smittybilt. This becomes very noticeable when viewing the unit from the side with the lights on, especially when viewing the Smittybilt in line with one of the 3 triangular points where you see less of the LEDs. Note: There are no LEDs at these 3 points, so although there are 18 lugs, there are actually 15 LEDs vs. 12 in the Wagan. Although the Wagan has fewer LEDs, I like having the larger window area for each one, as it makes them stand out more from the side. Also, it is worth considering the color of these units.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mike on September 20, 2013
Size Name: Pack of 3 Verified Purchase
I've been overdue in replacing the road flares that I keep in my vehicle which ended up being used last winter to help another motorist. It seems like the traditional combustible road flares are getting more expensive as time goes on so I figured I would look for an alternative. I found these LED flares and I think they will fit the bill just fine.

Pro's:

They are quite bright.
Several modes of operation.
Magnetic back to attach to a vehicle or other metallic surface.
Much longer run time than your ordinary 30 minute road flare.
They are reusable, probably the last flares you'll need to buy if you care for them well.
No risk of igniting fuels or brush on the roadside as with ordinary flares.

Con's

The hook on the back seems flimsy but I don't see it ever being used in most situations.

The one star review complaining about the difficulty opening them is a bit absurd, certainly not enough to warrant a one star review. The vendor is up front about this in the instruction manual and if you apply a bit of logic, you would want a tight seal for a device which is designed to be exposed to the elements be it sand, rain or snow and so on. Easy way to go about opening them is with a screwdriver with a removable bit. Remove the bit after you unscrew the screws, press the portion of the screwdriver where the bit would fit under one of the two plastic ears on the device and apply some pressure and it will open right up. I had to use a bit of force but didn't at all feel like I was at risk of breaking the device.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Shopping Wh0re on October 12, 2013
Size Name: Pack of 3 Verified Purchase
I'm not strong, athletic, bionic, or a member of MENSA, and I had all three ready in under 5 minutes.

1) remove screws with #2 Phillips bit
2) lay unit face UP on a flat surface and grasp with left hand, plastic tabs aligned between thumb and index finger
3) using flat bit screwdriver, press down against a tab indicated in instructions
4) use left hand to pull device UP and away from plastic tab and bit until initial seal is broken
5) with device in hand, place thumb over middle battery and remove protective strip
6) press ON button 11 times to test battery connection, functionality and cycle to OFF
7) re seal the unit and replace screws
8) place devices in carry case and put in vehicle

If you need the SOS function, you can press the button on all three or 4 devices at the same time to have them sync the strobe.

If you bought the 3 pack, you can use the extra space in the carry case for more batteries, fire starting material or other emergency supplies.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mischief on July 25, 2013
Size Name: Single Unit Verified Purchase
Fred comes with batteries. You have to open the case and remove the plastic battery protector. The case is hard to open. Use a
medium flat blade screw driver. Place it under the tab. Slightly rotate the driver using your finger to maintain purchase on the tab. The well sealed case will open. It snaps easily back together. Multiple use options are great. Would suggest a ring with the hook..on the back. I bike, boat, walk, drive. Great emergency flare for all.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Glacier on January 7, 2014
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[Please read my updates below. In short: I don't recommend counting on this light for emergency or safety purpose (such as as rear bike light--since you can't see it) unless you use some other lights as backup.]

It does have 10 modes; however, for unknown reason, occasionally I could only get 6 modes, with most that follow the rotating mode missing (new original batteries). Wonder if others ran into the same problem.

Update:
I haven't used it yet, only tested several times (total less than 15 minutes), but today the only mode left was the solid white light. After replacing the original batteries, all modes came back. Hmmm...so I changed 5-star to 4-star. Will upgrade back if the Duracell batteries last a reasonable time.

Update 3/28/14:
I'm reducing the stars to 1 from 4. After seeing Wagan Corp's reply with a phone number to contact, I called them about the problem. I explained the erratic feature of the problem--sometimes having all the modes while other times (totally unpredictable, not seeming to be related to new/old batteries) few modes (sometimes only the constant white light was on). The representative replied that if upon receiving the returned item they found it working, then I'll have to pay shipping to get it back, and that if his Toyota had a problem he'd have to show to the car repair it's not working. Well the Wagan light defect is different and totally erratic. I explained that I intend to use it as a taillight on my bike, so reliability and predictability is very important for safety reasons. I said I was not the only one having the light with this defect (see another customer's review). The rep replied with "I also know I'm not the only one whose Toyota had the problem". So much for Wagan customer support and "warranty".
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The manufacturer commented on this review(What's this?)
March 28, 2014
Hello,

At Wagan we appreciate the feedback regarding customer service. To add more information to this response, the full warranty process was explained. On occasion, we do have customers that advise their product is defective. We try to trouble shoot with them first, and if it does not, we then explain the return authorization process. Our process when we do advise them on sending in a product, we do need to confirm the defect once received. IF the item is not confirmed defective, and according to the original instructions, we do contact the customer to advise of this, and have them be responsible for their "non-defective" item being shipped back to them. The customer in this above example advised that their product, today, was indeed working normally. They were advised to call, anytime if it did indeed stop working for any reason.

The customer service representative was not sure if the customer fully understood what they were being advised, so they did try using another example, using a different scenario in an attempt to have the customer comprehend their options at Wagan. The call was analyzed for quality control, and although the facts presented here of the actual call are a bit out of order, we definitely do apologize for any misinterpreted communication.

It is, and was today, our whole intention to make sure the customer understood the instructions, and options.

Wagan does stand behind all of their products, and have done so since 1983. This customer (along with any other customer that has an issue with their product)can still email their proof of purchase along with their contact information to customerservice@wagan.com.

In turn, Wagan will respond with a Return Authorization number, and in depth instructions.

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