Prepping for the Unknown – Top 10 Tech ideas for the survivalist

Survivalist tech Ideas List

Why focus on tech ideas for the survivalist?

Why would I suggest tech ideas for the survivalist? Many Preppers and Survivalists focus mainly on stock piling food, water and other necessities. They have great plans in place in how they are going to survive just about anything thrown at them. However, I often see that they have not considered how they could implement tech into their plans.

A large number will argue that well in the case of an EMP attack, none of your electronics would work anymore anyway and the power grid would fail. While that could be the case initially, it would not prevent those items that were shielded in the attack from functioning later. The other factor to consider is that an EMP type attack is only one of potentially dozens of scenarios in which SHTF. So lets dive into these ten tech items for the survivalist.

What types of tech ideas for the survivalist would be the best choices?

I think that tech is an area where you could add entertainment value as well as resources to improve your productivity. By selecting appropriate tech ideas and mediums, you could stock quite a bit of extra benefit in a relatively small area. In this article, I am going to focus mainly on small items designed more for personal use. I will not be focusing on larger solar systems capable of powering major appliances or even entire homes.

Particular pieces of tech such as e-readers, flashlights, thermometers, water testers would be useful to have in most scenarios. Some would argue with me on the e-reader, but I think its value both in potential valuable data such as planting guides, how to books and other resources as well as its entertainment value in helping you to pass time, get away for a minute are well worth the hassle of having it.

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The basics in starting your Prepper Tech Stockpile – The Battery Bank

The first thing to consider is how you plan to charge your various pieces of tech. If you already have elaborate plans for power, such as windmills, solar power, or generators then this is not as critical. But perhaps you plan on not relying too much on electricity or want some lightweight options for your bug out bag.

For this area, I suggest a solar powered battery bank or two. The advantage to these is not only do they replenish their charge via solar energy, but they frequently store enough power to completely recharge a cell phone five or six times. I am not advocating a cell phone at all just demonstrating their power reserves. You can find quite a few options here from Amazon. My favorite at this time being this 30,000 MAH version. I would pick one that has standard USB out puts as well as at least a 20,000 mah battery. From a durability perspective, I think that I would avoid the ones with fold out panels. While they would likely charge faster I think they may be more susceptible to damage in the long term.

So the idea behind my suggestion on these ten tech ideas for the survivalist is of these over a more permanent larger option such as this 200 watt 12 volt starter kit is portability and intention of use. The idea here is to come up with a solution that is easily portable in a bug out scenario but still has valid use during a bug in as well. Obviously, a larger system would be ideal for running a fridge etc but that is not the point here.

One thing to point out, these chargers do require a very long time to recharge their built in batteries. You can estimate it will recover between 15 and 20% of its battery per day. So this is not meant as a you can run it down every day type item but more as a treat in regards to entertainment or a tool you can use sparingly. For a more robust system you will need a larger setup.

The power supply is selected now what are the best tech ideas for the survivalist.


I mentioned an e-Reader, what I mean here is some form of tablet device that you can store both video’s and digital books on. Two of the most popular and affordable are probably this version of the Kindle Black and White and this Kindle Fire 7inch. The Black and white is generally preferred for reading and has a somewhat longer battery life. However, the Kindle fire can be used as an e-Reader and can play many video files. This would make watching how to videos much easier.

The Fire can also utilize MicroSD cards to expand its storage capabilities. I would purchase several extras that way I could organize my data. I would set up one for everything gardening related, one for everything craft related, one for relaxation and movies and so on. You can store them in a specially designed case then swap out the disk for whatever purpose you were using the tablet for at the time.

There are several other tablet options as well and some of them can be seen here in this Amazon Search, though I do recommend the Fire 7 I listed for ease of use and price point.

Rechargeable Flashlight

Rechargeable flashlights obviously make a great choice since you can top them off as needed and not need to store a tone of extra batteries. This is an area you are going to have to take several factors into consideration as well. You need to select a light that is bright enough to meet your needs without being so bright that it rapidly consumes all of its battery power. You will find that often you can make do with a dimmer light than you thought if given time to adjust.

Another factor to consider is that different bulb styles use different amounts of energy. Here is a large list of various flashlights from Amazon.

The following lights are all rechargeable via USB cables and would make great additions to this collection.


GPS is another one of those items that some Preppers say is a waste of time and space. However GPS satellites are designed to last between six and twelve years, despite that some have lasted well over twenty years before failing. It is believed that without information being fed to the satellites from the ground that they would begin to loose their accuracy slowly starting at around six to nine months and become almost unusable at around 6 years.

So if the GPS system is going to fail then why would I want a GPS? GPS devices are useful for saving very specific points. Say we are facing a situation where the entire economy collapses and we enter a MAD Max style scenario. You can use the GPS to save the exact locations of caches of items you find but can’t carry. You can also map out safe zones and you would be able to quickly and accurately relay this information to others who also have GPS systems. Over time methods and plans would develop to replace them but they could prove invaluable during the early years.

My Phone has GPS cant I just use that then? You are going to want to avoid using devises such as a phone since it has a bunch of battery draining features you wont be using. Obviously a pure GPS would draw less strain on the battery than a Phone that is accessing the GPS, checking for non existent cell towers, all while looking for a wifi signal.

For a GPS I would again go with one that can be charged via USB and that is lightweight and durable. The following are examples.

Air Sensor

Some of the more advanced tech that has become availible in recent years could really be a life saver. For instance this QekTech Air Quality monitor is able to humidity, pollution and harmful chemical vapors in the air. This would obviously be useful if checking areas such as buildings and caverns where their may be dangerous fumes.

This Amprobe CO2 device can check for harmful amounts of CO2 in the air again a very useful tool when heading into confined spaces or even as an alarm system when you may be forced to use an unconventional heat sources inside of an enclosed structure to survive extreme cold.


An electric lighter can be useful due to the fact that they are not effected by the wind. For example this Tesla Coil Lighter is rechargeable via USB and would be likely to give you years of service life.

Rechargable Battery Adapter

This Powerowl 4 AA or 4 AAA charger would enable you to recharge AA or AAA batteries for all of your other devices off of your power blocks and could prove invaluable.

Digital Camera

tech ideas for the survivalist

I know it seems kind of strange to suggest packing a digital camera for when SHTF. But again its one of those items that could prove to be quite useful. For example, your power generator goes down and you need a certain hose. You go out on a supply run to look for another one. Without a camera you would be forced to find either an exact match to your generator so you know your getting the right hose or you could take a picture and compare it to what ever engines you come across in your travels, likely finding something that is not an exact match but is close enough that you can make it work.

For this I suggest a fairly rugged model, it doesn’t have to have all of the bells and whistles. However, you do want to make sure it has a reasonable amount of storage room and a display screen. This enables you to view the photos on the device. I would probably avoid ones that had telescoping parts instead favoring ones with as few moving parts as possible. You can check out several different models here.

Water Tester

This 2 in 1 PH and Chlorine tester would be ideal in a SHTF situation. Chlorine is often used to purify water and PH levels are a big deal if you choose to grow your plants via hydroponic methods for greater yields. While this TDS Digital Water Tester can check temperature and contaminates in water ensuring that you have clean drinking water.

Hand Held Communication Radio

The final item for this list is hand held communication radios. These will be absolutely invaluable in a SHTF scenario. They can enable long range communication to scouts, perimeter guards or just with your neighbors. They function on radio frequencies and do not need specific towers. Depending on the version you choose you can get ranges of up to twenty miles or more. An example of one that is rechargeable via USB is this Radiodity GA-2s with a range of about three miles.

Do you agree with this 10 tech ideas for the survivalist list?

There you have a list of ten items that would be fairly portable and could prove invaluable in almost any SHTF situation with the exception of maybe an EMP style attack. Comment below to add your suggestions to this list or debate why an item does not belong.

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