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Zanfel Poison Ivy and Oak Treatment

Company Name: Zanfel Laboratories Inc.
Address: Chicago, IL
Website: www.zanfel.com
Phone: 1-800-401-4002

Product Reviewed: Zanfel™ for Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac

Information from packaging:
Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac (Urushoil)
Unique Dual Action formula
1- Washes away Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac (Urushoil) from the skin and
2- Relieves itch in 30 seconds

MSRP $39.99 1 oz. tube

Availability: CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreen, Eckerd, and many local pharmacies

Directions for use:
1-Wet the affected area.
2- Squeeze 1 and ½ inches (no less or it won't work) of Zanfel™ into one palm.
3-Wet and rub both hands together for 10 seconds, working the product into a paste (this will activate the ingredients. Do not bypass or modify this step.)
4- Rub both hands (up to 3 minutes if needed) on the affected area, working Zanfel™ into the skin, until there is no sign of itching (15 seconds is typical for mild to moderate reactions.)
5- Rinse area thoroughly. If the itch returns (which could be several hours later) rewash, following steps 1through 5 and read the Q&A insert found in the package.

The 1 oz. tube contains enough Zanfel™ to wash approximately 15 patches the size of an adult hand or face.

Note: Severe reactions (that typically look like leathery burns) will probably require additional washings.
" If symptoms persist, reread the Q&A insert and see a physician
" Do not take internally
" Safe for use by children and pregnant nursing women
" Safe for the face and genitals
" Avoid contact with the eye
" There are no known side effects
" Not recommended for use with rashes not caused by urushoil


Zanfel™ has a 10-year shelf life, can be used anytime after contact or when symptoms occur and is available without a prescription. According to the manufacturer, this product doesn't mask the symptoms but actually removes the urushoil that causes those symptoms.

This is a 'must have' for anyone who spends time in the outdoors. Although this product wasn't actually tested (for obvious reasons) it is good to know that it is available, especially without a prescription.

There are plenty of testimonials on Zanfel's™ website. Read and judge for yourself. This product seems somewhat pricey but if you consider a trip to the doctor plus a prescription, it's a bargain.

EMP Emergency Lighting

Company Name: EMP Tek, Inc.
Address: 382 Marshall Way, Layton, UT. 84041
Website: www.emptek.net
Phone: 1-800-543-2205

Product Tested: Emergency Preparedness Flashlight, Cell Phone Charger, FM Radio with channel scanner, Emergency Signal with sound and light
Model. MT-022

Information from packaging:
" No batteries required
" Flashlight has 2 LEDs with 100.000-hour life
" Cell phone connecting jack for charging, 3 converters included
" D/C in (6 V.200MA) manual charging
" Emergency signal with sound and flashing light
" Charging indicator
" FM radio with channel scan, on and off, volume and station reset
" Self powered by hand-swing generator

MSRP $44.95 Warranty: 1 year

Utah: LDS Overstock, Deseret Book, Seagull Book and Tape, Smith and Edwards, Morgan Valley Polaris
Outside Utah: Contact Manufacturer's website or 1- 800-543-2205.


" No extra batteries or light bulbs needed
" Comfortable to handle
" All functions well-labeled
" Smooth winding mechanism with green charging LED
" 2 LEDs, Output 5 watts
" 2 Jacks for D/C: one in, one out
" FM radio has a scan mode and an on/off volume control
" Emergency signal has a blinking red light and loud siren to attract attention
" Charges cell phones (3 cell phone charging converters included) (This feature not tested)
" Useable light in a confined space lasted over 2 hours on a 1-minute charge
" Radio played 20-25 minutes with a 1-minute charge
" Light beam is focused through a magnifying lens for better illumination
" Optional a/c adapter available for plug-in use.


Instructions on packaging somewhat vague, but will be improved on the next printing according to the manufacturer.
During inside usage, weaker FM station reception may fade in and out due to directional antenna.


This is a well-built and functional unit that encompasses many features needed in an emergency situation. It would be an acceptable replacement for a regular flashlight. The intensity of the light and longevity is impressive, considering the short winding time.

Wind and Go Flashlight

Company Name: Athena Brands Inc.
Address: 1100 Mark Circle, Gardnerville, NV 89410
Website: www.athenabrands.com
Phone: 1-800-272-8603 or 775-782-5687

Product Tested: Max Burton Wind N' Go Flashlight

Information from packaging:
This lightweight rechargeable flashlight has the following features:
" Rechargeable lithium battery (3.6 V and 35 mA)
" With normal use battery may be charged 500 times and last more than 10 years
" Easy on/off button can be set to use 1 or 3 LEDs depending on the light output needed. The LEDs put out an amazing amount of light.
" Power output is approximately 1 watt.
" 1 minute wind-up will generate 80% of the battery capacity.
" 1 LED will burn for approximately 30 minutes and 3 LEDs will burn for 25 minutes.

MSRP $29.95

Availability: www.athenabrands.com

Warranty: 90 days

" Very comfortable and fits well in the hand
" Light weight
" Easy wind-up
" Handle folds neatly into back of case
" No need for spare batteries or light bulbs

" Field testing revealed considerable reduction in light after approximately 15 minutes when using 3 LEDs and about the same using 1 LED.
" Light produced is more of a soft pool of light, not a concentrated beam.
" Poor distance lighting.


After field testing, it was determined that the Wind N' Go would not be a good replacement for a regular flashlight because the beam is not bright enough or concentrated enough to see well. In a controlled environment such as a tent, car or home or viewing close-up, it was more acceptable. In the field test it was necessary to rewind at least every 15 minutes to provide enough light. At a distance of 15 feet, the Wind N' Go did not illuminate enough to visibly discern objects.


The Wind N' Go light may be helpful in an emergency kit where there is concern about extra batteries, dead batteries or battery leakage.



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