OFF THE SHELF
The days are getting longer, with daylight saving set to begin March 12, yay! But all of us who walk our dogs at night or before sunrise need to be keenly aware of the hazards of being unseen at night or in those predawn hours.
This month, Off the Shelf looks at three 4id products that can help you and your pooch be seen: the PowerArmz armband ($19.95, available in blue, pink, red, green, and orange), the SlapWrapz armband ($14.95, available in red, blue, and green), and the PowerOrbz light ($11.95, available in blue, pink, green, and multi-colored).
The first two are multi-use adjustable LED lights and are highly visible, whether worn on a human’s arm or leg or around Spot’s neck or attached to his collar or harness, and they are weatherproof, easy to operate, have multiple settings, and come with batteries. PowerArmz (two settings and 70 hours to 100 hours of light time) worked well on a human, though it did annoyingly come apart once. I tried slipping it around Cody’s neck. He is a small- to medium-sized terrier, and the PowerArmz fit OK, but even with elastic and Velcro, it seemed a little confining; perhaps it would be better around a small dog’s neck, though I still don’t think I would use it that way, because it works so well on a human arm or leg. It was comfortable on my arm.
The same goes with the SlapWrapz (two settings, with 100 hours of burn time), too: better to just wrap around it the collar, attach it to a harness, or wear it yourself, unless your guy is pretty little. No moving parts with it, which was pretty comfortable.
The PowerOrbz (100,000 hours of burn time) was kind of cute with an itty-itty carabiner to attach it to a backpack or to hang inside a tent for mood lighting. It’s too big to be hung on Fido or Fluffy but it seems to show up OK from afar.
The bottom line with all is that they seem to work fine and get the illumination job done, so you and your furry friend will be noticed with these lights. I’m not sure how easy finding CR2032 replacement batteries for the PowerArmz or SlapWrapz will be; the PowerOrbz works on one AA battery. To learn more, go to 4id.com. And be safe out there.
Main article photo by: Photo courtesy of 4id