The Odeo Flare
The Odeo Flare is the new alternative to the traditional red pyrotechnic hand-held distress flare. It is similar in size to traditional flares, but instead of using dangerous explosives to burn, it uses battery powered LEDs.
Traditional flares will burn for around 30 seconds before extinguishing: the Odeo Flare 'burns' for around 5 hours at full illumination. Because no pyrotechnics are used, the Odeo Flare is totally safe when switched off, and because it uses battery power (high power lithium iron-disulphide cells that have a shelf-life of 7 years), it can even be safely posted or carried in baggage on flights.
A video on Youtube showing a night time comparison vs a flare.
Whilst originally designed for marine use, it's lightweight, safe performance means that it is incredibly useful for any outdoor activity. Mountaineering, skiing, expeditions... now any activity can benefit from the added safety and security of carrying a distress flare - without the unwanted dangers. It floats, so won't be damaged if dropped overboard.
The Odeo Flare is designed with consideration to SOLAS requirements, making it a genuine alternative to the pyrotechnic red hand held flare. Type Approval is being sought to make it a legal alternative for coded and commercial vessels.