Especially now in the winter months one is surprised early by the darkness. If you don't want to miss out on outdoor activities, headlamps, cell phone cases with armbands and pocket alarms are useful tools that also ensure greater safety.
Whether for a walk in the evening, a jogging round or simply because it's the dark season: When you're out and about in the evening, safety is paramount. We have taken a closer look at various headlamps, sports armbands and pocket alarms for you and show you in our GIGA overview which products should not be missing from you.
Headlamps: 3 recommendations from Stiftung Warentest
A headlamp is a really useful tool, especially when you do sports outside, ride your bike or take your dog out again. Our recommendations were based on the test winners from K-Tipp, a Swiss partner institution of Stiftung Warentest (test winners can be found in issue 11/2022). In this respect, the selected headlamps not only depend on the brightness, but also on their robustness, such as the battery life and water resistance.
Trek 500 USB: Complete package at a great price
Although the prices of the headlamps differ greatly, the test winner is the Trek 500 USB, which is available from Decathlon for 20 euros. The tiltable headlamp impresses with a total of six light modes that you can set with just two buttons: energy-saving mode (battery lasts up to 30 hours), normal mode (battery lasts up to 8 hours), high beam (approx. 50 meters range), flashing mode, one Red light and a reserve mode as soon as the battery needs to be charged – which, by the way, works via a USB connection (microUSB cable is included). You can also lock the headlamp so that it cannot be accidentally switched on in your pocket.
The headlamp is IPX5 certified and therefore protected against water jets. In addition, the washable headband is adjustable, so that the Trek 500 USB is suitable for both adults and children. So if you are looking for an affordable all-rounder, you won't go wrong here.
Tikka from Petzl: For head, helmet and bike
Another recommendation is the Tikka headlamp from Petzl: It scores with a high beam with a range of around 65 meters and, according to the manufacturer, lasts 9 hours in normal mode and 30 hours in reserve mode. Furthermore, according to the manufacturer, it can be attached to all helmet models and bicycles and is therefore suitable for everyone who wants to use the headlamp flexibly. The lamp is available in different colors and works either on battery or rechargeable battery , but only has an IPX4 certification, which means that it is only splash-proof. At just under 25 euros, it is not much more expensive than the Trek 500 USB above (check it out on Amazon).
LED Lenser SEO7R: Convincing light range
For the SEO7R from Ledlenser you have to dig a little deeper into your pocket at a price of 34.99 euros (see Saturn). But it's worth it: The headlamp clearly exceeds the above models with a light range of up to 130 meters. Stiftung Warentest also praises the luminosity of the headlamp, although it only lasts up to 20 hours in energy-saving mode. However, the SEO7R offers IPX6 certification, so that no water penetrates should it briefly fall into the water. So if you are looking for a robust headlamp, you can't go wrong with the SEO7R. In addition, the SEO7R works with a 3.7V polymer battery and is charged in just under 2.5 hours – so it is well suited for on the go.
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Cell phone cases / cell phone armbands: On the go with a smartphone and valuables
For outdoor sports, you don't always want to go without your cell phone. Be it to listen to your favorite podcast while running, to be navigated, to count the steps, for safety, or simply to be available. The mobile phone cases come in a wide variety of shapes and colors – additional point: You have your hands free during exercise. We have selected three models that are worthwhile. However, if you are looking for a cell phone chain to carry your smartphone on your body in everyday life, we have recommendations for you in a separate article.
Mobile phone case by Bone: Minimalistic and practical
The mobile phone case from Bone comes across as very minimalistic and is worthwhile for everyone who wants to have their smartphone close at hand. The mobile phone is put into an elastic silicone cover that leaves the screen free so that the display can be operated during exercise. According to the manufacturer, the case fits smartphones that are 4 to 6.7 inches in size. The disadvantage is that the bracelet is not weatherproof. So if you come into a rain shower, the smartphone will not stay dry. However, if your smartphone is waterproof, even that is not a problem.
You can get the sports armband for just under 35 euros (see Amazon), with the neoprene armband being available in three different sizes : in size L (25 to 40 centimeters), size S (20 to 25 centimeters) and in XS (16 to 19 centimeters). You can wear the cell phone on your upper arm or forearm. According to customer ratings, the smartphone sits securely in the holder, the phone case does not slip during the exercises and is also easy to care for.
Mobile phone case by runamics: simple and sustainable
The mobile phone cover from runamics (view on Amazon) is kept very simple: you pull the bracelet over your wrist and finally you can slide your smartphone (according to the manufacturer up to 14.5 x 7.5 centimeters) into the pocket provided and store your key separately . The washable mobile phone case is made of 87 percent organic cotton with 13 percent elastane for the stretch, which is biologically usable. The bag has been provided with numerous certificates : The Cradle-to-Cradle certificate stands for the (health) harmlessness of the bag for people and the environment. Fairtrade, GOTS and the Green Button are supposed to certify the fair raw material and supply chain as well as the production of the product, also with regard to the working conditions.
In general, I would like to say at this point that certificates always look nice on products, but many of them are criticized , which is why one should always remain skeptical about their credibility. In this respect, Utopia is a trustworthy platform that provides independent and comprehensive information on all topics related to sustainability. Among other things, there are also overview pages for numerous seals of approval about their significance, criteria and criticism. Among other things, the Green Button, because the guidelines by which the respective products are judged are not sharp enough.
Cell phone case from Haissky: space for everything
For just under 13 euros (see Amazon) there is a mobile phone cover from Haissky that offers enough space for your smartphone (up to 6.4 inches), keys and a hidden pocket for other valuables. A special feature here is that the key compartment has a zipper for more security. The compartment for the smartphone is surrounded by a reflective frame and is touch-sensitive, so that it can be operated via the window without any problems. According to customer reviews, the phone case is waterproof, so if you get into a rain shower, nothing happens. The washable tape fits arm sizes from 25 to 42 centimeters.
Pocket alarm for more security
Especially when you are out alone and / or in the evening, it doesn't hurt to carry a pocket alarm with you. In an emergency, it can really be a good help to draw attention to yourself or to briefly irritate a violent person in order to gain valuable seconds for an escape. And even if there (hopefully) no emergency, such a little helper ensures a safe feeling.
In our selection we have pocket alarms that are over 130 decibels loud. The Süddeutsche Zeitung made a comparison of the various decibel levels: "Jet planes, explosions and some rock concerts reach over 120 dB (A)." We'll show you which pocket alarms are worthwhile in our opinion.
Shackcom: Double alarm mode
The Shackcom pocket alarm (130 decibels) is activated by pressing the SOS button twice or by pulling the pen on the key ring. When the Shackcom's battery is running low, the pocket alarm can be recharged via the micro-USB port . The alarm also has an integrated flashlight and is IP44-certified, i.e. protected against splash water. Although 21.99 euros (view on Amazon) is a proud price compared to other pocket alarms, you really get a good overall package here. There is also a set of 3 pocket alarms from Shackcom for just under 29 euros (view on Amazon).
CalMyotis: Small but loud
Unlike the Shackcom above, the Calmyotis pocket alarm only works by means of the pin that is pulled out for the alarm mode. This means that it cannot be activated accidentally and, at 140 decibels, is even more aggressive. In addition, the alarm also has a flashlight, but dispenses with a USB connection and IP certification. Since the alarm is only used in exceptional situations, the lifespan is quite long thanks to the LR44 batteries. So if you are looking for a very loud alarm, you will not go wrong with the CalMyotis and have a practical gift for your loved ones with the 3-pack for only 13.99 euros (view on Amazon).
Kimfly Pocket Alarm: Easy to use
The Kimfly pocket alarm is also limited to an alarm mode. A double-click on the red alarm button is necessary to trigger the 130 decibels, which are highly praised in customer reviews. There is also a button for the LED flashlight and the pocket alarm can be charged via a USB-C connection. Admittedly: the pocket alarm is not as stylish as the models above, but the operation here is really simple and clear , which is why it is recommended for children and the elderly. The pocket alarm from Kimfly is available for just under 21 euros (view on Amazon) as a black and white duo.
Tips for a safe way home
On March 3, 2022, the case of Sarah Everard, a 33-year-old British woman who was kidnapped and murdered by a police officer on the way home, made it clear what the state of safety and the feeling of security of most people who were read as women was. By means of protests and Internet posts, precisely these people drew attention to numerous political and, above all, social grievances. Typical situation: If you are out alone in the evening, constant “What if …?” Thoughts are normal. For the way home, it is better to call a taxi or Uber instead of taking the train – again, you don't get into the car without a queasy gut feeling about the stranger.
And no: I don't mean to say that only female readers have such thoughts or only worse things are done to them, but they are still the majority. In a study by the Federal Ministry for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth you will learn more about "Violence against women in Germany".
If you should ever feel unsafe while out and about, there are various options that can help you: On the one hand, WhatsApp offers the option of sharing your live location with your contacts. The other person then always has an eye on where you are. We have explained to you exactly how this works in a separate article. By the way, this is also a good tip for feeling more secure on a first date, for example.
On the other hand, you can also use the home phone . You can call the Germany-wide number 030/12074182 if you ever feel unsafe on your way home. Volunteer operators will then be by your side until you get home. You can use the service from Sunday to Thursday from 8 p.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. In any case, it doesn't hurt to save the number of the home-away phone in your cell phone.
Furthermore, there is the code “ Is Luisa here?” In many German cities. ". With this question you can discreetly ask for help at the counter of numerous restaurants, should you ever feel uncomfortable, the staff will then know. In addition to all of these services and initiatives, there are simple behaviors that give all of us a bit more security in the evening, be it to keep your distance from the person walking in front of you or, if possible, to change the side of the street.
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So we chose
When it comes to smaller gadgets such as headlamps, cell phone cases and pocket alarms, you are spoiled for choice. In order to make a suitable selection from the numerous products, we have partly based ourselves on the results of various test institutions – reviews are linked for the corresponding products. The ratings of users also have an influence on the selection. The latter were helpful because they did not judge according to benchmark figures and other laboratory values that were not very informative, but instead emphasized individual impressions. Sources used: K-Tipp, Stiftung Warentest (edition 11/2022)
In a separate article you can find out more about how we at GIGA deal with product recommendations and tests:
With our research, we at GIGA want to recommend suitable products to you and avoid bad purchases. Your trust is important to us – that's why you can rely on us.