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October 2015 SEREBOX Unboxing
Before I get into the meat of this review, I wanted to make a correction to something I said in the video...multiple times. The box is pronounced “sear-box”, NOT “siri-box” like how I pronounced it. Woops?
Also, I mentioned that I’d get two boxes in the video, but I’m actually only getting one. I got confused by the fact that the box is delivered bimonthly. They deliver one box every two months.
Anyway, the difficulty in pronouncing this box’s name and the unusual delivery schedule had no effects on the contents I received. I’m always on the lookout for good survival gear. I’m not a hardcore prepper, but I think it’s always good to be prepared for emergencies. SEREBOX meets that desire.
The first item I took out of the box was a bag of Instafire Fire Starter. It’s been unusually hot in Southern California recently, so imagining a need for heat is difficult. However, I know that the cold can be a dire situation for many, and this fire starter packet provides a solution to that problem. Not to mention that fire’s useful for cooking and other survival activities. This packet can burn for 15 to 20 minutes once lit. The estimated value is $3.
The second item was a 10 pack of Stormproof matches with strikers - a perfect pairing with the fire starter bag! These matches are promised to be windproof and waterproof, so they should be able to stand up to a variety of weather conditions. They seem like a superior item to take camping compared to ordinary matches you’d get. The estimated value is $3.
The third item was a solar blanket. I’d seen these before, but had never had a chance to use one - and I hope I never do. Again, this is another great item to use when you’re out in the cold. The SEREBOX information card suggests using this next to your Instafire to make full use of its benefits. The estimated value is $5.
The fourth item was a 4.22oz water pouch. Speaking of California...I actually ration water due to the possibility of earthquakes, so this is right up my alley. People underestimate the need for water and how quickly their access to water can be disrupted. Definitely a valuable item, although the monetary value is about $1.
The fifth item was a New Millenium Bar, an energy bar. The bar contains 400 calories, which isn’t much in the grand scheme of things, but which can stave off starvation when rationed. The bar is incredibly high in sugar, so diabetics be warned, but I think most people who need to use this will be more concerned with starvation than with getting a little extra sugar. The estimated value is $2.
The sixth item was a OneSource bag. This was cool to see, because I hadn’t known something like this existed. Basically, you can use the bag to cook food. There’s a heating element inside that you activate by following a clear set of instructions illustrated on the bag itself. According to the SEREBOX card, the bag can cook meats, boil eggs, heat cans of soap, and more. Pretty impressive for a plastic bag, right? The estimated value of this bag is $5.
Speaking of bag...the final items in the box were two ziploc bags. When I pulled out the ziploc bags, I thought someone was playing a prank on me. The info card describes the purpose of these bags fairly well, however. It states that the bags are meant to store food while you’re cooking the food in the OneSource bag. With that being the case, including the ziploc bags made more sense. You never know when you’ll need the bags to keep food dry or protect it from getting dirty. The estimated value of the bags combined is $1.
All in all, the contents of the SEREBOX came to $19. Considering the box costs $19, it seems as though SEREBOX gives you a fair value of goods in return for your subscription. It’s also nice to have them curate the box for you in case you aren’t as familiar with survival gear as they are.
That having been said, if you’re looking to get more from a box than you paid, SEREBOX will not be the box for you. However, if you’re seeking survival gear at a fair price, SEREBOX should fit your needs just fine.