Candle Depot vs Dollar Store
Everyone should have some form of backup lighting.
Several choices are available.
Solar powered LED lights are one choice. The price is right, only a dollar.
The old reliable Coleman lantern is my favorite. I remember our family using it when we went camping. It really can't be beat for the massive amount of lighting provided. The down side, you need fuel and mantles to keep it going.
Flashlights are another option. Wind up ones and solar powered are good choices.
Candles. These have a track record of more than 5,000 years. Hard to beat that. They produce light and a small amount of heat. Everyone should have a few (or more for barter). The price is very reasonable for this basic need. One downside is the danger from an open flame. Another is the small quantity of light produced.
Until recently, the best deal I was able to find for candles was at The Candle Depot (here). 2400 hours for almost $86 counting shipping handling etc. That didn't seem too bad to me.
But then..... I got to wondering if maybe just maybe the dollar store candles could compete against that deal.
So I did a test. I bought one and burned it for 25 hours. You see it above. (and another new one)
At 25 hours it was not even half burned. Let's figure it has 50 hours of light in it.
If we buy eighty of them, we'll have 4000 hours of light from them compared to the 2400 hours of Candle Depot.
This comparison was only for determining what was the longest amount of light provided for the money spent. The dollar store candle is a solid candle while the Candle Depot's is liquid.
The Dollar Store candle is the clear winner.