BattlBox Subscription Box Review + Coupon – March 2017


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BattlBox is a subscription service delivering survival and tactical gear every month. Each month has a theme based on a different experience with a focus on preparedness and survival.

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This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.) 

This review is of the Pro Plus, $149.99 a month, box. 

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The Subscription Box: BattlBox

The Cost: $24.99 plus shipping for Basic, $49.99 plus shipping for Advanced, $99.99 plus shipping for Pro, and $149.99 plus shipping for Pro Plus. 

The Products: A variety of tactical, survival and EDC gear

Ships to: U.S.

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Each month’s box is themed as a Mission and includes a detailed list of products and their values in all the different level options. This month’s theme is EDC (Everyday Carry) 2.0!

Here are the items included in the Basic level ($24.99 cost / $79.44 value):

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Bastion EDC Utility Wallet – Value $39.99

As usual, we start Battlbox off with a really cool item. This aluminum utility wallet is light and unlike most wallets, has a ton to offer! Screwdrivers, a can/bottle opener, and a file are all built into the wallet itself. It is large, so actually utilizing some of these may be a little cumbersome, but they’ll do in a pinch, especially if it’s all you have on you. The wallet is designed to hold 6-7 cards in its elastic strap. In addition to the extra built in tools, the wallet itself provides RFID protection to keep your data safe. This also comes in a presentation case, so if you’re not feeling it, it would be perfect for gifting!

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Battlbox Zippo – Value $14.95

I used to collect Zippos and carry them as a fidget toy, so I was really excited to see the familiar logo when opening up this box. The Battlbox logo is on the front of this one, and without text the logo is pretty perfect for a Zippo. The lighter has a worn finish so it looks like it’s seen some stuff but rest assured it’s brand new. And of course it carries the lifetime guarantee! You could drop this off the space needle, send it back to zippo, and they’d get it back to you in working order.

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Swiss+ Tech 6-in-1 Utilikey Multitool – Value $7.50

This is a neat little tool that packs a ton of functionality into a tiny key sized package. It splits apart to make it super easy to latch on or take off of a key ring, and it locks into place to make sure it’s not going anywhere you don’t want it to. The six tools are:

  • Flat Screwdriver
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Micro-Sized Screwdriver
  • Straight Blade Knife
  • Serrated Blade Knife
  • Bottle Opener

It’s a little difficult to get open, but that surely has to be the design. You wouldn’t want a blade to open very easily.

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EDC Belt Sleeve – Value $7.00

This little sleeve is perfect for carrying a knife, a clip, mints, a cellphone, you name it, right on your belt. It would be great on a backpack strap too if you wanted to keep something at chest level! I show it here with the Bastion Braza Folder (more on that later) but it could easily store some wound-up cables, a couple of pens, etc. It’s a great item and very thoughtful curation in an EDC box!

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Readyman Basic Membership – Value $10.00

Included for free is a basic membership to ReadyMan, a community founded by US Special Operation Forces veterans and skilled outdoorsmen. With the basic membership, you get the following:

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In addition to the items included in the Basic box, here are the items included at the Advanced level: ($49.99 cost / $189.43 value)

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Smith Optics Hudson Elite Sunglasses – Value $80.00

This was definitely the WOW item for me this month. I did not expect to see a really nice set of sunglasses in here! These Smith shades are super light, sleek, and provide 100% protection from UVA/UVB. There’s an included pouch to keep the lenses from getting scratched up and it doubles as a wipe cloth, at least for me.

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Battlbox Larkin Tactical Pen – Value $29.99

This pen has so many features! First, you’ve got the Battlbox logo on the cap, very subtle, and that’s the only branding you’ll find. Next, the cap screws off revealing o-rings, so you know it’s got some good water resistance. Next, the ink insert is the kind you can write with in any direction (think space pen). Finally, at the opposite end, you’ve got a glass breaker/striker. Battlbox also markets this as a Kubotan though there is no keyring attachment. I’ve been carrying this pen since opening the box, and I couldn’t be happier with it! If you’re not into this pen (how could that be?) this also comes in a presentation box, so you can gift it!

In addition to the items included in the Basic and Advanced boxes, here are the items included at the Pro level: ($99.99 cost / $274.37 value)

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Olight M1X Striker Flashlight with 18650 Battery Included – Total Value $70.95

My wife will tell you I have a growing obsession with flashlights, and while I’m not as extreme as some, I will admit I probably have more than is really necessary. So when I saw this light at the bottom of my box, I was ecstatic! The Olight M1X can blast out 1000 lumens for about an hour on full charge. That’s crazy! And the beam can be thrown up to 623 feet. It’s really bright. Plus it has a striker tip, so it can double as a self-protection weapon. It comes with a 18650 battery, which looks like a long C-size battery, and it’s rechargeable, which is fantastic. It’s not too heavy but it is made of metal so it feels like a solid, well-built light.

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18650 Dual Battery Charger – Value $3.99

And you’re going to need one of these chargers to get repeated use out of the 18650 battery that came with the Olight M1X. I haven’t had to use this yet, but I’m really glad Battlbox included this with the box.

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Readyman Premium Membership – Value $20.00

Pro and ProPlus BattlBox subscribers automatically get access to the Premium side of ReadyMan, which includes the following:

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In addition to the items included in the Basic, Advanced and Pro boxes, here are the items included at the ProPlus level: ($149.99 cost / $404.36 value)

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Bastion Gear Braza EDC Folding Knife – Value $129.99

Daaaang, look at that knife! This folder from Bastion Gear is solidly built, it feels heavy in your hand even though it’s not very large. The handle is titanium coated stainless steel while the blade itself is D2 tool steel. It has a locking mechanism of course, and a built-in belt clip and the folding action is super smooth. When the blade is extended the knife measures 8.25”. This knife is really handsome, and would be a great addition to an EDC kit!

Verdict: Wow, I was really excited when I heard the theme for this month’s BattlBox and I was not let down in the slightest. Every item in here is high quality and would be excellent additions to anyone’s EDC kit. The value here is $404.36, which is amazing for a $149.99 box! Every month Battlbox blows me away with their thoughtful curation and amazing value. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for next month!

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Written by Andy Cosnotti

Andy Cosnotti

Andy is a professional photographer and a vinyl record collector. He loves coffee, gin, craft beer, and playing disc golf. Getting mail is one of his favorite things and he buys a new record every week but tells his wife it’s much less often.

Posted in BattlBox Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Men| Tags: BattlBox | 8 comments

8 Comments

  1. Battlbox was dishonest with me, and I need to let as many people know as possible. I emailed them first, and then contacted a fellow named Steve to find out what was going on, and it was “the customer is always wrong” attitude all the way. He tried to suggest that I got a welcome package number 34, that I never received, and I thought the man was dyslexic because what I received for my first box was mission 43. I then was promised mission 44, but when I called Steve told me I could not get that even though they had already deducted $164.98 from my credit card for it. And yes, I paid for mission 43 as well with a coupon that took me down to $145. Steve said I did that not only did I not qualify for mission 44, after I was sent an email from Battlbox saying I should have already received it. Well no sh*t because I did indeed pay for it. So be careful folks. I like to be a good steward of the money the good Lord provides, and I cannot say that subscribing to Battlbox is a way to do that at this time.

  2. Battlbox was a bad subscription box for me. They only deceived me. I was “told” I received a #34 welcome box, whatever that is, and instead I received mission 43. When I called them about not receiving mission 44 as they promised by email, they claimed I never received mission 43, but I have all of the stuff. They say I received this #34 welcome box. But they charged me the full pro plus price for both mission 43, and a “plus” charge for whatever box they intend to send next that is non-refundable. I cancelled my subscription immediately and tried to work with them, but they kept claiming that I received something I did not. I know there are many fans of this subscription box, so maybe my experience is unique. Just be careful as these people are NOT willing to listen to the customer. You know that saying where the “customer is always right”? With Battlbox, the customer is always wrong, and I conclude this after having back and forth with them over days now. I’m done with Battlbox forever, and will tell everyone I know that they ripped me off.

  3. BattlBox rocks! I have been a Pro Plus member for over a year and its one of the best decisions I have ever made.

    • I’ve only been reviewing for the last few months, but it’s definitely one of the best curated boxes out there!

  4. Love getting my Battlbox each month! It has gotten myself and more importantly my kids outside again. Lot of thought put in and it shows. Keep up the great work.

    Pro Plus all the way!!!

    • Thanks! Very cool that it helps get the family together

  5. These boxes are beyond awesome, I just love them so much. I’m not a subscriber but I’ve seen everything in all the boxes and hope to one day be able to afford it. Actually, I’d really love to get one for myself, my husband and our daughter, these are all things we use and love.

    By the way, I am fairly certain the Pro and Pro Plus boxes charge around $15 a month for shipping (that’s $180 a year just on shipping) and the 2 smaller ones around $10 a month ($120 a year on shipping) it’s the reason I haven’t signed up even for the smaller boxes to get us started. If they ever offer free shipping, I’ll probably take the plunge.

    Thanks for sharing another box, these reviews are great. 🙂

    • Thanks for the kind words, and also for the heads up on the shipping info Jen! Pro and Pro Plus previously did ship free, but I see now that Battlbox does charge shipping for those as well. I’ll be updating the post to reflect.

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