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ACR Electronics Debuts USCG Approved Distressed Flares

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

February 18, 2015


ACR Electronics, Inc.expands their marine survival gear offerings by adding two new USCG approved distress flares, the Aurora Red Hand Flare and the Orange Hand Smoke signal.  Built by the world leading manufacturer of commercial marine pyrotechnics, these non-SOLAS flares are the first specifically designed to perform like commercial marine flares, but at half the price.  ACR has a longstanding history of manufacturing and providing high-quality emergency safety products. With the addition of Aurora pyrotechnics, ACR will be the only company to provide the U.S. consumer market end-to-end safety signaling solutions.

The Aurora Red Hand Flare is USCG approved for day or night emergency signaling. Unlike other USCG hand flares made with a cardboard body, the Aurora was designed for life on the water. The pyrotechnics are housed inside steel casing with a polycarbonate handle. The brightness of the pyrotechnics is what truly differentiates ACR’s flares from the competitions. With that said, the Aurora red flare burns at 15,000 candela for 60 seconds, 21 times brighter than other brands on the market.  Even though the Aurora’s shines brighter its unique design minimizes emission of smouldering debris.

Aurora’s built-in one-piece, internal pull cord activation method is proven to be reliable when in wet environments. In fact, it can be activated while under water and can withstand the most extreme weather conditions.

ACR’s second flare model is the Aurora Orange Hand Smoke Signal which provides the same quality and design, while generating a hard-to-miss cloud of dense orange smoke that will draw immediate attention in a distress situation. This USCG-approved daytime signal is manufactured marine-tough to withstand exceptional environmental exposure. Like the Red Hand Flare, the Orange Hand Smoke Signal has a protective handle and no-strike ignition that provides for safer and more reliable activation.  This robust hand smoke signal also performs after total immersion in water.


ACR Aurora Red Hand Flare features:

ACR Aurora Orange Hand Smoke

signal features:

USCG-approved day or night signaling device

USCG-approved daytime signaling device

Distress mode burns red light at 15,000 candela

Distress mode ignites dense orange smoke cloud

60 second burn time

60 second burn time

Performs even after water immersion

Performs even after water immersion

Pull wire ignition

Pull wire ignition

Sold in 3-packs

Sold individually or in 3-packs

42 month expiration

42 month expiration

 “The Aurora line of flares was specifically designed with the recreational boater in mind,” said Mikele D’Arcangelo, Director of Marketing for ACR Electronics.  “We saw a market need for quality USCG flares that offered a safer and more reliable activation than the current strike-cap solutions, along with unmatched brightness. Now recreational boaters finally have an affordable USCG approved alternative to choose from.”

ACR offers a line of comprehensive emergency signaling solutions which will address any recreational boater’s safety concerns.  From signaling rescuers through a 406 MHz distress signal using an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon or a Personal Locator Beacon, to alerting rescuers of a boater’s exact location with red flares or orange smoke, ACR has high-quality products for all boater’s safety needs.



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