ODEO stands for Omni Directional Electrical Optical signal and is an innovative replacement and enhancement to traditional hand flares. Traditional flares will illuminate for around 30 seconds before extinguishing: the Odeo Flare™ illuminates for around 8 hours at full illumination. Because no pyrotechnics are used, the ODEO Flare™ is totally safe when switched off, and because it uses battery power (high power Lithium), it can even be safely posted or carried in baggage on flights. Whilst originally designed for marine use, its lightweight, safe performance means that it is incredibly useful for any outdoor activity. The smaller size makes the ODEO Distress Flare ideal for mountaineering, skiing, kayaking, expeditions etc. – any activity that can benefit from the added safety and security of carrying a distress flare – without the unwanted dangers.