Lizard Flare Review: As Seen on TV Emergency Flare vs Amazon’s Choice

Lizard Flare is an As Seen on TV product billed as a flameless roadside emergency flare. It features 15 LED strobes and 9 different flashing patterns, providing a 360-degree visibility without the danger of traditional flares. Does it work? Today I offer my review.

As Seen on TV Lizard Flare vs Amazo...
As Seen on TV Lizard Flare vs Amazon's Choice
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Where to Purchase

I bought Lizard Flare direct from the official website, There is also currently an Amazon listing for Lizard Flare, found here. You can buy a six-pack for a total of $53.94. I compared the Lizard Flare to a popular version on Amazon, which I’ll discuss below. That model is sold in a six-pack for $26-$33 and you can find that listing here.

I’m giving away a six-pack of the Amazon version of these LED flares. Be sure to enter here! (Giveaway ends 8/31/22).

Claims & Features for both products

  • 360-degree visibility
  • Can be seen up to a mile away
  • 15 LED lights
  • 9 flashing patterns, including SOS
  • Rugged design
  • Stays cool
  • Requires 3 AAA batteries (not included)

Lizard Flare Review

Lizard Flare is advertised on television as an emergency roadside flare, using LED lights rather than flame or other type of combustion. In typical As Seen on TV fashion, the commercial includes over-the-top demonstrations to prove how rugged the product is, including running it over with a fire truck. When I went on Amazon to see if it was being sold there, I noticed a number of very similar looking products already listed, including a highly-rated Amazon’s Choice model with over 4500 ratings. I decided to purchase Lizard Flare direct from the official website, and the similar Amazon version to see how they compared.

Amazon’s Choice (left) and Lizard Flare (right).

I should also point out that this design of lights can be found going back almost a decade under the descriptor “FRED” which stands for “Flashing Roadside Emergency Disc.”

Upon my unboxing of both flares, it was apparent that there were far more similarities than differences. Both model include 15 lights, 9 light patterns, 360-degree visibility, require three AAA batteries, etc. The biggest difference, aside from the color, is the price, with the Amazon version around $20 less for a six-pack.

I put them out in the yard to test them side by side and noticed that the Lizard Flare had a slightly redder tint than the Amazon, which had more of an orange hue. Both lights have an SOS mode, but it occurred to me that the SOS pattern gets lost if you have multiple non-synchronized lights flashing this pattern at the same time.

The lights look very similar but Lizard Flare (left) seems to have more of a red tint, while the Amazon version is more orange.

Although I didn’t have access to a firetruck, I did run over both lights with an SUV. Although there was an unpleasant cracking sound as the tire ran across them, both lights still worked afterward, and the housing looked intact upon closer inspection.

Both discs survived being run over by an SUV.

When I tested the two flares to see how they drained batteries, I was surprised that there was a difference. The Amazon version burned much brighter until the batteries were depleted, while the Lizard Flare burned longer with a much dimmer light. I repeated the test with two different units, and a lower-drain light setting, and the results were about the same. It may depend on the need, but it seems to me that a brighter flare lasting 7 hours may be more useful than a dim flare lasting much longer. This, of course, may depend on the situation.

Lizard Flare (left) burned longer but the Amazon version (right) burned brighter.

Both lights are said to be seen up to a mile away, so I enlisted my son Brandon to help me test that claim. We went out to the edge of town and stood a mile apart to see if he could see the flares – and he could. Not only was he was able to see both flares with his phone camera zoomed in, but he could also see them with the naked eye. I should point out that our test was done at dusk, so it was not completely dark. If it had been completely dark, the flares probably would have been visible at a distance greater than one mile.

Both flares could be seen a mile away, as the advertising states.

My final test was the freezer test. Both units were placed in my freezer for three days and still worked fine afterward.

In the end, I think that both the Lizard Flare and the Amazon counterpart live up to the marketing claims. Although I think consumers will be happy with either option, I would probably opt for the Amazon due to the price difference and the fact that it stayed brighter longer.

If you’ve used the Lizard Flare or similar “FRED” light, tell me what you think in the comments below.

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1 month ago

Great product review!!

1 month ago

I was sure the crunch was the end 😂

Holly Pierce
Holly Pierce
1 month ago

This is not letting me sign up for the giveaway, it keeps kicking me off the sign up page????

1 month ago

Thank you for this! I haven’t seen the Lizard Lights as of yet, but they are an item I didn’t know I needed. I don’t carry emergency markers in my car now and these are small enough, yet visible — and it looks like visible in the daytime — to leave in my car and not have to worry about the space they take up. However, two things to cover in your annual update… The first is about the product and how it performs. I don’t care so much about how well these work cold as I do hot. The… Read more »

1 month ago

this looks really good..

Michael S.
Michael S.
1 month ago

Also having trouble signing up for giveaway.

1 month ago

Thank you so much for all the research! Great review!

19 days ago

Great Product Review! You are my go-to for honest reviews. Thank you!