A properly stocked overland vehicle should always include at least one extinguisher capable of handling electrical or gas fires, and H3R Performance’s HG100C HalGuard Chrome Clean Age Fire Extinguisher is capable of handling both.  In our opinion it is the best chrome car fire extinguisher on the market. Because if you have to have one of these units, might as well be stylish! Off-roading not only requires the proper tools, it also demands that those tools are able to withstand the conditions present in overland adventures.  Emergency tools, like a fire extinguisher, must be quickly accessible and easy to use in order to be effective.

In this review, we will take a closer look at the HG100C Extinguisher and see if it is off-road worthy.

PROS:

  • The extinguisher is very compact
  • It is easy to deploy and operate
  • Extinguisher comes with a five-year limited warranty

CONS:

  • Mounting hardware quality could be improved
  • Canister surface can be scratched easily
  • Extinguisher comes at a high price point

Key Features

This H3R Performance extinguisher provides a steady supply of liquified Halon gas from a compact hand-held unit.  The discharge that is emitted does not impair the user’s vision and will not leave a damaging residue on the vehicle.  The extinguisher is rated Class B and C by Underwriters Laboratories for use on flammable liquids or electrical fires.

The HG100C HalGuard Chrome Clean Agent Review


Fire extinghuisher made in the USA

Build:  The cylinder is made in the U.S. from high-quality steel, a nice feature for those who are wary of overseas quality.  All valve components are also made of metal, contributing to its durability. The stand-out feature on this extinguisher is its compact size, measuring 10 x 3.6 x 26 inches and weighing in at 2.6 pounds when full.  A bracket and steel strap are great options for securing the HG1000C in a variety of locations. 

Ratings:  The Halotron I agent used is EPA approved.  Underwriters Laboratories has tested and rated the HG100C as 1B:C.  Class B rates against flammable liquids, while Class C rates against electrical fires.  The 1 indicates the cubic feet the extinguisher is rated to extinguish.  These ratings are ideal for off-road vehicles, as flammable liquids and electrical components are often the sources of fires.  

Ease Of Use:  The extinguisher is easy to use with the operator simply having to pull the pin, aiming at the base of the fire from eight feet away, and squeeze the trigger while using side to side motions.  Its contents do not hamper visibility, allowing users to see where they point.  The liquefied gas provides safer access for hard to reach places.  Contents are measured with an easy to see dial, indicating when it is time for a refill

What Previous Buyers Said:  Most reviews provided high praise for the durability and ease of use this extinguisher offers.  While some were surprised at the price, we feel that the features and durability justify it.  A couple of customers expressed displeasure with the quality of the mounting gear, which shouldn’t be an issue for a majority of camping or overlanding trips.  A couple of reviews fairly pointed out the cylinder surface is easily scratched and scuffed, a superficial concern that can be avoided with cautious installation and placement.

Conclusion

The HG100C Chrome Extinguisher would make a great addition to any overland vehicle's safety equipment. The compact size allows for convenient storage and easy access.  Class B and C ratings address the types of sources that often fuel automotive fires.  This extinguisher would be ideal for a driver seeking extra security for their overland ride and its passengers.

We recommend further research into off-road safety equipment, including fire extinguishers.  Make sure to use the Amazon link provided here for further information as well as product pictures.


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