The power went out last night for about six hours. Now, it was getting late, so I could do what most people would have done and just go to bed.
But I didn’t.
Instead, I started looking at the technology that had to take me through the blackout. I can easily go for a few days to run my basic essentials and even have the ability to recharge devices using solar energy or a 12V outlet in my car.
Well, let’s go over the technical basics for when the power is out.
Obviously this is obvious, and I’m sure we all have one.
The flashlight feature came in handy, then I used it to call the power company. It also became my connection to the outside world until I ran my router on standby power.
One of the reasons why I want to keep my phone charged at all times is because I don’t know when I will need it in an emergency or how long I will need it.
I have a lot of power banks, from small pocket banks to huge pocket banks that definitely can’t fit in a pocket.
All fully charged and ready to go.
While I don’t think any normal person would need as many of my power banks as possible, I do have a small one that you can take with you and a larger one that you can use at home.
Remember to keep charging cables nearby, too. It’s so cheap these days that buying a spare set to keep for emergencies might not be a bad idea.
I have a lot of rechargeable lights that I use for photography and video, and they serve me well when the power is out. These devices have magnets to allow them to attach to objects and can be lightened and darkened to suit.
Having one or two rechargeable flashlights at home is a good idea for most people. Blackouts really aren’t the time to fiddle with candles and open flames, no matter how beautiful and ambiance they are.
I find keychain lights to be the best. It’s small and unobtrusive most of the time and you won’t go blind when you wave around at night.
Most people can now ride out power outages for several hours using a phone, power bank, and flashlight.
But there are some people who want more power.
Maybe to run a CPAP machine, or some other health machine, or whatever is needed to function.
Some power plants come with built-in lighting, which is pretty cool.
This is where the power plant comes into its own.
What distinguishes a power station from a power bank is that the power station can output mains AC power, and they come in all kinds of sizes, power capacities, and prices.
Some recharge from the mains, others you can recharge using other means, such as using a solar panel or a 12V outlet in the car.
It really is a case of how much you want to spend! The more power you need, the more output power you need, the larger the power plant, and the higher the cost.
And if you need solar panels, the hardware requirements will increase, and the costs will also increase significantly.
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