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Gadgets to Help You Get Through a Power Failure

Updated on March 12, 2017

When there is a power failure, you should be prepared to handle such a situation. The power failure can last for a few hours to a day or many days depending upon the situation.

The power failure may be due to heavy rains, snowfall or any disruption in the power supply lines. Natural disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes often happen nowadays , nd it is always better to be prepared in such circumstances.

Presenting gadgets that will help you get through power failures -

Power Inverter
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Power Inverter

Household appliances need alternating current to keep up and running. Batteries supply direct current. The direct current is converted into alternative current by using a Power Inverter.

The Power Inverter draws power from batteries and converts it into alternating current that can be used to power lights, computers, laptops and other household appliances that need small amounts of current to run. You cannot run a dishwasher or a washing machine using power from an inverter.

The 1750 watt Power Inverter is compatible with most of the vehicles and will also run basic household appliances.

During a power failure, you can connect the Power Inverter to your car battery to supply power. Keep the car running when you are charging the Power Inverter. What you have to remember is that if you are using the Power Inverter when the car is not running, you have to make sure to start the car after at least an hour.

Do not expose the inverter to rain, snow or the chill wind, keep it in a sheltered place.


Power Bank
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Power Bank

During a power failure, the first thing that pops into your mind is whether your cell phone is fully charged or not.

You may have forgotten to put your cell phone to charge, or your cell phone may have run out of power. In such circumstances a power bank is the best gadget to have around.

You can connect your cell phone to the power bank for a full charge. The power bank can also be used to charge tablets or iPods. One thing you have to remember is to keep the power bank fully charged by plugging it into a power supply.

There are power banks that can charge different gadgets all in one go. For example, a single power bank can charge smartphones such as the iPhone, Samsung, HTC and Blackberry. Some power banks can charge smartphones and tablets at the same time. There are so many options from which you can choose.

When you buy a power bank check the following and then decide which type of power bank you want to buy -

  • whether it is compatible with the devices, you want to charge
  • the number of charges the power bank can give
  • whether the power bank has a built-in USB charger
  • what are the gadgets that the power bank can charge

Read the specs before you buy the power bank.

Emergency Light
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Emergency Light

An emergency light comes on automatically when the power goes off. The emergency light has to be connected to a power source at all times so that it will be fully charged when power fails.

The advantage with having an emergency light is that the light comes on immediately. Emergency lights are a must have when you have children or elders in your house.

When you buy an emergency light check how many hours the emergency light will last. If you do not want to bother about connecting the emergency light to the power source then the best and the most eco-friendly way would be to use a solar powered emergency light.

Crank Shaft Torch Light
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Mechanically Powered Torchlight

A mechanically powered torchlight is powered by electricity generated by using mechanical force.

You do not have to worry about batteries or keeping it charged because you just have to mechanically turn the crankshaft a few times to make it work. If the power runs out, start turning the crankshaft again to make the torch work.

Rechargeable batteries are great to get through power failures. Have one batch of batteries fully charged and ready to use during a power failure. Being prepared is the key to getting through power failures.


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      Vicki L Hodges 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great hub! After our ice storm here in 2009 when my house was 40 degrees for several days (I went to work to get warm!), I ordered an inverter capable of powering a space heater, my computer . . . . Very helpful hub!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A helpful hub indeed! We have a battery light that works well when lights go out. The Power inverter sounds great, so all appliances can work. Sometimes power goes off for hours, especially in the winter.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Victoria Lynn thank you, great that you bought an inverter. It is the best gadget to have around when power fails.

      DDE thank you an inverter will be very helpful out there.

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      Pamela Oglesby 2 years ago from United States

      You made some good suggestions for dealing with power outages. Very useful hub. Thanks.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Useful hub here. These are important and useful items to have in case of a power outage!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great gadgets for sure. Oddly, we haven't had a power failure in two years here; very unusual for this part of the country with our storms.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      A very useful hub! Fortunately, we don't experience many power cuts here in my part of the country, but it was a nightmare trying to running a business in the Grenadines a few years ago. When we first arrived, power cuts were a weekly event, we had to purchase our own generator. Where were you then? :-))

      Nicely done.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Interesting and useful. I still have candles and matches in various places but I've never needed them here. When we lived in Gippsland the power often went off when pelicans flew into the electricity wires. We felt so sorry for those lovely birds.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Interesting and useful advice. I am pretty well equipped for an outage. I have a backup generator, plus gas lights. Thank's for a great hub...

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Pamella99 thank you for your visit.

      Faith Reaper thank you, these gadgets make getting through power failure easier.

      billybuc it is great that you never have power cuts in spite of storms.

      BlossomSB candles and matches are very helpful and it is always the best to have around.

      tobusiness thank you, running a business without power is tough. A generator is a great purchase.

      BlossomSB the poor poor birds little did they know what would happen when they flew into the electricity wires. Thank you for your visit.

      always exploring thank you, a backup generator and gas lights are of great help when power fails.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a very useful hub, Vellur. I love the devices that you've described. My favourite is the mechanically powered torch. I love the simplicity of mine. I just turn the crank a few times and I have light, just as you describe.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      AliciaC thank you, the mechanical torch is my favorite too! It is so simple yet so very useful and handy in any emergency situation.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      I had not heard of most of these --so very useful for me!! Thank you!

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      AudreyHowitt thank you for stopping by and am glad you came to know about these gadgets.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I rely on candles and torch. However, this is interesting and indeed very useful.

      Great hub!

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      CrisSp thank you and torches and candles really help to keep going, these gadgets are great for emergencies.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      I have a house full of torches, and candles too! lol! not that we tend to get power failures much over here, but just to be on the safe side! great ideas Vellur!

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Nell Rose thank you and am glad you do not have many power cuts.

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      Deborah Neyens 2 years ago from Iowa

      Good advice. It's important to be prepared for emergencies.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      DeborahNeyens thank you.

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      Blackspaniel1 2 years ago

      I have a large battery with an inverter that can be charged by my solar power in daylight and used to power the refrigerator and a few small items at night for a prolonged power failure.

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      Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Nithya,

      Thanks for publishing this very helpful article. We have a mechanically-powered radio which we've used a few times during power failures.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Blackspaniel1 that is great and will help during prolonged power failure.

      Daisy Mariposa thank you for stopping by, a mechanically powered radio will be of great help.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Very helpful hub, Vellur. With the bad weather that is expected in the next few days, this should be helpful!

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      FlourishAnyway thank you and am glad you found my hub useful.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Nothing as scaring as getting caught without power! I have during a blizzard twice. Nearly froze once but the second time I had gas heat and cooked on it and used candles for light which was sort of romantic.

      Great helpful hub! ^+

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Nothing as scaring as getting caught without power! I have during a blizzard twice. Nearly froze once but the second time I had gas heat and cooked on it and used candles for light which was sort of romantic.

      Great helpful hub! ^+

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      sujaya venkatesh 2 years ago

      useful hub

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      sujaya venkatesh 2 years ago

      useful hub

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      I never heard of the pwer converter. We have a fireplace that we use very much in the winter. We also have 2 oil lamps that will light up the enitre living area of our home. Another thing to have handy is an outdoor grill. You can use it to cook on. I was without poer for three days a few years ago when an ice storm hit. It was not fun! I learned a lot from that.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Jackie Lynnley thank you and that must have been really scary.

      sujaya venkatesh thank you.

      Lady Guinevere yes those are totally great. It must have been terrible those three days.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      It was. I could not use the fireplace because it didn't pass building inspection, the guy that was doing it left only the outer wall and insulation on that side of the house. I begged him to give me heat because I had none. He was a total Jerk!

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      John Coviello 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Useful information about what you need to get through a power failure. Nicely done! You just gained a follower!

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Very interesting article. Where we live in NZ we do get power outages especially in bad weather sometimes for more than a day.

      Like power poles coming down in slips, hilly country.

      I have everything covered but one thing, the radio which needs batteries to work, never ever have enough batteries to use it. It's a very quiet world with no power and radio, you have no idea what is going on. No cell phone coverage where we live, no power no phone.

      Thanks for sharing these gadgets, could be very helpful.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Lady Guinevere that man was mean and a total jerk.

      Rock_nj thank you for reading and the follow.

      Elsie Hagley there are hand crank radios that are available. Turn the handle a couple of times to get the radio working, no need of batteries.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      The power goes out a lot in Florida. These are handy gadgets to have.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Thank you Vellur for your reply, I never knew or heard of anything like a hand crank radio, will have to check that out, I have never seen anything advertised about this sort of thing, it would be very useful.

      It reminds me of the good old days, cranking up the gramophone and playing the old 78 rpm records.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      CatherineGiordano it must be difficult to face power cuts, thank you for stopping by.

      Elsie Hagley yes they are available and you can buy them.

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      Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I wouldn't mind having an emergency light that comes on by itself. When severe weather threatens, I try to keep a flashlight (or my Kindle Fire tablet with the flashlight app) close at hand, just in case. I don't like to be left in the dark! Thanks for the suggestions and explanations!

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      SusanDeppner thank you an emergency light is very useful because it lights up the whole room. The flashlight app is really helpful.

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