Gadgets to Help You Get Through a Power Failure
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 -
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
© 2015 Nithya Venkat