8 New Things For Your Blackout Preparedness Kit
When blackouts strike, sometimes there's no telling when the power will come back on.
Having necessities like water, candles, flashlights, canned food and a transistor radio are essential — and of course, a good book or board game to pass the time.
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But in an age of new technologies and handy gadgets, maybe it's time to rethink our blackout kits.
We've rounded up some new must-have essentials to better help you endure the next power-outage.
One of the worst things that can happen during a blackout is having your cell phone run out of power. Connecting it to the BoostTurbine 2000 and cranking the handle for about a minute will allow you to make up to four minutes of calls and texts.
WaterBricks are a great water-storage solution because each brick holds up to 3.5 gallons of water. And they're stackable, making them easy and efficient to store.
Waterbrick.org, $15.49 — $166.20
The BioLite stove uses twigs to cook meals, and converts fire into useable energy, so you can charge your cell phone and other electrical gadgets.
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This portable commercial and residential generator runs on liquid propane instead of gasoline.
Eton FRX3 Radio
Transistor radios are a blackout MUST when it comes to staying informed. Aside from allowing you to tune in, this ultra-modern, all-in-one gizmo lets you power-up using a hand crank or solar panel — and yes, has the ability to charge your cell phone.
Mr. Beams Starter Kit
This home emergency wireless lighting system automatically detects lighting failure. Provides up to 40 hours of LED light and can be controlled with remote.
Amazon.com, Starting at $50
SolarFocus Solar Lighted Cover
Blackouts are a great excuse to get caught up in a good book. However, modern books tend to run on batteries. If you're still a proud owner of a Kindle 4, you'll be happy to know there's a solar-powered bookcover to help keep it charged. There's even a built-in light, so you can keep reading, even into the darkest hours.
ECO1800S 1800W Solar Generator
A humless, eco-friendly alternative to propane and gasoline generators. Perfect for powering refrigerators, lights, televisions, sump pumps, and other electronics.