The last Fest caused me to focus more on Emergency Power. The recent
storms continue to cause Power Outages. Maybe portable power will be the
subject of a talk next year?
My past focus was more toward operating radios disconnected from the AC
mains. I have a couple of flashlights at home to handle power outages. I
also have an old fluorescent light camp lantern for an area light. There
are a number of camping items that can be used for emergencies, like
small pop-up LED lanterns. I am thinking of getting a couple of small
pop-up LED lanterns that I could put in the suitcase and keep around for
I got a LED headlamp to put in the car and for fixing things in dark
places. They are more handy for nighttime tire changing than trying to
deal with a regular flashlight. I used to have an big maglite in my old
car and did not bother to get a flashlight for my new car until now. I
put a small LED flashlight in the glovebox and my suitcase.
USB seems to be a popular power connector for low wattage connections. I
carry an eight ampere-hour (8Ah) power bank with a USB connector in my
laptop bag. I used it during the Fest to recharge my phone's battery.
The power bank is recharged via USB. I also have a 5Ah one from the
Radio Shack liquidation.
Another camping item is a 40 watt LED bulb with a switch that connects
to USB. An 8Ah power bank should power the LED bulb from four to eight
hours. I also have an Aspect Solar Energybar 250 containing a 250Wh
(20Ah) battery, 4 USB ports, one 12V output, and one 110VAC outlet. The
Energybar can be recharged through an AC Adapter, DC Adapter, or Solar
Panel. Unfortunately Aspect Solar is out of business, but other
companies make similar devices. Anker is introducing the Powerhouse 200
with a 200 Wh battery this summer.
So I am planning on updating my emergency lighting and putting the
Energybar in the trunk when I travel. I will likely not face another
power blackout at a hotel again, but it is best to be prepared.
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