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  •  We have a couple of USB battery backups (2+ / 0-)
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    cassandracarolina, BachFan

    I use one for my Kindle when the battery gets low and I don't want to get out of bed to recharge it. The backup pack can later be recharged by plugging into an AC-->USB plug. The pack holds its power for ages so it's really useful. It'll provide power for any small device with a USB port.

    My husband has a model with more oomph in it. He uses it when he's traveling for cell phone power and his Nook. You can get such a device for laptop backup but we haven't invested in that one. He can usually plug his laptop in somewhere, carries plug adapters for overseas systems.

    We have a small solar panel that will also recharge the battery packs, which is nifty but not all that useful for us, frankly. Our disasters are likely to be short-term ferocious weather, including tornadoes and power outages are usually brief. If the house is gone, we go somewhere else where there's AC, lol. Still, on principle I'm glad to have this.

    •  Thanks for this useful info, sillia (4+ / 0-)
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      Jakkalbessie, llywrch, Eyesbright, sillia

      During Hurricane Ike, power came back on in strange ways. One side of a street would be back in business, while the other would face another day or more without power. Luckily a work colleague lived in our development and got his power back on, so we camped out there for "gadget charging" visits.

      Meanwhile, he loaned out his generator to a friend of his whose small business was still without power. A neighbor across the street, who'd always treated my colleague with disdain, came over to complain that HE should have gotten the generator instead of someone else. Yeah, right.

      Most people behaved well in the face of the strain (Houston without air conditioning for some people as long as 2-3 weeks). But there's always someone ;-)

      Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

      by cassandracarolina on Tue May 21, 2013 at 11:03:44 AM PDT

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      •  One gizmo I saw after Sandy (2+ / 0-)
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        cassandracarolina, Eyesbright

        was a little stove that recharges USB devices from its heat! So cool! It's called the BioLite. The inventors live in Brooklyn and after the storm they set up tables in their neighborhood where people could come and drink tea while they recharged their phones.

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