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Blackout Basics: Gear to Be Ready When the Power Goes Out

A power outage can happen at any time, and it’s a good idea to have a ready-to-go power outage kit. Whether it’s a storm, a grid failure, or routine maintenance, here are a few product ideas to help you be to ready to go.

Blackout Basics: Gear to Be Ready When the Power Goes Out
  1. Rechargeable Battery to Charge Small Devices
  2. Charger Cables
  3. Solar Panel
  4. Solar Adapter Cables
  5. Body Wipes
  6. LED Lantern
  7. Flashlight
  8. Emergency Radio
  9. Fire Starter Arc Lighter
  10. Matches
  11. Candles
  12. Butane Lighter + Fuel
  13. 5 Gallons of Water (per person)
  14. Small Propane Tank
  15. Propane Cooktop (camp stove)

Here are a few of my top picks:

Rechargeable Battery to Charge Small Devices

Experience uninterrupted power and peace of mind with the Anker 548 Power Bank, your ultimate companion for any power outage or adventure. This power bank not only supports solar panel charging for sustainable power anywhere but also features robust 60W and 27W USB-C ports that can swiftly charge your laptop and smartphone multiple times. With a powerful 60,000mAh battery, you can keep your devices running for extended periods—over 10 full device charges or continuous power to a 3W LED lamp for up to 42.3 hours. Safety is a priority with its built-in retractable light and an SOS button, ensuring you’re prepared for any emergency.

Solar Adapter Cables

This cable connects seamlessly with a wide range of adapters such as DC7909, DC6530, DC5521, DC35135, Anderson, and XT60, making it a perfect match for various devices and solar panels. Its heavy-duty construction features durable copper wire in lengths of 110CM and options of 14AWG & 16AWG, ensuring reliability and longevity even under harsh outdoor conditions. Whether you’re recharging portable generators, power stations, or integrating with lithium battery packs and solar generators, this cable’s multipurpose functionality makes it great for anyone building a resilient emergency preparedness system.

LED Lantern

Featuring up to 1200 lumens, this LED lantern provides bright area lighting. The light boasts an extended battery life of up to 80 hours on the minimum setting and can be quickly charged via USB-C, achieving 60% charge in just 1 hour and a full charge in 3.5 hours. Designed to be waterproof with an IPX6 rating, it ensures reliability in any weather condition. Additionally, this multi-functional light not only illuminates up to a 60 ft diameter area but also serves as a portable power bank to charge other devices, making it essential during power outages. With features like bug deterrence and device charging capability, it is perfect for a wide range of uses from camping and RVing to home improvement projects, ensuring you are always prepared for any disaster.

Body Wipes

Stay clean and refreshed even when traditional bathing isn’t possible. These extra-large, ultra-thick, and textured wipes offer a thorough cleanse, making them an essential component of any emergency kit or outdoor adventure gear. Infused with aloe vera and vitamin E, they not only remove sweat and dirt effortlessly but also hydrate and nourish the skin, maintaining optimal hygiene in challenging conditions. Their versatility extends beyond personal care to include uses in first aid, underscoring their indispensability for preppers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

Bright (7k lumen) Rechargeable Flashlight

Compact yet high-powered flashlight: perfect for emergency scenarios such as power outages, search and rescue, or outdoor activities like hunting. Despite its miniature size, this flashlight boasts dual-beam capabilities, offering both a broad flood and a focused throw to cater to different needs. It features a combination of 9 white LEDs capable of emitting between 200 to 7000 lumens across seven brightness levels, along with three RGB LEDs for various color lighting options. Its durable design incorporates a 270-degree wrapped silicone body surface for a comfortable, stable grip and includes a hidden lanyard hole, making it easy to carry and store. This flashlight is an indispensable tool for anyone serious about preparedness, blending ergonomic features with powerful lighting capabilities

Emergency Radio

Multi-functional emergency radio, designed to be an essential tool in any disaster preparedness kit. It offers a versatile range of frequencies, including AM, FM, shortwave, and NOAA weather bands, ensuring you can stay informed of crucial updates and alerts during any emergency. The radio features multiple power sources: a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery, AA alkaline batteries, an integrated solar panel, and a hand-crank mechanism, providing unparalleled reliability and versatility in various situations. Additionally, it comes equipped with a powerful 3-LED flashlight with an emergency S.O.S. function, vital for visibility and signaling during unexpected events. The radio’s durable, portable design with an IPX4 Splashproof rating makes it suitable for all environments, from daily use to harsh conditions. An efficient digital tuner with a clear display allows for easy station location and tuning, keeping you well-connected and informed at all times.

Fire Starter Arc Lighter

Prepare for any adventure or emergency with this weatherproof and wind-resistant lighter, designed to deliver unwavering performance even in the most challenging conditions. Featuring a powerful dual arc plasma beam, this lighter provides instant ignition for various materials, including dry leaves and wet wood, making it a versatile tool for both survivalists and outdoor enthusiasts. This lighter isn’t just a tool—it’s a safeguard, making it an indispensable part of your preparedness arsenal.

Stackable Water Storage Containers

Ensure a reliable water supply in any emergency with these high-quality, portable water storage containers. The containers are designed with flat bottoms and tops, allowing for efficient stacking and easy transportation, whether you’re headed on a road trip or preparing for unforeseen events.

Small Propane Tank

Not only do these refillable cylinders save you money by eliminating the need to purchase disposable tanks, but they also offer a cost-effective solution for regular propane users. Ideal for inclusion in any emergency preparedness kit, these tanks provide a reliable and sustainable fuel source for heating and cooking in various survival scenarios, ensuring you remain prepared for any situation.

Propane Camping Stove

When the power goes out, maintaining the ability to prepare hot meals can make all the difference. This compact and powerful two-burner propane stove is an essential backup cooking solution for any emergency preparedness kit. Lightweight and portable, this stove is ready to go right out of the box; just connect it to a propane tank. It’s an invaluable resource for those unexpected power outages, ensuring you remain prepared and well-fed, whatever the circumstances.

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