With summer on its way, let’s take a moment to talk about storms. The warmer months are especially prone to storms, with hurricane, tornado and thunderstorm seasons falling during this time. In order to stay prepared, experts recommend creating an emergency kit opens in new window filled with supplies to help keep you going if you find yourself sheltering at home. Here are a few basic backup items to help you stay prepared for the unexpected.
Storms can knock out your power or create power surges that can damage computers and other valuable equipment. In situations like this, it’s important to have a backup source of power in place, to help power essential applications like lights, TVs and refrigerators.
An emergency generator is the perfect solution for a sudden loss of power, enabling you to remain in your home when the power goes out. Champion portable generators are ideally suited to emergency needs. The 5000-watt model generator provides 6250 starting watts and 5000 running watts, with 9 hours of running time at a 50% load. It also features a Volt Guard built-in surge protector to prevent damage to electronics.
If you’re looking for a more powerful option, the Champion 7500-watt generator provides 9375 starting watts, with a 7500 running watt capacity. It has an 8 hour runtime at a 50% load and features both Volt Guard surge protection and an electric start.
Another valuable backup option is a UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) system. UPS systems provide a valuable source of backup power for computers, cell phones and other important devices. This is especially useful in emergency situations where a cell phone or tablet might be your only source of information. The APC Back-UPS 650VA UPS system provides you with a valuable source of backup power to keep important devices running. Plus, the built-in surge protector keeps your devices safe from power surges. In addition to backing up your home, UPS systems are also an ideal solution for businesses of any size.
A PawaMini power pack is another great backup power option. These pre-charged, single use power packs are an ideal cell phone battery backup, enabling you to recharge your phone. They are small, portable, and come in a biodegradable shell. They also don’t require any additional plugs or cables, and are very affordable, making them a perfect resource to have in your emergency kit.
Don’t forget the batteries! Generators and UPS units are only as good as the batteries that power them, so be sure to check them regularly. If you do need a replacement, Batteries Plus Bulbs has a wide assortment of SLA batteries on hand, including the Duracell Ultra 12V AGM battery. These batteries are perfect for emergency lighting and UPS systems, as well as other backup or cycling applications.
Obviously if your power goes out, one of the first things you need is a reliable source of light. Batteries Plus Bulbs carries a wide range of flashlights, lanterns and hands-free lighting options to help keep you safe in a power outage.
For emergency situations, we suggest the NEBO Poppy. The Poppy is a versatile combination lantern and spotlight. The lantern section slides out of the base to provide 300 lumens of COB LED illumination, while the spotlight application features a beam distance of 400 ft. Both applications have a high (300 lumens for lantern, 120 lumens for spotlight) and low mode (35 lumens for lantern, 90 lumens for spotlight), plus the Poppy is fully dimmable, water and impact-resistant, and comes with a convenient adjustable handle.
Do you need a light that enables you to work hands-free? No problem. Check out the NEBO Duo LED Headlamp. It features four light modes, a 250 lumen spotlight, a 30 lumen COB flood light, a 10 lumen red steady mode and a 10 lumen red beacon mode. The spot beam has a distance of 122 meters, plus the headlamp is both water and impact-resistant.
Sudden storms can be disruptive, but with a little pre-planning and the right set of tools, you’ll be ready for whatever the summer throws at you. To find all of these items and more, visit your neighborhood Batteries Plus Bulbs or check out our assortment of products online.