My husband, August, did a ton of research to find the best rechargeable battery and the best battery charger for emergencies and every day use, so I asked him to help put together this post to share what he found out. We identify the best value and absolute best AA, AAA and 18650 rechargeable battery in this post. We also review a 21 watt solar panel that provides 5 volt USB power and emergency radios with built in solar and hand crank chargers to charge USB devices. [Read more…]
As part of our effort to be prepared for everyday emergencies we went on a hunt for the best cheap flashlight. Our target was a durable inexpensive high lumen flashlight that we could give to children and not worry if it was lost. It needed to be a flashlight bright enough for power outages and lighting the back of the van at night. [Read more…]
The best roadside emergency kit for your vehicle depends on your driving needs. In this post we list “must have” items for every vehicle, as well as other tools and supplies that are helpful for a variety of emergencies. Choose the items that make sense for your vehicle, and keep them organized in a backpack or tote. [Read more…]
The Battery Powered Heater – Mythical Heating System
There are thousands of online searches each month for “battery operated heaters” and “battery powered heaters”. A cordless heater that runs on a couple batteries that we can easily swap and recharge would be handy. Very small individual battery powered heaters for gloves or boots do exist. The bad news: A large portable battery powered space heater does not exist.
Good News: There are some options available you might not know about. You can buy safe indoor propane heaters.
If battery technology advances enough, it is possible a battery powered space heater might exist in the future. We will update this post if technology changes. [Read more…]
It's winter, and you always *planned* to get supplies if the power went out. Now it's below zero and the power just failed. What do you do for emergency heat during a power outage?
This post contains ideas for winter storm survival while sheltering in your home, but many of the ideas could be adapted for elsewhere, especially the section on cold weather clothing. Plan NOW instead of trying to remember all this when you are freezing and the power is out. [Read more…]