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The Alternative To Generators You Need When The Power’s Out

power outage power pack generatorPower failures are so common across the aging American electrical gird that it’s a good idea to plan for their eventuality. Even if the duration of the power failure is short (as most are), there is an inconvenience factor with a power failure that could turn into somewhat more than just an irritant if the situation extends longer.

At some point, you need to start worrying about things like heat, refrigeration, and perhaps even power for medically essential devices like oxygen and dialysis machines. Mostly, the American people have embraced generators for this purpose. Big or small, fixed or portable, an internal combustion generator is a ready source of power for short periods – or even extended periods if you have the fuel to run it of course. Gas, propane or natural gas generators are workhorses that need relatively little maintenance and are easy to use. They do have some shortcomings, however:

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While the humble generator’s place is firmly cemented in the arsenal of the prepared citizen as an emergency power device, there is another gadget that bears looking at: the Power Pack. Marketed under a variety of different names, a power pack is nothing more than a large battery coupled with a built-in inverter and sometimes possessing a handful of AC wall plug style outlets, among other things. (Some even have USB ports.) The premise behind a power pack is simple: The DC battery within the unit puts out voltage which is converted into AC power by the onboard inverter, resulting in voltage that your household appliances can use. When not in use, the power pack is usually left charging from a wall jack so that it is good to go the second it’s needed.

Power packs are not a new invention, but they are rapidly gaining market share due to battery technology increasing to the point where a sealed battery can be small enough and powerful enough to be coupled with an inverter that is large enough to run household necessities. Sure, you could buy an inverter and a battery separately, but many of the power packs on the market today are well-engineered and absolutely idiot-proof. Just plug your devices in and go!

Power packs make lots of sense in an emergency, mainly because they are absolutely silent in operation, and can be used indoors, where the appliances you need to power normally happen to be located.

While a solar or internal combustion generator might be a better idea than a power pack for long-term power failures, a power pack is a better choice for events that last a day or less. Here are the ups and downs:



Overall, power packs are a good addition to any survival tool box. They are not a perfect solution, but then, very little is during a survival situation. Still, they bear looking at for their sheer convenience during small- and medium-sized power failures.

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