With all the uncertainty that is happening in the world, one must always be ready for most situations. This post is not only for emergency soutions that you would need at home but also energy saving tips.
One thing that is common in 3rd world developing countries is the lack of electricity, high cost of electricity or the high frequency of power interruptions. Here are a couple of things you will need to keep yourself and or your family at least with a modicum of comfort of sense of normalcy.
1. Have a powerbank or portable charger – the higher the mAh (or milli amperes ) the better – I have 3 5,000 mAh powerbanks at home and 1 2,800. And currently one that is 18,000 mAh that a friend of mine lent me.
Why powerbanks? Besides the obvious that you will need to charge your portable devices like tablets, cellphones and other devices, powerbanks are great for other uses if you put your mind to use it properly.
a. Some models of powerbanks have their own flashlights built in. Yup – imagine how long a powerbank with 18,000mAH power last? Wish I ad one that I could stress test and just leave on, I’m worried that the bulb might die before the power is all used up.
b. The obvious of course – change your mobile devices ( better if your powerbank has 2 or more ports so you can use more devices at the same time -although that will eat up the charge faster.
c. Connect a portable USB Fan and use it to power the Fan
2. I guess I mentioned it already. Have a portable fan, in case of power interruptions -A portable fan usually just about 5 volts – No idea how long a 5,000 mAh powerbank would be able to power it. But at the very least some air circulation, right? Besides, if you have a small usb powered fan and youre working at home, why not just connect it to your pc and use that rather than using the big old fan that is 220 volts? I’m pretty sure it should save you some cash in terms of your electric bill… I’m no electrician or electrical engineer so dont ask me how much you would save.. Any takers there to do the computation?
3. Have a OTG cable – Why? in case you lose all power from your portable chargers, you can use your phone as a last resort for power – I dont recommend that you do that if your phone has less than 2,000 mAh. I dont worry about that since the phone I use is the Kata M1 -which has 4,000 mAh. hehehe
4. A solar powered Lamp – I have one that is small -1 watt only and the solar panel is also small. Why do I have it,. besides the fact that I use it as light outside our house at night( The solar lamp i have can also be used as an alternate power source to charge phones or other items.)
Any other ideas? Oohh, It’s also good to have your own generator – It costs around 8000, powered by unleaded gasoline and can power about 3 normal appliances – 1 light and 2 small electric fans. Just in case the power lose continues for a long time.