Handy tech to have during an emergency

Handy tech to have during an emergency

Summary: Over the years I've learned that having some well-designed kit close to hand can make all the difference during an emergency (small or large). Here's a look at some of the tech-related kit that I've found most useful over the years.

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  • 3G dongle

    Information is power, and while your main access to the web might be down, you might be able to connect using the 3G/LTE network using a dongle or hotspot device. It might not be good enough for you to steam films from Netflix, but it can allow you to get access to news, weather and other information.

    You can pick these up either from phone stores or online. Personally, I think it's best to get an unlocked on so you can ick and choose the provider you go with based on price and service in your area.

    (Image: Huawei)

  • Solar charger

    If you live in sunny climes then a solar charger is a great way to keep devices topped up. If I can use one of these in the UK then unless you're living down a hole you should be able to make use of one!

    I have a Powermonkey Extreme pack (which comes with a battery pack) and a 7W (5V x 1400mA) Portapow solar panel. Both are awesome pieces of kit that have searved me well over the years.

    (Image: PortaPow)

  • Portable power pack

    It's easy to forget how much we rely on mains power to keep out devices running. But what do you do when the lights go out?

    This is where a portable power pack can come in useful. This can be used to keep your cellphone and other gadgets charged up.

    I'm a big fan of the Anker Astro external battery packs. You can get these in capacities ranging from 6000mAh to a whopping 12000mAh. 

    (Image: Anker)

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  • Safety Kit

    Electrical storm coming or a possible flood, UNPLUG FROM THE WALL SOCKET. I still have my mobile phone for news and weather updates.
    Richardd43
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      YOu Should open the my name then go to home page for more information
      JulieRoberts
  • Might have been interesting...

    but I refuse to read any of these articles that are slideshows. They are clunky, annoying, and feel like a technique designed only to improve page counts.

    I like AKH, so it's not a case of one of his "haters" just looking for something else to pile on about!
    TucsonGuy
  • If you are ignorant enough to think that a surge strip...

    ... is going to "protect your gear from being killed by lightning", you certainly are in for a rude awakening.

    If your crap is connected to a wall outlet and your home or place of business is hit by a lightning strike, you may as well kiss it all goodbye. Surge protectors and suppressors are exactly that, they are designed to protect your electronics from transient surge spikes on the electrical lines themselves, usually from the power distribution network, NOT a direct hit by lightning!

    To make matters worse, most things people thing are surge protectors are nothing more than POWER STRIPS with an LED light.
    Playdrv4me
  • PLEASE PUT THE GALLERY RIBBON AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE FOR EASIER READING

    When the gallery is put below the TOO BIG HEADLINE, the person watching it on a laptop or widescreen monitor has to scroll down the scroll back up to read the material. VERY annoying. Please, don't put so much distance between the gallery and the text. I shudder to think how hard it is to use the gallery to read, if you're on a tablet!
    brainout
  • LED flashlight – the EagleTac D25A?

    Instead, I like the Mini CREE Led Flashlight for $7 (sold by Exciting).
    SlimSam
  • another good piece of equipment

    a small crank radio. I picked one of these up in a hardware store for $15 it has mobile devce charging capability, a built-in flashlight, and a weather radio on top of am/fm.
    KBot
  • Editing, Anyone?

    "... get an unlocked on so you can ick and choose ..."

    You might want to add a proofreading step to your publishing routine.

    Just sayin'
    aureolin
  • Other thoughts.

    Some friends of ours had their power off for 2 WEEKS due to a flood. I have one of those handy jumper boxes with a 12 V sealed lead acid battery for emergency jump starts. I added a 7 W solar panel and a auto USB charger and they were able to keep their cell phones charged for the entire time. I had previously replaced the florescent light in the handle with some 12 V strip LEDs. Tons of light and only 80 mA consumed. Handy at night.

    The inverter is ok but even 2,000 watts at 12 V requires 166 Amps. Battery won't last very long and it will take forever on most solar panels to recharge.
    dave01234
  • Copy Editing

    Practive your skills.
    Learn to you’re your kit in in comfort

    And this blog, once again, says Asian "wannabe copy editor". Don't these authors ever read their own crap before it gets posted to the Internet so toons like myself can make fun of their stupidity!

    Either give the Asian "wannabe copy editors" more 'rice' or bring the editing back to English speaking countries!

    Adrian....this is a direct reflection on you, as well. Care to give us your view of this distracting practice.
    electric800