A few years ago when Hurricane Sandy tore through New York City, I was one of the folks who listened to the initial reports from officials, and based on previous hurricane forecasts, felt that the supplies I usually kept at home would be enough for the possible few hours of power outages I expected. Much to my surprise, and to the surprise of most New Yorkers, the devastation to the power grid was much worse, and the few hours of blackout turned into 14 days.
As a techie, I had a couple of small USB power packs fully charged and at the ready, but by the second day, they were fully depleted with no way of recharging them in the house. I then started charging my phones in my truck, but it was low on fuel, and I watched the fuel gauge drop lower as my phones got a relatively minimal amount of charge.
Determined to never be in that situation again, I have kept an eye out for better charging solutions. Just today, I was online and I looked at the Poweradd ChargerCenter, Compact 185Wh/50000mAh Portable Generator, Power Source (DC 5V/12V/19V) with AC Power Inverter (115V/100W). This power source is good for outdoor power when camping and hiking, etc, but I am more interested in it for my indoor needs during the next power outage or storm. With its 50000mAh battery and its 110 volt inverter, it can keep power going to all of my mobile devices, and even a small refrigerator (up to 100 watts). However, I figure that if I restrict it to charging and powering my mobile devices, I should get days of power from it. While I would obviously test this product before committing to it as my “go to” backup source, its specifications certainly look very promising.
If you would like to read more about the Poweradd ChargerCenter, Compact 185Wh/50000mAh Portable Generator, Power Source (DC 5V/12V/19V) with AC Power Inverter (115V/100W, or you would like to purchase one, head over to Amazon and check it out. It sells for $149.99.