There's nothing like a good storm to remind us of our connected lives and reliance on power to both light up the night and keep our devices charged. It reminds us of why Energy Security is an important social and health issue and an element of Resilient Design.
The extended power outages experienced as part of the 2015 NSW Storms have been made easier for many of our customers using several popular products available from our online store.
Here's some of the gear we've been using to make life a little more comfortable as a family:
- Torch 250 Recharger, LED light: A small portable powerhouse with inbuilt solar to provide a versatile range of lighting, from LED floodlight to intense spotlight. Just leave it in the sunshine during the day for recharging.
- Yeti 150, Yeti 400 Solar Generators: These mid-weight solar rechargers are small , light and versatile. With inbuilt inverters, they create a portable 240V outlet and USB ports for powering a range of devices and simultaneously recharging through multiple USB outlets.
When paired with low power draw LED lights such as our Light A Life lamps, the mood of the house has been lifted with ambient and task based lighting options.
We've been able to run a large WAECO Car Fridge for up to 2days in a row without recharge using the Yeti400, confident in the knowledge that easy recharge was possible through paired solar panels. Talking with other car fridge users, we know there have been a lot of vehicle batteries drained and left flat, creating inconvenience and frustration.
Generator hum? None.
Frustration in queued waiting for fuel? Zilch.
How will you cope next time your electricity grid outage recovery looks like this? It's something to think about.