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Seven gadgets you require in emergency

Sometimes the most boring turns out to be the most useful. Here are the gadgets that may seem to you extremely boring but they are very useful in emergency,

Portable USB battery

A good, high-capacity portable battery will keep your smartphone alive for at least a couple of days before forcing you to find an outlet.

Solar battery charger

If worse comes to absolute worst, though, or if you just find yourself off the grid, you can turn to a solar charger. They won’t be as dependable as a USB battery pack or power inverter, but then again the sun will still be here tomorrow.

Backup phone

Even with a bevy of charging solutions, it won’t hurt to have a backup phone at the ready. Alternatively, a more bulletproof way of ensuring you can make a call is to hook up an old-fashioned landline phone.

LED lights and lantern

All that said, being hunkered down in a power outage is an opportunity to wrest yourself away from that avalanche of displays. Camping out with a book and bright LED lantern can provide a momentary respite in what’re typically times of stress. As a bonus, that lantern will also let you see what’s in front of you.

Emergency radio

If you’re in the midst of a particularly nasty storm, an emergency radio will keep you up to date with any need-to-know developments. Also, it’s a radio, with shows and stations and everything.

Alkaline batteries

In both energy and price, a good set of rechargeable batteries is the most efficient way to keep your non-smart devices going. That whole “rechargeable” thing goes out the window when you’re out of electricity, however, so it helps to keep a reserve of standard alkaline batteries on hand.


Not every emergency will force you to fire up a generator, but for those prolonged outages, they’ll serve as the lifeline for your home’s essentials. While you’ll see more than a few of these out there for cheap, those who live in a frequently affected area are usually better off paying up for something stronger, better-built, and safer.

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