10 Best Products When There’s No Power at Home

Hey Mama!

You hear some thunder, you check the radar, and you start to prepare for a night with no power at home. At least that’s what we do.  We live in a tornado-prone area, so we are always prepping for the next power outage.  I say we…I mean my husband.  He is amazing at this stuff.  He spends time researching new and different products to have on hand for when the power goes out. I’d like to share a list of the 10 best products we keep for when there’s no power at home.

Want the short list?  See the complete list here.

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1. Battery Backup and Surge Protector

The CyberPower EC650LCD Ecologic Battery Backup & Surge Protector UPS System is a must for an emergency battery backup during a power outage.

The reviews are mixed, but here is mine: There are 8 surge protector outlets on the system, which is an important feature in itself.  Four of those will use the backup battery power if the power goes out.  The other four outlets are just surge protectors.

Our power goes out fairly often. Most of the time it is just for a few minutes. Sometimes, our power will go out for longer. The battery backup will kick on when the power goes out. 

From our experience, we get about an hour to 90 minutes of battery backup.  We have our wifi plugged up so that we can still use the internet during a power outage. We have our entertainment system plugged into the surge protectors. 

2. Battery-Powered Fan

The Treva 10-Inch Portable Desktop Battery Fan is a must for those hot nights during a storm, especially with temperatures reaching 100 degrees consistently during our summer days.  

This fan puts out a lot of wind, even on low.  It is perfect for short-term use during a power outage.  However, be aware that it does use 6 D size batteries.  So, make sure you stock up on these, too! 

3. Batteries, Batteries, and More Batteries

You can’t have enough batteries, especially when you experience frequent power outages. To keep everything organized, The Battery Organizer and Tester is the perfect solution. It can hold up to 93 batteries of varying sizes and even comes with a battery tester.

–Side Bonus–If you need a fun job that will keep an older child occupied for a little while, have them test all the batteries.

What batteries do you need to stock up on for when the power goes out?

D Batteries: The battery-powered fan will use 6 of these D batteries.  D batteries are also commonly used in flashlights, Bluetooth speakers, and other devices that require more power.

C Batteries: Some toys and flashlights may use C batteries. 

AA Batteries: Clocks, toys, flashlights, lanterns, and remote controls commonly use AA batteries. 

AAA Batteries: Commonly used in smaller toys and remote controls

 

4. Best Lights for Power Outage

The Vont LED Camping Lantern-Super Bright Portable Survival Lantern, is an awesome choice for the best emergency lighting for power outages. You can get different size packs of lanterns depending on how many you need. They even come with batteries. 

They are super bright and compactable.  You can open and close them to adjust the amount of light you need and close them up all the way for storage. 

Because they are designed for camping, they are weather resistant.

Speaking of camping, have a campout in the dark when the power goes off.  Make it into a fun event. 

5. Battery-Powered Sound Machine

The HoMedics White Noise Sound Machine is perfect as a noise source when the house is completely silent. We’ve been using the same sound machine in our son’s room since he was born (7 years ago).

I love that it has a battery backup. When the power goes out, the batteries kick on and the noise is uninterrupted.

The sound machine helps when the power goes out before bedtime.  The sound machine can drown out storm noises and noises from around the house. 

6. Solar Charger Power Bank

I keep talking about must-haves, but this one is definitely a must! The Solar Charger Power Bank is a multi-use tool that can wirelessly charge your phone.

It also has a flashlight. 

We normally charge all of our devices if we know that a storm is coming, just in case. But sometimes a power outage happens for no apparent reason.  If you’re caught with no power and a low phone battery, this thing is awesome.

7. Headlamp Flashlight

The Foxelli LED Headlamp Flashlight is perfect for a hands-free light source. As with many of these items on our list, this headlamp has many uses.

These headlamps can be adjusted for kids, too.

The headlamp is great for when you need to see what you’re doing without having to hold onto a flashlight.

8. LED Flashlight

The GearLight LED Flashlight is super bright and compact. It is zoomable, durable, and handy in many different situations.

These lights are the perfect size to hold or carry in your pocket while it’s not in use.

The light reaches long distances and is great for checking the security of your yard at night. 

9. Portable Power Bank Charger

The NOCO Boost Plus GB40 1000 Amp 12-Volt UltraSafe Lithium Jump Starter Box, Car Battery Booster Pack, Portable Power Bank Charger, and Jumper Cables, is a multi-function tool that can be used to charge multiple devices during a power outage.

When it’s not being used when the power is out, it is great to keep in the car in case of emergencies on the road. Just be sure to keep it charged! We recommend charging it overnight on the first day of each month. 

10. Gas-Powered Generator

The Westinghouse WGen3600v Portable Generator is an emergency generator for long-term power outages. Usually, our power outages don’t last longer than a day at the most. We have experienced 3-day outages several times in our lives.

This generator can’t power your entire home, but it can power a refrigerator and maybe some small appliances in an emergency.  You can lose enough food in a power outage to equal the cost of this generator!

After one of the most devasting tornadoes in our state’s history, my power was out for 3 days.  This happened before I was married to my husband, so I was not prepared.  I lost a lot of food from my fridge and freezer.

How long can your fridge/freezer stay cold during a power outage? Check out what Outage Hacks has to say about this.

*Bonus Tip* Don’t open the fridge/freezer when the power goes out! It will stay cooler longer if it stays closed.

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