Sunday, October 13, 2013

Back-up USB power for your technology.

We live in a technology-dependent culture whether we like to admit it or not.  For years, when the power went out... which happens a lot out here in the country where we live... the good 'ol trusty telephone still worked because it had a separate power source from Ma Bell. These days, we don't even have a "land-line" any more as it was dropped when my daughter was finally provided a cell phone several years ago.

While I've talked about back-up power before, sometimes you need a quicker or more portable solution for your technology, a lot of which can now be charged via a USB port. First of all, make sure you pick up a USB adapter for your vehicle's cigarette light, which can usually be found for less the ten bucks.

Another solution, which is quite inexpensive, is a battery-powered back-up USB power source. We picked up several of these Rayovac 7-Hour USB AA-Battery Powered Chargers for less then ten-bucks each a whole back and they come with a set of four AA-batteries.  I've tried one of ours and it actually lasted for almost nine hours of continuous use on a discharged cell phone, which it did bring to a full charge.

I also purchased one for my daughter who is away at college and has already experienced an eighteen-hour power outage.  Keeping those iPhones, iPads, iPods, and iWhatevers charged is critical in an emergency, so for anything short of the zombie apocalypse... pick up some... Back-up USB power for your technology.

1 comment:

  1. Ran across one at Cabelas awhile back, ran off of solar power. Nice and handy, as long as you're not stuck in the middle of a hurricane or in the middle of a nuclear winter. I think the more expensive version also had a hand-crank, which I found to be imminently useful. I've also seen a few of those portable weather radios with solar and hand-cranked power; the manufacturers like to Swiss-Army the things, they now have flashlights and battery chargers and USB ports built in to them. I can't see using more than one or two functions at a time without really stressing out the charging capabilities, but I can also see the usefulness of such a contraption. Just need to convince myself that the $50-$150 is worth it.