Solar/Windup Emergency Light-Radio-Phone Charger

Rating 4/5 ★★★★☆ 

Although I live in England now, I have kin just a few miles from where three tornadoes touched down recently. People got hurt (one woman died) and a lot of the town was destroyed. I’ve also been through some crises in the UK (repeated floods) and elsewhere (including hurricanes and blizzards).

You never expect the power to go out for as long as it does. You don’t think about how to reach people with the telephone system down. If you stockpile batteries in advance, you forget about them and when the emergency hits they’ve run down too much.

That’s what this gadget is for. It isn’t just for getting some radio news about the situation and having some light. I’ve noticed that the cellular phone network starts working pretty quickly after most disasters, but the battery in the phone runs down while the towers are out of service. That’s why I prefer this particular unit so I can charge my pocket phone.

I’m not going to quote other people about this–I personally hate to face a disaster without it. Click here to get it from QuakeKare Inc emergency preparedness specialists.

Pros

  • Compact
  • Produces enough light, for long enough, to deal with emergencies
  • Don’t need to keep it charged, either put it in the sun for a while or wind it for a while before using it
  • It’s multifunction so your emergency kit is more compact
  • Since the light is LED, one charge goes a long way at night and you don’t have to worry about bulbs burning out

Cons

  • Not terribly bright (but it sure beats pitch dark)
  • Has a bluish tint
  • Has ni-cad batteries, so you should let the battery run all the way down before recharging

In an emergency, there’s no substitute for being prepared. QuakeKare offers this at a good price, and some variations if your priorities are not the same as mine. For example, if you’re in tornado country, you might prefer the version with a Weather Band radio.