5 gadgets you need to prepare for storms and hurricanes
NEW – The 2022 hurricane season in the United States is in full swing right now, with all of Florida currently preparing for Tropical Storm Ian. Luckily for me, I live in Indiana and don’t have to worry about hurricanes. But just like other areas in the United States and around the world, we have our fair share of summer and winter storms that can wreak havoc. I think it’s always important to be prepared for problems when it comes to technology or nature, so let’s take a look at 5 gadgets that can help you stay prepared for storms and hurricanes.
1. Power stations
Electricity is one of those necessities most of us don’t want to be without. So when a storm knocks out your power, you need to be prepared with a large powerhouse. This is the main reason I switched to a Generac whole house gas generator over 10 years ago after we lost everything in our fridge 2-3 times to winter storms.
Power stations today are much more portable than the stationary gas generator I have in my backyard and they can even recharge using the sun when you include solar panels. Here are some popular powerhouses to consider.
EcoFlow Delta Pro Power Station
This powerhouse is a beast! It’s so big that it has built-in wheels to help you move it from place to place. The size isn’t a bad thing though as it has enough juice to power many of your devices at the same time, including freezers, TVs, hair dryers, microwaves, and more. Dave Moore who reviewed this one loved it:
EcoFlow’s Delta Pro is one of the most innovative, effective, and well-designed products I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing. It’s incredibly capable, the design and features are out of this world, and its expandability is just amazing! Bravo, EcoFlow, Bravo!
Or buy: EcoFlow
Lily: our opinion on the EcoFlow Delta Pro power station
BLUETTI AC200P 2000Wh/2000W Portable Power Station
Another very popular power station brand is BLUETTI. Matt Gregersen reviewed the AC200P and thought:
My few weeks with the Bluetti AC200P 2000Wh/2000W Portable Power Station have left me in awe. This powerhouse can do just about anything I can throw at it with ease, the build quality seems to be solid. The specs are competitive with other models on the market, and they exceeded my expectations at almost every stage of the process. Two thumbs out of two!
Or buy: BLUETTI
Lily: our review of the BLUETTI AC200P 2000Wh/2000W Portable Power Station
We have looked at a LOT of power plants over the last two years. So check out all of our power station reviews for more options.
A good flashlight is an indispensable gadget to be prepared for storms. In my opinion, don’t rely on a flashlight that requires USB charging. You want a flashlight that uses standard alkaline batteries which are usually very easy to find, or you can opt for a hand crank flashlight like the ETON hand crank flashlight pictured above. A hand crank flashlight won’t give you super bright light or a long lasting light beam, but it will provide light when you don’t have access to batteries or other methods of recharging a light. refillable pocket. If you are interested in ETON light, price information is shown below. Check out our flashlight reviews for plenty of options.
Or buy: Amazon
3. Power bank
I know I’ve already recommended that you have a Power Plant, but it should be obvious that you won’t be carrying a Power Plant with you. For on-the-go power, you need a smaller power bank that you can carry in a bag or pocket. The one pictured above is the Shargeek Storm2 Slim power bank that Bill Henderson recently reviewed. He loved the clear case and also said:
The large 20,000mAh capacity of the Storm2 Slim can charge a smartphone up to 4 times, a laptop or tablet up to 1.5 times, and a DSLR camera up to 12 times. It takes 90 minutes to be fully charged. These aren’t life changing numbers, but it’s enough to get you through a full day if you need that extra boost and look good too!
Check out our power bank reviews for plenty of options.
Or buy: Amazon
Lily: our review of the Shargeek Storm2 Slim power bank
In the event of a storm, they can subscribe to Internet and cellular service. For this reason, I recommend getting a battery-powered radio so you can tune into your local stations for important news and information. Just like with flashlights, you don’t want a radio that needs to be recharged. You want a radio that uses standard alkaline batteries or even a radio with a built-in crank that you can use to provide several minutes of power without needing an outlet.
Lex Strickland recently reviewed the Midland ER310 Emergency Crank Weather Radio which not only provides FM/AM radio, but also a built-in weather radio and flashlight. It even has a built-in solar panel that will recharge its internal rechargeable battery and it can be used as a power bank for your other gadgets.
Or buy: Amazon
Lily: our review of the Midland ER310 Emergency Crank Weather Radio
5. Meal replacement bars and shakes
Ok, I know this is no gimmick, but don’t think you’re pretending food is a necessity when the going gets tough. I already use meal replacement bars and shakes for my breakfast and lunches just to make my life easier, so here are some of my favorites that don’t require a lot of prep.
Meal replacement bars
The easiest way to grab a quick meal when you’re hiking or without refrigeration due to a major storm is to eat a meal replacement bar like Greenbelly Meal 2Go bars. These bars are very tasty and each giant bar contains more than 25% of your daily intake of six essential nutrients: calories, carbohydrates, protein, sodium, fat and fiber. Each bar contains 650-695 calories, but since they’re packaged in ziploc-style bags, you don’t have to eat them all at once.
Price: $40.00 for 5 packs/meal $8.00 per meal (Greenbelly offers discounts for more meals and/or subscriptions)
Or buy: www.greenbelly.co and Amazon
Lily: our opinion on the Greenbelly Meal 2Go bars
I eat Slimfast meal replacements for breakfast several times a week. They have low carb Keto-friendly bars and non-Keto bars with more carbs for people who aren’t worried about blood sugar like me. The best part about these bars is that they are quite easy to find at your local grocery stores.
Price: ~$9.00/box of 5 bars
Or buy: Walmart, Kroger, Target and Amazon
Meal replacement shakes
Keto Chow shakes are my favorite meal replacement shakes. Each shake contains 1/3 of your daily nutritional needs. Preparation requires you to add water to the motorized shake and shake. The only caveat is that you need a source of fat which can be heavy cream, butter, oil, avocado, etc. You can make a shake with no fat source, but you’ll miss out on a lot of calories. I think Keto Chow Shakes taste amazing. There are several flavors of Keto Chow, but my favorite flavors are Chocolate, Chocolate Toffee, Pistachio, and Chocolate Mint.
Price: $5.50 per pack, cheaper when you subscribe or buy in bags
Or buy: Ketochow.xyz (save 10% when you use code: the gadget (no expiration date)), also available on Amazon
Lily: Our Keto Chow Meal Replacement Review
Meal replacement shakes Code HLTH
Another favorite of mine is the HLTH code. Unlike Keto Chow, HLTH Code shakes do not require a source of fat, they just require water. They mix like Keto Chow. Put the spoonfuls of the powder mixture into the cup, add water and shake.
There are only 2 flavors available and you cannot purchase individual packs. Each bag can make 15 individual 400 calorie meals.
Price: $59.95 per bag/$4.00 per meal when not subscribed and $49.95 per bag/$3.33 per meal when subscribed
Or buy: gethlth.com and Amazon
Lily: our review of code HLTH meal replacement shakes
These are my picks worth adding to your basic all-purpose storm-prep gear kit. What items do you keep in your storm/hurricane preparedness kit? Share in the comments below.