How to Prepare for Storm Season With an Emergency Power Supply

Though hurricanes in storm season can be unavoidable, discomfort, health issues, and death are not necessarily so. There are plenty of ways you can prepare for a storm emergency and make these disasters much more survivable. 

For example, you can make an emergency kit. This should include such things as cash, food, flashlights, and so on. You should also have a radio so that you can keep track of weather reports and other important news. 

However, there's one thing that the usual hurricane preparedness sites don't cover: an emergency power supply. Having this can be very useful in many ways. For example, it can keep phones powered and perhaps power a heat source after you've lost power. 

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Read on to learn how to use a portable power station. 

Solutions for an Emergency Power Supply  

A power bank can be a great way to keep your cell phones charged. Batteries are good for flashlights. However, it's not practical to use these to power larger items such as a fridge or a lamp. 

Instead, the best solution for this situation is a portable power station and/or generator. Generators can gather energy from a source outside of the power grid. A portable power station is easy to move to other locations if the situation calls for it. 

You can learn more about the different generator types and portable power stations below.

Portable Power Station 

A portable power station is comparable to a power bank. It has the same ability to store a certain amount of energy. This energy can then be used to power devices that need it. 

One thing to keep in mind is that this device needs a power source to charge it and it cannot generate energy on its own. Thus, if you don't have a generator, you have to make sure that you charge your portable power station before a storm emergency. It's probably best, then, to at least have both devices.  

Diesel Generator

Having a diesel generator is a much more reliable solution for power outage preparedness. As long as you have enough gas, you should have a separate power source through a whole lost power situation. You can even use it to power a portable power station. 

Solar Generator 

Like a diesel generator, a solar generator can create its own energy. The main difference is that it uses the sun as a source of energy rather than gas. However, there are advantages and disadvantages to using it in a lost power situation as this article will detail shortly. 

How to Choose a Generator and/or Portable Power Station

So now you know some solutions for an emergency power supply to help you with power outage preparedness. However, as you can see, there are some different types of generators. Beyond that, different brands sell these devices. 

How can you choose a generator based on all these different factors? Read some tips about how to do this below. 

Choosing a Generator Type 

When you are considering generator types, it's best to consider the possible situation you'll face after you've lost power. For example, a diesel generator can be great in a situation during storm season where there isn't a lot of sun. However, it may be difficult to purchase fuel at local stores if trucks cannot deliver to a store in a storm emergency. 

If you're confident that the sun will appear after a storm, a solar generator can be a great solution. With the sun, you'll have a nearly limitless emergency power supply throughout the storm season. You'll also feel less environmentally guilty. 

Choosing a Brand of Product 

Choosing a brand of product can be as easy as checking the quality factors of a company. Check the reviews from previous customers for how well the generator facilitates power outage preparedness. You can also check the brand for the amount of experience. 


How to Use Your Generator or Portable Power Station

Your generator or portable power station should come with a user manual that can help you through basic operations. If you lose this manual, you should be able to find a digital version. The customer service of the best emergency power supply companies should also be able to help you if it's necessary. 

Beyond that, there are some other things that you need to keep in mind while using your portable power station. 

Get the Proper Equipment

Don't just purchase a generator and assume it can power the essentials on its own. You may need certain equipment to connect these items to your portable generator. For example, you may need an inverter to change direct current (DC) power to alternating current (AC) power. 

Put the Power Station in a Safe Space 

You may be unable to use your generator if water damages it. Therefore, you don't want it to be in a place that storm floods can easily reach. A place like your attic will probably be better. 

Practice Using the Generator Beforehand 

You don't want to be frustratingly flipping through the instructions in a storm emergency. It's best to err on the side of caution and make sure that you can operate your generator well. 

Try using the generator a few times beforehand as a matter of power outage preparedness. You should also have the other members of your household go through this process as well. 

For a Reliable Emergency Power Source, Try Our Solar-Powered Generators 

In sum, it's important to have a generator and know how to use it properly. This is the best way to make sure that your household has a reliable emergency power supply in a lost power situation. 

Also, as you shop for a generator, consider our solar-powered ones. We also offer several portable power station products that can be used with our generators. OUPES is committed to strict quality control and reliability of our products.

Order our products today and be worry-free when the storm season arrives.