Consider an Alternative to Battery Power this Hurricane Season

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The popularity of solar and dynamo powered emergency products has increased according to emergency preparedness retailer Disaster Relief Supply. Mike Fisher, General Manager of the Disaster Recovery supplier, explains why customers are switching from battery powered to alternative power sources to prepare for the 2012 Hurricane Season.

Rally Dynamo Weather Radio/Flashlight

Rally Dynamo Weather Radio/Flashlight

The term “Solar Powered Flashlight” may seem like an oxymoron, but with a growing desire for renewable energy supplies, solar powered flashlights are finally in the spotlight, or rather, the “sunlight”. Battery powered emergency supplies are becoming relics of the past as items like radios, flashlights, jump starters/power stations, cell phone chargers, and walkie-talkies make the move to solar and dynamo (hand-crank) power. Mike Fisher, from popular online retailer Disaster Relief Supply, explains why customers are choosing alternative powered emergency supplies this hurricane season.

Since working in the Disaster business, Mike Fisher has seen the trends, and has learned the ins and outs of emergency preparedness. While Managing Disaster Relief Supply, one topic that seems to constantly pop-up is renewable energy. “Whether it’s for a house, a shelter, or something as small as a flashlight, people want rechargeable power.” Claims Fisher, “Many of our customers believe they could be left in a situation where stores of conventional batteries have run out and are no longer accessible through retail shops.” The most likely scenario that customers allude to is a major storm, such as Hurricane Katrina that devastated New Orleans, Louisiana and the surrounding areas. Fisher goes on to say that although few and far between, these kinds of events can happen, tend to occur quickly, and cause mass hysteria. Fisher says that “When a large hurricane strikes and knocks out power for days or weeks, no one wants to deal with running to the store for extra batteries, or hoping that their battery powered supplies are in working condition.”

Although solar powered and dynamo products do not require alkaline batteries (AA/AAA), they do typically contain a Lithium Ion, Deep Cycle Lead Acid, or NiMH (Nickel-metal hydride) battery. These alternate batteries have a long life, and their effectiveness is based on usage (ccpa.net). When compared to the short life of an alkaline battery, it is easy to see why many customers preparing for what could be long periods of isolation from the outside world, gravitate towards a more re-usable battery.

As hurricane season approaches, Disaster Relief Supply is stocking up on essential solar powered and dynamo supplies like weather radios, cell phone chargers,flashlights, solar panels & inverters, and automobile power stations. With a ready supply of these products on their shelves and website, DRSupply is hoping that customer demand for rechargeable emergency products will be met.

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