Is a portable power supply required in the event of a disaster?


Nowadays, various natural disasters are happening around the world, such as earthquakes, super typhoons, volcanic eruptions, heavy rains, snow disasters and other natural disasters that occur frequently. For example, the Turkish earthquake recently broadcast on February 6, 2023 at 9:17 a.m. (4:17 a.m. on February 6 local time), a magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Turkey with a focal depth of 20 kilometers and a Epicenter at 37.15 degrees north latitude, 36.95 degrees east longitude. On February 6 at 6:24 p.m. Beijing time (1:24 p.m. on February 6 local time), a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Turkey with a focal depth of 20 kilometers and an epicenter at latitude 38.00 degrees north and 37.15 degrees east longitude. The death toll from the earthquake has exceeded 50,000. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the damage caused by the earthquake exceeded $104 billion.

In addition to earthquakes, the number of floods and landslides caused by typhoons and heavy rains has increased year by year in recent years. In July 2020, the torrential rains that hit southern Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan caused major damage to the watershed. It may be necessary to reconsider what to do when lifelines such as electricity, gas and water are cut off.

In the "What-if" Disaster Preparedness White Paper - Disaster Awareness Survey conducted by Panasonic Japan in 2021, when asked about the difficulties they faced in preparing for power outages due to natural disasters, 19.7% answered: "mobile phone batteries"; 17% answered “power generation products” and power related products ranked high, showing that battery preparation is not perfect. The capacity of mobile power is larger than cell phone battery, so the biggest advantage is that you can have power anytime, anywhere. In addition, when combined with a solar panel, power can be secured even during long-term power outages and energy savings can be achieved through power storage as long as there is sunlight. Many people originally bought it to use at the campsite, but with the increased awareness of family evacuation, the number of households preparing portable power sources has increased year by year.

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Preparation of the "power supply" necessary for information security.

Smartphones play a very important role as an information gathering tool in emergency situations. It will be a reassuring ally in gathering and sharing information. Phone batteries are mainly used to charge smartphones and tablets, so many people probably have them. But most cell phone batteries only have USB output, which can't be used for computers and lamps. The portable power supply not only has large capacity, but also has the characteristics of high power output and various output ports. For example, the ALLPOWERS S1500 mobile power supply has a capacity of 295200 mAh/1092 Wh. This is a capacity that can charge around 98 smartphones. Besides 4 AC outputs, it also has 3 ports for cigarette lighter output and USB output.

Can be used for home evacuation

When a major disaster occurs that cuts off lifelines, it's normal to go to an evacuation center, but in reality, it's difficult to accommodate all residents in a densely populated metropolis. As more local governments mandate “evacuation at home,” large apartment complexes are less likely to collapse. Every household's need for disaster control measures that correspond to "helping people to help themselves" is increasing every year. You may be wondering if your home is a home evacuation environment. In fact, there seems to be many cases where people evacuated from their homes went to the evacuation center to charge their smartphones. So what do you need to prepare for accommodation at home? Specifically, we need three things: preserved food and water, energy sources such as electricity and toilets. Storing electricity is the hardest. Portable power supplies that can store large amounts of electricity can be used for this. The portable power supply has many types of connectors and high output power, and can be used with all electrical appliances in the event of a power failure. In addition, since there is less self-discharge, it can be charged and stored as an emergency power source. In addition, when a solar panel is prepared, it can be charged by sunlight, and the power supply can be guaranteed even in the event of a long-term power failure, which is more secure.

How to get the most out of your portable power supply

A portable power supply purchased for emergencies. I believe there are some people who keep it in the closet. If you try to use it in an emergency, you will accidentally run out of battery. In order to keep the portable power supply in a good state of charge, it is important not to leave it for a long time and to get used to regular use. For example, how about providing power for a barbecue in the backyard or taking a portable power pack out once a month with family and friends? Besides checking the battery status, you can also learn how long a product can be used. Please try to prepare while incorporating it into your daily life. If you are not using a portable power source to charge your device for storage, we recommend turning it off. A dry and well-ventilated area is also important.