An emergency charger can literally be a lifesaver in the event of an accident. Driving is a mundane routine, but a small crash or a wrong turn can have dangerous consequences without proper preparation. An emergency backup kit can be essential during such a crisis, especially when it includes an emergency charger.
When Larry Magid got a flat tire driving through Northern California, he needed a tow truck because his car didn’t have a spare. The only problem was he didn’t know where he was located to have someone come help him. Thanks to his phone’s GPS he was able to send his location to the tow truck company, and he was careful to “[keep his] phone plugged into the power socket to be sure [he] didn’t run out of juice.”
Magid was eventually picked up, but his story is a cautionary tale. Had his car’s battery died or had he gotten into an accident, he wouldn’t have been able to keep his phone charged. The risk increases the older the car is; according to AAA, cars that are ten years or older are twice as likely to break down.
It’s important to keep a well-stocked mobile emergency kit in the car, with essentials like a first-aid kit, jumper cables, and roadside flares. An emergency charger that can charge multiple devices and support an AC plug—like ChargeTech’s 27,000 mAh AC Battery Pack—should be a part of any mobile emergency kit.
Uses for an Emergency Charger
When part of a well-stocked mobile emergency kit, an emergency charger can be a versatile tool in times of distress. Let’s take a look at some of the ways an emergency charger could make a troubling situation easier.
Keeping in Contact
Even in densely populated urban and suburban areas, tow trucks can take up to an hour or longer to arrive, especially during a storm--or in rural areas. Keeping your phone charged and broadcasting to a tow truck company is critical.
Entertaining the Kids
When your car breaks down while you’re traveling with kids, that hour-long-or-more wait can seem interminable. It can be hard to explain to kids why the in-car entertainment shut off when the battery died. With an emergency charger, your kids can play their favorite games and watch their favorite show on a mobile device no matter how long the tow truck takes.
An emergency charger like ChargeTech’s 54,000 mAh AC Battery Pack can charge up a laptop, iPad, and smartphone at the same time. In fact, it could fully charge an iPhone X’s 2,700 mAh battery nearly 20 times on a single charge.
Powering a Backup GPS
Sometimes, you break down in an area with poor or no cellular service. A standalone GPS unit can help you determine where you’re located when the smartphone doesn’t work.
Brand new standalone GPS units can be had for $60 or less, making it an affordable backup for your smartphone.
A word of advice: the lithium-ion batteries common in portable emergency chargers can lose a small percent of their charge each month, so it’s wise to top off the one in your emergency backup kit every six months.
Emergency Chargers for Emergency Personnel
Emergency chargers make a great addition to any individual’s mobile emergency kit. But for first responders and hospital workers, a portable emergency charger can provide a life-saving backup for critical tools.
EMS professionals often use CPAP machines to improve the survival rates of people who have a variety of cardiovascular illnesses or injuries. These machines supply continuous air into a patient’s lungs when they can’t breathe. In the event of an ambulance breakdown, an emergency charger equipped with an AC plug could keep this critical piece of machinery running.
In hospitals, mobile devices like smartphones and tablets are changing the way nurses and doctors provide care. According to TechRepublic, “90% of hospitals are implementing or considering a mobile device initiative.” To get through those long 12-hour shifts, health professionals will need mobile emergency chargers.
Portable power packs can be stored and charged in docking stations, making it easy for employees to use and share throughout the workday, whether they’re out in the ambulance or on rounds in the hospital.
Find the Right Emergency Charger for You
Whether you’re a road-trip enthusiast or a hospital administrator, ChargeTech has a wide selection of emergency chargers for every situation. Check out our entire lineup of portable chargers to find the one that’s right for you.