Hurricanes. Earthquakes. Floods. Power outages. The cable or satellite TV goes out. You left a power cable at the office. You could suddenly find yourself without access to the gadgets you thought you couldn't live without – and now know you can't. Here are a dozen digital items every modern home ought to be stocked with for either everyday use or just in case.
No power in your home? How close is your kitchen to your garage? Start up your car for some emergency power and plug this beverage cup holder-sized power inverter ($70) into the cigarette lighter adapter. It can charge up to three devices or, if you jack in that 50-foot extension cord into its three-prong outlet, it may reach into the kitchen to charge your toaster, a laptop PC, a small TV – anything requiring less than 100 watts.