Spare batteries

Batteries are everywhere. In a disaster it only takes one flat battery to change a situation. Make sure you have enough spare batteries to last three days. Some outlets sell wind-up torches and radios which recharge their own batteries.

There are also battery chargers which will charge most portable devices through a winding action or from the sun. Consider getting a battery charger for your emergency kit and charge your batteries when your devices are not in use. But make sure you only connect rechargeable batteries. Some batteries cannot be safely recharged.

Check what items you have which will need batteries in the aftermath of a disaster. These could include:

  • Torches
  • Lanterns
  • Mobile phones
  • Laptops/Tablets
  • Hearing aids
  • Medication delivery systems
  • Health monitors


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: How long do batteries last in an emergency kit?

A: Battery storage life varies dramatically between battery types. The best idea is to test them with a battery tester every three months to ensure they are still okay. Some manufacturers are now producing batteries with long shelf lives – some as long as 10 years. It is still advisable to test these batteries periodically to make sure they will be ready when you need them.


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