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Prepare Your Home
For Power Outages.

What Are The Causes Of Power Outages?

Most winter power outages are a result of bad weather or natural disasters, especially snow and ice storms. Due to an aging power grid unprepared for extreme weather, we’ve seen an increase in unusual weather conditions tripping up states with ill-equipped systems.

What Are The Causes Of Power Outages?

Make sure you’re ready for winter outages with these essentials.

Prepare An Alternative Power Source

Get ready with torches and batteries, or if you’re thinking long-term, invest in a portable power station.

Store Non-Perishable Food And Water

If you get snowed in during an outage, you’ll need access to non-perishable foods in tins and packets. If you’re using a power station to run your fridge and freezer, there’s no need to worry about perishable food spoiling, either.

Make A Power Outage Survival Kit

Make a list of ways to weatherproof your home for winter, items to purchase for your power outage survival kit, as well as emergency contact numbers and other essentials.

Portable Home Power Solutions

DELTA Max 2000 +
4 x 160W Solar Panels
220W Bifacial Solar Panel

**Runtimes are based on EcoFlow’s test data, which could be used as a reference only.
In addition, these runtimes are for each electric device based on 7.2kWh, not all devices together.

Recharge using solar and power your appliances simultaneously. Top up the power station throughout the day so you’re ready for any eventuality.

- With X-Boost, DELTA Max handles
   devices up to 3400W with ease
- Expandable capacity of up to 6kWh
- Dual fast charging combining AC with
   160W Solar Panels to get up to 2600W

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**Runtimes are based on EcoFlow’s test data, which could be used as a reference only.
In addition, these runtimes are for each electric device based on 7.2kWh, not all devices together.

DELTA 2 with Solar Panel is a must-have for any home that puts power security & comfort first. With a long-lasting LFP battery, DELTA 2 will keep you prepped for those yearly winter outages.

- 1kWh Capacity (Expand to 3kWh
    with Extra Batteries)
- 1800W AC Output
- Collect more energy with
   a two-in-one bifacial design

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**Runtimes are based on EcoFlow’s test data, which could be used as a reference only.
In addition, these runtimes are for each electric device based on 7.2kWh, not all devices together.

**Runtimes are based on EcoFlow’s test data, which could be used as a reference only.
In addition, these runtimes are for each electric device based on 7.2kWh, not all devices together.

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Power Outage FAQ

Barring significant events like natural disasters or citywide blackouts, Most power outages in the CA last under 2 hours on average. But this is only an average! 

The duration of a power outage ultimately depends on the cause. Day-to-day outages from a downed line or brief interruption in service may only last minutes. In a major event like a hurricane, power outages for individual homes or neighborhoods could last days or even weeks.

Power outages are incredibly varied and can stem from various issues within or outside human control. For example, municipal governments may plan rolling brownouts by a city or region to reduce overall energy use. An intentional outage may negatively impact residents and businesses in an area but is targeted, controlled, and typically short-term.

On the other hand, electrical grids can be interrupted without warning for several reasons. A car accident can take down an electrical pole and temporarily cause power to go out due to a downed line. A hurricane, tsunami, or fire could also damage large-scale electrical systems, leading to outages that can last long periods. 

The consequences could be deadly if all the power went out in a neighborhood or town. While many major institutions like hospitals have backup generators, not every business, home, and roadway will have reliable access to electricity. For example, traffic light systems may go down, making it difficult or dangerous to travel. In a large-scale outage, utility providers can take longer to restore all systems. 

Some believe a solar storm could interrupt Earth's geomagnetic field and cause a worldwide blackout. While an event of this magnitude can happen, most scientists believe it is improbable. NASA's space weather forecasts monitor these solar storms to ensure a catastrophic event of this nature is not looming.

Setting aside a global catastrophe, it is even less likely a worldwide blackout would occur for one reason: not all grids are connected. A downed system in one city rarely impacts the grid in another area unless the same event affects both locations. But a global outage is unlikely to occur.

If the power goes out in your home for more than 4 hours, you should not consume the food in your refrigerator. To help food stay cold and safe to consume longer, do not open the fridge or freezer doors. 

According to the CDC, families should have an emergency kit with enough supplies to last at least three days without power. The kit should include nonperishable and ready-to-eat foods, prescription medications, first aid supplies, and battery-powered devices such as flashlights. Depending on your climate, you may need heating or cooling supplies such as extra blankets or battery-powered fans. 

While surge protectors typically prevent devices from damage during power restoration, it's wise to unplug as many devices and appliances as possible during an outage. 

If you're at home when an outage hits, unplug devices and appliances, locate your emergency kit, and get ready to stay put until the utility provider restores power to your neighborhood. Unless there is an immediate safety threat, your home is the safest place to be during an outage.

A portable power station or solar generator is an excellent backup source during an outage. Because these devices operate independently of the electrical grid, they will not be affected by a widespread outage. The EcoFlow DELTA 2 portable power station can keep the lights or WiFi running for over 30 hours during an outage. 

A week-long power outage is no joke. Preparation is key. A backup power source, like the DELTA solar generator, can make all the difference. In addition, make sure you have enough nonperishable food and water for your family, battery-powered flashlights and lanterns, and plenty of board games and books for entertainment. It can also help to have body wipes and other hygiene products that don't require running water if those systems are compromised.

Cell phones will continue to work if the power goes out, but your calls may not go through due to more extensive system outages, such as downed cell towers. A portable power station or generator can help keep your cell phone charged, so you can communicate as soon as calls go through again.

Generators are convenient in an outage. But not all generators offer the same benefits when it comes to continuous usage. For example, gas generators should not run continuously for more than 12-18 hours due to the dangers of carbon monoxide emissions and the need to refuel. Solar generators, however, can run longer since they do not produce dangerous gases and can charge via solar panels even while in use. 

If your solar panels are grid-tied, they will be rendered ineffective, just like any electrical system connected to the grid during an outage. However, if you've hooked up your solar panels to a portable charging station or generator as part of a Smart Home Ecosystem, they can continue to generate electricity as long as you have consistent access to sunlight. 

Reliable and constant access to power is why solar generators are best for emergency home backup. You can access the necessary power to get you through the outage, regardless of the grid situation in your area

The amount of time your solar batteries can power your home during an outage depends on the efficacy and capacity of your solar generator. If you need to power your house for a long time, you can invest in extra energy storage, like EcoFlow's Extra Batteries, and store more energy for emergency use. You can also harvest additional solar energy with your solar panels. The more panels and batteries you have, the longer you can keep power flowing in your home during an outage.