Friday, April 23, 2010
Vector 3LED Recharge Night Light (VEC186) at CompactAppliance.Com
I decided to cook dinner early today, which is good because the lights went out and stayed out for a couple of hours. My daughter came out of her room, upset, and asked if I paid the bill because it's not even raining. Yes, I paid the light bill. She can't get on the internet or watch TV without power. What is she going to do? I suggest reading a book and she looks at me as if I've suggested that she could clean her room (another valid option).
She decided to do her nails. Not just paint her nails, but put tips on. She pulls out the glues, acrylics, and several other aromatic (not pleasantly) potions. Without the A/C running and providing ventilation, it's not long before the entire apartment reeks of acetone. I can't take it any more and make her put it away. What is she going to do now? She told me she hoped there isn't a hurricane this year because it's only been an hour and it sucks already.
Other than it being a little hot, I don't remember having such a hard time entertaining myself without electricity when I was a kid. We played with a deck of paper cards...or ivory dominoes. Yes, it is fun to play poker at the same table as Sven in Sweden and Nga in Asia, but I still like to play with friends that are physically in the same room.
Where I live, we have to be prepared for power outages all the time. The image is of my favorite emergency lighting. I have two of them and want to buy more. During Ike, we placed them in the bathrooms. If you unplug them while they are not in use, they'll last for days if not weeks. One of the teenagers took it in his room and ran the battery down - during daylight hours. It lasted at least 8 hours of continuous use.
Now I keep it plugged in an outlet in the kitchen. The batteries automatically recharge without overcharging, so you can leave it plugged in all the time. The light comes on automatically when the power fails and provides enough light for the entire kitchen and living room area to move around without crashing into the furniture. I don't have to stumble around searching for the flashlight or trying to light a candle which I'm afraid to leave burning with the cats around, anyway.
I had to do a Google search to find the exact model I have. I've never shopped at that particular site. I'm sure you can find them or something similar at Target or Wal-Mart. I found some similar items on Amazon. I linked to the ones with the best reviews.