Check out some handy, battery-operated devices that can help during any kind of storm.

Novatel Wireless MiFi

The Novatel Wireless MiFi uses cell signals from carriers Verizon and AT&T to give Internet connectivity. Using a rechargeable battery with a 10- to 12-hour life, it is able to connect up to 10 Wi-Fi devices — including cellphones, laptops, gaming consoles, etc. The Novatel Wireless MiFi Liberate (available through AT&T) is $49.99 a month with a two-year contract. The Verizon Wireless MiFi 4620L by Novatel Wireless (available through Verizon) is $49.99 a month with a two-year contract. To buy outright, the price is $269.99, with charges incurred only for use.

Ampro 2 LED Emergency Cell Phone Charger with 2 LED Flashlight

This device serves a dual function: It's both a flashlight and cellphone charger, which comes with a mini USB and works with various brands. Find the best price:

Rayovac Sportsman Xtreme Area Lantern

A waterproof lamp that lights up to a 50-foot radius, the device features two settings -- high and low. The dual 9-watt fluorescent U-tube bulbs are powered by eight D batteries and provide 14 hours of light on the high mode and up to 30 hours on the energy saver mode. Find the best price:

AeroBed Luxury Pillowtop Inflatable Bed

When you are having guests and need a spare bed, the AeroBed Luxury Pillowtop Inflatable Bed features a built-in pump that inflates and deflates with a one-touch control, seven preset memory settings and a comfort control wand that gives the user a choice of mattress firmness or softness. The bed is also compact and rolls up for easy storage. ($249.99 for queen, $199.99 for full, $149.99 for twin;

Rowenta's Delta Force Stick Vacuum

This cordless, bagless vacuum features an Energy Star-certified 18-volt battery that runs for 40 minutes per single charge. The vacuum picks up 99 percent of dust on hardwood floors. The item comes in an assortment of colors, including black, pearl, copper red and intense blue. ($179.99,

Coleman All-in-One Portable Sink

The Coleman All-in-One Portable Sink can assist you when you don't have running water and need to wash your hands, clean dishes or rinse fruit and vegetables. The unit features a 2.5-gallon water container with a 4D-battery pump, two 1.25-gallon wash basins, an on/off nozzle and drying rack that can also serve as a strainer. ($37.98,

Tivoli iPAL portable bluetooth speaker/radio

The iPAL is a portable, battery-operated AM/FM radio that also functions as a full-range speaker for an MP3 player. Requires one rechargeable NiMH battery. Find the best price:

6-in-1 Home and Auto Safety Tool

Made by Fuji, this tool runs on two AA batteries to offer an emergency light that blinks red, an LED flashlight, an LED work light, a window breaker (which can be used inside the home) and a magnet. Find the best price:

Luminara flameless pillar candle with timer

Powered by two D batteries, this flameless candle creates a random flicker that casts a light similar to a real flame. It has a built-in timer that will illuminate for up to five hours. Find the best price:


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