Light without electricity: battery torch, glow sticks & more
A power failure is rare in Germany, but you should be prepared just in case. We will introduce you to practical devices and other tools that you can use to provide light – even without electricity.
LED flashlight: The classic for power failures
Have a particularly bright light: LED flashlights. Image: © M2-TEC 2022
A flashlight should always be found in the household. In the best case, you reach for an LED flashlight . Compared to flashlights with light bulbs, the batteries in the LED version last much longer. Another advantage: LED lamps shine brighter. You can orientate yourself better in the dark.
The Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance recommends having a supply of flashlights and candles in the household. Make sure you buy replacement batteries for the flashlights. For candles, you should have lighters and matches on hand.
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LED Camping Lantern: Also useful for indoor purposes
LED camping lanterns last a long time even with batteries. Image: © Favor 2022
In addition to LED flashlights, LED camping lanterns also provide bright light. With the lamp from Favour , you always have everything in view in the dark. You can gradually increase the light intensity from a cozy candlelight to a bright light output of 1,300 lumens.
The camping lantern has a fold-out handle and an integrated hook. Also practical: the cover can even be removed for even more light output. The manufacturer promises a battery life of 7.5 hours at the brightest level. To use the LED camping lantern, you have to buy 4 x mono batteries (also called D or LR20) separately.
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Gas lamp: not only suitable for camping
Gas lamps used to be part of the cityscape. Luckily these days they are available without an open flame. With such a lamp, the gas comes from the gas cartridge. With modern models, you can adjust the feed yourself and thus increase the brightness. Gas lamps are used especially for camping, hiking and other outdoor activities. In the event of a power failure, they are also very useful within your own four walls – by the way, they also give off a pleasant warmth.
Solar Torch: Perfect for outdoors and indoors
With solar torches you can also provide a little light indoors. Image: © MAXXMEE 2022
Once the electricity is gone, solar lamps with rechargeable batteries are particularly practical. A solar torch is particularly effective on paths in the garden, on the terrace or on the balcony. The torches create a cozy atmosphere outside. Until the electricity is back in the apartment, you can also use them. You get the solar torches from MAXXMEE in a set of 2. 21 LEDs are installed per torch, which ensure a great flame effect.
Thanks to the integrated solar panel, the lights are charged during the day. As soon as it gets dark, the light comes on. You can also easily attach solar torches to tables with the clips provided.
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Night light: For children and adults
A little light without electricity for orientation? That works with night lights. Image: © Alecto 2022
A night light is usually useful, especially for children who are afraid of the dark. Depending on the model, the light color and light intensity can be adjusted. Children can choose from cute animal designs. Night lights are also useful for adults, e.g. B. to find the way to the toilet in the dark. In the event of a power failure, the small lamps are also useful so that you can find your way around the room and it is not completely dark. Many models have an integrated battery, some of which can even be charged via USB.
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Glow Sticks: The colorful illuminant
Glow sticks are great fun in the dark. Image: © Adobe Stock/pressmaster 2022
In the event of a power outage, a rave party first? Probably not. But when it comes to light without electricity, glow sticks are part of it. As the name suggests, the small sticks start to glow as soon as you bend them. And this is how it works: When you bend two non-toxic liquids, they mix, and the chemical reaction then produces light. Glowsticks are colorful, but they're not particularly bright. Also, glowsticks can only be used once.