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Is there such a thing as a portable generator that takes power from an outlet and stores it in an emergency?

I am looking for a non gas powered electrical generator or electric back up device that can store electricity, hopefully by being plugged into a wall outlet, and be used in an emergency. Does this exist and if it does what is it called and where would I find one in New York City. Thanks for all the answers so far. Do UPS devices work with other appliances or just computers?

Asked By: SteV - 8/26/2011
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man, the news has you guys whipped into a frenzy dont they? they have done their jobs well if you are panicking. a ups isnt going to save you from a power outage. at best it will run a few things a few times. best to get candles and battery operated devices if you are that worried.
Answered By: Jackrabbit Slim - 8/26/2011
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You can get them at most hardware stores, I'm pretty sure they're just called electric generators. Some run off stored energy and some run off battery. The battery ones are more reliable though.
Answered By: Cody West - 8/26/2011
 
Its called a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) and is something you may find at a computer store. The design is such that when there is a power failure, the computer can stay on for a while so it may be cleanly shut down without error. The UPS power will only last a few hours at most though.
Answered By: Texas - 8/26/2011
 
A battery charger, a bunch of deep cycle batteries and an inverter. But this system would be good for lighting only. It will take many many batteries to power your home for a few hours no matter what system you use.
Answered By: Dan B - 8/26/2011
 
you should probably invest into solar panels, or small turbine windmills, otherwise their aren't. if you produce power into an outlet it will backfeed into the city grid. this is extremely dangerous for line workers. another idea would be to use a battery backup system, it's charged by city power and provides a small... More
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Answered By: that guy - 8/26/2011
 
Best buy also have them for like $60-$80 you just charge it before an emergency and then you will be able to plug any electronic device to it like a stove, fan, radio, lamp, microwave and much more good investment around this time.
Answered By: Tairesce - 8/26/2011
 
there are solar generators .. basically build it yourself .. you need a battery bank, a charger, and an inverter sized according to your needs. As mentioned above it wont go as far as you might think and designing a backup system around conservation is going to be key to success. There is alot you should research and... More
Answered By: Shozbot - 8/26/2011
 
UPS Universal Power Supply is it. You will need a big one if you plan to power allot of things for more than a day. Large ones cost as much as a generator. A generator keeps going as long as you have an energy supply but a UPS will eventually fail before you have to plug it back in. They are only designed for 24... More
Answered By: Bud Vet - 8/26/2011
 
Do you live in Queens? The stores will be closed tomorrow and mass transit will be shut down as a precaution to keep people that don't know any better off the streets. Any thing can become lethal when flying through the air . The tunnels of mid-town will increase the airspeed of an umbrella to an unexpected rate... More
Answered By: harvey lembeck jr - 8/26/2011
 
Ups is best everyone said that if not gas really works well but exhaust and gas sucks
Answered By: Rufus Xavier - 8/26/2011
 
ask specialists
Answered By: Pink-iz-Best - 8/26/2011
 
my two cents worth.... a ups is good for electronics and lighting, that don't use much energy. It will operate a small electric motor like a small fan. They will not be much help for a freezer or refrigerator or stove. The one thing that is for sure... a bigger UPS will last longer .
Answered By: ALAN - 8/26/2011
 
UPS is the sytem you are talking about but it is designed to run low power items such as computers for a reasonable amout of time(like an average power cut or for a standby generator to kick in). They are not for running household items.The cost of setting up a standby power supply to run the essentials in a hoiuse... More
Answered By: pipe strangler - 8/27/2011
 
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