Spring has sprung, which means we’ve finally escaped one of the most extreme winters in recent memory. Weather.com says we should prepare for more large-scale climate events that will cripple power grids, resulting in prolonged power outages. Part of being prepared means having a back-up power supply, and companies like Goal Zero are here to help. Goal Zero’s smallest kit, The Guide, can power or charge your smartphone or tablet, and can be re-charged via USB or by plugging it into a solar panel, like the Nomad 7. GoalZero’s Escape 150 can power just about anything with a standard A/C power cord, like your laptop or camera, and can be re-charged through A/C or through the Escape 30 Solar Panel Briefcase. For prolonged blackouts, something like Goal Zero’s Extreme 350i Power Kit do the trick. I recently used it to power my MacBook Air and a satellite phone, as well as a small refrigerator. I can tell you from personal experience: when you need a solar-chargeable power supply, you’ll be really happy you have one.

About Shelly Palmer

Named one of LinkedIn’s Top 10 Voices in Technology, Shelly Palmer is Managing Partner at Palmer Advanced Media, a technology-focused strategic advisory practice that helps Fortune 500 companies and growth-stage companies with digital strategy, data science, marketing, branding, and business development. He is Fox 5 New York's on-air tech and digital media expert and a regular commentator on CNBC and CNN. @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.

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"Shelly Palmer Radio Report – April 25, 2014" by @ShellyPalmer

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