In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, we are all reminded, and even humbled, by the power of nature. The control we desire over our environment has been a part of both our biggest triumphs and our biggest feats. Our contributions to this earth, though some beneficial and groundbreaking, have, for the most part, been destructive. Now, as 7 million and counting East Coast citizens remain without power and the death toll surpasses 200, it is evermore apparent that the environment is something bigger and stronger than we can ever conquer. Regions in and surrounding New York City, like Long Island and the Rockaways, feature residential buildings stories high, where elderly tenants are sitting 13 floors up without any working elevators or even a way to call for help. On the shores of New Jersey, houses flooded through the basement are surrounded by open, live wires or dated, poorly insulated generators. The possibilities for injuries and fatalities in these situations need not be elaborated on.
Paradoxically, as attempts to clean up and recover from the devastation of the storm become a national effort, we are also reminded that, once again, we must rely on nature for survival, no matter how advanced and removed from nature we may think our lifestyles have become; we are still completely dependent. There is hope and light – literally – out there and we have the capacity and tools to harness it, and sustainably. Originally designed for outdoor recreation, the solar-powered products created by Voltaic are now in high demand to recharge the regions left in the dark by Sandy, and are now more than ever considered as alternative sources of energy storage in general, especially for future emergency purposes. As rescue teams and grass roots collaborations reach out to the millions in need, they bring with them the portable, durable solar panels designed by Voltaic, strapped on to the company’s converter backpacks made of recycled soda bottles and completely water and UV proof.
Just one hour in the sun generates 4 Watts of power and provides 3 hours of energy for hand-held devices and other electronics. Once the most accessible residents are powered up, the goal is to provide them with their own solar panels, and then try to supply those who are still unreachable. Voltaic’s 3.4 Watt Solar Charger Kit is now being offered at only $35 and with the purchase of one kit, another will be provided free of charge in order to give the same power to those still left without electricity. Voltaic is calling it Buy One Give One and so far – so long as the sun stays out – is relieving the power outage at rates that would otherwise be unheard of without this technology. Built on the foundation that life’s original source of energy – the sun – is still the most reliable, Voltaic creates its line of products to harness the sun’s power, store it, and then easily convert it to charge electronics, from phones to laptops and all other USB devices in between. While the science behind creating solar panels and converting energy into battery life is complex, Voltaic makes the process as simple for you as the concept behind it is, and it works. What the Buy One Give One offer provides is a 3.4 Watt panel, a USB battery “lighter than a deck of cards” to store the energy, and connectors to transport the energy from panel to battery to device. Some smartphones can even be directly connected to the panel itself. Voltaic also has touch lights and flashlights that can be charged by the USB battery for as low as $10 a light. Efficient, portable, and safe, the devices created by Voltaic are nature’s answer to our current call for help.
Whether or not you were directly impacted by Sandy you can, and should, purchase kits similar to the Buy One Give One offer to prepare for power outages in the future, or just to cut down on personal energy costs. The entire Voltaic line is ideal for outdoor adventures as well. Whatever your motive, right now your purchase will provide power to families still suffering from the damage, preventing them from having to swim through basements to play around with unsafe switches and wires or from being trapped in buildings without any means of communication. We are all touched by Sandy in one way or another, at the least because we now appreciate what we still have and what nature will always provide us with.