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How Will I Watch Battery Powered TV After Next Hurricane Caused Power Outage?

When we switch to digital TV, how will I be able to watch my tiny black and white battery powered TV for the five day power outage after the next hurricane?

I won’t be able to watch that TV during hurricane blackouts. That’s the damned answer.

I might as well toss that little TV in the trash right now.  

I’m just glad we are not moving towards digital flashlights and candles. Then I’d have to sit in the dark until power came back on after the next hurricane.

Blogger’s note–There is a comment below that offers a suggestion for this problem.

Update 6/8/09—Here is a Wall Street Journal story about the upcoming June 12 switch . Many are still not ready.

January 23, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,


  1. Neil,

    Here are some links to battery-powered digital TVs:

    These should be capable of receiving digital broadcasts, and should work after the transition to digital.

    If the links don’t work, just search amazon for “battery powered tv.”

    Oh, and here are some digital flashlights:

    These will also run on batteries.


    Comment by Mike Barron | January 23, 2009

  2. Working on the digital candles. Perhaps someone on Make: can devise a small LCD that turns off when blown upon. Right, I’m on it.

    Once upon a time, every home in my hillbilly hideaway had at least one lousy, cheap, battery-powered radio stored with the 9-volt removed and tuned, right out of the package, to 840 AM. In the event of an emergency, sudden storms, the devastating flood of the Ohio River in 1937, the day of the 1974 Super Outbreak of tornadoes, the unanticipated awakening of the New Madrid fault in the early 80’s, the unprecedented 24-inches of snow in January 1994 …

    Even if it was two guys in the studio in the middle of the night, 84WHAS was there. Whatever agency responding to whatever may be happening knew to call or even send someone over to that one studio and know the word would get to the people immediately. This responsibility was taken seriously and with uncharacteristic sobriety. It was from Clear Channel’s first acquisition outside Texas they inherited the slogan: “Depend on it.”

    A radio station plays music, recites news, has call-in shows, panel discussions and all that crap. At one time the actual, authorized-by-the-FCC purpose of the medium was to provide “information in the event of an actual emergency.” Everything else was filler hoping to make a buck. Those days are very much over. Indeed, I could not tell you what civil purpose broadcasting licenses are provided today.

    In the event of such an emergency, I honestly don’t know what I would do. My town has one person, a meteorologist on television, with the power to hit a button and divert programming. Once the internet shuts off, public electric gone, the radio stations using an audio vault playing far-removed programming without so much as an intern/weekender running the virtual board …

    MikeB, how much are those little TVs? How’s the battery life?

    Comment by angrystan | January 23, 2009

  3. Will respond at greater length to both these comments later today when I have more time. Thanks for them both.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | January 23, 2009

  4. @angrystan, I have never used one of those TVs so I can’t really speak to their quality or battery life. They may actually last longer than Neil’s old analog B&W set as LCD screens require less power. My guess, though, is that they are comparable to such a set.

    All the ones I’ve seen are under $200.


    Comment by Mike Barron | January 23, 2009

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  6. you can get one of those back up batteries for your pc and router and it will give you a couple hours

    Comment by bill brady | June 3, 2009

  7. There’s a solution now … Courtesy of Radio Shack.


    Comment by David | December 21, 2009

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