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Hitting the road this summer? Why not carry a huge battery with lots of plugs and even an air compressor that you can use in an emergency? Or maybe a little tiny recharger for your iPod or other USB-compatible devices? Or a 10-pound solar charger?

At any rate, Duracell and Xantrex have you covered. They are now selling a selection of fairly hefty chargers and emergency systems for homes and cars. Take, for example, the Duracell Powerpack 300, an 18-hour battery with jumper cables and air compressor along with two AC outlets and an LED flashlight. The entire package is about as big as a boom box and charges off of wall current when its not in use.

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Then you’ve got this beast, the Powerpack Solar. It can charge multiple devices using the healing rays of the sun and weighs about 10 pounds. They also launched a few smaller chargers including the XPower PowerSource, a USB battery that can apparently charge an iPod Nano seven times.

It’s hard to get really excited about batteries, but if you’re in a brown-out or tornado area, I’d say the Powerpack 300 ($80) or the massive 600 — three AC outlets and 36 hours of power — would be a great investment. They’re available now online and in stores under the Duracell name.

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