The lights are out. The mutated alien horde is coming. You need power for the Tesla cannon. This is when you’re really glad Duracell’s Powerpack DPP-300EP is sitting on the basement shelf. Essentially a small car battery powering a 120V AC inverter and a 250 psi compressor, it can even fill your truck’s tires for a mad dash to the burnt-out supermarket for a scavenging run. Just watch out for the stray dogs.
Back in the real world, where a greasy, sweat-streaked Bruce Willis won’t be defending his homestead anytime soon, the DPP-300EP will set you back $78 from Amazon, and Duracell isn’t exactly a poorly-regarded name. Keeping one of these charged and ready to go can be a treat, since even the best batteries slowly discharge over time.
Keeping it in your car can be a serious frustration-saver, if you remember to remove it for a recharge every two weeks. It’s worth the effort for a finicky old Sunbeam Tiger, perhaps, but not for a brand-new Chevy, especially since Duracell only recommends using the battery for 4 and 6-cylinder engines. However, they make larger versions like the DPP-600HD which can handle “most 8-cylinder engines,”but you’ll pay $137 and lose the air compressor. So, one for your Civic, and one for your Cutlass 442.