SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - An up-and-coming company is making it easy and inexpensive to access electricity, no matter where you are.
Thanks to Inergy Solar, power outages no longer have to be inconvenient, even during the most stressful of circumstances.
Last summer, Luis Majano learned that, firsthand.
Today, things are just about back to normal in Majano's southern Texas neighborhood, but flash back to several months ago, and the scene was enough to scare anyone. Roads had turned to rivers, as Hurricane Harvey pounded the coast and surrounding areas.
"We were in an island, basically, for about 48 hours," Majano recalled.
With no power and nowhere to go, Majano says it was his time to do something.
"I basically powered the refrigerator, the freezer, the toaster, an espresso machine -- we have to have our espresso -- and all the kids' iPads and phones and all the electrical gadgets," he said, adding that his Inergy Solar Kodiak Generator could have continued that way for months.
Inergy Solar CEO Sean Luangrath says the miniature piece of equipment has a huge storage capacity.
"Once fully charged, the Kodiak can recharge over a hundred iPhones or 20 laptops. It can actually run three loads of laundry..." Luangrath explained. " The Kodiak will actually run your freezer for 40 hours."
While the Kodiak has proven extremely beneficial during natural disasters, those are not the only times to use them. Luangrath says in the Rocky Mountains, some of his biggest customers use the Kodiak for camping and glamping -- a trend RV dealers say they have noticed.
"It gives you the ability to go out and go dry camping and not have a generator running, noise in the background, fuel, the smell," said Brett Parris of Parris RV.
The Kodiak also allows people who use medical devices to again enjoy the mobile lifestyle they have been missing; for example, people who rely on CPAP machines for sleep apnea.
"You can run your CPAP inside your RV... it will power your CPAP all night," Luangrath said.
The process is quick and simple, using inexpensive portable solar panels and a basic charging plug. You can also add extra batteries to store more than the standard 1,100 watt hours -- That is what Majano did. He says the Kodiak generated peace of mind and helped his family power through that stressful hurricane.
"I think if we did not have that resource, it would've been a different story," he said.
"That's what really makes our day. That really justifies or validates what we set out to do, which is to help people... to provide the world with affordable solar power," Luangrath said, upon hearing about Majano's positive experience with his product.
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