Xantrex, a developer, manufacturer, and marketer of power electronic and control products for the distributed, mobile and programmable power markets, announced their XPower portable “power-in-a-box” systems will keep essential appliances operating during power outages. According to Xantrex, the XPower Powerpack 300 Plus and 1500 portable power systems are compact, easy-to-operate, and inexpensive sources of household power that people can use to run lights, fans, televisions and computers. The XPower 1500 also powers microwave ovens, refrigerators and other critical appliances, Xantrex states.Burnaby, British Columbia – September 25, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] “Xantrex XPower Powerpack 1500 and 300 Plus models are an ideal short-term source of electricity,” said Lawrence Neill, director of sales for Xantrex consumer products. “Xpower products are safe to use indoors and outdoors. They are ideal for people living in homes, apartments or townhouses where using a generator is not feasible.” Xantrex maintains that unlike a fuel-operated generator, the company’s portable power products are quiet, create no exhaust fumes and they can be recharged by plugging them into a car cigarette lighter or by connecting them to solar panels. The length of time an appliance will run from an XPower system depends on how much power the appliance requires. For example, the Powerpack 1500 can run an 18 cubic-foot refrigerator for approximately four hours, a 27 inch TV for five hours, a laptop computer for 18 hours or a microwave oven for 30 minutes. Beyond power outages, Xantrex claims their XPower systems can jump-start vehicles and also serve as portable power sources for running home office equipment, stereo systems, power drills or almost any electrical product for camping, boating or at a cottage or work site. All units have a DC power outlet to run an emergency light and jump-start cables.