As the recent rains plunged the city in darkness, sale of power banks and candles shot up.

Due to continuous power cuts, many people were left with phones that were out of charge.

“As I don’t have much charge in the phone battery, I purchased a power bank. I am leaving for Karnataka and I will charge the mobile at the bus terminus,” said Giridhar, a resident of Nerkundram who had come to Ritchie Street, off Anna Salai, for purchasing a power bank.

Many others were also seen purchasing power banks.

The minimum price for a power bank for iphone, sold by a roadside vendor at Ritchie Street, is Rs. 350.

Deppending on the capacity of the power bank, it can go up to Rs. 750.

“Many youngsters have purchased power banks from me,” said K. Raja, who was seen selling power banks at Ritchie Street.

Meanwhile, the prices of candles had also gone up.

“Since there was no power in the house for three days,USB adapters the invertor stopped work and I had to start using candles.

As candles were in demand, people were selling them at Rs.30 per piece,” said S. Mukesh, a resident of Mylapore.