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LEAD-ACID BATTERY BANKS

If you haven’t read LEAD-ACID BATTERIES 101, please click on the link and read it. It contains a lot of great information and it lays the ground-work for understanding other lead-acid battery topics.

Battery Banks

There are many reasons you would want to connect two or more batteries together. You can increase Voltage or increase […]

REFILLING 1 POUND PROPANE CYLINDERS

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LEAD-ACID BATTERIES 101

Lead-Acid Batteries were invented in1859 by a French physicist. They are the oldest type of rechargeable battery. They are the most popular starting (car) and marine battery worldwide because of their inexpensive cost compared to their electrical output.

Lead-Acid Batteries come in many voltage and cell configurations but this article will mostly be concerned with […]

RECHARGING ALKALINE BATTERIES

I read about a battery charger that is supposed to recharge Non-rechargeable Alkaline batteries, something I thought couldn’t or shouldn’t be done.

I have a great rechargeable battery set-up that includes Ni-MH batteries and a “Smart Charger”. So why would I want to worry about what up until now has been “use once then throw […]

EMERGENCY POWER – PART 3

Should I buy a Generator or Battery Bank?

The answer could be “Yes” or “It Depend”.

 

Minimal System – If you are looking for a minimal system that only supplies basic needs as outlined above, a simple single battery system would work fine.

The least expensive way to provide power during an emergency is […]

EMERGENCY POWER – PART 2

How Do I Get the Power?

There are two main sources for emergency power; generators and battery balks. Each has pros and cons. If you have a screw that needs to be screwed in, a screwdriver is the best tool to do the job. If you have a nail that needs to be driven in, […]

EMERGENCY POWER – PART 1

How Much Power Do You Need?

Most people would agree that during an emergency or power outage, normal life will be put on hold. We would expect to get by on […]

TRI-FUEL GENERATORS

Superstorm Sandy has made everyone review their preparations. For those who were in the storm’s path, they are unfortunately being made acutely aware of the short-comings in their preparation. The rest of us are asking ourselves how we would have fared in the same storm.

I watch the news and programs that talk about the […]

RUNNING YOUR GAS FURNACE FROM A GENERATOR OR INVERTER

As I get older it seems that cold bothers me more than heat. I live in an area where winter temperatures dip below freezing from October to March and can go below zero from November to February. My preps include several ways to stay warm. They include a portable propane heater and propane, wood for […]

AN EFFICIENT GENERATOR THAT YOU PROBABLY ALREADY OWN

You may not realize it but most of us already own an efficient (although expensive) generator that can be used in an emergency. It is the family car. True you wouldn’t buy a car just for emergency power, but since most of us own a car, let’s see how good of a generator a car […]