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TWO WEEKS OFF GRID – DAY 12

Day 12. The question for today is, “What do you need to feel “Normal” in an emergency and how much does “Normal” cost”?

We all have different capacities of how much shortage and or suffering we can deal with. I’m going to give you my basic list of what my wife and I need to […]

TWO WEEKS OFF GRID – DAY 7

Day 7. We are only a good night’s sleep and a wake-up from being on the off-grid emergency preparedness test for 1 week. Honestly the first week has gone by pretty fast. Food, water and even power have not been a problem. Power has been something we have to watch. We are running everything off […]

TWO WEEKS OFF GRID – DAY 4

Day 4. It is going to be a short blog today. It is a very cloudy day which is really affecting how much power the solar panels are providing. The highest reading I’ve seen today is 150 watts which is enough to run essentials but not enough to run my computer for very long, hence […]

TWO WEEKS OFF GRID – DAY 2

Day 2. The thing that has hit me the most is the realization of how much time, even simple tasks, now take to do. No more automated coffee maker where you can “set it and forget it”. To get coffee, I have to fire up a stove to use a percolator coffee maker that needs […]

TWO WEEKS OFF GRID – DAY 1

It’s the first day of our trial 2-week preparedness test. Not many surprises. The biggest surprise was that our 2000 watt modified sine inverter would not run the microwave on a test run. I don’t think we would have used it all that often because it is such a big power hungry appliance but it […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

PORTABLE BACKUP POWER - Part 2

Part 2 – Sizing Your System

So how do you decide how big of generator or solar system to buy? The biggest question is what do you want to run off of it. It is unreasonable for most of us to think that life will not change in an emergency. The reason we are talking […]

PORTABLE BACKUP POWER - Part 1

Part 1 – Sources of Power

We are so dependent on electricity that the lack of it turns our lives upside down. Even a few hours without electricity makes it feel like a visit back to the dark ages. Having a large solar panel array or a series of wind turbines or a combination of […]