Friday, July 18, 2014
How’s that saying go? “Necessity is the mother of invention.”
If you experience a prolonged power failure, here's some ideas. Things you may already know or have read about, but forget when darkness really falls.
- Take your solar garden lights inside at night. They make great lamps. Put them back outside in the morning to recharge.
- Having a small to medium size solar charger to charge your cell phone, tablet & other small electronics might be a good idea.
- If you have a hot tub, there's a source of water to flush the toilet.
- Get one of those little 12 volt adapter/chargers that plug into your vehicle accessory (cigarette) outlets. They have one or two USB connections that are great for charging phones and other light duty devices.
Especially when you have to drive to the store or somewhere.
- If your vehicle has a 110v outputs, remember that when the power goes out. It can power light duty appliances/equipment. You can also buy larger higher current models as well, that plug into the 12v accessory outlet.
Remember to check the rating. Most built in ones are in the range of 150 watts output. After market ones average 300 watts, but can be larger or smaller.
So know the rating of your converter and the power demand of the device you are going to use. These small units certainly will not power an electric kettle or any high wattage appliance.
Just remember these can kill your vehicle battery after prolonged use, if it is not running.
Pretty simple things really, you may know this already. Some may not know, or forget that they did…
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