Thank goodness June is over with! It certainly was interesting, from starting off with a windstorm in Idaho and Intermountain west to the finish of a massive windstorm in the East. After the last 3 years we have had in the USA between hurricanes, Tornado swarms, Snomeggeddon and snowpocolypse, flooding of the upper Mississippi, Firestorms and other little events I find myself stunned that folks still don’t have the basics.
I did my test of my 250 watt power pak and it won’t run a regular fan for very long, an hour if fully charged and I have to recharge it via regular electricity. I’ll just use it for keeping my wi-fi-network and cable modem going and recharge if I run the generator. My next purchase is getting that bigger power pak I can recharge via solar panels. They have a 400-600 watt inverter built in which will run gadgets, or a TV/VCR for a little while and for under $100.00 not to bad a deal. Plus I can always use it to jump car batteries. : ) The great thing about these is they are quiet and emit no fumes like a gas generator and a lot more portable compared to a generator. If you are in an Apartment or doing the Urban Survivalist thing these little power paks might be just the ticket and I bet they are still in stock unlike gas generators. Remember without gas, oil and regular maintenance , a generator is just a big paperweight.
I did pick up a little gadget that will let me recharge my phone in the car. I dropped the ball on that idea even though I have generators and other gadgets that will let me charge a cell phone if I’m caught away from home I needed some thing for the car. Communications still feels like a weak link for me and I really like to have a shortwave setup but it’s just not in the budget this year. I do have a handheld VHF, CB radio and a nice CB in the RV but the range is limited. Mom is giving me her old shortwave receiver since she went nuts shopping at Sportsmansguide.com. She got a TENS device that may help with her Fybro pressure points and a new shortwave receiver.
I’m sorry for all the folks that have got caught out in the month of June and you are in my prayers. I’ve done Bugout and storm mental rehearsals as well as stocking up in case some thing like what you are going through happens to me. Please know I take what you learn and apply it to myself as well as post it. As the old saying goes ” A smart person learns from his mistakes. A wise person learns from the mistakes of others.”
Please feel free to comment on what went right and what went wrong and all the fun little surprises you have gone through. I know I learn a lot from what folks take the time to post or comment.