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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

How to Create and Configure An Off-Grid Power System w/ Solar

Poor Man Survival

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When I was a child, I remember frequent black outs. Sometimes they lasted only a few hours; sometimes a day or so. I don't remember feeling scared or deprived as we didn't have a lot of electrical products - just the usual hand-held mixer, toaster, coffee maker, a radio.

What I do remember though was our gas stove/oven. We appeared to be the only family in the neighborhood that had hot meals whenever the electricity went out. Light the stove with a match and dinner is cooking. Can't happen now days.

I checked out gas stoves at an appliance store and, unfortunately, they need electricity to light the oven or the burners.

So what will we do when we have a power outage now? What if we have a REAL grid down situation lasting weeks, or months, or a year or so? How will we light up the dark? How will we cook hot meals? How will we keep warm in the winter?

We have all heard and read a lot lately about our fragile grid system. I read Ted Koppel's book: Lights Out: A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath. We, as a country are NOT prepared. Koppel tells us that a cyber attack is not only possible, but very probable — as well as other possible long term disasters.

Koppel says that tens of millions of people over several states would be affected. For anyone without access to a generator, it would mean no running water, no refrigeration or light. Food and medical supplies would quickly be used up. Forget banks and ATMS functioning. Looting would be widespread. And law and order — nonexistent. It isn’t just a scenario. An attack on just one of our country's three electric power grids could cripple much of our infrastructure — and in the age of cyber warfare, a laptop has become the only necessary weapon.

So my husband and I began asking ourselves questions, such as:

  • What appliances did we need/want to be able to use? (Must have or mostly want?)
  • What did we want that was both practical and affordable?
  • What will we have to live without?
  • What could we buy that was both practical and
  • Did we really need electricity if the grid went down for an extended period of time?
  • What criteria for a back-up generator was most important to us?

The purpose of this project was to prepare ourselves to survive without electricity for an extended time, maybe as much as a year. We invested approximately 80 hours of work doing research for this project.

What electrical appliances were essential for us? [...]


NOTE:  Although we have several gas model generators [5,000 Watt-more than enough to power our cabin & home] we’ve attempted to find contractors in MI to create a more off-grid solar system for ourselves.  It has been an exercise in frustration as there are few contractors of such & the two we did contact for estimates-NEVER got back to us!

I’ve grown to trust the 4Patriots firm and have purchased a lot of their freeze-dried food stocks and have resold their portable solar chargers for the past year…I am giving serious consideration to purchasing the following unit.  They also offer a purchase plan. 

The NEW Patriot Power Generator 1800 gives you 28% more storage capacity and 52% more peak power than the best-selling 1500 model. So, you get more power for longer… charge faster than before… and can run more devices than ever. And it charges faster than ever. You get all the features that made this a best-seller… plus MORE peak power and storage!

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Have a Wonderful New Year’s Celebration!

Yours in Freedom,

Bruce ‘the PoorMan’



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1 comment:

Doug said...

I know the Obama-era regs, especially on the coal industry, did a real number on our electric ill & despite what those green deal morons profess, alternative energy sources are mighty expensive to install on a home putting it out of reach of most people.