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  1. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    It isn't on the roof, it IS the roof! Finally, Solar power looks just as good as it works. It looks like a typical roofing shingle. It’s even durable like a regular shingle. But DOW POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingles provide dual functionality. They can withstand varying temperatures, wind, hail and...
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    Any problems, downsides, alternatives?
  3. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I was at my local Costco (Torrance, Ca) and came across these Goal Zero Nomad 7M Sherpa Portable Solar Power units... comes with a bunch of accessories- they are only $99 bucks. I bought one. Curious, I looked these up on Costco's website and they show $139.00. Couldn't find them cheaper on...
  4. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I have searched the post and couldnt find much on this. What is a good solar battery charger. Would like to charge AA, C and D. I see them for sale but some of the reviews are not good. Would like yalls input from experience. Thanks
  5. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I have had this wheeled battery cart with an inverter for some time but wanted to expand it to include solar panel inputs and add other capabilities. ^^The cart is a standard hand truck available almost anywhere. Although the battery makes the rig heavy, it still for the most part portable...
  6. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I found these Sharp ND-224UC9BX solar panels 224w for sale locally, no shipping at $1/watt they are B grade and from sharps commercial line not residential, I dont know what the diff is, frame may not be as pretty and is silver not black I found a review (1st link) where someone says they...
  7. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I recently installed a new bimodal solar system (grid tie, and non grid tie with battery backup). I have 33 X 230 watt solar panels. For a total system of 7.5 Kwatts. The problem is that I'm not generating the power I expected. In a weeks time (of relatively good weather, two mornings of...
  8. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Has anyone ever heard about, or tried to setup a Bedini Monopole? My step son told me about the Bedini Monopole / Bedini Wheel today, so I decided to look at some youtube videos. I see people charging small 12 volt batteries with the wheel, but I do not know how its practical application is...
  9. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Thinking of buying some solar panels. Would like to generate enough to run a normal size deep freezer. Don't need to run the whole house, AC, lights, etc. Just want to keep my food frozen. How much power would I need? What kind of cost am I looking at?
  10. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Harbor Freight is selling their solar panels on October 1, 2, & 3 for $150. Great price, good time to buy. http://www.harborfreight.com/retail-flyer?utm_source=itc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=3710B Get 'em while they're hot!
  11. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Hi All, As I'm going to purchase an off grid set-up I would be very interested to hear which brands/models are particularly well made/durable, as replacement post SHTF may be tricky. . . Which brand/models have you used for Solar Panels Deep cycle batteries (AGM ones) Pure Sine Inverter...
  12. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I cannot seem to find a dedicated thread for this, so I thought I would inquire. I am looking for a reliable dedicated hydro power solution. Preferably in stream, Here, but re routing an above ground line through a generator for easier repairs. Here is a nice site for hydro...
  13. Australia and New Zealand
    I thought we might be able to add some info on this survival option which may have unique solutions to Aus and NZ members. All suggestions, experiences and comments welcome. Pic # 1 Trailer mounted 3.5 Kva 240 volt Vac, air cooled, electric/pull start diesel generator. The 5 watt solar panel is...
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