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  1. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Due to a few factors in my life I have basically prepped for lack of electricity. I feel that for other than short her events, having a generator and stores of fuel eats up a lot of the budget. In a SHTF scenario, unless you start making fuel, there is a finite amount of time you can continue to...
  2. Florida
    We have a model S with a wall charger. Saving a lot on gas and maintenance. Waiting for solar to catch up and get panels and storage. Looking at the economic aspect but off grid is a definite bonus. Any engineers on her to suggest best set up?
  3. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I made a quick dash into Walmart today for some camo paint (another story) and wanted to check out the motion lights. As I don't like working with wiring, I wanted something that wasn't hard wired. I came across this guy for $30...
  4. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Have spent the last week going through a number of threads on power banks, power stations, portable solar panels etc. Greatly appreciate all of the feedback and expertise on this forum. I found it hard to go to sleep a few nights last week, as I kept wanting to read more. I have a Black &...
  5. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    So as not to completely get off topic in one of Kev's threads, I'm posting my solar power stuff here. Let me know what you think. PowerFilm 10 watt solar panel Nitecore usb battery charger I can plug a usb cable or an Apple Lightning Cable right into the usb adapter the battery charger...
  6. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    OK, so I bought a little 20W solar panel off amazon to start tinkering and learning solar power. I have the panel itself, the little charge controller, and I plan to get a AA/AAA battery charger with a car adapter, and a 12V automotive socket. The instructions with this little panel were ... ah...
  7. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    In my last thread, Nomad, 2nd said I need to make it a little longer, so here I go. For April 2017 I decided to focus on rechargeable USB devices. Rather than going with a large 12 volt panel, to a charge controller, and then to a battery, I decided to go dabble in a solar panel that has USB...
  8. DIY - Do It Yourself
    I decided I needed a small solar generator to power low current devices while camping and at the BOL during construction. I was only looking at recharging cell phones, cameras, and occasionally an inflatable air mattress, etc...I looked at possibly purchasing something like the the GZ Yeti 150...
  9. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    While browsing around for ideas to make the Tent Camping Experience a little more comfortable I have came across several portable Solar Panels even some with Batteries. My Discussion topic would be, Have any of you used these portable solar mats, back packs, and panels that they are producing...
  10. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Hi, I'm having some trouble with my inverter, and I'm hoping to find someone who has faced (and resolved) this sort of issue. We live completely off-grid, and have a 650AH battery bank charged by 1KW of panels, and charge-controlled via two Tracer MPPT charge controllers. Overall, it works...
  11. Arizona
    We do not have many options in Arizona for a one-stop shop to pick up or stock up on prepping supplies. I work for a solar installation company in Chandler that services all of Arizona, and we are looking to expand our building space to include a small store where we can supply small solar...
  12. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    My wife and I have been looking for a piece of land on the outskirts of the small city we currently live in and WE THINK WE FINALLY FOUND IT! We wanted somewhere between five and ten acres, this piece of land is 9.16 acres. It backs right up to some very pretty foothills and though the land...
  13. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I've got a 27 wat folding solar panel about the size of an iPad. It has two USB ports, a 12v cigarette lighter style port, and the ability to charge 12v car batteries. I've got a battery charger that will hook to it to power eneloops and things up to 18650s. Is there anything as "man portable"...
  14. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    I'm trying to prepare for what looks to be a very cold winter here in South Dakota... I have a propane tank out back - the central heat runs on a furnace but doesn't appear to be very efficient. I have space heaters but am concerned they will use too much electricity. Because I rent, getting a...
  15. DIY - Do It Yourself
    If You Like Saving Money Or You're Budget Is Tight, Here Is A Nice Way To Get You Up And Running On Solar Power On The Cheap. Free Solar Panels: This may take a little time but is a way to get solar panels for free. Get a hold of the Dept. Of Public Transportation and find out who is working on...
  16. DIY - Do It Yourself
    I have built a few of my own solar powered suitcases. The first one that I built was made based on the following magazine article: Solar suitcase by Jeffrey Yago, P.E., CEM
  17. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    me and my family are looking to build our BOL/homestead in missouri and have already priced out several spots all with and above ground water resource as well as the ability to dig wells.... what we are looking into is the ability to run on solar or other means of alternate power.... anyone in...
  18. DIY - Do It Yourself
    GoGreenSolar.com has some CHEAP solor panels.. 47.25"x 23.75" 70W 35.9V 1.95A only hook is you have to buy 50 at $30 each. Only work around is if you know someone near LA they can pick up your order onsite and have them ship them to you. Could always do a but in like a crates of Mosins...
  19. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    A year ago we purchased a 5 acre lot of land in the foothills. We are 650 feet elevation. We have the top of the hill with a view of the lake below. We purchased a 32 foot travel trailer. This property is off grid. Nearest PG&E power pole is 1/2 mile away. We do not have a well yet. Plan...
  20. DIY - Do It Yourself
    I'm building a survival computer with all of my survival books in .pdf, including things like wild edibles, trapping, repairing small engines, permaculture, gardening, wilderness survival, home construction, and much more. It is going to be about the size of a book, 7" x 5" x 2.5", have a solar...
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