Energy

Review of the Peak 1,200W Mobile Power Outlet/Inverter for My Bug Out Vehicle

by suburban February 25, 2013 Energy
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I recently purchased a Bug Out Vehicle.  Admittedly it is a 1990 Jeep YJ/Wrangler.  It was clearly the base model.  However, it has a lift kit, bigger tires, and a few amenities you might want in a bug out vehicle.  But one thing it lacked was the proverbial cigarette lighter to power my low voltage devices… So, […]

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September is National Preparedness Month

by Prepperjim September 14, 2011 Cooking
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Our government has designated September as “National Preparedness Month“. This contrasts with the FBI’s profiling preppers as potential terrorists. I imagine the message is “be prepared”, but don’t be too prepared. We still want you dependent upon the government, so don’t become independent! So, what skill do you want to develop for National Preparedness Month? […]

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Gear Review – Duracell Powerpack 600

by suburban August 29, 2011 Bug In
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I recently purchased the Duracell Powerpack 600.  It’s powered by a rechargeable 28AH battery and provides up to 600 watts of AC power. This device is primarily designed as and for jump starting cars but has several great features.  I purchased it primarily as a portable renewable energy source for my apartment or to go […]

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A Cold Winter in Urbania

by ST June 14, 2011 Economy
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It may not be the coldest winter on record but the winter of 2010/2011 sure felt like it was in the Northeast. And it is definitely one of the snowiest in living memory and on record. Pretty much every week since the beginning of the New Year has brought a snow storm. Fortunately the price […]

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Bad Situation

by Prepperjim April 27, 2011 Crime
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I always leave my gas tank with enough gas to allow me to drive 100 miles or more should I need to escape the region quickly. I know that my tank holds enough to drive 320-350 miles when full. Thus, when 200 miles rolls around, I fill up, period. This is usually on the way […]

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Portable DIY Power Cart

by suburban January 6, 2011 DIY
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In doing some research on a portable power source in the event there is no power, (since I am trying to save money, rather than spend it), I came across this two nights ago and wanted to share it with you. According to the website, it said these instructions are a work in progress, but […]

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Looking Into Solar Backup

by suburban September 16, 2010 Bug In
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So, I have been looking into solar backup systems for several low voltage pieces of equipment.  I’ve been looking into this now for probably about a year.  Of course, I’ve done nothing about it partly due to cost, and partly due to the fact that I have to retrofit some items with lower voltage bulbs, […]

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Apartment Prepping for Fall and Winter

by suburban September 1, 2010 Bug In
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Well, the end of August is coming, and the weather is starting to change a bit; evenings are getting cooler, and days are starting to get a bit shorter.  This to me is a clear sign of a few things.  One, some of my Bug Out Bag contents need to be rotated out soon with […]

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Simple Inexpensive Lighting When There Is No Power

by suburban July 16, 2010 Bug In
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So, I was walking through Walmart one day getting ready to pick up a new football to play catch with on a camping trip, when I walked past the outdoor patio stuff, and it hit me… Cheap lighting for home.  Renewable, too… Hmmm… Solar lawn lighting.  I went over and there was a six pack […]

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DIY – Solar Water Heater for Your Bug Out Location (Parts 1 – 28) – Updated with 29+

by suburban July 6, 2010 Bug Out Location
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Quite by accident, I came across video number seven of this series… I quickly found this project fascinating and had to share it with everyone… Following these words you will find 28 YouTube videos chronicling the project of building a solar water heater for a home.  The video list is long, and you will need some time […]

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