Energy/Power

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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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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Saturday Videos and a Bit More

by suburban October 9, 2010 General
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A couple days ago MD Creekmore over at TheSurvivalistBlog.net posted a pretty good article on “Survival for the Apartment Dweller.”  Thought I would share it with you today. Now for Saturday Videos: Firefight: A Nutnfancy .22 Drill How to manage your Paracord Hydration Bladder and Sawyer Water Filter Squirrel Cookin’ Wagan 400-Watt Power Dome EX […]

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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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DIY – Making Bio-diesel In Your Kitchen

by suburban June 29, 2010 DIY
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So here is a post from a blog about making your own Bio-diesel.  I do not use diesel fuel, and I am not an advocate of making flammables at home, but my understanding is that bio-diesel is pretty stable.  Check out the post here:  http://goo.gl/2h3b

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DIY – Converting a Lawn Mower Engine Into a Generator

by suburban June 24, 2010 Bug In
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This is by far one of my favorite DIY projects.  I have yet to do this, but I think that it would be good to know how to do in a pinch, or to just keep in the garage in the event you needed to pull it out and utilize it.  I have seen multiple […]

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Bugging in or being prepared to go nowhere fast.

by suburban April 23, 2010 Energy
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So along the way over the past couple of months of creating preparations for tragedy and bugging out to a fallback point, I realized that I am unprepared if I am here, and there is a weather or other issue.  What am I going to do if something as simple as the power goes out […]

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