After moving back to the farm a couple Winters ago
I was REMINDED by constant power outages that…
Being surrounded by Neighbors who grew up in
the city is BAD.
3 of my neighbors have planted all sorts of trees Under
the power lines.
– ice –
ZERO ELECTRICITY for 1 to 5 days.
Plan A – is to Order a Big Generator. Pour a concrete pad. Pay to install
a New Electrical Panel – to Transfer power. 25 Grand or more.
While Checking into PLAN A – I discovered there was a Much Cheaper
(EDITORS NOTE – Did You know the Refueling Aircraft the AirForce Use
-RIGHT NOW in 2015 – to keep planes in the air for 24 hours or more
are FIFTY YEARS OLD?
AND A crewman has to crawl into the tail and Watch
thru a tiny window –In constant contact with the pilot– to line up the Fuel hose with the gas tank of each plane they refuel in mid-air.)
This is similar to MY PLAN B –
We have a Massive FirePlace Insert – so heating the house and cooking is
taken care of. Very cool cooking pizza on the thing. I burnt a few tho.
Battery Powered Flashlights and Lanterns – So We’re Ok for light.
The Back-Up Battery on my Wi-fi Internet – will last a few hours
then I’m off the grid.
ENTERTAINMENT – I decided it would be NICE to be able to Recharge my
Kindle book reader – with 3 feet of snow outside and no power.
Found a bunch of Emergency Equipment on-line.
Started emailing and asking questions.
Hunted down the Former IBM Tech Guy
Owner of one Company – And asked about buying his foot powered
I – How long does it take to power up a kindle?
II – How long to re-charge a cell phone?
III – Which Rechargeable lanterns and flash-lights does he recommend?
IV – What battery is Best to buy and keep charged in case
ANY of the Answers to my questions.
His S-ales offers say, “Crank the Emergency camping hand Generator Until
You get enough power to make an Emergency call.”
By Phone – We Made a Deal –
I’d help him measure and track
The effectiveness of his Gizmo’s. So He could improve his marketing.
And when I knew what Back-Up
Battery and Rechargeable lights
to order with his Emergency Pedal Generator…
I’d BUY ONE!
So he shipped me one and I put it together.
And we began to Swap info back
He only lasted 5 weeks.
Then he stopped Answering my questions.
And quit suggesting specific lights
and lanterns to test.
HE QUIT ON ME – Leaving me the proud
owner of a 241.00 Emergency Hand or
foot power Generator.
Isn’t that a Hoot?
I’m still Experimenting on my own
And HAVE figured out how to Re-charge
my Kindle – with foot power.