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In the last Alternative Energy article, we discussed Direct Current (DC) power distribution using DC to DC converters and home-made distribution boxes. But, what if you wanted to use multiple distribution boxes, maybe in different rooms of your home? How would you get your supply power from point A to B, or A to C, or B to D, and so on? What type of main power supply system have you sketched out, and is it affordable? Join us as we discuss an inexpensive power distribution concept.
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We often receive questions concerning power distribution for our Solar Ammo Can Project, specifically “what will the ammo can power” or “how would you go about charging a cell phone”. Realistically, the Solar Ammo Can Project was designed as an introduction to Solar Power; by understanding how the components work together it can be scaled for smaller or larger solar power applications. So remove the ammo can from the project, replace with larger batteries, higher wattage solar panels, a beefier charge controller, mount everything on your garage wall, and now you have a larger, more capable, solar power solution.
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The Emergency Lighting System (ELS) was designed to provide a valued Prepper Link member with a lighting system that can be remotely activated, that utilizes energy efficient lights, and provides a “base” solar power system. Additionally, the system was designed so the user can add more components over time. When we designed the ELS, we took the concepts and lessons learned from the $150 Solar Kit, put the components and wiring methods into a different enclosure, and added additional capability. The result is a modular emergency lighting system, which is turned on/off by a keyless entry remote type switch, is charged by the sun, and can be easy expanded.
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Any good prepper knows the importance of having a large quantity of AA, AAA, C, D, and 9 volt batteries stored, waiting for that need to use them. Why? Because, batteries are used as the primary or secondary means to power most of our small electronic devices, especially portable radios, handheld two way radios, fans, firearms optics, Global Position Systems (GPS), and lighting. A world without batteries would bring many challenges to the average prepper. This is why the United States military purchases and consumes more small batteries than most large American cities, and also heavily invests in battery technology. Why? Because, batteries are irreplaceable in our modern, device driven society.
In our last solar article, we discussed building a Small Solar Power Solution, With a Budget of $150. If you didn’t read the article, please take a moment to look at it now. The original system is capable of running small 12 volt devices, LED lights, and charging electronics. While we could stop here, what fun would that be? This article will demonstrate doubling the battery capacity, and a unique method for adding additional solar panels and power outputs to the system. Additionally, we will demonstrate how to use these add-on modular components with a larger solar power system. Download the Guide.
Solar power is one of the most reliable forms of alternative energy. That is why it is at the top of most Prepper’s equipment purchase lists. The problem is; it remains at the top of our purchase list and is continually skipped over. This is because getting started in solar power can be confusing, and even more expensive. But, what if it was not that confusing, and depending on your needs, not that expensive… Would you take the plunge? Download Step by Step Guide (.pdf) and Video
If you live in the Northeast, then you were likely affected by the record setting heat wave and thunderstorms in Late June 2012. While the heat was uncomfortable, for the majority of us, the heat by itself is not a huge concern. It is summer, is expected, and we can escape the heat by simply turning on the air conditioner. This also applies to thunderstorms; we have all weathered the occasional storm. But, if you combine high temperatures, and a thunderstorm that knocks out the electrical infrastructure for a region, the situation drastically changes.