Okay folks, I was reading some blog posts about people fretting about losing power when the hurricanes blew through Florida this fall.
It’s scary when the lights go out. First of all, you’re in the dark. Second of all you don’t know when they’re going to come back on. So you have a complete feeling of helplessness and that can lead to panic. Panicking people can cause all sorts of mayhem. And, of course, people panic more when it’s dark.
So, one thing I believe that is important is to have a way to maintain lighting when the power goes out. Believe it or not, it’s actually easy to do simply using your car batteries.
Secondly, you can also use your car batteries to charge your fridge, and other appliances as well What I show you on this video I learned from Steven Harris at www.battery1234.com.
Lots of free stuff on this guy’s website but also well worth the 40 bucks or so he charges for his 6 hour video program. Please understand, a battery is a 12Volts, Direct Current (DC). The appliances you plug into your wall require 120Volts Alternating Current (AC). So you need something to convert or invert the voltage to what the appliance you are trying to use requires. In the case I’m showing here we’re INVERTING 12 Volts to 120 Volts. So we need an inverter.
This one is a 400Watt inverter, meaning it will power any appliance that is less than 400watts. I don’t go over how LONG varying appliances will run on the battery. Just bear in mind the lower wattage load you put on the battery the longer the battery will maintain its charge. So, you really, and I mean REALLY want to use low wattage lights, LED lights in particular.
Don’t waste your battery with large loads. You won’t be able to even use anything that heats either. Not with only a 400Watt inverter. But in a power down situation you really don’t want to use anything that is high wattage. Coffee machine, iron, hair dryer, space heater, are all no-gos. For a much more descriptive tutorial,