When you first begin prepping, you don’t need to worry a lot about backup power… but this isn’t what you want to hear.
So, since you are going to go out and do it anyways, I need to reign you back in with an awesome idea.
Not just any backup power. CHEAP backup power. If you want electrical resiliency, then you shall have it. Just don’t go blowing your entire prepping budget on it.
You probably have your own backup power and don’t even know it. In a blackout, you can have lights back on quickly.
It’s not a pack of AA batteries. It isn’t that hand crank wonder-radio. It isn’t a 10,000 Watt Generator.
It’s your car!!!!
You need the following items to run basic lighting and loads in your home:
Note: It is best practice to idle your vehicle while drawing off of the battery so you don’t kill the battery. Your vehicle will be acting as a generator if you do this.
I’ll spare the boring techy electrical stuff and give you what you need. An inverter is an electronic do-hickey that takes battery (or vehicle) power and turns it into usable power similar to what is in your home.
Your battery will die if you add too much load, or you don’t start your vehicle. For this reason, I recommend never going above an 800 Watt inverter, so it will keep you from overloading everything.
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