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 anyway, 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 handcrank 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:
If you follow these steps, you should be able to set up your backup power.
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 doohickey 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.
The following items are good reputable devices.
I do electrical stuff for a living, so if you need me to teach you in more detail, you can contact me.
As I write tips for your adventures and hear about cool gear, I will let you know all about it!