Storm Season among us. Power outage readiness!!!

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  1. Zeal

    Zeal Valuable Member R2R Supporter

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    Reading all these post worries me lol. I work at a hospital so during the hurricane I'm forced to work 24-72 hours until the all clear is given. And nobody will be at my home at the time..
     

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    fishybizzness Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    Solar panel kit with a 12 volt battery and inverter. It charges the battery all day and runs your pump all night the panel can be put on a porch or by a window
     
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    fishybizzness Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    Most big box stores sell the kits with one panel
     
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    Reef man 89 Valuable Member

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    That's what I have a marine deep cycle batt with a inverter works great.
     
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    fishybizzness Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    I have a 16 k propane for the daytime and a 3000 Honda for at night. I live in the Caribbean and after last year you can't be too prepared!! IMG_20170828_160454.jpeg
     
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    Just a note of caution, when running a small inverter to power a heater and or a power head off a typical car battery that's in a car, run it only for 15-20mins tops. Start the car at that time to recharge the battery.

    If running an small inverter off just a fully charged battery, with a light load on it, typically the battery will last 30-60mins before it needs to be recharged. Completely drained battery will take some time to recharge using a charging unit off 110v.

    On a car, of course, this means plenty of gas to run the car to charge the battery back up. You wouldn't want to drain it completely and have no way to start the car as well.
     
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    Would you kindly explain what this is? It seems to be a propane-based generator?
     
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    What kind of battery packs? Lithium usb, the kind used to charge a phone?
     
  9. 60CubeReefer

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    It's a Honda EU2200, with a Hutch Mountain conversion kit that allows it to run on gasoline, propane, or natural gas.
     
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    It's just a marine deep cycle battery with a power inverter attached to it. The inverter only has 2 plugs on it. I just call it a battery pack. I believe it is a 2000w inverter which turns DC power in to AC power.
     
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    Very good question and usually over looked. What i do is use a deep cycle Marine battery and a inverter hooked up to my DC powered return pump its will run for 3 or 4 days with no problem. No noise no gas. If power stays off for longer ill use a battery bubbler eventually i will buy a cheap harbor freight solor panel to keep battery charged...
     
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    Great Idea! Is there a specific one?
     
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    Alot of the big box stores sell the single panel kits. Screenshot_20180703-083901.jpeg Screenshot_20180703-084007.jpeg
     
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    fishybizzness Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    Those are from the home Depot website
     
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    I’m ready just did this a couple months back natural gas generator with propane backup changeover automatic in 45 seconds!! Does the whole house!
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  16. jack5746

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    Nice house generator but please put up a good fence to hide what you have. Thats just begging for someone to help themselves.
     
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    Shrubs coming next week already thought of that
     
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    Not a lot of long term options for an apt . Best 2 are the propane generator & the portable solar panel . I have a large gas generator That will run just about all I need in my house .
     
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    Hey neighbor!

    We just moved to Florida in April. Bought a house about 8-10 miles north of Melbourne. I'm jumping back into the hobby after a 6yr break.

    We bought a 9500w generator. I have yet to install the transfer switch or build a suicide cord. We've got so much to do with a new home, I'm just going to run extension cords to a couple refrigerators and some lamps this year. As for the tank -- it's not full of water yet, and I have a ton of stuff to buy. I doubt I'll have it filled with water before the end of the storm season this year, so not a lot of worries about the tank yet. We live near a hospital and the neighbors claim we're on that same portion of the grid. In 18yrs they've lost power once, for only 3 or 4 hours. Apparantly, the hospital grid gets high priority.
     
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    Most apartments and condos have an outdoor closet on the balcony or patio... not all though. A little 2,500w--3,500w portable generator easily fits in a closet outside... along with 10g of gasoline to power it for a week. Won't stink up your house or cause a gas vapor explosion if it's in an outside closet. They're cheap at Lowes.
     
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