With a few handy emergency tools, even with the power out, you can be powered up!
Being without power during an emergency can be not only inconvenient, but it can also prevent you from using some of your most essential tools. Many of us have flashlights and radios stored for an emergency, but what good are these items without the batteries to go with them? Storing extra batteries is a great idea, but batteries do have a shelf-life, and should be tested and rotated. Checking your batteries twice is year is often recommended. If you don’t want to be worried about dead batteries, consider a battery charger. A solar battery charger uses the power of the sun to juice up rechargeable batteries, which you can easily Replace in an electronic or superstore. Not only would this be much more convenient than Replaceing and replacing all your batteries regularly, it would also be an investment that paid off in the years to come.
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Bigger is not always better for generators. Always consider fuel consumption. The Honda 2000 will run about 14-15 hours on a gallon of gas (depending on the load). Granted you are only getting 2kW but a larger generator eats gas. Your new problem becomes storing more fuel.
This looks like a geat addition to my emergency supplies.
This looks like an excellent little back up unit.
I would imagine it literally "sips" gas.
One more item to add to my list. Thanks
This bad boy is on my wish list!
This is such great information! Thanks so much for the posting!!
Vicki in UT
I would love to be able to charge batteries with the sun. I also always worry about being able to power my husband's CPAP machine in a power outage. I have a small inverter, but need to figure out if it is the right size for his CPAP machine.
I had a friend who carried one of these on a 25' sailboat. Boats that size usually don't have an inboard engine (so no alternator), so it's hard to generate your own power.
But that little generator kept his lights and radio on and his battery charged for like a week straight on a gallon and a half of gas.
Something like this would be perfect for a small apartment, where you could put it out on the patio.
I am very new to this stuff. Thanks for the assistance.
btw the link to this product is a blank page
Honeywell Generator with Inverter HW2000i
When you change your clocks, check your batteries. At the minimum, the ones in your smoke detectors, but I have lost Maglights to corossion on ones i have not checked for too long.
Helpful information for battery storage. Especially the info. on solar powered battery chargers. I didn't know that was an option until reading this article.