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yankee1919
23 February 2012, 1246
Hello All,

Living in So.Cal I was thinking of using the kits from Harbor Freight-http://www.harborfreight.com/45-watt-solar-panel-kit-90599.html and use them as a secondary source of recharging. Then it also occurred in a natural disaster how would you power up your vehicles?:confused:

Thanks
Tony
Los Angeles

yankee1919
23 February 2012, 1300
Or if worst comes to worse
http://easterntools.com/product_generator_dg4le.html
I can always filler up with peanut oil from last thanksgiving deep fried turkey.

ibjed
23 February 2012, 1332
In case of emergency. Just build up this bad boy, paint all your vehicles olive drab, remove license plates, and dust off your supply of ammunition and spam.
http://www.soilandhealth.org/03sov/0302hsted/fema.woodgas.pdf

Robin
08 April 2012, 2214
A solar battery charger harnesses the power of the sun to charge a battery which, in turn, powers a separate device. In some cases, flexible panels recharge standard cells, while in others the battery is self-contained. Chargers also come in a selection of form factors, from foldable solar panels (http://www.solarpoweraustralia.com.au/remote-area-solar-power-for-your-home.html) to backpacks.

protomech
09 April 2012, 1634
One option is solar panels fitted to the house. Parts costs run $2-3/watt plus installation, less state and federal rebates. In case of (short-term) grid failure you may also likely want a storage battery sufficient to meet your daily energy needs.

In the event of an actual natural disaster and evacuating .. you're better off with a gas vehicle, especially if time is critical. A gas vehicle (with a few auxiliary tanks) can have a range of 1000+ miles.

On the other hand.. if the gas infrastructure is down and no gas is to be had, your best bet is probably a solar / pedal bike (http://www.solarpoweredbike.com) - check out the mark 2 prototype sketches as well. 100+ mile per day range, only requires a large amount of calories in human food : P

helco
09 April 2012, 2352
got all the stuff listed in the last posts , off the grid machine shop running on solar with battery storage , use a diesel generator as back up set up to run on waste vehicle oil that i run through a 5 micron filter system , so come the revolution i will just carry on as now and when the gas runs out i can drain the oil out the cars and fire up the generator !!! thats if all the prepers round here dont shot me first with there un licenced guns cos they where not as prepared as they thought they where...........LOL
anyway what i was goin to say is that you realy can only maintain a battery with a small PV array, i have 4 175watt panels on the roof of my shop filling 4 80ah L16 batteries , if they are at 70% charge it takes a full weekend of good sunshine for them to be on float by monday , its down to your panel size as to how quick it would charge an EV , harbour freights 45 watt panels would be good for charging a light for your garage so you can see to plugin the ev to the wall !!!!!!!!!!!!

DRZ400
10 April 2012, 0511
I buy may panels from craigslist....installers selling their excess. ~$1 per watt.

andrew_paul111
11 October 2012, 0235
Solar panels fitted to the house. Parts costs run $2-3/watt plus installation, less state and federal rebates. A solar battery charger harnesses the power of the sun to charge a battery which, in turn, powers a separate device.



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