Monday, November 5, 2012

Personal Power Generator on the Cheap

So you could use some emergency portable power for that eventual power outage. You just need enough power to keep your personal conveniences available.

All you need is a 12 Volt Battery and a 400 Watt power inverter to create a personal emergency power source. Both can be had for under $100. With that you can power your laptop and cell phone for several hours before having to recharge the battery.(depending on the battery size)  You can even plug in a low watt fluorescent light bulb to keep you out of the dark.

I have two car batteries I had changed out (but kept) that are perfect to use in this manner. I keep them rotated on a battery tender to keep them charged in the winter. In the summer I have a 20 watt solar panel I can use to keep them charged. I did add a charge controller to keep the batteries from getting over charged and losing charge. Still my total outlay is well under my budget.

Now the nice part is that I can use the power safely inside with just a little noise from the fan on the inverter and no pollution.

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