Review: Xiaomi 16000mAh Mobile Power Bank

Today’s world offers tremendous capabilities with portable multimedia and communication devices. I hear the argument all the time that “real preppers” should stay away from modern technology. I disagree. These are tools and if available and operational use them to your benefit. Over the past couple years I have used numerous portable power banks to charge … Read more

Panhandle Rancher speaks…… Battery Wiring Diagram

Rourke: The following information is related to the post – Homemade Portable Solar Generator. Batteries B1 through Bn are connected in parallel. Connect charge positive lead to B1 positive terminal; connect load positive lead to Bn positive terminal. Connect charge negative lead to Bn negative terminal; connect load negative lead to B1 negative terminal. This … Read more

Homemade Portable Solar Generator

By Dyers Eve I had been thinking of constructing a portable solar generator for some time. I remember seeing a news story on a local company that was marketing a “new” product. It was an 1800 watt portable solar generator with a 100 watt solar panel. I will not link their product here, I do … Read more

Silencing Small Fueled Engines and Other Considerations

 Everyone knows small gasoline fueled engines are noisy and loud enough that hearing protection should be used when working with or around devices thus powered. Noise pollution is serious, especially in urban areas but little thought is generally given to the racket when out in the country. In a world without rule of law (WROL), … Read more

Energy – An Important Part of Prepping

flexible solar-panel next to bug out bag

Energy, an important part of prepping that usually is forgotten about. It’s something we take for granted right now, but in a SHTF scenario, we all will be thrust into a harsh new reality of a world without the grid. Everyone would like to think they could get by without continued power, and they very … Read more

Fuel from chicken $#@%

In the event of a collapse, water, shelter, food and fuel are the most basic of necessities.  As most of us who have put some thought into this have at least these bare minimums.  A good water supply and a way of filtering a not so good water supply.  A location that provides shelter from … Read more

Best Rechargeable Batteries

Best Rechargeable Batteries In an age where technology is more advanced, and people are more aware than ever of the impact that we are having on the environment, it is astonishing that more people are not using rechargeable batteries. Not only are they more efficient, and considerably more economical than a regular battery, but they … Read more

Coping Without Power

Coping Without Power by JM   Electrical power is something that we all take for granted. So much so that often we don’t even realise the extent to which our lives are impacted by the use of electricity. Often, it’s only when the power goes out that we begin to understand how much we truly … Read more

Affordable Auxiliary Solar Arrays

Affordable Auxiliary Solar Arrays By John from Iowa The first thing to remember is that solar is not cheap! The power is free and sustainable, but it’s costly to get there. A person can spend as much money as they want in that direction. I did not go whole hog on my system, as I … Read more

Survival Equipment Review: Goal Zero Guide 10 Adventure Kit with 4 Goal Zero AA Batteries

I recently purchased a Goal Zero Guide 10 Adventure Kit with Battery Pack. Over the past two weeks I have had an opportunity to trial it several times and so far am very impressed. The Guide 10 Adventure Kit combines a small dual solar panel kit with a multi-purpose battery charging system. The complete kit … Read more

The Best Rechargeable Batteries for Survival

Rechargeable batteries are not only a great way to save money – but can be a valuable resource in a disaster. Rechargeable batteries, more technically known as “secondary” cells, function similarly to non-rechargeable batteries in regular gadgets but have the advantage of being able to be recharged by direct application of electricity to the battery. This … Read more

My Simple Solar System

three 45-watt solar panels on rooftop

I have done it. I have stepped into the world of solar power. Not in a big way mind you – just a baby step. I just picked up a Harbor Freight 45 watt solar panel kit. After doing some research I decided to start out with this kit. It is not the cheapest dollar … Read more