I had a call from David Wilson with Smartbridges. He's in need of some
solar and/or wind gear for the Katrina areas. I know I've seen some info
from one of these lists about where to get alternate power sources.
I know EC has solar kits now but I don't know how much is in stock. And
they've already donated quite a bit of gear....
A couple of ideas that I had to get people by (for those that need it now or
need it later) are:
Run some wires from your vehicle battery to the back (make sure you are not
in a trunk or something enclosed!!!) and use that to charge a battery(s).
Use deep cell and/or big tractor batteries and run your gear that's natively
12 vdc from them and just change out the batteries as needed. Charge the
dead ones while you drive.
Also, many ups units are 12 vdc powered for the backup. I'd not be afraid
to hook up a slug of batteries in parallel and run a wire right through the
side of the case. Swap out one battery at a time and you'll have no
outages. I'll bet 3 or 4 car batteries would keep an ups unit with a wpop
on it running for days.
Hope this helps! And if you know anyone that can help with alternate power
systems please contact David directly asap.
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