Saturday, April 10, 2010

Black & Decker Power Station

This is the very first item that was purchased to "help" in time of power outage! The Black & Decker Power Station, we got ours at the local Rural King, it was $99.99 but that day they were having a 10% off sale on we did save a little. It is really neat and performs just like it's advertised.


* High Powered Room Light
* 12 volt Recharging Port
* 25 watt outlet
* Locator Light
* Detachable Flash Light

The Room Light is strong enough to light up (really light up a room) our Living Room. The radio does really well, I listened to a Laker's ballgame on a LA, AM radio station! The 12 volt recharging port, we use it for charging up our cellphones. The 25 watt outlet, we use it to plug the scanner in while the power's off. I really like the locator light. It comes on automatically when the power goes off, and it lights up a room enough that you can see your way to it without tripping over something along the way. I also like the locator light, that if the power cord is not IN or making good thinks the power is out and comes on. This helps me to keep watch on it, so as to make sure it has plenty of charge when we really need it. The Detachble Flash Light is also a rechargeable flashlight, which I really like! There isn't any batteries, just the one inside that recharges! I guess you can replace them, but so far, in about 2 years, it continually works.

The Black & Decker Storm Station is available most anywhere, I did a "Google" for it and it was available at Amazon, Walmart, Ace Hardware, Rural King (or was), so basically most anywhere you can get one.

If you want to see a short video and some more details about the Black & Decker Power Station, check out the Black & Decker Website, just click on the link below.

Black & Decker Storm Station

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Power Outage Tools

Since our "lovely" 9 day power outage due to a "wonderful" ice storm, (Jan. '09) I've been watching, reading, and finally collecting some Goodies, in case it happens again! Well, last night, April 7th, 2010, we had our first major storm come through, and according to reports besides the hard rain, we had wind gusts of up to 70 mph!! So I was thinking, ok, I need this, this and this...but the power never did go out in our part of town, reports from the scanner said that some did lose power. When we got out of church, the wind was picking up and it was beginning to start lightning, by the time we turned on our road it was sprinkling, by the time we got to our drive way, it was a "strong" down pour....I was soaked!! So as soon as I got in and "dry", I found my power outage "tools"! Above is a picture of the whole collection as it stands now, eXcept for the 20lb propane tank that I got for the heater. Below is what I was working with last night, the portable, hand crank items.

These items were picked up, while in Clarksville, during the 9 day power outage! We arrived about 2 PM that day, and by the next morning, the parking lot was full, and ALL OF THEM WERE FROM KENTUCKY! Each had a different story to tell, but we were all seeking shelter until the water was back on or the power was back on OR BOTH! These items were purchased at Kmart (ours in Madisonville has them..I recently checked) and the lantern was $14.99. The crank radio and flashlight were packaged together for $14.99. These are the Xventure series, they may be on the "low end" for most folks, but they do what I need them to do. The lantern has a built in compass on the top, it has a 3 way switch, it has 12 leds for light, and the 3 way switch allows for 4 leds, 8 leds, or 12 leds, which is really bright. It also has the capacity to use a power adapter 6 volt dc (not included). The radio can use batteries and or the hand crank. It has am/fm, and weather bands. We picked up Channel 7, WEVV, Evansville on the weather band. So I got to listen to 24!! The flashlight is a led flashlight and is very bright, you get "much, much" light with about 1 minute of hand cranking. That's what I did as SOON AS I FELT DRY ENOUGH...I started cranking...(I had a hair, about 2 weeks ago..just laying in bed watching TV, and during commercials I started 'cranking' the lantern..did for quite a while too! -- It's NOT as good as going to the 'fridge..but it wasn't all bad.)I had the kids take turns cranking..while they were cranking on the flashlight and radio, I was cranking on the other..I cranked on 'em for some time...until I heard the DES come over and say the "worst" part was over..I could then hear the winds let up and the rain too! So I put them back in there respective places until needed. So when the power goes out, the batteries will only last for a certain time, and then you'd be in the dark! So consider getting yourself some hand crank items for just such an occasion. For the next few posts, I will try to give you a description of each of the items in the top pic.
Also, I have a few projects on "hold"...the wind generator (we're close!) and the Big Version of the Solar Heater (collector), and 2 new projects...a sawdust stove (which has great potential!) and introducing the 'PILANKET!'....
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