tacos at fetrow.org
Tue Dec 11 04:04:47 CST 2012
Well, most people don't prepare at all. Not at all. I basically feel
they deserve to freeze or starve.
They don't even have a dozen AA cells in the freezer or 'fridge.
You have got to wonder.
I have only a 2 kVA Honda Inverter generator. It runs mostly
everything I need except the HVAC. Still, I have had neighbors come
buy to ask to plug in cell phone chargers. I not only allow it but I
give them an outlet strip. I allow as many to plug is as appear. I
have dozens of outlet strips as a result of decommisioning a radio
network, so iI could likely accomidate a hundred chargers. It would
be a real mess on the front porch. I don't recall more than six
plugging into the generator.
I plan to get a 40 kVA generator for the entire house. Of course, my
wife and I need to become employeed, a problem for both of us right
now. However once we have jobs and don't have to worry about the
bills, I will install a 40 kVA generator and put two or three 10
Ampere outlets on it for those living closest to us. Hey, they need
to live with the noise, even though I plan to buy a low noise gen-set.
They can plug in there 'fridge or some other low load. If they want
to plug in something larger, the breaker will trip.
HEY, IT IS FEE. Get over it.
On Dec 10, 2012, at 1:00 PM, tacos-request at amrad.org wrote:
> Message: 1
> Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2012 10:56:26 -0500
> From: Richard O'Neill <richardoneill at earthlink.net>
> To: Tacos AMRAD <tacos at amrad.org>
> Subject: Thermoelectric Generators
> "They were actually using these in NYC shelters to charge things like
> cellphones after Sandy. They apparently work pretty well."
> So, these devices do have some practicality after all, at least in
> an urban environment - following a major calamity. Can you direct me
> to any links that describe their use following Sandy's passage?
> Personally, in that sort of situation I'd place far higher priority
> on obtaining shelter, potable water and food than recharging a cell
> phone. My, how times have changed. I suppose these devices are now
> considered essential for urban folks used to a daily reliance on them.
> I can see where such a puny power source such as this could be a
> life saver for those otherwise unprepared for an infrastructure
> collapse. Few really are. However, the fact that these devices
> require three to five hours of burn time to recharge a cell phone
> seems pitifully inadequate for all but the most dire circumstances -
> which did exist for so many for far longer than they ever expected.
> The Boy Scout motto about always being prepared is still good advice.
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