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Folks, I need your help and input on how you currently use or would use a 12 volt battery in an emergency!
In our recent trip with our prepper group, I brought along my 12V Group 29 Deep Cycle battery, Solar panels and inverters. I was showing some of the things we could do as preppers in an emergency or just goofing around on a camp trip.
My battery was tied to a portable solar panel and charge controller, 60 watts total. I also keep along an auto battery charger if some 120AC power comes available. Now I connected the usual way with clamps to get some 12 volt outlets and plugged in a couple of inverters. The inverters were 400 watt and 220 watt in size. From that I was using a USB charger for my Iphone and camp lantern. I also put up three strings of LED xmas lights in the tree at my camp site.
The lights were bright as hell at night, and a big hit around camp. They only drew 5 watts total when all three were plugged together. One other prepper couple were using a standard battery with a 400 watt inverter and making coffee, or so they thought. They were having issues with their inverter showing a fault and not powering up the coffee pot. So I grabbed my multimeter and we checked it out. Seems the voltage was a little low but within limits for the operation of the inverter, most will drop out when the voltage drops to low. Then we checked out the coffee maker, uh oh, 900 watts listed. So the inverter was doing what it was designed to do, save itself.
In looking at this, I had an idea on remote or quick power usage, but I need more input. If you could answer a couple of questions in the following survey, I would really appreciate it. I will share the results later and see what I can develop of this idea I have. Not trying to be coy about what it is, but I need to see if it’s viable.
The Survey below will only take a minute, thanks for your thoughts!