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Today at 02:16 AM More power sources! by Bingley

After Hurricane Sally, I'd like to expand the number of power sources I have. As those of you who read my previous thread know, the generator failed to start, contrary to expectation. Fortunately I got through fine with my other options, but I think I should have more for future needs. If you guys have ideas or product recommendations, I'm all ears.

Right now I'm looking at:

1. A power "station" -- basically a big rechargeable battery with outlets. You have to charge it before the event. The benefit of something like this is you're ready to power something, but once the battery is drained, it's done.

2. A solar power generator. The main problem for me is that my area gets power outages from storms and hurricanes -- not very sunny. It seems that people can still charge their phone on a cloudy day over the course of six hours or so. So this is not a great solution, but may be still useful, especially once the sky clears.

3. It seems that some power tools brands sell an inverter for their batteries. Alas, since there is no standard among these batteries, I can't get just an inverter for all the power tool batteries I have. The inverters are surprisingly expensive. They probably want to price them so they're just a bit cheaper than power "stations."


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09/17/20 08:33 PM Desperate Escape From Fire by AKSAR

A Desperate Bid for Survival as Fire Closed In on an Oregon Mountain Town
After wildfires left them trapped on the shores of a reservoir near Detroit, Ore., dozens of people and nine firefighters mounted a last stand, hoping for a miracle.

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09/17/20 04:52 AM Notes from Getting Through Hurricane Sally by Bingley

Hope everyone in the Gulf Coast region go through Sally okay!

Power could go out more than 12 hours before the hurricane hits land, just because of the stormy conditions. Don't plan on charging everything a few hours before landfall.

Do a test run of your generator BEFORE the hurricane, even if you just bought it last year. Seriously. It was basically a brand new generator.

Ear plugs if your neighbor has a loud generator.

Tell people on social media to contact you by text so the panicky types don't think you died. Internet went out, but SMS still worked.

Get a SW radio. Many radio stations went down, and those that stayed up did not have programming that I found worthwhile. (This was both the luck of the draw and personal preference.) When power and internet (including mobile data) are both out, radio was my only way of keeping track of news. Do you guys know if I'll be able to get BBC on SW in the US? Which SW radio do you recommend?

I used the headlamp a lot more than any types of lighting. Time to stock up on AAA batteries or find headlamps that use AA. (I've been trying to "standardize" all my equipment so they use only AA. But there is just something about size...)

The old timers all headed out to buy ice after the hurricane passed. At first I thought I didn't need that, since I prepared by putting bags of ice in the freezer. But then I realized nobody knew how long the power outage was going to last, and without additional ice food was going to spoil.

Loved my butane stove. Being able to make hot food, coffee, hot water for washing, etc. was great for morale.

Right now I have an external battery and an inverter for my car. So these are the two sources of power for my phone. I feel like I need an additional source. The battery will last only two charges. If I get unlucky, I could lose my car.

My Wilson Electronics cell signal extender may be outdated technology. I think I've had it for eight years. It used to be able to extend my range by maybe 5-10 miles, but I didn't notice any change in the signal bars.

Initially they predicted such a historic flooding that I wondered whether I'd end up being one of those people who have to go up on the roof. Right now I don't have a plan for that type of flooding.

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09/16/20 11:00 PM ATT blocking InReach SMS messages by AKSAR

I just got back from a solo hiking trip. I was using my InReach to send text updates to my wife as to where I was and what I planned. She never received those texts.

It seems for some reason, ATT is blocking SMS messages from InReach. Until it is fixed, Garmin recommends sending emails, rather than texts.

Below from https://status.inreach.garmin.com/:
inReach messages sent to AT&T customers aren't being delivered

Update - We are continuing to work on this issue with AT&T. If you know that any of your contacts use AT&T, we recommend using their email address to communicate with them instead.
Sep 16, 14:48 EDT
Update - SMS message links have been restored however AT&T is still blocking all inReach SMS traffic to their customers.
Sep 14, 23:06 EDT
Update - All AT&T messages are being blocked and messages to other providers continue to have location links removed. We are continuing to work with AT&T to resolve the issue. Once resolved, we will restore location links.
Sep 14, 18:10 EDT
Update - Until AT&T can resolve the issue, we are disabling links in all SMS messages so that all messages will be delivered.
Sep 14, 11:51 EDT
Identified - We are working with AT&T. We recommend turning off the location when possible when sending messages to AT&T customers until this issue is resolved.
Sep 14, 09:27 EDT

Technology is great....right up until it isn't!

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09/14/20 08:50 PM New purchases? by TeacherRO

I just bought a new cell phone battery.
Tiny, 10,000 amp and smaller than a deck of cards.

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