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#300182 - 10/11/21 03:00 PM Re: What did you do today to prepare? [Re: Eugene]
chaosmagnet Offline
Sheriff
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 3672
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: Eugene
Sad thing is you can buy a whole new box for less than the price of the replacement battery. But hopefully since this one has lasted so long I figure it much be made decent.


The jump packs I own are essentially a case, cables and some accessories wrapped around an AGM golf cart battery. The two times I’ve done the replacement the battery was significantly less expensive — about $30 vs about $70 the jump pack cost originally. Unfortunately my favorite jump pack (The “Powerstation PSX” and later models, sold by Costco, no affiliation) doesn’t seem to be manufactured any more, so it’s worth it to me to buy a new battery every few years to keep the two I have operational. When charged after every use and also once a month I get about five years of service out of them.

I’ve seen a number of jump packs that are pocket sized or nearly so, based on Lithium Ion battery technology, but I don’t own one. I do not believe that they have enough cold cranking amps for reliable winter service.

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#300183 - 10/11/21 03:57 PM Re: What did you do today to prepare? [Re: chaosmagnet]
Eugene Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/26/02
Posts: 2917
Originally Posted By: chaosmagnet
Originally Posted By: Eugene
Sad thing is you can buy a whole new box for less than the price of the replacement battery. But hopefully since this one has lasted so long I figure it much be made decent.


The jump packs I own are essentially a case, cables and some accessories wrapped around an AGM golf cart battery. The two times I’ve done the replacement the battery was significantly less expensive — about $30 vs about $70 the jump pack cost originally. Unfortunately my favorite jump pack (The “Powerstation PSX” and later models, sold by Costco, no affiliation) doesn’t seem to be manufactured any more, so it’s worth it to me to buy a new battery every few years to keep the two I have operational. When charged after every use and also once a month I get about five years of service out of them.

I’ve seen a number of jump packs that are pocket sized or nearly so, based on Lithium Ion battery technology, but I don’t own one. I do not believe that they have enough cold cranking amps for reliable winter service.

Mine has a small SLA that was about $70 to buy local from batteries+.
The small lithium ion ones aren't intended to be able to crank a vehicle, rather they are to be plugged in for ~15 minutes or so to bring a low battery up to a level where it can then crank.

My problem is I have an intermittent drain somewhere. Sometimes I can park for several days and nothing is wrong but sometimes my battery gets too low after just a couple days that it can't crank. One of the many computers doesn't seem to be shutting down all the time but its intermittent enough to make troubleshooting a pain. so if I drive anywhere I end up carrying that jumpstart box to be safe.


Edited by Eugene (10/11/21 03:59 PM)

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#300187 - 10/12/21 05:43 PM Re: What did you do today to prepare? [Re: bacpacjac]
M_a_x Offline
Old Hand

Registered: 08/16/02
Posts: 1170
Loc: Germany
Car preparation for winter:
- check tire pressure
- check fluids
- put snow shovel into the trunk

general preparation:
- test run cat can stove outdoors in the rain
- make a vegan variety of champurrado with said stove (had some cocnut milk approaching it´s best before)

conclusions:
stove runs, champurrado was tasty, collapsible titanium spoon worked fine a kitchen tool, even with a broad brimmed hat you need to pay attention to not not drip the rain runoff into your champurrado
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If it isn´t broken, it doesn´t have enough features yet.

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#300192 - 10/14/21 08:35 AM Re: What did you do today to prepare? [Re: bacpacjac]
Chisel Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/05
Posts: 1445
What I did to prep ? Injured myself. LOL

No, seriously. A few weeks back, I lifted something heavy and heard something in my left shoulder. Maybe an tendon or muscle was hurt. Initially thought to go to clinic, but my daughter asked me a few questions and gave suggestions of rubbing it with some cream

The idea occurred to me to endure the pain and continue my restless lifestyle. Seeing a few YouTube videos about shoulder pain, I continued to move. Two days ago, I was moving something heavy and relatively large in size, and again heard that ugly sound in my right arm. A tendon or muscle in my right arm has been injured. Pain was pretty bad. However, I applied ointment and continued doing stuff , a bit slowly.

It seems to be beneficial to do stuff while you are hurt. This hardens you and make you more ready to deal with working after SHTF in less-than-ideal conditions.

And, as some videos suggested, it seems that moving the injured muscles speeds healing

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#300203 - 10/15/21 01:39 AM Re: What did you do today to prepare? [Re: bacpacjac]
Famdoc Offline
Member

Registered: 04/29/09
Posts: 148
Loc: PA
I filled two propane tanks, now have 5 total.

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#300205 - 10/15/21 08:03 AM Re: What did you do today to prepare? [Re: bacpacjac]
Chisel Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/05
Posts: 1445
I didn't do this today, but a few years back. It is something that is easily overlooked, but it pays good dividends.

A few years back I retired from work after 35+ years. Same year my daughter graduated from medical school. We are both paper junkies and bookworms. So we both have accumulated big piles of papers. So instead of throwing them, I collected them all in A4 paper boxes. The backs of these papers are being used for my planning , grandkid home-schooling, and countless other uses ( like using them as a mat when gluing something ) ...

In an SHTF situation, they can serve additional uses like tinder for fire starting ..etc.

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#300208 - 10/15/21 01:55 PM Re: What did you do today to prepare? [Re: bacpacjac]
Eugene Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/26/02
Posts: 2917
I sat down one weekend a few years ago and scanned all my old school papers so I don't have the huge pile any more plus I have backups now.

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