Based on the timeline a blackout here would likely be when I am asleep. I don't much enjoy waking up in the cold so I'd just as soon not lose power again... but batteries are charged. LOL
Really I worry about falling trees blocking my street, hitting my car, or worst of all my house or deck. I live surrounded by forest on 3 sides. Heavy wet snow and 40 mph wind could threaten more than just power when surrounded by tall trees. I do not relish rebuilding my home. I already have several down in the yard I haven't cleared yet.
4) My solar panels are cool but I'll probably be selling them in the near to mid future and investing in a LiFePO4 pack with USB buck driver/converter instead.
It is fun playing with lights for sure but invariably you find out that you either don't have good enough lights or overkill. I endured a 4 day outage in 2007 and used only a fraction of the lights I had. Running around during an outage can be very time consuming and stressful trying to find gas stations that are open that you don't have to wait an hour for gas in line and businesses that are open to buy supplies and food.A few thoughts from this Flashoholic:
1) Being in a blackout in the warmer months and playing with your lights is fun. Being in a blackout for four days in the cold, without traffic lights, can make one feel uneasy.
Internet loss made things a lot more boring for me I didn't even have a smart phone back then so I simply lost touch with the WWW. I only had radio and with a collection of dvds I had nothing to watch them with. I've since purchased a portable dvd player with car charger in case such an outage happens again.2) Internet access, to me, is now no different than a utility. I got plenty of time to try out my high gain antennas and wifi gear, but at the end of the day, the rapidity with which information can be sought out and obtained via the WWW is simply unsurpassed by radio or television. We lost our access point when the power returned but I just scored what I feel is a pretty good deal on a replacement. *thumbs up*
As much as I would love to have a generator here, the cost and care of it for rare usage isn't economically sound. Since 2007 we haven't experienced an outage lasting more than a few hours and even those have been very rare mostly when power goes off it is back on within an hour so by the time I got the generator running and cables hooked up I would have to put it all away again.3) My dad and sister got the generator going on Saturday, 3/3/18, and that kept the furnace and fridge/freezer alive. We were also able to charge our various devices.
Solar panels have their use but it seems unless you have long outages where the weather is clear you man find them useless half the time and keeping large battery banks charged up by them awaiting an outage that may not happen often enough and long enough may not be worth the cost plus if you aren't using the batteries you may still have to continually replace them over the years to ensure you have a working system. I've found the best choice for myself is investing in 12v charging such that you can use your car to recharge your batteries then you just need to make sure you have a few gallons of gas extra around for an outage which many can just use for lawn mowers and gas powered tools.4) My solar panels are cool but I'll probably be selling them in the near to mid future and investing in a LiFePO4 pack with USB buck driver/converter instead. Our local mall had power and there is usually always somewhere you can go, in a pinch, to charge things up. Others on this forum urged me to go that route in the past, and they were absolutely right.
I was relieved when power came back on to contact friends online who were worried about me that were clueless as to how bad things were for me. I had neighbors that were without power for a week longer than me due to an inaccessible power pole that snapped in their back yard that they couldn't get to with a normal line crew. I now own a 12v TV, a portable dvd player that has video input and a 12v dtv convertor box that I can hook up to it plus a bunch of USB power banks, USB based lights and cords enough to light up the whole house if needed plus some COB flashlights.5) I went out Friday night when the wind was whipping and the traffic lights were out to do a little scouting around. The blazing lights of the local mall were quite creepy when everything else was dark. When the power returned Monday evening, we whooped for joy.
6) The experience reinforced how dependent upon house current I am to keep my devices charged, to stay warm, to see, and, in equal measure and at the same time, how much (and how very little) human beings truly require to remain alive. It also made me feel extremely grateful to have a job with health insurance, a safe place to work, a car to get me around, and other conveniences of modernity and first world wealth I too often take for granted.
I forgot about this thread. My boss lost power for 10 days, in the same storm as me. The day his power came on we got hit with another storm and his power went out again. Good thing. Someone left the door to our office open so he couldn’t check out the video feed to fire who did it. It might have been me...
One day isn't so bad. You could just run the modem on an extension cord to an outlet that was still working.I lost power for a day last week, the stupid company was digging something and cut one of the legs to the house. Half the electrical devices in the house would work and the other half would not.
Lost 'net, the router was flashing on and off. I would rather lose water than online access. At least water you can buy.