Thursday, December 15, 2011

Redux to Solar

So, it has happened!  You were preparing for this moment, hoping and praying that it would never come, but deep down inside, knowing that it would.

The 2012 solar storm hit us with a vengeance bringing EMP destruction with it.  It was the Carrington event to end all others.  Coast to coast, even around the world, computer chips that controlled everything from your toaster, to your modern automobile, to the multi-million dollar switching station that sent power to your home were fried with the immense electronic storm that took a millisecond to sweep through everything connected (and most things not connected) to the grid.

So, you, being the dedicated prepper that you are, begin preparing for the grid-down scenario.  You prime your hand pump well system, you begin turning all of your steak and roast that is in your freezer into jerky with your solar dehydrator.  You break out your solar oven, and get ready to fix your first "TEOTWAWKI" meal.  You strap on your Glock 19 and lay the AR15 down beside you.

Things go pretty well until later in the evening and you realize that its getting dark.  DOH!  You realize that your dusk to dawn light outside isn't going to come on and no matter how many times you flip the light switch out of habit as you walk from room to room in your house, the lights are not going to come on.

So, you go get your checklist and see what provisions that you made for light.

VIOLA, you were a great prepper and made the proper provisions.  You had a faraday cage specifically for this very thing.

You run into your provisions room (as quick as you can, because it is dark in the house now), look for your ammo-box turned faraday cage that has your stuff stored and open it up.

What greets your eager eyes is worth its weight in gold now.

First off, you see four of your Olight M21 Warriors.


You gingerly pick one up and flip its switch.  You are greeted with a blindingly bright and very reassuring stream of light.

You take a moment to revel in its beautiful brightness before you continue your rediscovery.

What awaits you next is equally reassuring.

12 volt 15650 battery charger

This is what is going to keep you in light for many years to come.  You made provisions to hook this small battery charger to your solar panels that are on your outbuilding.  Sure it takes a while, but you will have light.

You set this aside, with a sigh of relief, then reach the final bundle at the bottom of your ammo box.  Its pretty heavy and you forget for a moment what you might have down there, as soon as the clear wrapper comes into view, you remember with yet another sigh of relief.

18650 rechargeables

You lift the heavily cellophaned wrapper from the bottom of your box.  In it contains almost 3 pounds of 18650 rechargeable batteries.  Enough to keep you in light for quite some time to come.

And not just any light, but blindingly brilliant white light that is sure to cut through the darkest night to let you know what goes "Bump".

Things are not going to be easy at all, in fact, these will be the days that try men's souls, but you have taken as many prudent preparations as you could have, and now they will begin paying off in spades.

1 comment:

  1. It's a good thing we are preppers! Thanks for another great post!