I don't get paid for anyone for doing my blog (because they certainly wouldn't get their money's worth, that's for sure!!)
But occasionally I get a product that I get excited about when I think of the possibilities. Here is one such product.
Its fairly basic and innocuous, but when a bit of ingenuity is used, it can be a very wise and important prep item, especially for the short-term.
It dawned on me that I might could use a handy, readily available power source when I saw all of the issues that the folks that were hit by Sandy were facing.
If need be, I could put this in my shelter, hook a few low voltage LED lights to it to provide more suitable illumination than candles as well as be able to run a radio, charge a cell phone etc.
I jerry-rigged a 12 volt florescent bulb to it to test how long it could run. I ran it for almost 48 solid hours before it got low enough for the last battery charge indicator to start dimming.
So basically if it runs a 12 volt florescent for that long, it should easily run 4 times that long on good LED's with room to spare.
This would be a good backup to have as an emergency. Plus it can still help start your car in an emergency, pump up your tires etc.
This would not be able to replace a generator (which you should have regardless) and would be a good addition to any wind or solar power that you may have.
Just my .02 cents worth.