Thursday, September 23, 2021

The Power Hit Catalogue (No expects the Spanish Inquisition!)

    The tools you need for a longer power hit has appeared in the Wirecutter by the NY Times. 

    While PSE has greatly improved our system reliability since we moved here, one should be prepared. Thus I took inventory based on their list: 
    • Portable generator (none)
    • Surge protector (3)
    • Uninterruptible power supply
      • Small/medium (5)
      • Large (3) 
    • Small Power bank (3)
    • Portable power station (see UPS, above)
    • Power inverter (none)
    • LED lantern 
      • Small (2)
      • Large (2)
    • Flashlight
    • Headlamp (left behind by a contractor, actually …)
    • Entertainment
      • Board Game (several)
      • Card decks (several)
      • Music 
        • 9200 tracks on iPhones 
        • BT Speaker 

    We don't have a generator, portable power station, or power inverter.  With three 1500 VA UPS units, we do have basic power reserves, and have never really felt the need for more.

    We also have things other devices which don't need A/C that the Wirecutter didn't mention:

    • Natural Gas 
      • Water Heater
      • Stove
      • Fireplace
    • Radio
    • Small refrigerator (12 VDC)
    Katherine notes our freezer is good for keeping things frozen for 24+ hours without power.

    In case of a Zombie Apocalypse or lesser event (the Pacific Northwest is earthquake country), we also have Go bags and cat carriers for bugging out. The inventory of those bags is not included above. We really need to update all the perishables in those bags.