12 V battery system for power outages – survivalist forum electricity distribution map

So i decided to just install the couple 12V marine deep cycle batteries from the boat I disposed of into a medium sized home depot plastic storage tub, in the room upstairs where I weathered the last hurricane, the theater room. Tied them together in parallel. hooked up a marine breaker panel that also has a cigarette lighter socket, then hooked up some 12V marine LED overhead lights that use very little power, a 12V coleman camping fan, and a tesla TC03, which provides 4 USB smart charger outlets, and 3 more cig lighter sockets, an on/off switch and a digital voltage indicator.

I figure that will give me a well lit room, some air flow, and keep a cell phone or 2 charged up for a couple days at least before having to fire up a generator. of course the generator would get turned on after about 6 hours just to keep the freezer and fridge cold if nothing else. I have a little LCD battery operated TV that I could hook up to it also if I wanted.

Other than the hurricanes, in the last year the power was tripping off at least once a week for a couple hours. I have no idea why, but they supposedly did some huge replacement to get get the reliability up to par. It has been doing well the last 6 months, but I figured this was easy enough to do and since we are supposed to be prepared, went ahead with it.

Thinking about putting a couple lights downstairs as well, but need to drill through the ceiling, so not sure if I will do that. Especially since the light is too bright and garish of these goofy LED lights. (I got 5 of them off Amazon which offered the discount for buying more than a couple). Might just try taping a piece of paper to the light lens to soften the glare.

So i decided to just install the couple 12V marine deep cycle batteries from the boat I disposed of into a medium sized home depot plastic storage tub, in the room upstairs where I weathered the last hurricane, the theater room. Tied them together in parallel. hooked up a marine breaker panel that also has a cigarette lighter socket, then hooked up some 12V marine LED overhead lights that use very little power, a 12V coleman camping fan, and a tesla TC03, which provides 4 USB smart charger outlets, and 3 more cig lighter sockets, an on/off switch and a digital voltage indicator.

I figure that will give me a well lit room, some air flow, and keep a cell phone or 2 charged up for a couple days at least before having to fire up a generator. of course the generator would get turned on after about 6 hours just to keep the freezer and fridge cold if nothing else. I have a little LCD battery operated TV that I could hook up to it also if I wanted.

Other than the hurricanes, in the last year the power was tripping off at least once a week for a couple hours. I have no idea why, but they supposedly did some huge replacement to get get the reliability up to par. It has been doing well the last 6 months, but I figured this was easy enough to do and since we are supposed to be prepared, went ahead with it.

Thinking about putting a couple lights downstairs as well, but need to drill through the ceiling, so not sure if I will do that. Especially since the light is too bright and garish of these goofy LED lights. (I got 5 of them off Amazon which offered the discount for buying more than a couple). Might just try taping a piece of paper to the light lens to soften the glare.

If the HOA wouldn’t get panties in a wad, have you thought of putting up a simple tiltable panel on a Southern exposure/good light separate from your house? I’ve seen some that pack a wallop in a very small panel. You could anchor solar panels to a wood panel like a 4×8 plywood sheet with metal brackets and not worry about roof leaks, reinforce/frame/brace your wood support (maybe put roofing shingles/tar on it to waterproof?), put adjustable metal tilt arms you can screw and tighten down into optimal position/s – even vertical or dismount completely if needed, easily. Maybe set close to a side wall or in a hidden area?

l’ve been researching a combo of solar and wind turbine to a battery bank. They don’t have to have large blades or be particularly high up in the air, but lightning would have to be considered. I think it’s interesting to have both in case one fails, and you’ve already got your 12V set up; why not get that solar or wind juice pumping them up. You’d just have to run your wires if you’ve got a hidden spot in your back yard or side yard.