December 14, 2018

The Real Solar Charger Test

After the first failed solar charger test http://wp.me/p1dmhM-oJ I went and bought fresh rechargeable batteries from Lowes.  This solar charger, by XTG Technology, model XTG-SLRBC can charge both AA and AAA batteries, so I got a couple of sets of both types of batteries.  Just for good measure I also picked up a few more regular batteries, to get ready for hurricane season (see previous post “Hurricane Season is Almost Here” http://wp.me/p1dmhM-p8).  Costco had pretty good prices on regular batteries.  […]

Solar Battery Charger Test that Failed

A couple of days ago I was all excited to test a new solar battery charger we had purchased.  Per instructions I loaded it with four rechargeable batteries I had in the battery drawer. I left the solar charger in the window sill under direct sunlight for about five hours.  Then I plugged in a drained iPod to see if it would charge it.  Well… nothing happened.   Perhaps I didn’t leave the charger under direct sun long enough.  I move […]

Items I Carry Daily

A little less than a month ago, I posted about “A Gap in My Preparedness”  http://wp.me/p1dmhM-iR when I realized an emergency can happen while I am far from my home where I have most of my preparedness supplies. Since then I have carefully chosen a few items to keep with me at all times.  Each item is useful enough to keep around, even if there is no emergency.  Here they are in no particular order: Solar watch – I decided […]

Treating Muddy Water with the LifeSaver Filtration Bottle

I posted about our water preparedness plan several months ago in the post “Insuring against 3 Days Without Water”.  For our main water purification system, we chose The Big Berkey.  It works very well but is not very portable.  If we were to shelter in place, the Big Berkey would be the one we’d use.  For a more portable water filter, we decided to try the Lifesaver bottle. Why did we pick the Lifesaver bottle? It is known to remove […]

Bargain Shopping Tip

We are watching every penny these days, but still want to continue adding to our emergency supplies.  Before buying a new item, we compare prices between local area stores and internet sources like Amazon.  While we were at the store, I was starting to write all the items and prices down  when my husband came up with a good idea.  He said, “Why not use your cell phone and just take a picture of the item and price?”  I don’t […]

Testing Out Our Gear

It was the first weekend of spring and the weather was perfect to do something outdoors.  So we took the opportunity to try out some of our gear, in case we ever have to walk out of the city on foot. We had purchased hiking boots a while ago but had not gotten a chance to wear them.  Comfortable hiking boots that don’t pinch or cause blisters are important if you ever have to walk out of the city in […]

My First Rifle

Today my family and I went target shooting at a local gun range.  I finally got to try out my new rifle, the U.S Survival AR-7 rifle. Why did we choose this rifle?  I admit, I am no expert with firearms.  The truth is, my husband actually did all the research about the various rifles to choose from.  After he looked at all the choices, he narrowed it down and we talked about features.  The main reasons we decided on […]

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