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    Default Off grid power sources (portable)

    As an offshoot to the emergency communications threads, this thread should focus on PORTABLE off-grid power solutions.
    Portable could be carried by a person or in a vehicle. Not permanently installed.

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    Cause the good old days weren't always good, and tomorrow ain't as bad as it seems...

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    I guess the question is, what level of "portable" are we talking here?
    Person or vehicle covers a pretty wide range of items.
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    I bought this NOCO BOOST PRO GB150 around two years ago. I've used it to jump start cars, P/U trucks, recharge cell phones, flashlights, and run other electronic devices. While it may be more than you think you need, glad I have it wherever I go for we always need to recharge something while we're on the road (but not so much these days since we've essentially been in a kinder and gentler version of "lockdown"). It's always in the footwell behind the driver.

    As you know, most electronic stuff can be recharged just by plugging a charging cord into one of the many ports in your vehicle, so I guess this is our "back-up".

    Have heard that you can use it on heavy farm equipment and bigger vehicles, but we've never tried that. Rated for gas and diesel engines up to 10 liters. Also, it has the capacity to do about 40 jump starts before you need to recharge it.

    Feels like it weighs about 7 - 8 lbs, but since I'm not hiking around with it, the weight is not a consideration for me. About every six months, I usually plug it in and recharge it. But I've never found it below 75% charged, even after sitting in a vehicle parked outside for around six months including through freezing winter conditions.

    https://www.amazon.com/NOCO-GB150-Ul...%2C2032&sr=1-8

    NOCO BOOST GB150.2.jpg
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    Iíve got one of these for when Iím going to be out and off grid. Like the range

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PF9S9NY..._z1AMEb76Z7XZ4

    There have been times Iíve needed to take my daughter with me for a match day and sheís yet to kill it with an iPad playing games and watching movies all day

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    One that I have experience with and plan to keep in my truck is the jumpsmart flashlight. Campground host had several and let me borrow twice as my battery died twice. Battery since replaced but still plan to keep in truck. Jump-started it no problem. He said qvc always had the best price.

    https://www.qvc.com/JumpSmart-Portab...t.E232295.html

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    Its a little out there, but if I were to suddenly have money to burn, a PTO operated genset for my truck would be legit. Toss a large fuel cell in the bed and have easy 85gal of diesel to idle forever on.
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    Default Re: Off grid power sources (portable)

    I have both of these:
    https://harborfreight.com/home-outdo...ger-62449.html
    https://harborfreight.com/home-outdo...ger-60449.html

    The fordable is in my go-bag, the 15 Watt was modified to use Anderson Power poles (https://powerwerx.com/anderson-power...-sb-connectors) sits in my vehicle (under the sunroof) hooked to a lawn tractor battery from Walmart ($35 after "core charge") in an oversized ammo can (modified) The battery is light enough to carry most places, but heavy enough for long term work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sota View Post
    I guess the question is, what level of "portable" are we talking here?
    Person or vehicle covers a pretty wide range of items.
    Good question. I guess I would not restrict it to either. I am just not looking for stuff like rooftop solar systems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bamboomaster View Post
    I bought this NOCO BOOST PRO GB150 around two years ago. I've used it to jump start cars, P/U trucks, recharge cell phones, flashlights, and run other electronic devices. While it may be more than you think you need, glad I have it wherever I go for we always need to recharge something while we're on the road (but not so much these days since we've essentially been in a kinder and gentler version of "lockdown"). It's always in the footwell behind the driver.

    As you know, most electronic stuff can be recharged just by plugging a charging cord into one of the many ports in your vehicle, so I guess this is our "back-up".

    Have heard that you can use it on heavy farm equipment and bigger vehicles, but we've never tried that. Rated for gas and diesel engines up to 10 liters. Also, it has the capacity to do about 40 jump starts before you need to recharge it.

    Feels like it weighs about 7 - 8 lbs, but since I'm not hiking around with it, the weight is not a consideration for me. About every six months, I usually plug it in and recharge it. But I've never found it below 75% charged, even after sitting in a vehicle parked outside for around six months including through freezing winter conditions.

    https://www.amazon.com/NOCO-GB150-Ul...%2C2032&sr=1-8

    NOCO BOOST GB150.2.jpg
    Quote Originally Posted by Hoppy View Post
    One that I have experience with and plan to keep in my truck is the jumpsmart flashlight. Campground host had several and let me borrow twice as my battery died twice. Battery since replaced but still plan to keep in truck. Jump-started it no problem. He said qvc always had the best price.

    https://www.qvc.com/JumpSmart-Portab...t.E232295.html
    I have the old fashioned battery jump box that looks like a small suitcase. It has a lighter socket so I could use it for charging items.
    My buddy has one of those new compact jumpers like these. We have used it to start a boat and two jet skis. Amazing amount of power for the size.

    Quote Originally Posted by NathanB View Post
    Iíve got one of these for when Iím going to be out and off grid. Like the range

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PF9S9NY..._z1AMEb76Z7XZ4

    There have been times Iíve needed to take my daughter with me for a match day and sheís yet to kill it with an iPad playing games and watching movies all day
    This is labeled as a Generator, but I cannot figure out how it generates electricity.

    Quote Originally Posted by theshadow View Post
    I have both of these:
    https://harborfreight.com/home-outdo...ger-62449.html
    https://harborfreight.com/home-outdo...ger-60449.html

    The fordable is in my go-bag, the 15 Watt was modified to use Anderson Power poles (https://powerwerx.com/anderson-power...-sb-connectors) sits in my vehicle (under the sunroof) hooked to a lawn tractor battery from Walmart ($35 after "core charge") in an oversized ammo can (modified) The battery is light enough to carry most places, but heavy enough for long term work.
    I have that 15 watt one, leave it connected to a spare vehicle. I really never thought it did much more than offset the slow drain from the alarm system. I;d like to hear more about your setup.
    I am also intrigued by the foldable. How long does it take to charge a typical portable battery or phone?

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