Several years ago, we visited a distant relative of my grandfather's to talk to her about family history, and her kitchen still had the original appliances from when the house was built in the 1940's or 1950's. Very 'retro' looking, but all original. It was lovely! But the stuff from the 1970's...not so much.I know, green, gold and white.
I've already purchased the one from Hammacher but unsure if it's my best bet.
You could also build your own power station for a fraction of the cost. Empty out a kitchen cupboard and fill it with batteries and a charger, and inverter.
Make sure its vented.
Snagged the deep cycle battery off my trailer's winch, had a 400 watt inverter with clamps, had two of those light-bulb-looking solar lights that were 6v each, so wired them in series and put clamps on them for evening lighting.
The inverter sat on wife's night table with her powered up-and-down bed, her nebulizer compressor, and a 7w LED in a lamp (40w equivalent light output) plugged into the little Harbor Fright inverter. Battery sat on a table right outside the window, had the inverter, the two series lights, and a clip-on lighter plug clipped to it. Lighter plug was for charging her phone.
Similar setup. That thing probably won't push a CPAP machine, but would definitely do the head of a bed and very likely push a nebulizer compressor. It's not a plug-in-your-window-unit and chill type setup. (I can see someone saying 'but the plug fits!' LOL)That's a nice FANCY power bank
......like these next 2 fellas say, you'll get the most bang for your buck with DIY homebuild
See the 12:30 vid at the end to see how easy it is.
If still intimidated/unsure, there's the local computer repair guy who will put it together for you.
Recharging the battery is the wild card here....mebbe local source a handyman to hook up a manual generator to a bicycle you'll power up a few hours each day
Isn't it a shame that the 1970's appliance colors were so awful?
Whole heartedly agree.I hear it all the time...."post-SHTF, generators will (insert standard excuse not to buy one).
You can get a decent 2000w inverter for 500bux, a honda eu2000 for about one large.
Consider the cost of your freezer contents and the value of having some power during an extended outage.
Even if there was a "Lights Out" event, it would buy you a few days to can or whatever your frozen food.
People make their own choices for their own reason.
Informative post.Champion Power Equipment 4,250W/3,500W RV-Ready Open Frame Inverter Generator with Quiet Technology | Cabela's (cabelas.com)
BTW a case of oil should also be considered, since most of these things will use some oil, and have a low oil light to let you know.
Don't throw that used oil away either.Informative post.
I would strongly suggest CHANGING the oil in any "smaller" (not full house) generators (drained and refilled with new) roughly every 30+ hours - do not exceed 50 hours between changes, generally speaking.
This oil change interval is particularly significant if these smaller generators are being run on a continuous multi-hour basis. This is an important point to understand, if you wish to keep your generator motor running years into the future.
Oil change intervals matter.
All that being said - have a sufficient stock of fresh engine oil that is rated for the generator engine, and ALSO oil filters - if applicable to that generator engine (some may have oil filters, some may not - a generator engine with an oil filter is preferable for overall generator engine longevity).
Regarding small motor generator engine oil filter types - I have a couple of well-used, much older Kohler single-cylinder gasoline industrial engines that use a "Kohler" screw-on oil filter - LONG ago, I substituted a slightly taller automotive-application (Nissan V6 gas motor 2002? IIRC) screw-on oil filter to both, that is inexpensive (compared to the Kohler-branded oil filter) and easily obtained at any auto parts store.