A battery bank is a great back up for when the power goes out
The Prepared Homestead has partnered with Mike Leister with Tactical Woodgas in bringing this force multiplier to you. In this video we go over some of the basics of the battery bank.
The transcript is shortened and paraphrased.
The Prepared Homestead: why did you come up with the battery bank? Why did you put all these components together for customers?
Tactical Woodgas: initially we did this for our wives. We work remote and with full freezers we wanted our wives to have a quick and easy temporary solution without worrying about generators.
The Prepared Homestead: one of the things we absolutely love about the battery bank is that it is plug & play. You have taken the mystery out of this system for us. Let’s talk about some of the capabilities and limitations of the battery bank.
Tactical Woodgas: the main output is the 800 watt inverter (start up surge 1600 watts) which has two 115 volt ac outlets. There are two 2.1 amp USB outlets for tablets, phones etc… There is also a direct link to the 12 volt battery using an Anderson power pole connector rated up to 30 amps. This type of connector s very common in the HAM radio community among many others.
The Prepared Homestead: the battery bank has the capability to charge directly off the dried which we are doing right now, what are some other ways we can charge this?
Tactical Woodgas: we have the 12 volt output that connects directly to the grid, and on the opposite side we have a 12-24 volt input for solar panels. We recommend about 100 watts of solar. We have multiple gendered connectors for different systems. We have also added a car charger adapter for convenience as well. Of course you can directly charge the battery from a vehicle wth jumper cables also.
The Prepared Homestead: two quick stories: when we first received the battery bank we got all set up and ready to go. A day later, literally, we lost power. We had guests coming over for dinner that night and instead of canceling or firing up generators we used the battery bank to get us a little power to finish the meal. We didn’t even think about canceling.
Secondly, we process a lot of wood out in the field. Our limiting factor is usually the amount of sharpened chains we have. We use a nice little harbor freight tool to make quick work of chains without having to break out files. We recently took our battery bank with us in the field and were able to use it to sharpen chains and extend our work time. This reduced our trips and increased efficiency greatly.
Tactical Woodgas: it’s amazing how a little bit of power can solve so many problems.
The Prepared Homestead: the battery bank helps during stressful times to kind f normalize things and give you enough time to think and it gives you some space in order to figure things out.