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  1. #1
    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Power Outages

    Bought these right after Irene:

    This works great during power outages, lights a room more than
    sufficiently to read a book, sure beats candles:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o02_s00_i00

    Got this too, works exactly as claimed, receives several stations
    where I live and its flashlight is very bright, supposedly charges a
    cell phone too but I don't have a cell phone:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o02_s00_i01

  2. #2
    John Kuthe Guest

    Default Re: Power Outages

    On Tue, 03 Jul 2012 15:31:55 -0400, Brooklyn1 <Gravesend1> wrote:

    >Bought these right after Irene:
    >
    >This works great during power outages, lights a room more than
    >sufficiently to read a book, sure beats candles:
    >http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o02_s00_i00
    >
    >Got this too, works exactly as claimed, receives several stations
    >where I live and its flashlight is very bright, supposedly charges a
    >cell phone too but I don't have a cell phone:
    >http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o02_s00_i01


    But will they run my refrigerator and A/C?

    It's 100F outside right now! And my power went off Sunday (for 40mins,
    then it was back on)

    John Kuthe...

  3. #3
    Gary Guest

    Default Re: Power Outages

    John Kuthe wrote:
    >
    > It's 100F outside right now! And my power went off Sunday (for 40mins,
    > then it was back on)


    I live in hurricane territory and the prime times for hurricanes are August
    and mostly September. This is the time of year where I stop buying frozen
    foods and try to eat up what's in the freezer. I replace eaten frozen food
    with containers of ice. In a long term power outage, the ice in freezer
    prolongs your food.

    Gary

  4. #4
    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Power Outages

    On Tue, 03 Jul 2012 17:11:50 -0400, Gary <[email protected]> wrote:

    >John Kuthe wrote:
    >>
    >> It's 100F outside right now! And my power went off Sunday (for 40mins,
    >> then it was back on)

    >
    >I live in hurricane territory and the prime times for hurricanes are August
    >and mostly September. This is the time of year where I stop buying frozen
    >foods and try to eat up what's in the freezer. I replace eaten frozen food
    >with containers of ice. In a long term power outage, the ice in freezer
    >prolongs your food.


    It's easy to be smarter than Kuthe. I could never fathom why anyone
    has to fill a huge freezer, has to be from deprivation during
    childhood having to go to bed hungry.

  5. #5
    John Kuthe Guest

    Default Re: Power Outages

    On Tue, 03 Jul 2012 17:11:50 -0400, Gary <[email protected]> wrote:

    >John Kuthe wrote:
    >>
    >> It's 100F outside right now! And my power went off Sunday (for 40mins,
    >> then it was back on)

    >
    >I live in hurricane territory and the prime times for hurricanes are August
    >and mostly September. This is the time of year where I stop buying frozen
    >foods and try to eat up what's in the freezer. I replace eaten frozen food
    >with containers of ice. In a long term power outage, the ice in freezer
    >prolongs your food.
    >
    >Gary


    I keep two plastic bottles of water (one qt and one 1/2 gal) frozen in
    my freezer, mostly for coolers but also as a large "cold sink" in the
    freezer to help keep everything frozen.

    They help!

    John Kuthe...

  6. #6
    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: Power Outages


    "Brooklyn1" <Gravesend1> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Bought these right after Irene:
    >
    > Got this too, works exactly as claimed, receives several stations
    > where I live and its flashlight is very bright, supposedly charges a
    > cell phone too but I don't have a cell phone:
    > http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o02_s00_i01



    I have an NOAA weather radio similiar to that. Can be charged via the solar
    panel on the top or "cranked" to rev up the battery. And yes, the
    flashlight is very bright.

    Jill


  7. #7
    gregz Guest

    Default Re: Power Outages

    John Kuthe <[email protected]> wrote:
    > On Tue, 03 Jul 2012 15:31:55 -0400, Brooklyn1 <Gravesend1> wrote:
    >
    >> Bought these right after Irene:
    >>
    >> This works great during power outages, lights a room more than
    >> sufficiently to read a book, sure beats candles:
    >> http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o02_s00_i00
    >>
    >> Got this too, works exactly as claimed, receives several stations
    >> where I live and its flashlight is very bright, supposedly charges a
    >> cell phone too but I don't have a cell phone:
    >> http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o02_s00_i01

    >
    > But will they run my refrigerator and A/C?
    >
    > It's 100F outside right now! And my power went off Sunday (for 40mins,
    > then it was back on)
    >
    > John Kuthe...


    Fridge goes off for 40 minutes everyday. Called defrost.

    A typical freezer will hold at 32 for 2-3 days if it's packed. I found out
    the hard way, but it was winter, so other stuff was just taken outside in
    coolers.

    One can buy generators at Aldi's cheap. Cheaper than anywhere. I bought a
    5kw continuous for $350 . Then I they dropped it to $300 .

    Greg

  8. #8
    Cheryl Guest

    Default Re: Power Outages

    On 7/3/2012 8:36 PM, gregz wrote:

    > A typical freezer will hold at 32 for 2-3 days if it's packed. I found out
    > the hard way, but it was winter, so other stuff was just taken outside in
    > coolers.


    32F? Freezers should be at zero. Or do you mean it will go from zero to
    32 and stay there for 2-3 days?


  9. #9
    gregz Guest

    Default Re: Power Outages

    Cheryl <[email protected]> wrote:
    > On 7/3/2012 8:36 PM, gregz wrote:
    >
    >> A typical freezer will hold at 32 for 2-3 days if it's packed. I found out
    >> the hard way, but it was winter, so other stuff was just taken outside in
    >> coolers.

    >
    > 32F? Freezers should be at zero. Or do you mean it will go from zero to
    > 32 and stay there for 2-3 days?


    Yes. 32F. the freezer air temp usually goes to the upper 20's during
    defrost. Ice cream should be softer after defrost interval. Depends on
    packing.

    Greg

  10. #10
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Power Outages


    "Brooklyn1" <Gravesend1> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Bought these right after Irene:
    >
    > This works great during power outages, lights a room more than
    > sufficiently to read a book, sure beats candles:
    > http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o02_s00_i00
    >
    > Got this too, works exactly as claimed, receives several stations
    > where I live and its flashlight is very bright, supposedly charges a
    > cell phone too but I don't have a cell phone:
    > http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o02_s00_i01


    We have some lanterns and several battery operated lamps throughout the
    house in case of an outage. I also keep a flashlight on my computer desk,
    one in the kitchen and one in the garage. And another in my van. Once we
    had an outage while we were out. There was no way I could find the door
    knob to get the key in without one.

    As for the cell phone, I have some sort of manual winding device that will
    buy you 2 minutes of talk time in an emergency. But then there is also the
    trusty car charger.



  11. #11
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Power Outages


    "Gary" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]..
    > John Kuthe wrote:
    >>
    >> It's 100F outside right now! And my power went off Sunday (for 40mins,
    >> then it was back on)

    >
    > I live in hurricane territory and the prime times for hurricanes are
    > August
    > and mostly September. This is the time of year where I stop buying frozen
    > foods and try to eat up what's in the freezer. I replace eaten frozen
    > food
    > with containers of ice. In a long term power outage, the ice in freezer
    > prolongs your food.


    When we lived in NY and had that week long outage, I had a ton of blue ice
    in my freezer. I had just fully stocked the freezer and fridge too! I
    moved part of the blue ice down to the fridge. We had food for about 2
    days. Of course anything that needed to be cooked had to be thrown out.
    But thankfully I had bought quite a lot of things that could be eaten cold.
    Like a spinach pie.



  12. #12
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Power Outages


    "Brooklyn1" <Gravesend1> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Tue, 03 Jul 2012 17:11:50 -0400, Gary <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>John Kuthe wrote:
    >>>
    >>> It's 100F outside right now! And my power went off Sunday (for 40mins,
    >>> then it was back on)

    >>
    >>I live in hurricane territory and the prime times for hurricanes are
    >>August
    >>and mostly September. This is the time of year where I stop buying frozen
    >>foods and try to eat up what's in the freezer. I replace eaten frozen
    >>food
    >>with containers of ice. In a long term power outage, the ice in freezer
    >>prolongs your food.

    >
    > It's easy to be smarter than Kuthe. I could never fathom why anyone
    > has to fill a huge freezer, has to be from deprivation during
    > childhood having to go to bed hungry.


    I do because it is cheaper for me to do so. I can buy things in bulk at
    Costco. Cuts down on how many trips I make to the store. Also, my husband
    eats a ridiculous amount of frozen treats such as ice cream and juice/fruit
    pops. Without the big freezer, I have to go to the store daily to buy these
    things for him. We have a small side by side. That freezer is pretty
    small.

    When it was just me, my freezer was mostly empty. Yes, I went through
    phases where I made a lot of pancakes or muffins and kept them in the
    freezer. And once in a while I'd make a huge batch of something like hominy
    croquettes and would freeze the leftovers. But with a family? I need the
    big freezer. Especially helpful in the winter. I know where you are, they
    keep the streets plowed and salted. They don't do that here. Not at all.
    So if we get a lot of snow and ice, we could be stuck in this house for a
    week. And we have been.



  13. #13
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Power Outages


    "Cheryl" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:4ff39ac0$0$28663$[email protected] .com...
    > On 7/3/2012 8:36 PM, gregz wrote:
    >
    >> A typical freezer will hold at 32 for 2-3 days if it's packed. I found
    >> out
    >> the hard way, but it was winter, so other stuff was just taken outside in
    >> coolers.

    >
    > 32F? Freezers should be at zero. Or do you mean it will go from zero to
    > 32 and stay there for 2-3 days?


    Yes they should. But I would think in an emergency type situation that food
    would still be safe to eat for a time period of 2-3 days.



  14. #14
    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    Default Re: Power Outages

    On Tue, 03 Jul 2012 15:31:55 -0400, Brooklyn1 <Gravesend1> wrote:

    >Bought these right after Irene:
    >
    >This works great during power outages, lights a room more than
    >sufficiently to read a book, sure beats candles:
    >http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o02_s00_i00
    >


    Impressive run time, 72 hours on high, 150 on low. I may order one to
    have around. We have kerosene lamps, but they have limitations and
    safety issues.

    Where we live, there have been few outages and extremely few that
    lasted more than a couple of hours. I've never justified a generator,
    but I do keep lights, batteries, and some basics.

    Once in my nearly 67 years did an outage last more than 8 hours,
    hurricane Gloria took it out for about 30 hours or so.



  15. #15
    Cheryl Guest

    Default Re: Power Outages

    On 7/3/2012 11:49 PM, Julie Bove wrote:
    > "Cheryl"<[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:4ff39ac0$0$28663$[email protected] .com...
    >> On 7/3/2012 8:36 PM, gregz wrote:
    >>
    >>> A typical freezer will hold at 32 for 2-3 days if it's packed. I found
    >>> out
    >>> the hard way, but it was winter, so other stuff was just taken outside in
    >>> coolers.

    >>
    >> 32F? Freezers should be at zero. Or do you mean it will go from zero to
    >> 32 and stay there for 2-3 days?

    >
    > Yes they should. But I would think in an emergency type situation that food
    > would still be safe to eat for a time period of 2-3 days.
    >
    >

    Since we're on day 4 and almost day 5 here with still hundreds of
    thousands without power, there's been a lot of news reports on food
    safety and they're saying no more than 48 hours if you have a full
    freezer, and only 24 hours if it's half full.


  16. #16
    Cheryl Guest

    Default Re: Power Outages

    On 7/4/2012 12:18 AM, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
    > Where we live, there have been few outages and extremely few that
    > lasted more than a couple of hours. I've never justified a generator,
    > but I do keep lights, batteries, and some basics.
    >
    > Once in my nearly 67 years did an outage last more than 8 hours,
    > hurricane Gloria took it out for about 30 hours or so.


    I've been through many outages of almost a week each, and the last one
    after Isobel in 2004 got me to buy a generator. Just a portable one,
    but it has 2 circuits. The last time I had to use it was for my mom when
    she had an outage and I found out one of the circuits didn't work. They
    do take a lot of maintenance even when you don't use them. I just like
    having it for protection, so to speak. My repairperson friend told me
    after she fixed it was that you have to not only start it up monthly but
    you have to plug something into each circuit and let it run. Something
    about polarization or whatever. I haven't done what she said and after
    this, I do need to go test it again. I just hate to put gas in if I
    don't need it, and you can't let gas (ethanol) sit either.


  17. #17
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: Power Outages

    On 7/4/2012 12:18 AM, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
    > On Tue, 03 Jul 2012 15:31:55 -0400, Brooklyn1 <Gravesend1> wrote:
    >
    >> Bought these right after Irene:
    >>
    >> This works great during power outages, lights a room more than
    >> sufficiently to read a book, sure beats candles:
    >> http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o02_s00_i00
    >>

    >
    > Impressive run time, 72 hours on high, 150 on low. I may order one to
    > have around. We have kerosene lamps, but they have limitations and
    > safety issues.
    >
    > Where we live, there have been few outages and extremely few that
    > lasted more than a couple of hours. I've never justified a generator,
    > but I do keep lights, batteries, and some basics.
    >
    > Once in my nearly 67 years did an outage last more than 8 hours,
    > hurricane Gloria took it out for about 30 hours or so.


    It's similar where I live, with once exception where I had no
    electricity on 5 of the hottest days in July. Power company failed
    to do some maintenance in time. Grr. It's the same this week with
    water, Oh, we knew that bridge needed to be replaced soon. Gee,
    thanks, as I boil water (and happy to have it).

    I have these emergency lights, got a two pack from Costco:

    http://www.amazon.com/Durofix-RL435-.../dp/B002YLK346

    No more worries about stumbling around to get candles or flashlights.
    These things are Bright and give you a few hours of light, and go on
    the instant the power goes out. You merely leave them plugged in to
    an out of the way outlet. There are other brands.

    nancy


  18. #18
    Jim Elbrecht Guest

    Default Re: Power Outages

    On Wed, 04 Jul 2012 00:18:19 -0400, Ed Pawlowski <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Tue, 03 Jul 2012 15:31:55 -0400, Brooklyn1 <Gravesend1> wrote:
    >
    >>Bought these right after Irene:
    >>
    >>This works great during power outages, lights a room more than
    >>sufficiently to read a book, sure beats candles:
    >>http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o02_s00_i00
    >>

    >
    >Impressive run time, 72 hours on high, 150 on low. I may order one to
    >have around. We have kerosene lamps, but they have limitations and
    >safety issues.
    >


    Check these out--- Solar powered LED - my daughter used them for 4
    days at Bonaroo-- now they sit in a windowsill.
    [lantern]
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o04_s00_i00
    [reading light]
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o00_s01_i00

    The both *act* like battery powered lights-- not those super dim solar
    sidewalk marker things.

    Jim

  19. #19
    Somebody Guest

    Default Re: Power Outages

    "Jim Elbrecht" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:0ec8v[email protected]..
    > On Wed, 04 Jul 2012 00:18:19 -0400, Ed Pawlowski <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>On Tue, 03 Jul 2012 15:31:55 -0400, Brooklyn1 <Gravesend1> wrote:
    >>
    >>>Bought these right after Irene:
    >>>
    >>>This works great during power outages, lights a room more than
    >>>sufficiently to read a book, sure beats candles:
    >>>http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o02_s00_i00
    >>>

    >>
    >>Impressive run time, 72 hours on high, 150 on low. I may order one to
    >>have around. We have kerosene lamps, but they have limitations and
    >>safety issues.
    >>

    >
    > Check these out--- Solar powered LED - my daughter used them for 4
    > days at Bonaroo-- now they sit in a windowsill.
    > [lantern]
    > http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o04_s00_i00
    > [reading light]
    > http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o00_s01_i00
    >
    > The both *act* like battery powered lights-- not those super dim solar
    > sidewalk marker things.
    >
    > Jim



    I have a small crank radio, led light. It's great!
    http://www.amazon.com/American-ARCFR.../ref=pd_cp_e_3



  20. #20
    Pete C. Guest

    Default Re: Power Outages


    Cheryl wrote:
    >
    > On 7/4/2012 12:18 AM, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
    > > Where we live, there have been few outages and extremely few that
    > > lasted more than a couple of hours. I've never justified a generator,
    > > but I do keep lights, batteries, and some basics.
    > >
    > > Once in my nearly 67 years did an outage last more than 8 hours,
    > > hurricane Gloria took it out for about 30 hours or so.

    >
    > I've been through many outages of almost a week each, and the last one
    > after Isobel in 2004 got me to buy a generator. Just a portable one,
    > but it has 2 circuits. The last time I had to use it was for my mom when
    > she had an outage and I found out one of the circuits didn't work. They
    > do take a lot of maintenance even when you don't use them. I just like
    > having it for protection, so to speak. My repairperson friend told me
    > after she fixed it was that you have to not only start it up monthly but
    > you have to plug something into each circuit and let it run. Something
    > about polarization or whatever. I haven't done what she said and after
    > this, I do need to go test it again. I just hate to put gas in if I
    > don't need it, and you can't let gas (ethanol) sit either.


    You should run a generator under load regularly. Monthly is ideal, but I
    do more like quarterly without issues. I plug in a couple of 1,500W
    electric heaters to provide a decent load. I always use Sta-Bil in my
    gas supply, and when done with the test run I unplug the loads, shutoff
    the fuel valve and let the carb run dry. The load is important in that
    it both helps to maintain the proper magnetic field in the generator, as
    well as warming up the windings in the generator to help drive out
    moisture. It's also important to let you know if you have a problem
    since the engine can run just fine while a problem in the generator
    prevents power production.

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