Emergency power needs. We all certainly wish to have some form of back up power readily available when needed to run various electrical equipment or appliances, lights, etc. Running your home refrigerator or freezer as little as 1 hour a day as example, could prevent spoilage of costly food. We suggest you acquire a fuel-less generator. Even if you currently have a gasoline operated unit, please remember the smaller and less costly versions of these usually are not built to withstand day in and day out usage. Furthermore, they are very costly to operate, especially with per gallon fuel prices we are now confronted with. Plus gasoline may not be locally available under emergency circumstances. Of course the larger permanent mount units (such as the Guardian brand) for home or business that operate on natural gas or propane would be an asset, although considerably higher in cost than most portable brands.

We invite your attention to the unique Crank-a-Watt™ generators from PrestoWind.com. These are compact emergency generators that can utilize virtually any 12 volt DC battery of your choice, such as wet cell or sealed lead acid (including deep discharge models in 30-50 amp hour capacity). You can normally acquire the battery you wish to use locally such as various brand Lawn & Garden type batteries that will fit the 8” long x 5” wide x 6” tall battery space in the standard cabinet (the Walmart EverStart U1R-7 is a popular choice as example). You can also visit BatteryWholesale.com for an internet battery source. A hand turned wheel on the Crank-a-Watt cabinet allows a 400 watt lifetime alternator with 12 vdc rectifier to manually recharge whatever 12 volt auto, tractor or marine type battery you employ. In addition to the 12vdc output, 200 to 400 watts or above 120 volt AC is available, depending on the supplied Inverter size. When AC house power is restored battery can of also be recharged with almost any automotive style battery charger with low amp setting rather than manually rotating the wheel. It can also be recharged by utilizing a narrow wheel bicycle back wheel and pedaling it as a stationary bicycle. A higher 750 watt Gridless 6-in-1 model with back up solar charging panel is also available, along with the Liberty 1600 watt unit. Inquire with Tim at Presto Wind in Ohio at 513-232-1457 to place an order, obtain current model and option details or visit their web site 24/7 at PrestoWind.com.

Important points. Keep in mind too, that these battery operated generators even though more in initial cost in some cases than small gasoline models, have literally unlimited life spans (just replace the battery if and when needed) along with very low operational (run time) costs, compared to gasoline consumption. Furthermore, they make little if any noise, emit no running fumes, and may be used indoors (with minor venting recommended if wet cell type battery utilized) which greatly reduces theft potential compared to outside units. These generators are also compact and portable enough to be taken with you should evacuation be necessary. We might mention that 12 vdc operation is generally considered more efficient than 120 vac when it comes to generators. Visit 12volt-Travel.com site to view their many 12 vdc accessories such as cooking pots, blankets, etc. So, Stay Prepared! Remember, the Sun was still Shining when Noah built the Ark!

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