Indistinguishable From Magic

October 29, 2014

Post SHTF Shopping Trip

In the Post-SHTF world,  that awaits us all in the near future, going into “Town” might not be as terrifying an experience as it is so often portrayed.  Glimmers of open and free trade could appear instead of the wide stretches of wasteland ruled by the marauding hordes we usually envision.  Oh, the ruthless gangs will still be there, up to business as usual,  if you scratch the surface, just a little.  But maybe it will all simmer down when everyone sees that by trying to act civil, you get more business done.  There might spring up that inevitable degree of “Mutually Assured Destruction” that keeps everything corked up and we can all get along long enough to buy and sell “goods and services” without excessively having to watch our every step and word.  Yet,  then as now, the rule may be, “stay as far away from town as possible”.  Then the real task becomes, “how to keep those electronic gizmos, that we depend on for information, navigation, and security, powered-up while we’re on the trail to and from “Town”.

One choice is to carry a pocket full of batteries, being careful not to drop them along the way, least some Scout Tracker figure what you’re up to.  Second choice is get one, or more of these:

Bio Lite Stove

First up, is the BIO LITE Stove, reviewed  on The Bullet Points youtube channel. Chances are you’re going to carry a stove even on an overnight trip.  This stove has a fan and a little piece that sticks out into the flames and makes electricity.  When your fire gets hot enough for a few minutes, the little green light comes on, signifying that it’s capable of providing power out the USB charging port, while you’re cooking.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SecD6cZLEhY

 

Cup Charger

Second and third are two related items  —  the Power Pot and the Cup Charger.   Either of these will make power, again out a USB connector, while it’s more or less filled up with something to cook or heat up.  You provide the heat source.  They both claim to have heat-resistant cables.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMg1mGgKW_I

 

Goal Zero Nomad 7

Fourth item works a little different.  The Goal Zero 10 Power Pack with the Nomad 7  folding solar panel.  Claims to charge up the  four AA battery power pack in 2 to 3 hours, depending on the level of sun light.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJXBJZLj4y8

 

Flutter Wind Turbine

Something still in development over at the Resilient Communities site is called the Flutter.  A small wind turbine with a 60 watt battery pack.  Perhaps more suitable for use as a recharging station for  everyone’s batteries before and after the trip to town.

http://www.resilientcommunities.com/

 No price on the Flutter yet, but the others are all in the $125 to $150 range.  Your choice probably depends on how much time you plan on sitting still versus having to keep on the move.  And in a Post SHTF enviroment, how they actually work won’t matter as long as they do work, which makes them indistinguishable from magic.

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3 Responses to “Indistinguishable From Magic”


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  2. HawkDriver Says:

    The BioLite is amazing. This summer, while on a canoe trip, my BioLite (along with everything else) went in the drink. I recovered it all about a mile downstream, and that little stove had no issues making juice! I can’t speak to the longevity of the battery or how well it holds it’s charge over the years, but with some tinder and pencil thick sticks; you’re cookin.

  3. Alfred E. Neuman Says:

    Reblogged this on The Lynler Report.


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