Get Cheap and Easy
Backup Power for
By Ken Jensen
When you first begin prepping, you don’t
need to worry a lot about backup power…
but this isn’t what you want to hear.
So, since you are going to go out and do it anyways, I need
to reign you back in with an awesome idea.
My Great Idea is Backup
Not just any backup power.
CHEAP backup power. If you want
electrical resiliency, then you shall
have it. Just don’t go blowing your
entire prepping budget on it.
You probably have your own
backup power and don’t even
know it. In a blackout, you can
have lights back on quickly.
So here’s some
questions for you
about backup Power:
This will surely help you realize
why you need one or why you
should replace the old ones that you
What do you own that is great for
It’s not a pack of AA batteries. It isn’t that hand crank wonder-
radio. It isn’t a 10,000 Watt Generator.
It’s your car!!!!
What do you have to buy?
• A Car (that you should own)
• A Modified Sine Wave
• An Outdoor Extension Cord
• And several 3-way outlet
You need the following items to run basic lighting
and loads in your home:
How do you set it up?
1. Place the (-) negative terminal of the
inverter on the negative terminal on your
2. Place the (+) positive terminal of the
inverter on the positive terminal on your
3. Plug the extension cord into the inverter
and run into the window of your home.
4. Plug the splitter(s) into the extension cord.
5. Turn on the inverter.
6. Plug stuff into the splitters.
If you follow these steps, you should be able to set up your
What is an inverter?
I’ll spare the boring techy electrical stuff and give
you what you need. An inverter is an electronic
doohickey that takes battery (or vehicle) power
and turns it into usable power similar to what is
in your home.
Your battery will die if you add too much load, or
you don’t start your vehicle. For this reason, I
recommend never going above an 800 Watt
inverter, so it will keep you from overloading
(all of these are on Amazon):
The following items are good reputable devices.
800W Inverter (Cobra or Whistler)
Extension Cord That Can Reach in Your Home
3-Way Outlet T-Adapter
By the way…
I do electrical
stuff for a living,
so if you need
me to teach you
in more detail,
you can contact
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