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    Power outage - running internet on powerchair battery

    Oh boy do I need electricity.

    Power went out hours ago in this storm. It wrecked me but I got down in to one of my powerchair batteries and connected an inverter, just enough electricity to run my internet router and wireless. Laptop is running on it's own battery. Refrigerator full of money, I mean food, going bad. Hopefully if I don't open fridge and the power comes on soon enough I won't lose it all. Argh.

    At least my windows open and I can see the rain :-)

    With the rain there's no reason to go out which is helpful because my power door opener won't work and I live on the fourth floor.

    I need a handbike hooked up to a generator. Then a better body to run it.

    Just whining I guess ;-)

    Still, I am very eager to get back to electricity. Please return this modern convenience, I am not built for camping :-)

    #2
    From what I saw on TV, your storm fairly big. Not sure how fast it is moving. I got whacked with 1 of these 1-2 weeks ago. At least it was during the night. It did take my satellite out, but not electricity. Satellite was out somewhere around 20-24 hrs.

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      #3
      It's weird how the power is out. One block will have power the next block not. I went by a building where the walgreens on the first floor had no power but opentv on the top 3 floors had power. people in SF are wimps!

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        #4
        Power came back on a little while ago.

        I don't feel like a wimp Tom. I'm hurting pretty good from crawling around on the floor, taking apart my powerchair battery compartment and wiring things up so I could still have some electricity. Waiting for hot water for a bath to make things feel better.

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          #5
          Wasn't directed at you. I left Minnesota last week and it was 1 degree, and a little rain and SF is canceling schools and acting like its the end of the world.

          But go take a bath, rewiring a battery is brutal work. I am a little tired my self having worked almost 40 hours this week and it's only thursday.

          Originally posted by grommet View Post
          Power came back on a little while ago.

          I don't feel like a wimp Tom. I'm hurting pretty good from crawling around on the floor, taking apart my powerchair battery compartment and wiring things up so I could still have some electricity. Waiting for hot water for a bath to make things feel better.
          Last edited by t8burst; 11 Dec 2014, 10:47 PM. Reason: been working so much don't know what day of the week it is

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            #6
            Last time they installed battery's in my power chair I had them add a cigarette lighter connection and mount it on top of the battery box just in case.

            Originally posted by grommet View Post
            Power came back on a little while ago.

            I don't feel like a wimp Tom. I'm hurting pretty good from crawling around on the floor, taking apart my powerchair battery compartment and wiring things up so I could still have some electricity. Waiting for hot water for a bath to make things feel better.
            ^^(A)^^

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              #7
              Originally posted by darty View Post
              Last time they installed battery's in my power chair I had them add a cigarette lighter connection and mount it on top of the battery box just in case.
              Can you post a picture of this...how did you do this? hmm.

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                #8
                noworries I can't take a picture right now but it a simple installation. I used a project box, cut a hole to hold a marine cigarette lighter receptacle and another hole down below to let out a length of 2-conductor wire connected at one end to the positive terminal (post) and the other to the negative. You can put a fuse in between if you like, I don't think I did. It's been a long time since I built it. When this power outage came I had to find what I had built but removed and re-install it. The parts are simple and the connections. It all depends on what you can do yourself or have someone else do. The batteries are incredibly heavy. In my case I have a set of group 24 gel batteries and they are 43lbs each. When my chair was built at the DME the made the wires really short and it's tough as heck to get things moved around. That's why I had such a tough morning doing the work.

                You can mount the receptacle anywhere you like. I have it on the outside rear of my right armrest. I was holding it on with Velcro but I finally just used a black cable tie to keep it in place. Because I go the marine version (as opposed to what you would find in an auto parts store for a car) mine is very water resistant so I can go out in the rain and not worry. There's a rubber cap that fits in place covering everything. I don't take my powerchair out of the house anymore but if the power goes out again I like knowing I have some kind of back up all ready.

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                  #9
                  I live in semi-coastal Virginia and hurricanes are a real issue for us. I firmly believe that everyone needs to have a generator. I know this is not realistic for those in apartments and such but batteries are realistic. You can get a back-up battery for your laptop. Keep it charged. I do. I use my generator to make sure the groceries in my fridge and freezer do not go bad. This only happened once and we purchased a generator before the next major storm.

                  I live in the woods where every time the wind blows wrong, we loose power. It happens at least 10 times a year. Without my generator, I do nto have running water, hot water, lights, or the ability to cook in the house. We cannot run the water pump and the hot water heater at the same time but we heat the water, cut off that beaker and run the pump to shower. We cannot run the HVAC but can use the blowers to the wood stove in the winter. Summer is a pain with no AC but we cope.

                  We were luck that the last mess did not mess with us but my husband knows to make sure the generator is functional and has gas. We now have enough gas to run the lawn mower to chop all the leaves that will fall int he next month or so. We cycle the gas so it does not get old. We put it in one of the vehicles and fill the cans again every month. It is a habit that we have followed since we lost power from Isabel for 4 weeks. Living in the sticks has its drawbacks.--eak
                  Elizabeth A. Kephart, PHR
                  mom/caregiver to Ryan-age 21
                  Incomplete C-2 with TBI since 3/09

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                    #10
                    What size generator do you have? I want to use it for Refridgerator/freezer and wheelchair?

                    Thanks
                    C6/7 Incomplete

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                      #11
                      I have an 18K standby generator, power comes on via generator 10 seconds after power failure. My generator covers the well, heating system, most of the house circuits, TV's, computers and will power the AC although I haven't yet turned on the AC during power failures. We need it to power my wife's vent and oxygen concentrators and 2 hospital beds. Would not want to be without it.

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                        #12
                        I too have a whole house deal, 18KW propane fired.
                        I stupidly listened to my electrician-bigger is better!

                        We don't have public gas. I have two 100g tanks (which actually only hold 80%). This unit can burn down two tanks in 2 1/2 days! We were out of power 13 days with Sandy!
                        The generator couldn't be more inaccessible (around back, under the deck). My wife would go out in the morning to start it then after a couple hours, shut down til bedtime when we could turn out the Colemans and live large for a couple hours!

                        I have a servo setup for it. I epoxied a actuator lever to the 3way switch (run-off-stndby/auto) and have everything except can't program Aurduino with my Mac. Hopefully a nerd friend with laptop will do this soon and we can control it from the bedroom.

                        Generators are great-as long as you have fuel!
                        69yo male T12 complete since 1995
                        NW NJ

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                          #13
                          We have natural gas to the house so we just ran a line from that to our generator, as long as the neighborhood has natural gas service our generator will run

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                            #14
                            I bought a diesel generator from a used portable light plant. It has a built in 100 gallon tank and will run full service for 50 hours. Last time it came on for a day and a half and only used 19 gallons. I had an electrician install an automatic transfer switch so it turns itself on and off. The most expensive part was the transfer switch. It runs everything except the stove. A/C, heat, well, washer dryer, TV, computers, lights, garage door openers and water heater. If it runs low on fuel I can have it filled by a home heating oil company or 5 gallon buckets. I think it's 27kw.

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