Why I like Black People… Probably something about a shared heritage of poverty. “No Irish Need Apply” signs were common in NYC in prior times. “Irish are all drunkards and have tails” and other slurs. Yes, there was some amount of tension between Blacks and Irish, because both were trying to get just One Step up off the bottom in the 1800’s. Fighting for the same “crap jobs”. “Indentured Servitude” of the Irish was something that “in theory” you could buy your freedom from. In practice not so much. I think those days are gone now.
Then on Mum’s side, a sailor didn’t exactly make a bunch of money in the 1800’s to early 1900’s. Her stories of having ONE lump of coal, the size of a melon, and needing to sit in the cold until her father returned to burn it and have warmth…
Dad, 12 years old in the Great Depression, hunting wild rabbits for food, otherwise no meat on the table. Being a German / Irish mix during the W.W.I and W.W.II era (and folks not caring that HIS German were Amish pacifists and had moved from what is now Holland to Switzerland and on to the USA always running from persecution…)
Let’s just leave it at “My people have lived persecution for generations and I have sympathy for any persecuted persons.”
So for what ever reason, I like to watch “Black Guy” videos. They often have the same “compulsive cheapness” I have from the same roots in poverty. They often have the same “compulsive reality basis” I have. Not a lot of bogus “Social Networking” and “Virtue Signalling”. Just “This is” honesty. I can relate.
So in this video, the guy is a little bit repetitive. Likely it could be 1/2 as long. Basic point is that you need some kind of alternative power source any “Aw Shit” and you can get it for about $100, with solar charging, if you buy things on “clearance”. A highly variable but about $45 “Go Power” battery + inverter package and a $60 “Briefcase solar charger” at 13 Watts. All from Harbor Freight. (Likely made in China…)
Now, for me, I’ve got plug in inverters for my car and in an emergency, the car becomes a power source. I’ve got them from about 100 W up to 2000 W (That needs direct battery connection with heavy cables).
Realize that a car alternator produces about 80 Amps at 12 volts (really about 14 volts when charging), or about 1 kW per hour when running. A 13 watt solar panel will take about 77 hours to make the same energy as one hour of the alternator. For that reason, I’ve avoided the solar route. Basically, 13 W for 10 hours is about the same as running your car / alternator for 7 minutes. I’m generally OK with 7 minutes a day of running the car when on the road, as usually I’m doing 16 hours a day of driving.
OTOH: IF I’m static in some location camping for a while… I really do not want to be drawing down my car battery and then running the engine to recharge it on any regular basis. Both the “Go Power” and the solar panels are quite small, and a 13 W x 10 hours charge time (or 130 W-Hrs) covers most of my “small stuff” use. So I’ll likely get one of these sets just to cover cell phone, laptop / Pi battery , hotspot, 9 W LED “camp light” for a few hours etc. with zero need to resort to gasoline or Diesel.
I could not find the “battery and inverter in a box” device on Harbor Freight, and the Walmart price was over $100. OTOH, my car already has a battery and I already own inverters, so only the solar briefcase is needed for me, and it is available on the other side of town…
Unavailable at San Jose, CA
In Stock at E. San Jose, CA
So guess where I’m going tomorrow ;-)