Power is out all over the coast in Brooklyn, including at my house near the Gowanus Canal (picture above from Monday night outside my building, taken by my neighbor). Don’t worry, I have friends with power nearby and my neighborhood is no longer flooded, but there are plenty of reasons I’d like to be hanging around my own home– the fridge’s food needs cooking, the pets, the projects, the neighbors and repair folks, etc.
So here’s what we did to power the devices I need to continue writing to you folks!
On hand I had a solar lipoly Minty Boost, which worked well for a while when the sun was out. Made from:
- MintyBoost Kit
- Lithium Ion Polymer Battery – 3.7v 1300mAh
- Large 6V 3.4W Solar panel – 3.4 Watt
- USB / DC / Solar Lithium Ion/Polymer charger – v1.0
I also had a breadboard power supply on the same piece of acrylic for another project.
To charge my laptop, 4G hotspot, phone, and light up the room all at once I’m using a deep cycle battery and power inverter. I’m trying not to blast my Hulu so loud that it makes my neighbors jealous– by our estimates this rig should be powered for 40-60 hours, after which I can just swap it for another charged battery from down the street.