As part of our effort to be prepared for everyday emergencies, we went on a hunt for the best cheap flashlight. Our target was a durable, inexpensive high lumen flashlight that we could give out freely and not worry if it was lost. It needed to be a flashlight bright enough for a light source during power outages and lighting around the yard at night.…
My husband, August, did a ton of research to find the best rechargeable battery and the best battery charger for emergencies and every day use, so I asked him to help put together this post to share what he found out.
We identify the best value and absolute best AA, AAA and 18650 rechargeable battery in this post. We also review a 21 watt solar panel that provides 5 volt USB power and emergency radios with built in solar and hand crank chargers to charge USB devices.…
What is an 18650?
This post tells you everything you need to know about 18650 batteries. An 18650 is a lithium ion rechargeable battery. Their proper name is “18650 cell”. The 18650 cell has voltage of 3.7v and has between 1800mAh and 3500mAh (mili-amp-hours). There are two types; protected and unprotected. We absolutely recommend protected 18650 batteries. The average 18650 battery charge time is about 4 hours. Charge time can vary with amperage and voltage of the charger and the battery type.…
Solar clipping happens when solar electric (photovoltaic) panels provide more power than an inverter can handle. Clipping is lost power production, but there may be some advantages to it. We’ll explain, and talk about some pros and cons.…
With the wide range of TVs available, picking a TV can be tough. We’ve put together a short list of features to look for and information on common TV topics, such as:
- TV resolutions, such as 4K
- The meaning of TV “inch class”
- What connections to look for on a TV
- What it means for a TV to be “smart”
- The difference between refresh rate and motion rate
- TV backlighting (and why it’s important)