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Faraday Cage for Power Buddy?

Dear Editor,

Is the Power Buddy (www.mypowerbuddy.com) hardened against an EMP strike or would I have to keep it in a Faraday cage?

Thank you,

Melissa

 

Dear Melissa,

It’s always advised to keep small electronics such as the Power Buddy in a Faraday cage to prevent any damage from a potential EMP.  The problem is, we really don’t know what all the results of an EMP attack would be or the damages that would ensue. I’m of the mindset that it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you can build a Faraday cage for something, do it.

Thanks for writing!

The Editor

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Why the Love Affair With Things Off-Grid?

 

Dear Editor,

While I believe in being self-reliant, I have to confess—I enjoy modern conveniences and I really don’t want to do without them. I get the “closer to nature” philosophy that you guys push, and the need to not be so dependent on society for the basics, but seriously, I don’t want to garden for all my food, I want to have electricity and indoor plumbing, and I want to drive a car, have a phone, and watch television. Struggling to get food from the ground and raising livestock is not my idea of a quality life. I don’t understand this love affair people have with being “off grid” and wonder if you have anything for people like me?

A modern convenience junkie

 

Dear Modern Convenience Junkie,

Off-grid living isn’t for everyone. In any society that has existed, there have been the city dwellers and the farmers. There are vocations that some people are suited for and some are not. We don’t actually push a “closer to nature” philosophy here on Off the Grid News—we push self-reliance in whatever form you want that to take. No one said you had to be a farmer and have chickens in the back bedroom in order to be a true prepper. What you do have to do is realize that life throws us all curveballs and that at any moment, that life that you’re so used to can be gone in a moment. Self-reliance realizes that for those in an urban setting, your choices are limited. It doesn’t matter if the truckers go on strike until the cows come home or if an EMP takes out the grid… I’ll eat. Will you? I’ll have basic necessities… will you? There’s a lot more to this than just farming and indoor plumbing. It’ s a way of looking at life and being prepared, no matter what situation you find yourself in.

The simple fact is that each decision we make naturally closes doors on other choices. You just have to look at your decisions and say that yes, the trade-off you’re making is one you’re willing to gamble on and one you’re comfortable suffering the consequences for.  If you love ocean-side living, then that means you’re willing to take on the hurricanes. (It also means you’re responsible for your own insurance and getting out of harm’s way when the storm comes.) I would never second-guess any person’s choice of urban or rural living. Each of us has our individual wants, desires, and interests. The thing is, be prepared no matter where you find yourself.

Thanks for writing!

The Editor

 

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4 comments

  1. Actually one can have everything a city dweller has by living off-the-grid. It’s extremely important to save money. It just makes sense no matter how wealthy one is.

    Imagine if Donald Trump converted all his buildings to solar power. The savings would awesome. And we all know he cares about the bottom line.

    And one doesn’t have to have a huge farm. A small hydroponic system and few animals maybe is all one needs to eat good. The grocery store is always there for other items.

    And lot’s of money can be made by selling what you grow or raise. It’s also better for the environment to do business locally. Why buy a tomato, and have it shipped across the world if you can get the same type of tomato locally? I understand buying a tomato from across the world if it’s special, rare, etc. But for common purposes locally is best. Preferably in your own house with a solar-powered hydroponics system. Maybe even an aquaponics system.

    But I understand some jobs demand lots of time and leave a person wanting to just relax when they get home. But I assure you that living off-the-grid isn’t that time consuming if it’s done efficiently. The electricity is free. You can actually sell your excess electricity to the electric company. If your solar panels, wind turbines, etc. are producing too much electricity for your home to use. Your extra electricity will actually go through the power lines and be measured and the electric company will pay you. It’s a trend. It’s not a fast trend, but trust me, alternative energy will dominate the world. And the electric companies are positioning themselves to be a part of it. They know they can’t beat solar power, but they can still make money by allowing people to use there power lines.

    But you don’t need a full farm to live off-the-grid. If it’s done efficiently. And with the money saved and earned, you could hire someone to tend to larger set-ups part time.

  2. I believe it was on your web site that I was introduced to the subject of aquaCulture as the feeding means of raising food on small plot of land, roof top, back yard, basement,ect. I ordered it but have heard nothing from the company; by email or snail mail.
    Is this product one of your advertisers? How do I get in touch?

  3. Concerning the question of living off grid, I, too, love the modern marvels of electricity, indoor plumbing, etc. I work as a reporter for a small town newspaper and always busy. However, with the cost of all the modern marvels going up, up,up everyday, saving money is critical. My dad always told me “It’s now always how much money you make, but how much of the money you make, that you keep that is important”. He’s right. I grow our food, have a two acre garden. I also put our food up by canning and freezing, but not very much. We are blessed to live in the South, where we literally can grow food year round. There is always something to eat here! That saves us a great deal of money. We are also blessed to live on a two hundred acre farm, one that my husband was raised on, and we have deer, turkeys, a pond and a swamp for fishing, squirrels, rabbits. We have wild blueberries, may apples, wild cherry trees, persimmon trees. We could live forever here and have not leave home to go to town. We COULD, and know how, but until I am forced to live that way, I will enjoy all the electricity, indoor plumbing, vehicles, etc. that I can. Knowing how to do it is more important, because you never know what the future will bring, especially in the world we live in today. Be prepared, whether you live that way now, or not. Knowledge!

  4. Do as the military does, a simple Faraday cage is not enough, Faraday cage grounded, and a ferrious box also grounded and isolated from the Faraday cage or it. Iron also a conductor absorbs the “transferred” engery and acts like the iron core of a transformer.

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