Doom + Gloom

So winter begins..
Autumn was shit, after a shit summer 🙂

We seem to be in a period where everything is breaking and the electricity setup is not working so good. So today whilst in the library charging up everything, I am researching:

  1. Another solar panel
  2. Windmills
  3. Hand-cranked USB charger
  4. Bicycled powered USB charger

Without new forms of electricity generation we will be unable to watch as much TV as we want. This is of course a dire problem of the highest order.. We had to watch most of Stranger Things II on a fone!!

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12.0 – on electricity and lack thereof

Well as i mentioned here i tend to update in bursts, dependent on many factors, the main one being amount of electricity. Recently, it has been colder and less sunny than usual for april (still burning my stove into may!) so i have not had much electricity at all.
I think also my battery is a bit shredded now as it moves into its third year. Plus i never replaced the cheap chinese regulator, which claims to do PWM but probably doesn’t.
So now i am in a situation where when the sun is shining, i can charge, but the battery never really fills up. So then i end up charging the laptop batteries in the afternoon and caning them at night. Works ok.
There’s pretty much always enough juice to charge the phone and what more could a girl want than that? [although having said that i am sitting here typing in candelight since with the light on we went down to the dreaded 11.7 earlier].

Right now? 12.0

Anevay stove

frontier-wood-burning-stove

A friend told me about the anevay stoves and how they were portable. I was intrigued. So i checked the website and indeed they are 10kilo and can be carried around, they’re designed to be used in refugee camps as an easy way to cook and subsequently became popular with campers. Sounds ideal for me, i can use it in the kitchen (unbelievably the present stove is still going strong, but surely it wont last forever) and alos cook on it outside…
Something to look forward to, i ordered it today!!