This weekend, I celebrated our Brexit Anniversary by auditing most of my preparedness supplies and weeding out items that are no longer helpful in my plan.
One of the more labor intensive tasks was to test the inventor of GoalZero Nomad 7 solar panels and Guide10 rechargers that I have.
Seeing how I have nine Nomad 7 panels (got them on sale a while back), I wanted to make sure each panel continues to function within its normal limits. The first thing I did was to get out the label maker (something that brings me great joy on any occasion!) and number each panel. By doing so, I'm able to keep up with them and, more importantly, definitively identify which ones are not performing as expected.
I then checked the amperage of each panel using a multimeter. Here's what I found:
Panel Number Amps
Look closely at panel 7's results - a paltry 0.4 amps, compared to the average (excluding panel 7's results) of 0.788 amps. I wouldn't have known panel 7 was such an outlier had I not tested each of them.
So what should we do with this data? For starters, panel 7 will see limited use moving forward and will be relegated to trickle charge duties as opposed to more strenuous recharging tasks (to the extent a 0.78 amp panel can strenuously recharge anything).
Preparedness is not glamorous. As I often tell people, "People want to be preppers until it's time to do prepper stuff. And if you find your preparedness chores boring, that's a good sign that you're doing it right."
Don't buy your gear or food, throw it in a closet, only to be brought out in a power outage or severe weather. Check it regularly. Make sure it all works. Make sure you know how to make it work.
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