Example System: Ike-Pak Emergency Power

Production Version of Portable Power made easy...

In response to hurricane Ike, which landed in the Houston Area on September 13th.

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Ike-Pak

The Ike-Pak is an Emergency Power Pack that was created quickly in response to the arrival of Hurricane Ike. We took it to another step and made a production version for everyone.

 
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DIY Version of Portable Power made easy...

In response to hurricane Ike, which landed in the Houston Area on September 13th.

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Ike-Pak

Ike-Pak - Emergency Power Pack was created quickly in response to the arrival of Hurricane Ike.

My son lives there, going to school... He drove from Houston to Austin ahead of the hurricane arrival and planned on waiting it out.

Just after the storm hit, he had a strong desire to get back and help with the clean up, but knew he had no power at his apartment. So he needed a small standby power plant to operate a couple CFL bulbs, a small TV for news and a way to keep his cell phone charged. the Ike-Pak was a quick way to provide that needed power. Its modest size keeps it portable.


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The Components

Start with in Igloo Cooler, add a battery, inverter, PV and Charge Controller. The size of components was based mainly on what was available... rather than a sizing calculation.
 
Description Qty Price
Igloo Cooler with Wheels 1 $30
Vector 400W Inverter 1 $40
Everstart G27 Marine Battery 1 $60
Sunsaver 6, 6A Solar Charge Controller 1 $55
AEE 20W Polycrystalline Solar Panel 1 $175
200A Inline Fuse to protect the System    
Wiring Kit (PV Wire, Internal Wiring, Extension cord from inverter).    

Some items were recycled from around the house.
Wood strips were cut to position the battery inside the cooler so it would not slide around .

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The Alternatives

This Ike-Pak is rather small in comparison to running an entire house. There are a few alternatives:
1. Build a larger system, either portable or permanently installed.
2. Use a small generator, like the Honda EU series. Be sure to figure out the gasoline issue, before it is needed.

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