by Frank Moss

Imagine this, it’s two weeks after the SHTF and you running low on AAs and there isn’t a D cell around for 200 miles without a paranoid trigger finger between you and it. Your Maglite is dead, your comms radios are about to be done, and smoke signals draw too much attention. If you haven’t thought about this before, then how about now?

If you have gadgets in your BOB or cache supply, like lights, radios, electric knives and that 2.4kw air conditioner compressor for the whiny pants in your group, how are you going to keep them humming; provided J.J. Abrams has not had his way with the SHTF event a la Revolution. The general assumption here is that electricity still flows through conductive material.

So simple recharges can be done a myriad of ways. Solar recharge pods like those from Goal Zero and Sunforce, cyclical recharging like turbines, alternators, and treadmill motors, friction like that of a shakelight, and chemical reactivity like alkaline and lead acid batteries.

In the end, you need to look at what you will be relying on and what it takes to maintain it. Oils, batteries, other manufactured goods. How are you going to make 3in1 oil to lube your rifle’s parts? Do you need a jig to balance your bow? How are you going to make Paraffin Wax?

Take the things you are going to depend on, investigate how to make or manage them yourself. If you can’t stock up. Just remember, it is not likely that the Mad Max Apocalypse is going to happen, but something like or worse than Katrina, Sandy and the Thailand Tsunami will. Can you and your gear get you past that hump before the rest of the world shows up to help?

Once again these articles aren’t intended solely for the hardcore prepper. Families with service members on deployment might be able to rest easier if their home and family are secure while they are away. In an earthquake, storm or tornado help might be a few days too late, so be prepared.



About The Author

Well traveled in Europe and North Africa, Frank Moss has lived in England, Germany and Italy thanks to sabbaticals taken by his father, an award winning physicist. Notable positions held during his almost 20 year IT career are founding engineer of IBM's SmartCloud, Cloud Architect for SPAWAR, and Cloud Architect for CenturyLink's FedRAMP Cloud Project. He specializes in architectural security compliance (secure by design) and holds a C|EH. When not working, Frank enjoys outdoor activities, shooting, camping and spending time with his wife and children. You can find Frank at one of his two sites: or

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