We got a note on our door the other day telling us that power here at the Seaside Thousand Trails preserve was going to be out from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. while they made repairs to the main line. So when we went to bed we turned off both of our computers, to be on the safe side.
We have an APC BE550G Back-UPS 550VA 8-outlet Uninterruptible Power Supply. It will provide battery backup power during outages and unsafe voltage fluctuations, as well as surge protection, and both computers are on our main inverter circuit, so I wasn’t worried about a power loss as much as having the drain on our house batteries.
As it turned out, the power didn’t actually go off until 10:10 and it was back on within an hour or so. At first I thought that it might be a temporary thing and the power might go back off again, but it remained on all day long. That was a fast four hours!
I was curious to see how the three Lifeline AGM batteries. we had installed back in March would do, since we had not done any dry camping with them yet. The Interstate batteries that we had been using were installed by Camping World in February of 2010, and they never impressed me. Anytime we were not plugged into shore power they drained down very quickly. On the other hand, we had Lifeline AGM batteries in our MCI bus conversion, which gave us excellent service.
We have a Heart 1500 watt modified sine wave inverter in our motorhome, but our Samsung RF18 residential refrigerator is connected to a separate dedicated Aims Power 1200 watt pure sine wave inverter that I had Phil Botnick install at the same time he installed the AGM batteries.
Our batteries were at 12.9 volts when the power went off, and I kept an eye on the digital voltmeter I got from Amazon a while back. An hour later it had not dropped a bit. With the Interstate batteries it would have been down to 12.2 within less than an hour.
Yesterday was another rainy, dreary day, which made it a good day for crunching words. So while Miss Terry worked her way through the latest mass of paperwork, I got over 3,200 words done on my current work in progress. I’m liking this book a lot, it almost writes itself! Meanwhile, sales of my newest release, Big Lake Reckoning, are doing very well.
Speaking of books and technical things, my friend Randall Morris just brought out Volume 3 in his excellent Explanations and Advice for the Tech Illiterate series, which makes understanding things like digital cameras, surge protectors, power filters, solar power, smart watches, and other high tech toys much easier.
And if you’re in the mood for a good thriller, check out The Bear by another author friend of mine, Bob Thomas. The plot centers on the aftermath of a mid-air collision between a Russian bomber and an American fighter over the coast of Alaska, drawing both countries to the brink of war.
Thought For The Day – Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.