Product Review – Solar Well Pump

Product Review – Advanced Power Inc.

For some time I’ve been giving thought to writing product for items that I feel would be of benefit to the prepping community and so here is the first one.

One of the key aspects of preparedness is the need for water, a phrase I use often is that it doesn’t matter what else you have if you don’t have water. I was doing some research for a client who is looking for an off grid means of providing water at her homestead and that lead me to a local company.

Advanced Power Inc.  (www.solarpumps.com) is located in Weatherford, Oklahoma which is about an hour or so drive west of Oklahoma City. They are a family owned company having been in business since 1988. That experience shows through in their customer service and product quality. All of their parts are made in the USA with many of the various pieces of equipment manufactured on site at their facility.

I sat down with Scott Miosi to get the particulars on the Advanced Power Inc. product line in particular a kit that they offer that I found quite interesting. The package was put together specifically for preppers. The Stay Prepared Kit consists of everything you need to be able to provide yourself with an off grid water pumping capability.

Two (2) 170 Watt panels

Aluminum Ranch Pump

Aluminum mounts with fasteners

Two (2) batteries with a battery box

Charge Controller

The entire package is portable, the battery box comes with two 12V power ports. This allows you to recharge a wide variety of small devices as well operate lights. The kit will deliver up to 1,300 gallons of water per day @2.9 GPM maximum. Scott said that the flow decreases as lift and pressure increases to a maximum depth of 200 feet.

Scott and I had an involved conversation regarding preparedness and the need for water. Here is a portion of the discussion that Scott and I had regarding water.

SPC: Why would someone want a solar powered water pump system?

Scott: Basically so that you have control of your own water supply.

SPC: How long does it take to install one of these kits?

Scott: On average it takes between thirty minutes and one hour.

SPC: Are there any special tools or equipment needed to install the system?

Scott: Not at all, there are no special skills necessary. The kit was designed so that you only need a few hand tools such as a ratchet with several sockets and a wrench or two. Even the wiring design makes installation easy; all of it is easy to use snap together connectors.

SPC: What is the life expectancy of the panels?

Scott: The panels have a 25 years warranty; they are guaranteed to still be producing at least 80% of their rated wattage.

SPC: What about the batteries that come with the system? I’ve heard that a person can use any deep cycle battery with a solar system, is that true?

Scott: Yes that is true but the batteries that come with the kit are specifically designed for use with solar powered system. A standard deep cycle battery will last for about 1,750 or so cycles, that is one full discharge of its capacity and then a full recharge. The batteries that we include in the kit are engineered to last for at least 5,000 cycles so you can see there is a big difference.

SPC: How deep will the system draw water from?

Scott: It is rated for 200 feet but it will draw from deeper.

SPC: What is the amount of flow that the system will provide?

Scott: On average about 2 – 2.5 GPM, if it is a deeper well then the flow is usually about 1 – 1.5 GPM.

SPC: What is the cost of the kit?

Scott: It retails for $2,900.

SPC: Is there anything you would like to add?

Scott: Yes please, the pumps are made right here in our building using parts made in the United States. Also the system is highly portable, everything can be set up on site easily in not a great deal of time. You don’t have to have a fixed pole to mount the panels on, you could simply lay them on the ground if need be.

If you would like more information on API products you can visit their website at  www.solarpumps.com and be sure to check out their videos on Youtube.

My thanks to Scott and the folks at API for their time and assistance with preparations for this article. Remember folks it doesn’t matter what else you have if you don’t have water. Stay safe.

API Kit

 

 

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Recent Radio Interview

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Joyce Pierce as part of her show on the Preparedness Radio Network. Here is the link to the interview. http://tinyurl.com/nwupcou

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A few reminders about preparing

The storms that have ravaged parts of the country serve as a reminder of several important tips to remember

1. Have an out of state contact person that you can text since calling can be difficult due to high volume. Texts go out on a different frequency so it is easier to text than call to let someone know that you are okay.

2. Have a grab and go bag packed and available at all times in case you have to leave home/work/your vehicle on no notice. This gives you some hygiene supplies, food, water, maybe a change of clothes, etc.

3. Be aware of past weather events that have occurred in your region.

4. Have a rally point (or more than one if possible) for friends and family to meet up at following an event.

5. Utilize social media to let others know that you are okay or what help you need.

We never want to have to use our preps or activate our personal emergency plans but sometimes situations occur that dictate otherwise. Plan ahead to increase your options.

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The cover of the upcoming sequel

I wanted to share what the cover of my second book, Preparedness The Next Steps will be. The book will be out this year. Cover

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Leadership and Preparedness

Something that is part of preparedness that you may or may not have given much thought to is Leadership. I am a firm believe that leaders are made, it takes experience, making mistakes and people skills being combined to help turn people into leaders. How much experience do you have being in charge of others, hosting events, being part of a governance organization or system?

It is a proven fact that people will seek order in times of chaos. If you are the one being calm, collected and providing common sense direction when others are panicked you could be the one to save lives, prevent injury and property damage.

Leadership isn’t about the prestige of being in charge it is about being responsible for what is taking place and being the one who takes on the burden of it. Are you a leader? Not everyone is but if there is a significant event I firmly believe that preppers can be the cornerstone of the efforts to stabilize the situation by providing leadership, medical supplies, direction and planning, communication equipment, information and much more, especially if the event is wide spread and/or long term.

I urge you to seek out opportunities to take on leadership roles in whatever form you are comfortable with to start out at. Possibly at your church or as part of activities at your children’s school, community organizations especially non-profit groups are wonderful places to gain some leadership experience since many are often seeking volunteers.

What are some of the ways that you can learn leadership? Surprisingly you likely are doing it already, for example do you, observe the supervisors you work for? How do they do it? What do they do that you feel are both positive and negative? How would you do in the same situation?As parents we are the leaders in our homes, setting examples, taking on responsibilities, establishing and meeting deadlines, working with a budget and much more.
Don’t be afraid to grow outside your comfort zone when the time is right to do so. Remember with authority comes responsibility. As preppers we have accepted a higher level of personal responsibility and leadership is a key factor in that.
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Announcing the 2013 Oklahoma Preparedness Expo

Major Announcement !! Southern Plains Consulting has partnered with Pantry Prepper to bring you the 2013 Oklahoma Preparedness Expo. It will be Saturday August 3rd from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and will be held at the Biltmore Hotel. We will be bringing you the largest prep expo that Oklahoma City has ever seen. Dozens of vendors and workshops on a variety of preparedness topics all day. Come and join us for the day, door prizes, networking, education and fun.

Visit www.oklahomaprepexpo.com for more information and make plans now to come join us.

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The firearm and ammunition shortage

With the re-election of President Obama the surge in the sale of firearms and ammunition has hit unprecedented levels which has caused prices to skyrocket and shortages to occur. Many folks are buying weapons fearing the implementation of a new ban. Some of these people have never handled a gun before let alone owned one.

If you have been properly preparing for some time you have not had to worry about these shortages, however if you are newer to prepping please don’t jump on the “I have to buy it now” bandwagon. Yes there are shortages going on all over the country but that will change. I personally feel that it will be difficult for the administration to enact a meaningful weapons ban. This means that the prices will come back down to more realistic levels.

To me it is far more important to have food, water, fuel, medical supplies, etc. Now I am sure that someone reading this will think “how will I protect it if I don’t have a gun?”. Truth is the best defense against theft or a raid is keeping what you have your own business. Don’t discuss what you have, make sure your family doesn’t discuss it with others. It is NO ONE else’s business what you have.

Once prices and supply levels stabilize then go out and purchase the gun items you are wanted. Remember to kept the weapon stored safely and securely, practice with it and know how to safely tear it down and reassemble it. Owning a firearm is not a magic cure all for trouble. There are legal, financial, moral and ethical considerations with owning a firearm. Know what these are before you purchase a weapon.

Do I feel that firearms have a role in preparedness? I absolutely do but like all aspects of the lifestyle it has a proper place.

 

 

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100 Items that disappear list

I know that this list has been floating around the Internet for some time in various forms. Some of the versions state that this is the order in which items will disappear from availability following a major event. I personally disagree with that assessment however I do like the list because it does show a wide range of goods that it would be smart to have on hand if possible.   I didn’t compile the list, I am sharing it so there is more good information out there.

100 Items that disappear

1. Generators (Good ones cost dearly. Gas storage, risky. Noisy…target of thieves; maintenance etc.)
2. Water Filters/Purifiers
3. Portable Toilets
4. Seasoned Firewood. Wood takes about 6 – 12 months to become dried, for home uses.
5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile ANY!)
6. Coleman Fuel. Impossible to stockpile too much.
7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots.
8. Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks.
9. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugar
10. Rice – Beans – Wheat
11. Vegetable Oil (for cooking) Without it food burns/must be boiled etc.,)
12. Charcoal, Lighter Fluid (Will become scarce suddenly)
13. Water Containers (Urgent Item to obtain.) Any size. Small: HARD CLEAR PLASTIC ONLY – note – food grade if for drinking.
16. Propane Cylinders (Urgent: Definite shortages will occur.)
17. Survival Guide Book.
18. Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc. (Without this item, longer-term lighting is difficult.)
19. Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula. ointments/aspirin, etc.
20. Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry)
21. Cookstoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)
22. Vitamins
23. Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder (Urgent: Small canister use is dangerous without this item)
24. Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products.
25. Thermal underwear (Tops & Bottoms)
26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets, Wedges (also, honing oil)
27. Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty (Great Cooking and Barter Item)
28. Gasoline Containers (Plastic & Metal)
29. Garbage Bags (Impossible To Have Too Many).
30. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels
31. Milk – Powdered & Condensed (Shake Liquid every 3 to 4 months)
32. Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid) (A MUST)
33. Clothes pins/line/hangers (A MUST)
34. Coleman’s Pump Repair Kit
35. Tuna Fish (in oil)
36. Fire Extinguishers (or..large box of Baking Soda in every room)
37. First aid kits
38. Batteries (all sizes…buy furthest-out for Expiration Dates)
39. Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies
40. Big Dogs (and plenty of dog food)
41. Flour, yeast & salt
42. Matches. {“Strike Anywhere” preferred.) Boxed, wooden matches will go first
43. Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators
44. Insulated ice chests (good for keeping items from freezing in Wintertime.)
45. Work boots, belts, Levis & durable shirts
46. Flashlights/LIGHTSTICKS & torches, “No. 76 Dietz” Lanterns
47. Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (jot down ideas, feelings, experience; Historic Times)
48. Garbage cans Plastic (great for storage, water, transporting – if with wheels)
49. Men’s Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc
50. Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)
51. Fishing supplies/tools
52. Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams
53. Duct Tape
54. Tarps/stakes/twine/nails/rope/spikes
55. Candles
56. Laundry Detergent (liquid)
57. Backpacks, Duffel Bags
58. Garden tools & supplies
59. Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
60. Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.
61. Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite)
62. Canning supplies, (Jars/lids/wax)
63. Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
64. Bicycles…Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc
65. Sleeping Bags & blankets/pillows/mats
66. Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)
67. Board Games, Cards, Dice
68. d-con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer
69. Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets
70. Paper plates/cups/utensils (stock up, folks)
71. Baby wipes, oils, waterless & Antibacterial soap (saves a lot of water)
72. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
73. Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave)
74. Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)
75. Soysauce, vinegar, bullions/gravy/soupbase
76. Reading glasses
77. Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)
78. “Survival-in-a-Can”
79. Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens
80. Boy Scout Handbook, / also Leaders Catalog
81. Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO)
82. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky
83. Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts
84. Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. (extras)
85. Lumber (all types)
86. Wagons & carts (for transport to and from)
87. Cots & Inflatable mattress’s
88. Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.
89. Lantern Hangers
90. Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws,, nuts & bolts
91. Teas
92. Coffee
93. Cigarettes
94. Wine/Liquors (for bribes, medicinal, etc,)
95. Paraffin wax
96. Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.
97. Chewing gum/candies
98. Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)
99. Hats & cotton neckerchiefs
100. Livestock

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