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The Do It Yourself World
Join us and follow along as we strive to become fully self sufficient and off the grid on our 18 acre homestead in the woods. My wife Melanie, our daughter Michelle, and I moved in the spring of 2017 to our new homestead in Northern lower Michigan.
We are surrounded by wild State forest land teaming with wildlife. For many, this is vacation paradise. For us, this is home. There are very few full time people around, which ads to the wildness and the beauty of the area. This also leaves us pretty much alone in the quiet and peaceful forest.
We are raising chickens for meat, eggs and for some extra money to help pay the bills. We grow our own food to help offset the cost of groceries. We hunt and fish for meat as needed and to stock up for the harsh winter months.
We hope to become more and more independent of the grocery stores with time and eventually become fully self sufficient.
We are putting up solar panels and battery backup systems to power our meager needs in our off grid tiny house. We use primarily wood heat to keep us warm in the cold winter months.
I received the 4Patriots Patriot Power Cell to try out here on the off grid homestead. This is a solar charged 10,000 mAh portable power bank with two USB charging outputs.
They claim this power bank is shock and water proof and I aim to test this out fully in the coming days for the final review and field test.
The Patriot Power Cell is charged by a built in 1.5 watt solar panel or through the USB charging port.
With 2.1 amps at 5 volts output this can easily charge two devices at a time.
I put it on the charger so I could try it out right away. When charging the LEDs light up in sequence until all the LEDs are lit up, indicating the battery is fully charged.
I plugged in my cell phone and it started charging up right away. I was surprised to find that my cell phone charged up from 84% to 100% in a very short time without the status LEDs on the power bank reducing at all.
The 4Patriot portable power bank also has a bright LED light built into it. By pressing the power button a couple seconds you can turn on the LED light. Pressing the power button again cycles through the LED light modes and then off again.
I am going to put this through full field testing in the coming days so stay tuned for a full review.
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