Developing a Hush-Hush Plan for Backup Power…

By Lee Bellinger / November 12, 2013

Keeping Your Prepping Quiet:
Do You Have a Silent Power Source?

Uninvited neighbors showing up at your backyard barbecue? That’s pretty annoying. But when moochers, freeloaders, busybodies, and desperados come nosing around your castle during a crisis, that’s a whole ‘nother story.
And it could be the downfall of all your prepping efforts.
We’re talking about loud emergency power generators. In a crisis, these noisemakers amount to loud speakers announcing, ‘come check out my stuff!
All your prepping goes down the drain when you flip on your generator, and it also gives off a roar that can be heard a mile away. A few days into the blackout, it begins. A neighbor knocks on your door. She wonders if, since you have power and all, you could spare some ice. Of course, you say yes.
She’s back again the next morning, and not far behind her is another neighbor asking if he can keep a few important things in your fridge.
It doesn’t take long for word to get out and the whole neighbor seems to want – strike, that – expect you to help them out with keeping their food cold, refrigerating their medicines, and providing them with a cool place to hide from the heat (or a warm place to escape the cold).
By the third or fourth day, desperate urban refugees reach your neighborhood, hear the tell-tale rumble of your generator, and it’s Katie-bar-the-door. Literally.
Look, if you’ve taken great pains to put away food, water, and fuel to get your family through a crisis, the last thing you want is a noisy generator announcing you have your act together to anyone within earshot!

Get a Low-Profile Power Source Now

If you’re ever in crisis scenario where tensions are running high, keeping a low profile can be essential to your well being and survival.
That’s why we recommend that you look into silent power sources that can provide you power for some basic essentials.
We’re not suggesting you necessarily forego a traditional generator. A generator is going to be able to give your more juice than the options we recommend here. But, there may be situations when doing with a little less power and a lot less noise is preferable.
We want to share three options you can consider for quiet power in a crisis.

Solar Powered Generators

Solar powered generators aren’t technically “generators” at all. They are collectors consisting of solar panels, a power inverter, and a battery pack. The solar cells charge up the battery, which you can then use with the inverter to run some basic appliances like a freezer or refrigerator, a hot plate, or a few lights.
A solar-powered system offers you two big advantages. First, you can recharge the system even when the power is down or you’re out of fuel. And second, since they are completely silent, you can run a few essentials without alerting anyone in the area to the fact that you have juice.
The main drawback of a solar powered generator is the cost. You’ll spend somewhere between $1000 and $1800 or more on a prebuilt version. A second consideration is that they won’t handle heavy loads. You may be able to run your fridge for a few hours, but then you’ll drain the battery and need to give it a rest while you recharge.

Battery Back-Up Systems

Another good, quiet option is a battery back-up system. You can find a variety of batteries designed specifically to run certain appliances during a power outage.
These are far more affordable than a solar powered system, but you can’t recharge them until the power comes back on. As a short-term, affordable solution, they work well and are worth considering.

Quieter Gas Generators

Generator manufacturers are aware that the signature roar of a generator is a turn-off for many buyers, and so they’ve come up with models that are much quieter than a standard generator.
Solar Generator
Many quiet generator models run at under 60 decibels, which means they are about as loud as an average conversation. Your next-door neighbors may be aware you have a generator running, but these quiet models are less likely to draw attention from farther down the street.
The big advantage of a quiet gas generator is that it will keep working indefinitely as long as you have fuel to put into it. You don’t have to stop using it for periods while you wait for it to recharge.
A quiet generator will be more expensive than a comparable standard model, but it will be less expensive than a solar generator.
Even though it’s quiet, these kinds of generators aren’t totally silent. You might consider building an insulated housing for your generator to quiet it even further.
People do strange things during a time of crisis. If your neighbors hear that you have power while they don’t, you could put yourself in an uncomfortable position. By making sure you have a quiet power option available should you need it, you go one step further toward being prepared for anything.