Wow! Good for you!Grouch wrote: ↑Wed Aug 24, 2022 5:46 pmNever thought I'd ever say this, but good job PG&E!
They are providing FREE backup battery power stations for folks who meet certain criteria. Not bottom of the line, either. Instead it's cutting edge. The criteria that I remember off hand: Medical device user including CPAP. Must be on the PGE medical baseline tier. Were affected by a certain number safety power shutdowns. See the PGE website for details.
I qualified and got my EcoFlow Delta 1300 power station last week. This thing is a monster in a reasonably small package. 30 pounds.
It's 1260Wh with 6 1800 W (3300W surge) AC outlest and various USB including USB C. Not really a generator, but a gigantic Lithium ion battery pack with enough power to actually charge a Tesla car. OK, only for a few slow miles , but still pretty amazing. While I won't use this for too many other high power things, I will be able to brew a cup of coffee without using that much power. I really missed that during the outages.
It only takes an hour to charge from 0% to 80%, which is pretty amazing. To 100% it's about 1.6 hours. It has a really nice display which gives you all sorts of information.
I had been using 2 Rockpals 350 W Portable POwer stations with 2 foldable solar panels to (very slowly) charge them. I could get 2+ nights on each with my AirSense 10 by turning off the heated tube and humidifier on each unit. I did get a DC converter cord, as that uses less power than the AC.
I have an Airsense 11 on backorder. No DC converter cords yet, so will use AC. The tech who delivered the Delta said I really didnt' need to turn off the heated tube and water chamber, as this could handle quite a few nights even on AC. We'll see. I may keep the Airsense 10 until I can run the 11 on DC.
If you do think you might qualify, check it out on the PGE website. They kept emailing me and I kept blowing them off. After all, how good could it be? Turns out - very, very good!
I have a small propane tank I would use to make coffee using a pour over.
Unfortunately I live in New Jersey and they are offering no such things. Unfortunately I only have one machine and that is the airsense 11 and then I’ll have an adapter for DC yet.
and so I wait.