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Today it’s all about how to use solar to boost your survival. Yes, use solar for survival. You don’t need electricity to charge the flashlight I’m highlighting in this post.  All you need is the sun shining outside to collect the power.  Goal Zero asked me to do a review on the Goal Zero Torch 250 USB Power Hub and Flashlight below. Here again, these opinions on that particular item are my own. I purchase Goal Zero items all the time because they are the best solar items I can find available, literally for camping, hiking and for survival situations. It’s all about solar, friends. No fuel or batteries needed. I have given some of the original Goal Zero flashlights to family and friends for Christmas. This new Torch 250 has more features and awesome ways we can use it for survival. It’s all about light for survival, at least for me.

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I have been wanting to know how to recharge batteries with solar for survival for many years! I will tell you this, here in Southern Utah, our regular non-rechargeable batteries seem to go bad within six months. Some may make it to a year, but only if we are lucky. I have been looking at this unit from Goal Zero for some time. Goal Zero contacted me to see if I would do a review on this awesome Guide 10 PLUS Solar Recharging Kit!! I have purchased so many Goal Zero items over the years and this was truly a gift to me. These opinions are mine and I can’t wait to tell you how great this item would be for everyday use, but especially after a disaster or unforeseen emergency.

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It’s all about how to make bread when you lose electricity today. This is an updated post I wrote a few years ago. I have done a post using a Sun Oven before, but today is different. I am showing you how to use a Goal Zero YETI 1250 to grind whole wheat flour and mix the bread. This is truly what I call a cartwheel moment. This is when I get so excited that something is so awesome! I used a NutriMill L’Equip Wheat Grinder and a Bosch Bread Mixer using my Goal Zero YETI 1250. The Goal zero YETI 1250 has 1250 Watts of power. I can charge the unit in my car, the power outlets in the house, as well as charge them with my Goal Zero Boulder 30 Solar Panels outside using the sunshine that’s free.

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I am going to show the world how to prep your Sun Oven today not tomorrow. Here’s the deal, I have two of these awesome Sun Ovens. I have a few friends that are a bit nervous about just opening the Sun Oven box and getting started. I got my first Sun Oven from Paul Munsen, the person who designed these awesome ovens. I was a new blogger and he was kind enough to send me one to try out and then show the world how to use it. I have been doing this for about 3-1/2 years now and really enjoy the freedom these ovens provide. I ended up buying a second one from a store here in St. George when they had an awesome sale going on. I figure in my neighborhood there are a few people that will be cooking for the entire neighborhood. Not feeding, mind you, everyone must contribute to the neighborhood food bank if it comes to that. Just giving you the heads up here, we must all contribute. I don’t think there is a nice way to say it, but everyone must be prepared for the unexpected. Some people may think the government will deliver food to your door, that’s not going to happen, not enough resources. At least for days, weeks or months if we had a grid down, no power, no refrigeration, etc.we will be on our own, prepared or not.

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Do you have a way to power your cell phone in a power outage? You probably know by now that I am always on the lookout for some fairly inexpensive ways for my readers to have a way to power or charge their stuff. I am talking about our cell phones today. It is critical to me because I want to know how my kids are doing, if they are okay, etc. in a power outage. If my phone is charged, hopefully I can get in touch with them.  I also like to find ways to light up a room using solar power. Lets face it, how many of us really like the dark? I mean the dark without electricity…..spooky to me.  We are all used to just flipping the light switch and we have lights. Here it is: Earth Easy Sunbell Solar Lamp.

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Are you like me and you sometimes have to charge cell phones or tablets asap?  This month is National Emergency Preparedness Month so I am going to try and show you as many items or ways to be prepared for the unexpected this month. One of these items is able to charge cell phones and tablets with solar. Its crazy when I am out running errands and I realize I am down to 10% of battery life on my cell phone. Yes, I can charge it in the car if I am in the car. Sometimes I need to charge a cell phone or tablet right now!

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