And reset all those "power amnesiacs", equipment that can't remember
it's supposed to be ON.
I have a LED light, that can be set to one of 7 colors. I prefer green
(which looks brightest), but when power is first applied it always comes
on white. However, in this case I find that useful. It's a power outage
Not AC with battery backup. I find that those with battery backup are
usually slow on it, and so worse than no battery (wrong time not obvious
I watched construction in a new neighborhood a few years ago. They put
all utilities underground.
That'd be nice here, but this area is older.
I lost natural gas once, because of a defective regulator that had to be
replaced. They had to purge the line at my water heater. I was there and
was surprised at how loud a noise the gas made when it came through.
The last time I used a flashlight was to see how much gas was in a
little generator (a Honda EU2000i). At the time it was very sunny
outside, but I needed light INSIDE the tank.
I think, overall, it is cheaper. Higher up-front costs but lower
It's a mmixed bag, here. Some parts of town are crisscrossed (literally)
with hanging cables (at various heights and traveling in different directions).
Other areas are more "pristine".
We had a city-wide outage a few winters back. Too much demand for the
supply. I.e., you had gas -- but not enough flow to keep appliances
from shutting themselves down (safety). They eventually cut the
gas supply to certain parts of town so the rest of the town could have
gas at a usable pressure.
Mentioned time I was in internal bathroom off locker room at local PAL.
Someone shut off the light and I would have been lost without the little
light. You don't expect problems like this during the day.
I told the guy out in the gym that he should not have turned off the
light particularly when someone was still in there. He did not realize
he did it and it was his natural reaction to turn off the light. I was
beyond the set of lockers where the switch was so there was no one in
the room that he turned the light off in.
That little light died but a friend gave me a light that he had given to
employees and customers when he retired. Great on the key chain and
lots of light but batteries went and it would have cost me over $10 to
replace the lithium batteries. I prefer lights with AAA or AA batteries.
I hear about the Simply Safe home alarm system which you install
yourself and is cheap with no wiring. You can bet cost of battery
replacement is a big negative.
1) some fellows have little common sense
2) Dollar Tree and Harbor Freight some times
have lithium coin cells. Might not been ten
bucks in batteries.
3) Don't know about the Simpli Safe. But,
most likely you are right.
The "cost of battery replacement" is something I think of every time I
consider use of a battery-operated device in a fixed location. Some can
be modified to use an external power source. I do have one wired like
that now, a remote switch for "Lilly's lights".
I don't think of the "cost" in terms of the cost of replacement batteries
(which can be small, esp if using rechargeables).
But, rather, the cost in terms of inconvenience and (un)reliability
for a battery operated product. E.g., I won't purchase power handtools that
are battery operated. I want to KNOW that I can use a tool the moment I
take it off the shelf; the "inconvenience" of a cord is a non-issue.
Esp when contrasted with the inconvenience of having to wait for a battery
to charge *or* recharge while using the device (and, when the battery
ultimately fails is some time when you are USING the device).
The convenience of battery (portable) power can be obtained without
the RELIANCE on battery power!
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