Plugged In

A friend from  a forum recommended this inverter today for van or car dwellers.  http://www.walmart.com/ip/Schumacher-XI14-Power-Inverter/15140199

I think an inverter is a great idea.  Oh, by the way, an inverter converts energy from a power source into a form you can use.  It’s like a phone charger.  If I bought this inverter I would use it to convert energy into 110 volt AC which is the 2 prong electrical outlets you have all over your house.  I could use it for my cell, my laptop and other small appliances.  I could even plug in my curling iron!  This would be super great if there was another blackout like me had a couple of weeks ago.  And it’s super cheap to buy!

The downside is, needing to “plug in” forces me to go to coffee shops and libraries which is probably good for me mentally.  I would do less and less of that if I could access my own energy supply.  Ah well, I still need to use the restroom and get internet access so I can’t stay in my van ALL the time.

Also, found this website today that tells where you can get free wi-fi.  access:http://www.wififreespot.com/companies.html

This is good as I’m sure certain barristas are getting tired of seeing me!  Now I can mix it up a bit and not go to the same three places all the time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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6 Responses to Plugged In

  1. Maureen says:

    oooo nice tip Josh regarding the atm vistibules…so the outside kiosks? I never would have thought of that one!

  2. Josh says:

    When I was living in my car I used one of those wal-mart inverters to charge my laptop. I’d just sit in the library parking lot and leave it charging with the car running.. but not too long that I’d waste too much gas. You can probably keep it plugged in for an hour or two without draining the battery too much.

    I’d also find outlets in atm vestibules if I was totally out of charge and needed to check my email 🙂

  3. B says:

    If you plug this into your van, be careful not to run down your van battery using the inverter. If you find yourself using it regularly, think about installing a second battery, and maybe getting a solar charger setup. If you need guidance about how to do that, consult one of the mailing lists for people living in vans (for example, VWVANFULLTIMERS )

  4. Maureen says:

    Thank you so much B. I’m pretty sure I want to get a solar setup. Where do the panels usually sit to collect the sun?

    • B says:

      Our panel is portable, and has an easel-type stand. When we’re camping we park it in the sunniest spot we can find, and angle it towards the sun. When the van is sitting here at home (what a waste of a good van!), the solar panel sometimes rests in the luggage rack over the cab. solar panel

  5. Maureen says:

    Thanks B…so it has to be outside the van? (Waste of a good van, hehehe!)

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