In the digital age, eBooks are a constant. We read them on trains, we read them while waiting in line and we study with them. What will happen to your vast repository of eBooks if we have a Grid Down situation? How will you access that knowledge? Will it still be available or will you lose this resource forever? We have an idea that can help.
Reading eBooks when the Grid is Down
If you’re like me, then 99% of your prepper library is digital. Most of my books, ranging from tying knots all the way through military operation guides are eBooks of some form. If I lose the ability to charge my Android Tablet, then I lose most of my library. If you have an iPad, Android tablet, Kindle, or other eBook reader, you are in the same boat.
Before we get to the solution, you need to ensure that your eBooks are stored on your tablet and not in the cloud. Make sure that your device has a copy of the books stored locally on your device. Most eBook readers do store locally, but verify that you can still access your books if you are not connected to the internet!
A generator or car battery can charge your eBook readers and tablets, but have you every tried to carry a generator (or deep cycle battery) with you on a long hike? Not a great idea and not very practical either. The best answer to this is small Solar power charger.
Solar cells have gotten smaller, flexible and more efficient. Here are 3 very strong contenders in that arena.
|Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit Goal Zero makes some awesome gear, and people who own these things swear by them. This panel and battery pack/battery charger combination is tough to beat.
Hang this panel from your backpack or set it up in camp and you’ll always have AA and AAA batteries, and the ability to charge other devices!
|Instapark Portable Solar Charger – This solar panel seems to have it all. You can charge 2 devices at once with the built in Dual USB Ports for iPhone, iPad & all other USB Compatible devices. This will allow you to charge your iPad, Android tablet, Kindle, or other eBook reader and a USB battery charger at the same time.
If you’re on the move or in a hurry, you can tie/strap this to the outside of your backpack and charge devices on the move!
The Instapark 10 Watt Solar Panel Portable Solar Charger is currently my go-to solar charger for my Android Nexus 7 Tablet and other portable devices.
|ReVIVE Solar ReStore XL & High-Efficiency Solar Panel. – This is a sweet system. It charges it’s own battery pack then that is used to charge other devices. It also has a built in LED flashlight, which could be real handy.
Preparedness is key. I have thousands of eBooks, many of them are going to be real handy in a post-SHTF arena, and I want to be able to access them with or without the grid. Either of these solar charges would be awesome for keeping your devices charged in a Grid Down situation, but would work equally well for normal life use and in recreational situations like camping or long bike trips.
If you plan to rely on eBooks then get a grid-free method to charge them. If you wait too long, it’ll be too late.
The Amazon Kindle lets you Store thousands of Preparedness eBooks in one small package