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The 10X book Tim references: https://amzn.to/39WCOMM
This is the XP-10 that we got: https://amzn.to/39XZiwO But since we got it long ago, we have the older version.
The portable Induction cooktop that we use that does not drain the Kodiak Inergy: https://amzn.to/2PvZERK
The Coleman bottletop that we use a lot: https://amzn.to/33uv2II
The Ryobi flashlight that we use that takes the same rechargeable batteries the Ryobi tools use: https://amzn.to/31lxcrn
The solar inflatable light we carry on the dashboard of the truck all the time: https://amzn.to/30vraFk
The JetBoil system that we use (older model) for heating up liquids in windy conditions: https://amzn.to/30wxhJN
The propane camping stove that we use when we need something bigger than the Coleman single burner: https://amzn.to/30t1fOK
This is similar to the inverter we use in the truck when we need to use the truck's battery as a charging source: https://amzn.to/2BZCLDc
Portable outdoor solar shower, very similar to the one we have: https://amzn.to/31oSRiA
Our Inergy Kodiak Generator In Action
Inergy Kodiak Solar Generator - Part 1 of 4: https://youtu.be/Kvl1D-_SKRA
Inergy Kodiak Solar Generator - Part 2 of 4: https://youtu.be/r44lOBaNDYg
Inergy Kodiak Solar Generator - Part 3 of 4: https://youtu.be/anhNpNcrQv8
Inergy Kodiak Solar Generator - Part 4 of 4: https://youtu.be/kUicDBG24S8
Tim: And today is about the Ayurvedic Prepper - Part 3.
Tim: So today is part 3 of the ayurvedic prepper. And I want to go into a little bit about, again, breaking down the psychoticness of some of the preppers into what do you really need? And so I want to talk about electricity.
Tim: So electricity, and this isn’t - this is one of those things that it doesn’t - you don’t have to prep, to be prepared for an electrical shortage and electrical blackout. It happens constantly here. When we’re in Florida, I know we would go sometimes a day or two when we’re in Georgia, it’s actually a lot more than a day or two sometimes. And the thing is, is if you’re working and you’re especially like us, we work a lot from home. And if you’re working, you need electricity to basically make money and to run your refrigerator. And if you listened to last week’s podcast, run your freezer. And if you lose electricity, you can’t do those things.
Vie: So if you’re working from home, you need to run the refrigerator. But if you’re not working from home, you don’t need to run the refrigerator.
Tim: Okay. You quit listening to what I’m saying. So, but you do need electrical to work from home. And I remember there was a, one of the books we listened to, what was his name, from Miami, Miami, 10 X.
Vie: Grant Cardone
Tim: Because he even talked about how it was his fault for not getting something done because he didn’t prepare for it. So he took full responsibility for not being prepared to have an electrical outage.
Tim: And so that’s the main thing of where I’m going, in a long way of saying, is you should always be prepared no matter what for losing electricity. Now, some people will say, well, the best way to do it is to put solar on your house. And, and we looked into that and actually we were going to spend what, $27,000, we got a company come in, they looked at everything we had, they told us it would cost us $27,000 to be able to do what we want to do.
Tim: We gave them half the money. And then, three months later, they come back and say, well, we lied. Our sales people lied. And that $27,000 doesn’t cover even a fourth of what you guys need. Because, we asked mainly for our water pump because we have a well that is very deep. It’s a 400 foot deep well. And we asked, that was the main thing that we wanted covered. And for $27,000, it still didn’t run the water pump. The only thing, the main thing that we wanted, it wouldn’t run. So we looked at that and I remember we told them no, and they kept some of our money, even though they said that we lied, they still kept some of the money. So they kept over a thousand restocking fee. So, electrical working solar is not sometimes, actually for the most time it’s not cost effective.
Vie: Yes, exactly. Yeah, because there is a lot behind, it’s not as advertised. Let’s put it that way. The reason you’re going to do it for, chances are, unless you really, really do your homework and find, wanting the, I don’t know, one out of a hundred companies.
Tim: Yeah. Probably not, not even that.
Vie: You’re not going to get it. It’s false advertisement actually,
Tim: Because one of the reasons why it was so expensive was we wanted it to run when we were, when we lost power. And that was a big chunk of it was, oh, you can’t run it when you’re off power. So what’s the use of getting that, if you can’t run it off power. So we had, there was, I think it was like $10,000 more to do that. And so everything they kept throwing at us was basically more money, more money, more money. And they’re supposedly one of the better companies in Georgia. And yet they still lied about everything. And then they blamed it on their sales reps.
Vie: Yes. Which shows right away there isn’t enough knowledge out there. There isn’t enough education. People don’t know, the technical people don’t know what’s available, they don’t communicate there are million things that are going on that I can.
Tim: So I digress about that. So solar, we looked into it, it wasn’t worth it to do the whole house. And we’ll talk a little bit more about solar in a little bit, but for solar, it wasn’t worth it. Wind, it just doesn’t work. It’s not even close to being cost effective. So we stayed on the grid for electrical. And now for us, we could, we could have switched to propane because where we are, we don’t have natural gas because they can’t run a wire to us or run a line to us. And so we could go propane, but we chose not to go propane mainly for two different reasons.
Vie: You mean for a generator.
Tim: Yes. For a generator. Main one is - and also you can go gas, a smaller one that can run certain things. But we chose not to go with that because of two things: they’re loud and they smell.
Tim: So us having power on the mountain, if we lose power, for whatever reason doesn’t work well. So we ended up going with solar, but we went with a small solar generator that was a lot less expensive. Now it still doesn’t run our water, our water pump, our well pump but it runs everything else that we need run. And so, so we can run and with a couple of solar panels, we can keep the refrigerator and the freezer running without any problem. And then we bought a little XP10.
Vie: XP10 the coolest device ever. We got that a few years.
Tim: It’s so great that we actually bought two of them. So we actually have three types of generators. One is the Kodiak Inergy and that’s solar. Now, some people love it, some people don’t, it depends on who you are. We have had no problems with it. And then we got two of the XP10’s and the XP10’s can run lights and they can run iPads, phones and they can start your truck. You can use it to jump your truck, your car, so it works very, and not just one jump. I think I’ve used it when my battery was going bad, I jumped the truck about seven times with that, without even having to do a recharge. So having little backups like that. So for us, we could run our computer and don’t forget, you still have the batteries in your vehicles that you can run things off of, because we actually have a hookup that we can plug anything into our car battery, the truck battery, and it will run fine. And so that’s one of the things. It actually even runs power tools.
Vie: Exactly. Well, actually that one, will even recharge the Kodiak Inergy, the big generator that we are talking about.
Tim: And then with this also, you can take it on the road (the Kodiak Inergy). Yes. So again, we always look at stuff that we can use everywhere. So we can carry it on the road when we’re camping, when we’re traveling, and that is our electrical the entire time. So we don’t have to use the car battery to run stuff, but we have that access if we wanted.
Vie: Yep. Absolutely. Well, the reason we looked into the XP 10 years ago was in case the battery died in the truck. What if we were in the middle of nowhere?
Tim: Yup. We also did a lot of a standup pedaling and we had 15 paddleboards, inflatables that we would take people out on. And in order to properly inflate a padaleboard, you’re supposed to turn your car engine off to hook up to the battery. And so some people were having their batteries die, ours never did, but that’s one of the main reasons why we got the XP 10. But we’ll come back to charge up our energy in a couple of seconds.
Tim: And we’re back with a charge.
Vie: And then you say, I have a bad sense of humor.
Tim: Yes, I do. So those are two things we got, was the Inergy solar, Kodiak Inergy energy and we use, we’ve picked up a couple of their panels that you can hook up.
Vie: Yes, five solid panels and one fancy, very portable and flexible.
Tim: That we can take to the beach and use it to do a trickle charge while we’re teaching and stuff. Now with that, we actually even were able to hook them up to our camper because we actually built a trailer that fits them so we can actually travel and have those charging the generator, or we can actually even plug the generator into the truck while we’re driving and it charges. So there’s a lot of different ways that you can use basically a solar generator and it’s a lot more, it’s a lot lighter than most of the generators.
Vie: It’s awesome. I love it.
Tim: And it’s, it’s a lot less money than some of the generators that are out there. And with that, I’m just going to go with the gas and the propane are just heavy and they smell. They’re cheaper in the long run, but they are a lot, it takes a lot more out of you to keep them doing the maintenance and everything on.
Vie: Yup. And out of the environment too.
12:47 Tim: Yes. So with that, the next thing is we also carry power tools. Why do you have power tools? Well, the batteries for the power tools also can run flashlights and other things. So we use the battery set from our power tools to light up things when we need to. So we can light up the back of the truck. We can light up the tent, we can light up all these things without having to plug in anywhere and it lights it up quite well. And it hardly uses, now with LEDs, it hardly uses any of the battery. So those are a couple of things that we looked at so that we’re always prepared. So no matter where we are, if we lose electricity, we have that. I’m just going to toss in a little thing. Have batteries. Always keep some batteries for your headlamp, for whatever you’re using, keep extra ones and know where they are. So if you do lose power, you can kick on the equipment and you have extra stuff to run things with. Yes. I know that, for the, XP 10, I think we can even run our TV off of it. So you can run TV and cable, at least for ours, the wifi or not wifi, but the, what is that?
Vie: DirecTV, yes, the satellite.
Tim: Yep. So you can do a lot with a little, a little bit of battery, especially using the solar.
Vie: Yes, absolutely. Yeah. It’s a, all you have to do is when you look at what you have available, say, how can I make this work with that? That’s all. But the idea is to do these things before you need to use them. And then it’s, it’s not as difficult as you think, it’s a lot simpler than you think.
Tim: I know when I was in the military, we would have to do drills. You would have to prepare for different things that were happening so that you would know what to do if it actually did happen. And I know that it did several times. I know on the ship I was on, it caught on fire three times. And so I had, because I was one of the firemen, I had to be able to put that fire out and I was able to be there within seconds to put the fire out. Because if you’re out on the water, you’re dead, if you’re not prepared for those types of things and you don’t plan for them. And that’s the same thing with the electrical have it set up so that you know it works. Have it set up so it’s easy to get to. Have a flashlight near you at three o’clock in the morning in case you don’t have any power. It doesn’t have to be a fancy one, just have it in the nightstand, have it somewhere.
Vie: I remember when I was 12 years old and I was spending the night at my grandma’s in Greece because my mom was flying to see my dad in the morning. And in the middle of the night, there was a big earthquake, like 6.9 or something. And we lived on the sixth floor. So my mom was on the sixth floor and 6.9 right underneath you, in the city is a big earthquake, right? So everybody’s panicking, they don’t know what to do in the middle of the night. My mom was prepared because we always had certain flashlights at the exact place that was easy to grab and using that was able to go down the stairs and help other people that were just freaking out. Just a simple thing, you know.
Tim: And those are, those are things that you will probably have to use them at least once in your life. And having them is a great, it takes a lot of stress. You go from just surviving to be able to do whatever you need to, to thrive. So just by having certain things, you can literally start doing better.
Vie: And the reason I even remember this is because she never mentioned it, but the neighbors, one of the neighbors was forever grateful to her for having just that flashlight.
Tim: Yep. Yep. So batteries and in today’s world, the lighting systems are so easy to run off the generators. I know we were at REI a couple months back and they had this little system that, actually it, it was solar and it ran lights for a nice sized room. It ran radio and it would charge your phone or your iPad. And it was like $99.
Vie: Yeah, exactly.
Tim: And it had all these great reviews and it was only $99. And $99, you can toss that in your trunk and be able to run things wherever you are. Or you can keep it in your house. The solar was so easy. It lit up the whole upstairs.
17:50 Vie: There is a lot out there as long as you, you figure out - okay, should something happen in terms of power, what, what would I like to be able to address first? And you go from there and you start simple.
Tim: And it can even take it into a little bit more advanced is knowing what breakers run, what lights. Know what, look at what you need to be plugging in. Because I know like if you were going to put a bigger system, if we do something like that at, at the house, we would have to be able to turn certain breakers off or have certain things off to be able to run a bigger generator. But with the little one, we know exactly how quick it is to plug it in. And we know how long it takes to keep it, how long a full charge will run the refrigerator.
Vie: And those are things that, again, you want to test beforehand. For example, I know some of the people complaining about the Kodiak Inergy, I think Inergy doesn’t even make the Kodiak anymore. They have an upgraded
Tim: Yeah. They have a fancier one and they have one that hooks up to a, that’s a full battery thing that does another big group of time.
Vie: But anyway, one of the things people were complaining about was, well it’s not going to do the blender and the hairdryer and this and that, and it’s like, you know. Okay those are things that you need to figure out before you purchase something, know the specs and try the things before.
Tim: Yeah. Like I know it won’t heat water. Yeah.
Vie: Because of the spike, yes.
Tim: But you can run a, what’s the, the induction. Yes. We have a little, we bought a little induction stove that it runs that easily. So we use that to heat the water. Yeah.
Vie: And that’s brilliant. Yeah. That little induction stove is one of the most useful things ever.
Tim: So that into the Kodiak works fine. And then it doesn’t work a blender. So when we were doing like the coffee, we would make the coffee with butter, you can’t use a blender, so we found something that you could shake it up enough and that’s, so you have to improvise, you have to figure things out. But knowing that before it happens is always easier. So I know that I can grind coffee in the morning. I know I can heat the water. And I know I can, make butter, buttery coffee with, with no power with just what we got in our storage.
Vie: So how do you grind the coffee in the morning? Because I think that’s very interesting without power.
Tim: Well, for one thing I can use the Inergy, will plug, that will. The old way that my uncles and stuff would do is we would put it in a bandana or a sock. But bandana is better because the sock makes it taste worse, put the coffee, the solid beans of the coffee and then you whack it with a frying pan, whack it a whole bunch of times. And it will create not a great, not like a burr grinder would do, but it would break it up enough so that you can make good coffee with.
Vie: Yeah. Is that what they call Cowboy coffee?
Tim: Yes. Cowboy coffee. It works great. I would do it. We used to have it with the old blue coffee maker that you would put on the fire. But all of those things, knowing how to do that, and doing it beforehand, makes life so much easier, when something happens, so that you are prepared
Vie: And it’s more fun. It’s way more fun. It’s a, it’s a new experience.
Tim: Yeah. So we’ll be right back to talk just a little bit more and say night, night,
Vie: After we are all energized again.
Tim: I have gas.
Vie: Yet again.
Tim: Yet again. But yes. So we talked a little bit about, you know, having the XP 10 to be able to charge the truck battery, jump it if need be, it runs our computer, it runs our iPad, it charges our phones.
Vie: Our iPad and our phones, not our computer because we got a Mac. It doesn’t like Macs. It’s personal.
Tim: Okay. But with that, we also have the Kodiak and that will run our refrigerator and our Mac and the freezer. And that can be recharged either through solar or we can even plug it into the truck and recharge it that way.
Vie: Or with even extra batteries, marine batteries.
Tim: Yep. And you can also charge it with extra Marine batteries. So those are certain things that you can use to keep the house going. You can’t run, you can’t charge your air conditioner, you have to have bigger things for that. You can’t run a heater off of them. You have to have bigger things for that. But like for us in the woods, we put in a wood burning stove for heat, so that will always run the, keep the upstairs warm. Downstairs, we tossed in a little gas heater and that runs the downstairs if we need to. So we, we put extras into the property so that if we did lose electrical, we still could live up there for several weeks without any issues.
Vie: Exactly. And heat is, I mean to me, is more important than air conditioning.
Tim: Air conditioning, you can open up all the windows, except for you with mosquitoes, but
Vie: You can have screens.
Tim: And then when we’re on the road doing things, we have the XP 10, and we also have the Kodiak that runs everything along with the truck battery. So those things can be transferred to traveling. Now, cooking is the next step I want to get to. And that’s where I really want to talk about, I have gas.
Vie: And see, I don’t care about that because you cook for me.
Tim: So when we are in the woods, we can use wood and create a fire. But with that, you don’t get a good heat source, you know, because it gets hotter, it gets colder. So you know, I do cook on the wood a lot, but also we have a gas operated range, grill. And so with that, I can actually cook through that and we have a portable one that we can carry with us when we’re traveling and teaching. So that will fit right into the truck or in the trailer, pops up, pops up in seconds and it will run probably for a month without having to refill anything. So those are two things that we can do. The next thing that I always like to have when we’re on the road, we don’t use it when we’re anywhere else. But when we’re on the road is the little jetboil, because that really kicks out - it heats up the water quickly, it heats up the soup quickly, it heats up the broth quickly and it doesn’t burn a lot of propane. But it is more expensive, that’s why I don’t really use it when we’re not on the road, because it does stop, you can really be in a windy area and use that to cook.
Vie: That’s it, it makes a big difference there. Yeah. Even though I don’t like using it in general, in a windy area or a very cold area, it’s really, it makes a difference.
Tim: Now with that, you can be saying, well, I’m not going to go camping. I’m not going to do this, I’m not going to do that. So the easiest way to always be able to cook is a little Coleman stove. And we got two different types. We got the bigger one that you can put plates on it. And we’ve got a smaller one, which is just one stove top. And that we use daily, actually we make coffee with it almost every day. Greek coffee. Because Greek coffee is always better on fire. So, so we do use that actually more. It’s cheap, you can buy it for less than 10 bucks at Walmart. So, and that will keep you going. Pick up a couple of the Coleman containers for it, make sure they’re the right ones and test it. Make sure it works. Because we did buy a couple Colemans that were, they broke within one day. So you want to make sure that they do actually work before you store them away to use.
Vie: Yup. And the top also makes a difference. Make sure you get a decent top.
Tim: So the pans will fit nice. I know. Because one actually was so wide that the small pans couldn’t fit.
Vie: The Greek coffee briki (pan) couldn’t fit on it.
Tim: So those are things that you could, and we carry those with us everywhere. Well, not on a plane. But when we actually end up, when we land in Greece, we go buy one and we use it there. When we landed in Okinawa, we bought one and we used it right away. When we were in Costa Rica and England, we just got one and we used them right away. So they do work. They’re very inexpensive and they are, if you get a good one, they’re hard to break. If you get a bad one, they break before you even try. So that’s a good way of being able to heat up stuff, to cook.
Vie: Yeah. Having, having hot water like in no time is a big deal.
Tim: Yes, yes it is. And it does, you have to prepare for that because, and this is getting a little bit off, but if you do have to boil water, you need to it’s not like to kill (bacteria), to boil water to drink, you have to get that to a rolling boil. And that takes a lot of heat to create a rolling boil in a pan, in a pot, in a briki. So that you’re killing all the bacteria in that, you can’t just bring it to boil. You have to bring it to a rolling boil. So it’s constantly boiling before it kills the bacteria that would hurt you.
Vie: Well in Eleuthera, right? Was it Eleuthera or Andros? In Eleuthera, we had to do it. The water there.
Tim: Was all bad. We had to boil our own water to be able to drink. And because the hotel was gone.
29:01 Tim: Now with that, I just want to jump into showering. Now for us, we do take cold showers every day. But there are a lot of different things that you can buy. And I’m going to say REI because REI always has good gear and you can buy little, basic shower equipment that you set on the road.
Vie: You hang from somewhere.
Tim: It heats up during the day, and then at night you get a really good, hot shower. I know when I was in, you weren’t on this trip, this was way long time ago. I was in Arizona and we were going climbing, I tossed the bag on top of the truck. When I came back after the climb, I had a hot shower.
Tim: So a lot of people didn’t bring that, so they were having no shower, but I had a really nice hot shower. So it worked really well to even do that. And I know, and we still use that one, the one that does. And it still works and it is old. They have fancier ones now. I know we bought a fancier one we haven’t used. But the old one still works and it works great. So you can heat up to get a good shower. So there’s all these different things that you can do to be able to maintain something that you can use. Electrically. Does that sound right? Without -
Vie: Without electrical.
Tim: But you need to know that before, and you have to prep for it before it happens.
Vie: So try to take a shower like that before you have to.
Tim: Go get the equipment so that you know you can.
Tim: You know make sure you have blankets if it gets cold out. Make sure that you have, and if you’re traveling in the truck, I know in our truck, we have two different of the emergency blankets, the thermal ones that you can carry in your pocket, but yet they’ll keep you warm at night when it’s freezing out. So there’s a lot of things you can do, but you have to start thinking about it, the old negative visualization, then you go figure out what you got and you make it happen. And then you test it to make sure that it’s okay. And then you realize that this is simple I can live through this.
Vie: Exactly. And it’s exciting. It’s, it’s actually good for your brain. It’s a mental exercise.
Tim: And when you realize that it’s not as hard as you thought it was, because fear is the reason why you don’t want to try it. But if you’re doing it in a safe area and I know, a controlled area
Vie: A controlled environment, yes.
Tim: it makes it simple. Because you always know that you can turn the light on. You always know you can jump in the shower. You always know that you can go and plug in the coffee pot. But once you realize that it’s not that difficult without turning on the light, without basically turning on the coffee pot.
Vie: Yeah. Without having running, the standard running water.
Tim: It becomes easy. Even in the condo, you can toss the shower bag outside, heat it up, go into the shower and crank out a good hot shower.
Vie: Exactly. So it’s a, it’s like, just like exercise, right? You have the muscle memory, we talk about muscle memory, we talk about fascia memory, we talk about all this. It’s the same thing now. If you’ve done it before, then you will know how to do it again. Then it will be familiar. And doing it in a controlled environment, like you said, without the stress of - oh my goodness, I have to figure this out now - it makes it so much simpler.
Tim: And then you can just go on doing things. And while everybody else is freaking out, screaming and yelling at each other, you’re kicking back, pouring yourself a glass of scotch, lighting up a cigar and watching, pinky and the brain on the -
Vie: Yeah. And then all you have to do is make sure you have good scotch glasses for while on the road, and then a good container for scotch and a good case for cigars and you are set no matter where
Tim: You are good to go, no matter where you are. So say night night.
Vie: Until next time, much, much love from both of us. Namaste kala. May we all be well, adapt and thrive.
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