Survival Buzz: Oops! A Drawer Full of Batteries and None of Them Charged

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Do you use rechargeable batteries?  Although I have a large inventory of traditional Alkaline batteries, my go-to batteries are rechargeable Panasonic eneloops or those from Amazon Basics (which I have heard are Eneloops in disguise).  I must have three dozen of these batteries, separated into two sections of my drawer, charged and not charged.

A few nights ago, my favorite flashlight was getting dim so I went to my trusty drawer and oh my goodness, not a charged battery in sight.

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Since I own lots of flashlights as well as Alkaline batteries, this was not a big deal.  On the other hand, note to self: keep the stash of rechargeable batteries charged!  Although I do have a solar battery charger (this one from Goal Zero), in normal times it is much quicker to plug a charger into the wall socket and charge them up the old fashioned way.

The nice thing about the Panasonic eneloops or the Amazon clone, is that once charged, there is hardly a smidgen of power loss, even if they sit in a drawer for a year.  So really, there is no excuse for my failure to have my rechargeables prepped.

With that being said, the Survival Buzz tip of the week is to charge your batteries and keep them that way!  Don’t get caught with a bunch of dead batteries!

And, by the way, you can also recharge alkaline batteries with the right type of charger.  I wrote about this years ago, and if anything, the Maximal Power charger has gotten better, delivering very few leakers or other failures.  Read How to Recharge Alkaline Batteries.

Dealing with a Winter Cold, Cough, and Congestion

In other news, Shelly picked up a very bad cold last week along with a lingering cough and nasty congestion.  Other than using my DIY Cold and Flu Bomb as a preventative for myself, I did a bit of research on which essential oils to use to mitigate his annoying cough.

Much my surprise, one of the recommended oils was Cedarwood, something I had a bottle in my kit.  What I did is mix 1/2 ounce of Simple Salve (although you could use any carrier oil, even plain coconut oil) with 30 drops of Cedarwood essential oil.  For those of you that care about such things, 1/2 ounce of carrier is approximately equal to 3 teaspoons.  This makes up a 10% dilution.

Long story short, I rubbed the diluted Cedarwood oil over his neck and upper chest and within minutes the cough subsided.  I was and am amazed.  My recommendation is that the next time you shop for essential oils, pick up some Cedarwood.   It is a very inexpensive oil and can also be used for other purposes such as dandruff control and as an insect repellant.

You know the drill; I get mine from Spark Naturals with 10% off using coupon code “BackdoorSurvival” but Amazon has some choices too.

Prepare Your Family for Survival: Tip #5

Here are this week’s prep tips from Linda Loosli’s recently published a book, Prepare Your Family For Survival

Chapter 5 – First Aid: Medical Preparedness

Tip: Regularly check the expiration dates on all first-aid ointments and over-the-counter products that will lose their potency after a period of time and replace them as needed.

Tip: Aim to have on hand at least an extra month’s supply of contact lenses and cleaning solution (or an extra pair of glasses), sunscreen, birth control, whatever personal items you use on a regular basis.

For more about the book, visit the article 11 Ways to Prepare Your Family for Survival.

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The Final Word

It has been quite some time since I have heard about your preps. I just know in my heart of hearts that you have been doing more than sitting around the fire this winter sipping hot chocolate (although that sounds pretty darn good right now).

Tell me: what did you do to prep this week?

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Bargain Bin: Here are the items mentioned in today’s article.

Panasonic eneloop AA New 2100 Cycle Ni-MH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries:  These days, I try to use eneloops as much as possible.  They hold a charge forever – or so it seems – and work well in flashlights and small electronics.   Note:  I also use the Amazon Basics brand and will purchase those if the price is less.  I have done a lot of reading and to the best of my knowledge, they are an eneloop twin, branded by Amazon.  They charge up fine in my Maximal Power battery charger (see below).

Cedarwood Essential Oil:  I get mine from Spark Naturals because I believe in the company and the quality of their oils.  You get 10% off with discount code “BackdoorSurvival”.  I have also been dabbling with essential oils from Plant Therapy and while not as fresh smelling as Spark Naturals, they are a good value for the budget minded.

Coast HP1 Focusing LED Flashlight: This flashlight is more expensive than some of the MiniCrees out there.  On the other hand, it is a bit slimmer and lighter.  Where it really excels though is in brightness and range.  I actually prefer it and carry it with me when venturing out at night.

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Amprobe BAT-250 Battery Tester:  I do not know anyone that is sorry they purchased or gifted an inexpensive battery tester.  Mine sits in my desk drawer and is used 3 or 4 times a week.  This newer version is an upgrade from the BAT-200 and well worth the additional dollar in cost.  I  especially like the redesigned side cradle that holds batteries securely in place during testing – no more erratic battery readings from movement off contacts.

Maximal Power FC999 Universal Battery Charger: This nicely built charger will charge charge AA, AAA, C, D, N, 9V, Ni-MH, Ni-CD, and Alkaline batteries. It has an LED display so that when you first put a battery in the charging bay, you know whether it is viable for charging or simply bad and ready to go back to the recycle box.

Maximal Power battery charger from Amazon

Yes it really works, even under solar power.  Read about in this article: How to Recharge Alkaline Batteries.

Sunferno Flintstone Portable Solar Panel with Rechargeable Battery Pack:  This sturdy solar power pack is lightweight and small enough to be used in an EDC kit.  I especially like that it has 2 USB ports.



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These are the 19 happiest cities in Europe, according to the people who live there


In January, the European Commission dropped its yearly Flash Eurobarometer of quality of life in European cities, a huge survey of how happy people in hundreds of cities across Europe are.

The survey asks people to rank their satisfaction with everything from the sports facilities available in their area to how good the public transport system is.

We took the European Commission's data and chose those cities where the highest percentage of citizens said they were "very satisfied with the life they lead" and ranked them. In other words, we found out where in Europe people are happiest with their lives.

You might think that Europe's biggest, most vibrant metropolises like Paris, Rome, and London are where people enjoy life most, but in general it's actually smaller, less busy cities, where people are at their happiest.

Check out the list below.

19. Essen — 51% very satisfied, 42% satisfied. Citizens of the northwestern city, the ninth largest in Germany, are some of the most satisfied in Europe. Famous sites in the city include the botanical garden, and a huge outdoor pool, used during Germany's surprisingly hot summers.

18. Manchester — 52% very satisfied, 40% satisfied. A former industrial powerhouse, and the spiritual home of George Osborne's "Northern Powerhouse". Manchester's citizens are the third most satisfied people in Britain.

17. Amsterdam — 52% very satisfied, 41% satisfied. One of just a handful of capital cities on this list, Amsterdam is known for its beautiful canals, museums, and the fact that everyone rides a bike. Maybe that's why they're all so happy.

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