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Too slow and steady: household battery packs are going to take a while October 25, 2014

Posted by Maury Markowitz in power grid.
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That can't be good.

That can’t be good.

I would like nothing more than to have an inverter and battery pack in my home.

The recent ice storms left us without power for just over three days in the dead of winter. We had a gas stove in the basement and some great camp lights that kept us going, but camping in your own basement without any form of communications gets boring fast. I’d love to have backup power, but at something north of $15k, I have other things to worry about.

So it’s with some sadness that I saw recent numbers from Sandia Labs that suggest I’m going to have to keep waiting a while beforeĀ I can actually afford a whole-home UPS (uninterruptible power supply), but not for the reasons I thought.