Abraham Lincoln once said, "The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land." Living off the grid is on the rise. And as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to help our community understand the importance of living a self-sufficient life while staying connected with your friends and family.
What Does Living "Off-Grid" Mean?
Off-grid is defined as being independent of electrical utilities and having a smaller carbon footprint, which is otherwise known as going green. While some look at it as being exiled from the modern world and its conveniences, others look at it as living with personal freedom. Benjamin Sovacool, the founding director of the Energy Security and Justice Program at the Vermont Law School, estimates approximately 300,000 people are living off the grid in the United States.
But even if you're gung-ho about living off the grid, you still want to be connected to the outside world, especially your friends and family.
That's where portable power solutions and renewable energy come in.
Before we dive into the best off-grid technologies that will keep you connected with your loved ones, let's discuss the benefits that come with living off-grid.
Benefits of Living Off-Grid
Living off-grid means you don't use as many resources as most people, which reduces your carbon footprint.
Since those living off-grid generate their electricity using solar or wind power, they feel relieved from power bills. Plus, living off the grid provides an opportunity to participate in inexpensive outdoor activities.
Living off-grid means you'll have less to stress about, including money and work. You'll experience freedom while being able to make your schedule.
If this lifestyle piques your interest, then you'll need the right technologies to get started while staying connected with your loved ones. Here's a checklist to get started.
A power source is necessary to cook food and provide heat. While it's possible to rely on natural resources available, such as wood, technology improvements have made solar and lithium-ion batteries available for off-the-grid living. Here are some great options:
The Safari LT is the ultimate lithium-ion battery, holding a charge for an entire year. It replaces loud gas generators with the safest Lithium batteries on the market today. Whether you need to charge your mini-fridge, laptop, phone, or any other device that requires less than 500 watts, the Safari LT can power it. Not to mention, it weighs only 11 pounds, so it's easy to take with you as you move through your off-grid adventure.
But don't just take our word for it. Hear from our customers.
"I live in an off-grid cabin at 10,000 ft in the mountains of Colorado, where our only source of power was a gas-powered generator. Looking to supplement our power usage while not running the generator, and without the funds to do a full solar power build, we found the Safari LT. The unit itself is small and light but also sturdy and rugged. It is super easy to use and provides a surprising amount of power. I would 100% recommend this unit as well as this company to anyone looking for an easy and powerful solution to their backcountry or off-grid energy needs." - James K
Thanks to the versatility and portability of Lion Energy's 100 watt folding solar panel, you can use solar power in so many ways. This panel folds up and has a handle on the side to make it easy to carry on the go. You'll have two options for setting up the solar panel - mount it with screws or extend its legs to help it stand up.
On top of being portable, this panel is also durable, creating long-lasting, renewable energy for years to come. As an added bonus, you can easily link panels together to give yourself more power from the sun.
After you obtain solar panels, you can then switch to solar-powered appliances such as stoves and refrigerators.25' Anderson Cable
This 30A Anderson™ cable will guarantee that you can get your solar energy back into your generator, wherever the sun is shining. Simply position your solar panels wherever you need without worrying about your cord reaching.Light Bulb String
Now that you know what's in the Off-Grid Camping Package, it's time to consider whether or not you want to live a self-sustaining lifestyle. With the right tools and technology, you'll be able to stay in communication with your friends and family while living.
Power Your Off-Grid Lifestyle With Lion Energy
Getting out in the backcountry or on the beach doesn't mean you have to completely rough it. Take power with you with the Lion Off the Grid package. It provides safe, silent, portable power for your cooking, communication, and entertainment needsIf you want to start slow on your off-grid living adventure, consider doing half-on, half-on, where you can aim for full self-sufficiency. Do you live off-grid and have any tips for those that might be considering going off-grid? We'd love to hear your story, so please leave us your comments down below!