EMP Proof Generator: Two Kinds You Can Build Yourself

August 10, 2016

EMP Threats


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If you’re like me and seriously concerned about the threat of an Electro Magnetic Pulse attack taking out your ability to generate enough electricity to:

  • Charge Radios
  • Keep Weapon Optics Running (with rechargeable AA’s)
  • Power Perimeter Security Equipment
  • Run Small Refrigerators
  • Keep the lights on at night
  • Or run ANY key piece of electronic equipment…

Then check out this video on how to build your own EMP Proof Generator for a post “EMP attacked” society.

These aren’t the kind of generator’s that could run your whole house, but they could make you the only person left with the ability to recharge batteries, in the NEW Electricityless world that would follow an EMP attack.

How To EMP Proof A Portable Solar Generator

The first step to building the first type of EMP Proof Generator starts off by getting yourself a Faraday Bag that meets Military Specification.  This type of EMP proof bag allows you to take small critical pieces of electronics, that could be damaged by an EMP, and SHIELD them from an EMP attack.

And we’re going to need this Faraday bag for EMP Proofing the first generator I’ll show you how to build today, The Portable Solar Generator, by taking the three parts of a Solar Generator that would be destroyed by an EMP, and protecting them in one of these bags.

Here’s what the one I use looks like:

Protect Generator Parts From EMP In Faraday Bag

(Our DVD On EMP Survival Comes With A Free Faraday Bag)

Which three parts should you store in your EMP Proof Faraday Bag?

Well you could store a LOT of things… LORD knows I do… because they protect ALL electronics from an EMP.  So I put my night vision optics, battery Chargers, and electonic perimeter security devices that I don’t want to be destroyed by an EMP.

But if we’re just talking about building an EMP Proof Generator, the two parts you MUST put in one of these Faraday Bags is:

Part #1: A Spare Inverter

Inverts Need To Be EMP Protected

Inverters are devices that will be destroyed by an EMP if unprotected.  Normally they are left inside a Solar Generator so that it can convert the DC power that comes directly out of a big battery into AC power that you can plug most of your electonic devices into.  But I recommend you have two.  One that stays inside your Solar Generator, and the other that stays protected inside a Faraday bag for the day AFTER an EMP attack.

This type of inverter was a unit I bought at the local Car Part’s shop for around $80 that allows me to take the ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ clamps and hook them onto any battery.  I personally like to hook it to a BIG RV battery that I installed in my Solar Generator, but you can hook it to any battery you wanted.  This is something the Portable Solar Generator Industry doesn’t like to reveal, because they like to sell you expensive ‘Black Boxes’ that can’t be repaired post EMP.

Part #2: A Battery Charge Controller

Charge Controllers Need EMP Protection Inside Faraday Bag Too

A charge controller is another thing that would get destroyed in a Solar Generator during an EMP event.  So if you want your Solar Generator to still work AFTER an emp then you’re going to want to buy two of these units as well.  You’ll want to leave one in the Solar Generator at all times, because it trickle charges the battery.  And if you did not know, Solar Generator batteries MUST constantly be trickle charged to keep the battery in tip-top shape.

I personally just leave mine hooked up to a Solar Panel all year long and let my Charge Controller Trickle charge it.  But in the event of an EMP, that charge controller would go capooey, so I’d need to have a second back up one protected in a Faraday bag.

But now we have a final problem, and that is that Solar PANELS are not EMP proof either.  So they will be destroyed by an emp if not protected, and they don’t make a Faraday bag big enough to fit a decently sized Solar Panel.  Now you could throw a small collapsable Solar Panel in one of these bags and it would work, but they are PRETTY weak on power.

So instead what I’ve chosen to do is protect one of these…

Part #3: A Thermal Electric Generation Unit

A Thermal Electric Generator Is Small Enough To EMP Proof In A Faraday Bag

The unit in this picture is called a Thermal Electric Generator.

It takes HEAT off of a wood stove and can convert it to 45 watts of electricity.

Now that’s not enough to run a freezer or anything, so we’re not talking about setting any power generation records here.  But its ABSOLUTELY enough to keep a big battery from a Solar Generator charged up enough to keep radios, perimeter security systems, and tool batteries topped off if an EMP fried your Solar Panels.

Now you do need a wood stove for these to work, but by having these three parts; an inverter, charge controller and a Thermal Electric Generation unit on hand and and protected by Faraday bags; it would keep you from swimming up $&!T creek when an EMP fries everything in your world.

If you’re not sure about which types of each of these to get, we have plans for properly building and sizing your own portable solar generator here.

Want to PROTECT your Solar Panels from an EMP Attack TOO?

To keep your Solar Panels from being rendered useless during an EMP attack, you’ll want to set some aside and protect them inside an EMP proof Closet or Shed.  So we hunted down and expert to show you how to build one here…

Learn How To Build An EMP Proof Closet Or Shed In This DVD

EMP Proof Generator #2: OLD TRUCKS

Hook Up Inverter To EMP Proof Truck

Remember that inverter we took out of my Solar Generator and protected from an EMP using a Mil-Spec Faraday bag?

Well don’t forget that you can hook it up to ANY type of battery.

And what a lot of people forget about is that the one type of battery that can still be powered by a gas powered engine after an EMP is an older vehicle that doesn’t use advanced computers to run things like the fuel injection.

If you can find one that is all run on mechanical parts, it’ll still run post EMP attack!

Now there is some debate among EMP experts out there, but the general consensus is that if you buy a truck that can run without sensitive electronic components, it’ll still work in a post EMP attack world.  Now makes and models vary, but for diesel you’re pretty safe if you get an early 80’s model vehicle; and with gas rigs, you’re save if you get an early ’70’s model vehicle.

So in this picture I’ve taken my inverter out of its protected Faraday bag and hooked it up to my 1969 EMP Proof Ford Generator :-)

Now the key here is picking the right kind of INVERTER that is STRONG enough to power the devices you’d like to still power with this type of EMP Proof Generator. (More on that in a second)

Now, this is NOT the most economical way to go when it comes to how much your paying for the Truck and Inverter, compared to how much electricity you are generating.  Many generators are cheaper… the only problem is they won’t work post EMP attack.  Plus I can’t drive one of those.  So personally I felt like hunting for a good bargain on a pre-early 70’s truck was like an insurance payment for a post EMP attacked world.

Plus another thing…

If right now the grid went down from an EMP, because I have my truck, I could use the power this inverter can suck off my 1969 Ford’s battery, to  keep my freezers running long enough to use my other off grid food preservation methods to preserve the meat for long term storage, by canning it all up without electricity, dehydrating it into Jerky with my Solar Dehydrator, or Smoking it in an impromptu smoke house.

You wouldn’t want to keep burning up preciously stored gas for more then a few days post EMP attack… but if you could buy yourself an extra handful of days you could help save a LOT of food from spoiling.  And we all know IF an EMP attack does happen, eating is going to become a VERY important thing to pay attention to, so this little hack could just save your life.

BIG TIP: Don’t buy an UNDERSIZED Inverter!

Device to calculate how much power your generator will need to produce post emp attack

If you are new to the world of Electronics like I was, am, and will forever probably still remain… if you learn one thing from this post it is that you need to buy an inverter capable of powering the things you’re betting your life one having Post EMP attacked world.

So like that FREEZER for example…

Only new efficient freezers can be run off the 800 watt inverter I’m showing in this picture…

Coffee pots need upwards of 1,500 to run

And to run the pump in your well you can need an inverter capable of around 4,000 peak watts.

So the question is…

How Much Power Do You Need Post EMP?

To find YOUR answer to that question, what I recommend you do is get this tool that I’m holding in the above picture called a Kill-a-watt.

The Kill-a-Watt is a device that you can plug all your electrically powered items that you want to still work post EMP into, and calculate how much power it takes to keep them running.

This is always the first step I give people when I help they go through my Plans On Building A Solar Generator; because almost everyone makes the mistake of under-prepping for electrical needs, and this one tool helps you get it right the first time!

If you’d like my plans for how to size the right portable Solar Generator for your family, click here for the plans and blueprints.  One of the reasons our plans are so popular is we give you the tools to size a system for your needs, and then we give you 3 different pricing options for parts depending on your budget.  So whether things are tight, or whether you have extra cash, you can make sure you build a unit that’s really rugged and dependable for MANY years to come.

Looking For EMP Proof Generators That Puts Out MORE Power Than These?

Discover how to turn a spare Garage, Shed or Closet into an EMP proof storage space where you can store and protect large scale generators along with all the other sensitive electrical equipment you don’t want destroyed by an EMP.

Learn How To Build An EMP Proof Closet Or Shed In This DVD

For more DIY Survival Projects that could save your life in the coming collapse, click here.





6 Responses to “EMP Proof Generator: Two Kinds You Can Build Yourself”

  1. Charles Says:

    I like your post….


  2. john-atlanta Says:

    What you want is a points system in a gas engine, some of the early Fords use a Duraspark system that might not take kindly to an EMP event, especially the control module.

    One thing to consider if your Ford generator is the ALTERNATOR with the A/C rectifier and zener diode. I suspect those two parts might not survive an EMP event.

    Having a manual transmission that can be bump started is not a bad ideal.

    The later model 7.3 diesel Fords have many electronic controls that might fail and prevent starting. You want an early 6.9L that uses the oil pressure based fuel pump?


  3. Jim Says:

    Excellent ideas and info! Our once off grid home in Ferry Co still has solar components though old now. For instance we have a wind generator-12V, that
    needs repair; ie, replace the old car or truck generator. Brushes go bad.


  4. susan Says:

    Thanks for all the info. I knew my 77 chevy was a good idea.Cheep too. I was looking at wind/solar for backup.Have to keep the aquaponics up & running.Get a lot of storms here & power goes out freq.Will build the Faraday locker for my next project.


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