Our first non-commercial shipment to Puerto Rico « Hackers For Charity

Our first non-commercial shipment to Puerto Rico

 

We have another shipment taking off from Miami on Saturday morning, September 30 detained for Puerto Rico. (Update: Plane arrived. See more recent post). We are sharing space in a larger plane and sending a good amount of gear.

First Mycroft sent a metric crapload of radios, including 30 Baofeng BF-888S handheld radios and 29 LT-316 handhelds, which are basically (Luiton RT/WLN rebrands). The Luiton’s are exceptional for our situation because they are USB-charged.

To power all of this we are sending four base stations including one medium and three stations.

The medium-sized stations include:

This can be used as a main neighborhood charging hubs or small law enforcement bases. 

The Yeti 400 can fully charge approximately twenty-five radios per day, or can be used to charge laptops, phones, tablets and more. The Nomad 100 should charge the 400 in approximately nine hours. Puerto Rico has approximately 5.5 hours of full sun per day, but we hope a fully discharge of the 400 will be rare. These power stations can also be charged from generator.

Each station will also include a Light-a-Life 4-light set and an additional Mini USB. These can be daisy chained to light an entire office. We will also include Torch tri-power (solar, USB charge and crank) combination spotlight, emergency signal light and flood light. The torch can also be used to charge the USB radios as well as any other USB device.

The mini base stations are for neighborhood hubs and include:

These portable Yeti 150’s can charge up to ten radios per day, or can be used to charge phones, tablets and more. The dual Nomad 28’s should charge the 150 in approximately five hours.

Each mini base station will also include a Light-a-Life hanging light and well as a Torch tri-power (solar, USB charge and crank) combination spotlight, emergency signal light and flood light. The torch can also be used to charge the USB radios as well as any other USB device.

We used this calculator to calculate the power requirements. This one is for the Yeti 400.

We are thrilled to have this first “non-commercial” shipment in motion. As you might recall, we had our previous shipment checked as luggage with Carlos and Juan. We have another potential shipment coming up on October 6 out of Pensacola. This shipment should allow us to send larger solar generators to assist local law enforcement, government, Civil defense and EMS.

Thanks so much for your support. This operation is taking a lot of time, effort and financial support. There are so many members of our community working on this from so many directions including and we couldn’t do it without each and every one of you. This is a true community effort! To pitch in, please stop by the Puerto Rico Disaster Relief donation page.