Fixing Things in Preparation for Florence


We are getting ready for the arrival of Hurricane Florence. That includes getting fuel for the generator and making sure we have enough batteries.

Broken jump starter

Mrs. Bromide is good at remembering to charge up the emergency jump starter. She is also very good at finding the weakness in any mechanical device and rendering it useless. In this case it was the fold up power plug on the back of the battery.


Thankfully, I'm in the habit of harvesting power cords from the appliances that Mrs. Bromide has worked her magic on. It just took a minute to cut out the broken plug and splice in a new one.

Fully functional again

It is actually a lot easier to plug in this way. The original plug was kind of fussy. I even added an attractive red zip tie as a strain relief.

We will see how long it lasts. Hopefully it is tough enough to hold on through the hurricane.

Cheers, Professor Bromide

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That came out really well! I'd say that will be a lot easier to plug in for charging now. That flip out plug on those things is more of a pain in the butt than anything else.

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Nice fix there @professorbromide! I almost always use a zip-tie if possible (to use your words) for strain relief on wires. :)

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