Power’s out again here at the castle. This time, instead of swiping the wife’s iPhone and using the 3G network, I hooked the wireless router and Internet dish up to one of those DieHard portable battery packs. The Mac mini and its LCD along with the router only draw 120W peak load, so they can run for quite a while on that pack. An even better solution was to shut down the Mac, break out the iPad, and just leave the dish and router plugged in. 30W load total, and I can even recharge the iPad from the pack if needed–it has two 120V outlets and a USB charging port.
Yes, keeping the Intertubes going on the only backup battery system in the house is a sign of advanced addiction. For the moment, however, let me bask in my ingenuity, and let’s thank Crom for not power-smiting my ISP’s wireless tower as well.