Hello, everyone. I'm new to the forum. I need help with a certain prepping matter that I've been wracking my brain about and unable to solve. I am a CPAP user (used to treat sleep apnea). One of my major concerns in any extensive power outage is that I won't be able to power my CPAP, therefore won't be able to get good sleep, maybe for many nights in a row. Therefore I'll spend my day in a fuzzy, spaced out state, which is the last thing I want to be dealing with in an emergency situation. So, it's been a priority for me to try to figure out how to at least get my CPAP off grid.[*] As an added bonus, I'd like to be able to go camping sometime. The CPAP uses an average of 40.2 watts per hour times maybe 7 hours minimum for decent sleep for me, so about 281 watts total. I am almost completely ignorant about electricity -- I get lost in terminology fast. I'm also not very handy. And I'm low income. That by itself is a challenging combination because the easiest solution would be to install solar on my rooftop and include a Tesla battery and voila! I would be off the grid for my electricity. But I've looked into that solution and it's too expensive for me. Specifically what makes it unaffordable is the battery. I might be able scrape together enough money to buy a "power station" lithium battery, like the Goal Zero Yeti 400 or something similar. Or I might be able to find someone who can build me an acid, deep cycle battery solution, although this has proved hard to find. But then for me it still comes down to the question of how to recharge the battery.This is where I get completely stuck. Solutions for recharging that I'm aware of: * Plug into AC in the wall. . Great when you can get it but if the power outage lasts more than a day, wall AC is not available. * Use portable solar panels. This seems less than reliable. I've read different opinions about how efficiently the various batteries get charged by solar panels. I don't really know how to figure that out. Even when they are charged efficiently, it requires a sunny day. What if the day isn't sunny? * Plug into car while it's running. The specs for the last lithium battery I checked out say that it takes about 6 or 6.5 hours to charge it using the car. All this time the car must be running. Who can afford to idle a car for 6 hours, especially in a disaster scenario when gas stations may or may not be available to refuel? But even if gas is available the solution seems completely impractical. * Fuel generator. This seems like the most efficient backup to solar, but honestly generators scare me and I can't figure out the logistics of how to run them safely -- not that I actually know what I'm doing here. They say the generator must be run outside and at least 20' away from structures. I have a small back yard which is also on a slope. Hard to figure out where to put a generator safely. Also, it's fairly visible and easily accessed from the street. Front yard is just a tiny postage stamp lawn open to the street completely. Also on a slope by the way. Best I can tell, I would have to sit on the street with my generator waiting for it to charge my battery. Then there's the scarier question of where to store fuel. I'm not supposed to store it inside, so I don't know where I'd put a tank or how I would keep it safe. I already keep tiny propane canisters for my camp stove in my basement, despite the instructions not to, because there's nowhere else safe to put them. But, like a big supply of gas or propane? Where would I put it? So, given all that, I just really don't know how to proceed. Would someone who is a more experienced off-the-gridder be able to advise me please? [*] Aside from natural disasters I should also say that I live in Northern California, where our power supplier has been turning off electricity to large parts of the state for days at a time when there is a danger of wildfires. It hasn't been fun.