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I am not an electrician, so I am wondering what I need to do to produce 110V power to run appliances from the back of my prius? Thinking of a single sewing machine, or maybe a electric kettle. Can I hook up a smaller pure sine inverter directly? (e.g., http://www.amazon.com/Wagan-EL2601-E.../dp/B007Y4BL1C ) If not, why not, and what should I use instead?
Would one of these get the job done?http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16842111250&cm_re=ups-_-42-111-250-_-ProductI'd like the option of using my Prius to power my home during and outage or to use as a generator while camping, but I don't want to put thousands of dollars into a Converdant kit. It looks like it is possible to buy one of these converters for under $200 used on eBay.I've reviewed quite a few articles on using the Prius traction system to power a house and so far I haven't been able to find one of the UPS's that are used in the articles at a decent price. I'm open to suggestions. Thanks!When we lose power it is not usual for my side of the street to lose it for days. I'd like to be able to run the 2 refrigerators, freezer, some light and perhaps a computer or TV.
Re: Using a Prius as a generator
A good run last night, 14 hours and I put 2.8 gallons back in the tank........Last time my power went out, my 25 year old escort station wagon used 2 gallons of fuel in 12 hours continuous running and powering a 2000/4000 watt inverter and a guesstimated load of about 1,000 watts.
Johann said: Last time my power went out, my 25 year old escort station wagon used 2 gallons of fuel in 12 hours continuous running and powering a 2000/4000 watt inverter and a guesstimated load of about 1,000 watts.
Found a SURT5000XLT that might be available for $300. Does the suffix matter? Looks like the other SURT5000 model is a rack mounted model.
I know discussion has been about converting the Prius to be a gen/batt set for an inverter... BUT has anyone thought of going a step beyond and taking one that's a totalled write-off and turning the 4 regerative brakes into 4 small wind turbines, paralleling Prius batteries for more capacity, adding your own solar panels externally and housing the whole engine/electronics setup in a small cargo container out back with the appropriate venting and cooling for the engine?
Would the Prius battery end up being a lower cost battery bank and one that could scale and be serviced a cell at a time like they do now on rebuilds. A Prius third party battery now runs about $1000 exch.
Seems that it could be workable if there aren't any Prius booby traps in the control eletronics that would disable the engine or charger if it were repurposed in this manner from an error code fault.
Pretty much you would be making use of almost all the original system as much as possible for charge control. Sure you can add conventional turbines for the dark hours, but it seems you have the workings of 4 already wired in place with charge control.
I know discussion has been about converting the Prius to be a gen/batt set for an inverter... BUT has anyone thought of going a step beyond and taking one that's a totalled write-off and turning the 4 regerative brakes into 4 small wind turbines
Well just running through the options...moving outside the city to a rural area and will install solar and a windbturbine. Storage and emergency use is an issue and then pops up the Prius.
I've changed out motors in my cars in the past, should be able to change a battery without killing myself!
.........If you are investigating alternative chemistries, look at flooded Nickel-Cadmium (not old-style NiCad). Many advantages, including the ability to be completely discharged, very low water loss, no problem with extreme cold or heat. Downside, not many suppliers and not cheap. But seems to last for decades.
What about 3-ph power from a Prius or other electric car's own normal inverter for the traction motor? It's essentially a large VFD, right? (variable frequency drive). Can it be tapped for 3-phase?