jjeff wrote:knightmb wrote:LeftieBiker wrote:
If the vehicle is in Standby mode (dash active, radio active, but not drive-able), it will activate the 12 volt system when the battery gets down to 10.5 volts to charge it back up. This is the mode I use to power up my house for emergency power (so the vehicle can't be driven off by accident). But I keep the charge mode active non-stop by keeping a load of at-least 50 watts going so that the battery never tops off and it stops charging.
I take it your powering a 120v inverter off the 12v Leaf battery and what is it's wattage? On a link somewhere at MNL I saw where it was possible(or maybe a future thought) to power a mains outlet directly from the traction battery. The vehicle in question was a eNV200 and was meant to provide mains power to construction job sites where a noisy smelly generator wasn't wanted.
Personally thats the type of power I'd want, something I could run my house off of for a limited amount of time during a several hour power outage. Of course not the central air or things like a stove or dryer but things like the TV, lights, refrigerator/freezer and maybe water pump for those with a well. Maybe someday it will be reality......
Yes, 120v full sine wave Xantrex (2000 watts), I have two outdoor plugs that run to where the Leaf is parked, I have a special high powered plug wired into the 12 volt system of the Leaf so I can plug directly in, turn on the inverter and start powering the inside of the house immediately. One plug runs to the solar bank, so it charges up the solar bank (which is already tied into most of the house lights, outlets, etc.) and the other plug runs to a single outlet indoors that I can plug extension cords into to reach AC/Computers/Fridge/etc. The only thing the Leaf can't power is the hot water heater, HVAC, and Dryer. Mainly because all of those are 240v appliances (plus too much power draw). Could still use a Microwave oven or hot plate to cook if we really needed to. Even the washing machine could be used for cold water washing. Very handy though, I use to have a rather large generator setup for backup power but now the Leaf does just as well with no extra maintenance (gas, oil, stabilizer, filters, warm up, etc), sold the generator years ago.
Had one good test of it during Winter when the power was out all night after a storm. Many people were moving to shelters to keep warm, but our house was the only one in the city with all the lights on, electric heaters to stay warm, and TV + Internet to stay entertained. It really put the Leaf to the test as it was at near max power draw (1500 watts) all night until morning when the power was finally restored. The Leaf was at about 81% charge when it all started and by morning when I woke up, down to 19% before I finally shut it all down to save some power for driving if we needed it.