summetj wrote: ↑
Mon Feb 08, 2021 9:13 am
If I wanted to use my 2015 Leaf's traction pack to power a 12 volt AC inverter to run my fridge in a power outage type situation, where would the best place to tap in be?
Connecting lugs above the existing wires on the terminals at the power distribution module / charging module seem like the easiest place to connect up, but wanted to ask here for insight before I made up an Anderson connector and fuse block with terminals, etc....
Unless you plan not to max out that 1,500 watt inverter, the system can't handle that currently with it's 2,000 watt max limit. To have the vehicle running in drive mode to keep the 12 volt system powered still uses some of that power (even with all the lights, heater, radio, off) and for a 1,500 watt inverter to deliver that much power would overload the 2,000 watt 12-volt system because of inverter losses. The reason I know because I've already had relatives try that with a 1,400 watt inverter (yes, 1,400 watt), it basically kills the car and puts up an error code that the 12 volt was overloaded. A safer bet is to setup a 1,000 watt inverter, requires smaller cables, no issue of overloading the 12-volt on the car.
Just for reference here is mine, I have a NEMA 50 amp box where I used all 4 lines to split positive and negative loads across the 12-volts needed for my 1,000 watt inverter. Even at a max load of 1,000 watts, the cables remain ambient temperature, even in the middle of a hot summer. Yes, that is a lithium 12-volt battery in the picture, ditched my lead over half a decade ago