Running an inverter off the 12V battery terminals

Discussion in 'Kia Niro' started by laughingwell, Dec 26, 2020.

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  1. laughingwell

    laughingwell New Member

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  3. IanM

    IanM New Member

    I have done this running a whole house from a Plug-in Prius for a couple of days, no problems.

    The Prius was limited by the DC to DC inverter fuse rating, 100A.

    I don’t know the E-Niro fuse rating. Does anybody?

    The Prius was, of course, using petrol and the conversion losses were very high, I would not expect an inverter supply from a E-Niro to be any better so don’t count on a 64kWh supply in your supply calculations, perhaps more like 25-30kWh in real life. I would be intrigued to know the results of any testing.

    I used a cheapy, 1,000W, modified sine-wave inverter which damaged (burnt out, with smoke!) a mains wired house Carbon Monoxide detector on my first trials, which the manufacturer said was directly due to the choppy waveform, so take care when you start out.

    To the bold. There are around some high voltage computer suite UPS units. It you can find a surplus UPS which has a DC battery input compatible with the car’s DC traction battery voltage it is possible to tap the HVDC directly to get a mains AC supply with much better efficiency to create a V2H supply, cheap and simple, but only for the competent.

    I have now graduated to a Honda suitcase generator so I am afraid I have not tried the same experiment with my E-Niro but I can see no reason why it would not work, at least for a couple of days.
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  4. Hedge

    Hedge Member

    There is a 150 amp fuse on one of the terminals of the 12 volt batttery.
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  5. laughingwell

    laughingwell New Member

    I have an AIMS Power 1000 watt pure sine wave inverter that I used long ago with my regular Prius. It should work with the Niro EV, but I'd like someone else to try it first ;-)
  6. Allen G

    Allen G New Member

    I have run a 2000 watt pure sine wave inverter on my Kia EV powering a 1.7KW electric tea kettle as a test and it worked fine. I have also used it to power a 15 cu ft refrigerator.

    For emergency use in case of a power failure I figure I can run the refrigerator for a week or more if the car is fully charged.
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  8. Hedge

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    Reading comments in other forums and information on off grid systems. A safer way is to have a small battery bank, 2kwh-5kwh. With a larger inverter to run the household items and either a dc to dc converter, or a small inverter to a charging unit, many larger inverters have an AC input, to charge the battery bank thus you can draw more watts from the battery bank and replenish the bank from the EV.
  9. SweetCaboose

    SweetCaboose New Member

    Do you think this could work similarly on the hybrid if it’s running? I don’t need nearly that level of power draw. I’ve been googling today trying to figure out how to wire one of these up so I can run my CPAP on a trip, and I’m finding incredibly mixed information… None of it really useful in the direction of actually wiring it up.

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