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can we use our little electric power bank to power a fridge or modem while electricity is out in my home?

They made one for my old Chevy volt and that worked great

hooked the ground to the volts ground on body and the hot to the battery terminal

used it several times and it worked great

can we do something with our 451's?

anybody try this?

Thanks

JIm
 

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Your car has a low voltage system typical of any gasoline car. So, if you want to take a 12V load (such as an inverter to make 120 Volt AC to run some light household loads), it will work. ("12V inverter" is a good search term if you're looking to do this.)

However, if you're drawing a lot of energy from the inverter, you will need to periodically engage the DC-DC converter to recharge the 12V system from the high-voltage main battery, which will draw down that battery (and if you draw the main battery down too far, you can "brick" the car).

So, in an emergency you can definitely do it. I wouldn't think of the car as a suitable replacement for a whole-house generator, but if you needed to charge cell phones or a USB power pack, you could obviously do that many dozens of times from the main battery (not much differently than if you did it while driving the car).
 

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if you draw the main battery down too far, you can "brick" the car
The smart turned off, before that happens. But if you then let it sit for weeks / months, without recharging it somehow, it's going to get bricked.

As said, you can use the 12V system in combination with a already mentioned inverter. But you can only draw a few hundred watts as a constant load as you would otherwise overload the DCDC inverter from the smart.
 
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