I'm sure some people are able to do that. I remember one inverter I bought,
sternly telling me not to mount it under the hood of my car. Well, never
mind that otherwise good idea. I'm guessing a car alternator can put out a
useful bit of current. And, that you fill the fuel by driving the car to
the gas station (where they have power).
For my power cut needs at home, I've got a little generator, and some gas
oil mix in my chain saw box.
Christopher A. Young
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When I looked into inverters I saw contractors using them for on-site
120v tools, and one guy in rural Canada who powered his furnace and a
few other things during an outage or outages.
What stopped me was the lugging and connectability issues to my car.
You need heavy lugs and cabling from your car battery, and that's runs
up the cost by a surprising amount. Then you have to consider how to
conceal that stuff and/or make the connections when you need them.
I still like the idea, but it takes some thought and study to set it
But I've only had one multi-day outage here in 15 years.
Big freak windstorm took out many lines. About 72 hours.
In the end the easier more cost-effective option for me is to do
nothing, and roll with what comes.
I really like the "get out of town" option best.
But the problem with that is knowing how long the outage will last.
They didn't even start projecting restored service until about 24
hours in, then they were a 1-3 days off with the projections.
That's what made it bad for us. Not knowing when the power would come
I kept remembering this
Can't help the 15 second ad. That's how it goes now on much of the