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Turn Your Vehicle Into a Generator

Turn your vehicle into a generator. An emergency generator It's really to do!

It's a stormy night. The wind is blowing hard. Your electricity goes off. It's dark.You have no idea when it will be back on.

Wouldn't it be nice to have an emergency generator so you could have some light. Maybe the power to run a small TV, internet modem and router? Wouldn't it be nice to have power at the beach or campsite.
I'm going to show you how to turn your vehicle into a generator.
In the following photographs, I will show you how to attach a 410 continuous or 820 watt surge, schumacher power inverter to your vehicle. I will give you some safety precautions and explain how to run power into your home for usage.
You can have electricity in your home in less than five minutes. You can turn your vehicle into a generator in a matter of minutes.

Turn Your Vehicle Into a Generator

The items you will need to make your own emergency generator are a power inverter, extra fuses for the inverter and a board to attach the inverter to. Two or more 12 gauge extension cords, two or more single to triple 3 wire grounding adapters. LED light bulbs. ( The LED bulbs I use, take only 2.5 watts. Better than 100 watts for a 100 watt light bulb), and if you want, LED rope light to hang inside of your home, flashlight and a plastic tote to keep everything in one place when you need it.

Turn Your Vehicle Into a Generator


Attach the inverter to a large board. The idea here is to keep the inverter from falling into the engine . Make sure the inverter is turned off.  Connect the battery clamps to the battery, red to positive, black to negative. ( Do not use the cigarette lighter attachment. It will not carry the load you will put on it ).

battery hook up


Set the inverter and board in a stable place in the  engine compartment.

Plug in an extension cord into the inverter and run it through a window in your home. Switch the power on.

emergency generator


Use the single to triple 3 wire grounding adapters to split the power to lights and electronics you want to power.

Single to Triple 3-Wire Grounding Adapter


The inverter powering a 2.5 watt LED light in a lamp.

2.5 watt LED light bulb


And a LED rope light.

LED string lights

And There You Have It

You can turn your vehicle into a generator. An emergency generator for far less than you will pay for a small generator.

One word of caution

"*** Do not run your vehicle inside your garage. Even with the garage door open ***"! Carbon monoxide has a nasty habit of seeping in to the living area of a home when a vehicle is running in the garage. Stay alive! Move the vehicle outside! I would like to keep my community of people around!
To run the power inside, open a window and place a folded towel on the windowsill. Run the extension cord through and place another folded towel on top and sit the window down.

If the power is out for an extended length of time, you can also run your refrigerator OR freezer, one at a time, once every 12 hours, as long as you keep the doors closed. (If the doors aren't kept closed, you will have to run them more often). I also suggest you run your vehicle periodically to keep the battery charged. Don't allow your battery's voltage to be drawn down too low. When you are operating your refrigerator or your freezer, I would leave the vehicle running.

I have powered my modem, router, computer and lights using this method during power outages.

You will have to run your vehicle periodically to keep the battery charged. Do not run the battery down. Vehicle batteries are not designed to be discharged and recharged numerous times. They will fail if you run the power down to a low-level several times.
I would not use an inverter larger than a 400 watt to 500 watts on your vehicle. Its ability to produce electricity is dependent upon the power output of the alternator on your vehicle. The rated output of your alternator is at approximately 2000 rpm of engine speed. Idling, the alternator will produce less power and it will produce less power as the ambient temperature increases.

How to turn your vehicle into an emergency generator

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