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Prius as a Generator

Discussion in 'Toyota Prius Plug-in' started by ThatTallGuy, Apr 15, 2012.

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  1. ThatTallGuy

    ThatTallGuy Junior Member

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    I've seen a few old (Gen2) threads on this subject, but I think the Plug-in Prius makes this relevant again, because now there's access to the power...

    Does the accessibility of the J1772 connector make it feasible to connect an off-the-shelf inverter to a PiP and get power, *without* modifying the car in any way? Or is there some built-in safeguard against that?
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    You cannot get AC power out of the J1772. You can do the same as other Prius cars, which is that you can attach a 12V, 1,000 watt inverter to the 12V battery and get AC power as long as the car is in Ready mode.
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    The problem with pulling power directly from the traction battery is that it's high DC voltage. Getting a basic 12vdc to 120vac inverter isn't difficult or expensive (well, it's $300~$400), and it provides about 1,000 watts.
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