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powering your house with bolt

Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:01 pm
by zrx1100
has anyone considered a setup using this yeti kit and an inverter to power select house circuits via bolt's 12V battery output?

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thank you

{{Mod: this smells like an ad from a just-joined-today-in-order-to-post-an-ad user. Apologies if I am incorrect. However, there are already threads on this topic on the site. Search for "inverter".}}

For example (these are not the only ones) :

viewtopic.php?t=8255

viewtopic.php?t=7221

https://www.mychevybolt.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6082

https://www.mychevybolt.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6882

https://www.mychevybolt.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8312

Re: powering your house with bolt

Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:39 pm
by zrx1100
not an ad. just a proud Chevy Bolt owner. thank you for the links will read them

Re: powering your house with bolt

Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:46 pm
by BoltEV
WoW!

Tons of posts on this forum that mention Clipper Creek, Chargepoint, EVGo etc etc etc, but you can't mentioned this one?

So not knowing which product you are discussing, let me tell you my experience with my 13 Chevy Volt.

I purchased the EVExtend kit and installed it myself.

This kit allows me immediate access to the 12v battery through Anderson Powerpoles to a 1,000 watt 120v AC inverter. I strung a 100' heavy duty 120v extension cord from my garage to have immediate access to my kitchen refrigerator and some lighting when needed in an emergency.

When my lease was about to end, I personally removed this kit and it collects dust in my garage (eBay soon maybe).

I have considered their newly announced product for the Bolt EV, but given that my lease expires in 11 months, I will probably not purchase it unless I purchase the Bolt EV at that time.

This product makes it easy to connect and disconnect from the 12v system and I feel is worth the cost.

I also used it to power my portable amateur radio system when I used to take it all in a backpack with a portable antenna system up to mountain tops for an afternoon's enjoyment around the world on the radio.

Re: powering your house with bolt

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:06 am
by SparkE
It wasn't anything about the product, it was simply that someone signed up (apparently) specifically to post a link to a product for sale. (New user, first post, "wow - look at this great product!" and a link.)

Re: powering your house with bolt

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 6:09 am
by zrx1100
thanks, BoltEV, for the informative reply. My initial post was about the home kit that GoalZero sells , which taps into homes breaker panel and it looks like the EVExtend kit would be able to plug right into that box. the home kit then allows direct connection to four 15Amp circuits of your choice. I like the clean setup. Since it may not be cool with the mod to ask questions around here, I emailed GoalZero directly. they confirmed that the idea should work, even though they have not tried it themselves.

Re: powering your house with bolt

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:27 pm
by BoltEV
Don't worry about the Mod (SparkE); he thought that you were posting spam, which he now realizes is not the case:

I am not sure which product you are describing after going to their website.

Can you give me more information?

Re: powering your house with bolt

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:11 pm
by SparkE
Please reply about the product via personal message. (Click on user's name, then click on "Send private message" in the next screen.)

Thx.

Re: powering your house with bolt

Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:39 pm
by MikeDabrowski2017
A better path may be to use a solar string inverter they are used for series strings of panels they usually work in the 200 - 600 volt dc input and can therefore run directly from the HV battery and come in many output and wattage configurations.
;)

Re: powering your house with bolt

Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:21 am
by summit
MikeDabrowski2017 wrote:A better path may be to use a solar string inverter they are used for series strings of panels they usually work in the 200 - 600 volt dc input and can therefore run directly from the HV battery and come in many output and wattage configurations.
;)


yes I've thought about doing exactly that. Has it been done ? I am worrying about impedance and current limiting stuff. I guess we can ask the inverter manufacturer directly