SparkE wrote:And there is a "trick" to keeping your Bolt turned on long term (so that it won't auto-shut-off after X minutes) - which is required to run the inverter and your appliances all the time without quickly draining the 12V battery. I am not going to search for the exact steps, but I have read them. One method involved exiting the vehicle through the passenger door instead of the driver's door.
> The info I found on this specific 'trick' is as follows:
-- "If you need to run it for more than 1-2 hours (when the Bolt will auto turn off), place an elastic band around the shifter, apply the parking brake, shift into neutral and exit via the passenger door."
[Presumably the elastic band or 'bungee' around the shifter is to ensure the Bolt doesn't somehow slip into either forward or reverse gear].
> Other info which was included with the above instructions:
-- "If you need to power your house (or anything else), get a good quality pure sine wave inverter that is (ideally) 2000W+ continous [watts] and connect directly to the 12V battery terminals.
-- The Bolt can provide 130A or about 1600W of continuous power on the 12V system from the main traction battery. This means about 1400W of AC power at the inverters 120V output continuous. Short loads higher than that are OK.
Use #2 gauge copper cable between the 12V battery and the inverter not exceed 2 feet long.
DO NOT connect a 120V load to the inverter before connecting it to the 12V battery in your Bolt.