Can you convert your car into an electrical generator?Submitted by Jefferson2 on Mon, 04/18/2011 - 13:01
This question is for Big T, and other gearhead/electrical gurus in the house.
I have recently purchased a used Honda Accord with the 2.3 liter 4 cylinder VTEC engine.
Part of the reason I got it was to have a more fuel efficient car aside from my truck that could be used as a grocery getter, and for other transportation needs in a time of crisis.
Hondas are pretty famous for having long lasting dependable engines.
We already have a couple of generators, but they are loud and attract unwanted attention. This Honda engine is like a little sewing machine. Very quiet, and very smooth.
What I was hoping to do is have an extra deep cycle battery (or two), that could be charged by the alternator of this car, and hook it to an inverter (something like 8000 watts), and have it maintain charge at idle or slightly higher RPM.
We used to do multiple battery car stereo installations, that fed 15,000+ watt amplifiers, so I was wondering if I couldn't do the same but for an inverter that would power a small cabin with a window unit A/C, small lights and appliances.
My concern is messing up my electrical system on the vehicle, and if a battery isolator or some other solution would somehow work.
Any info would be greatly appreciated. I couldn't find hardly anything on the net, so I defer to the great minds of the DP.