We had a bad storm come through tonight. I found tree limbs, leaves, and branches all over the yard. The plants in the raised beds were mostly OK. I had to stand up several peppers that had been knocked over.
Anyway, it took me a while to get into the house and realize the power was off. I checked on the broilers and when I came back in, it still wasn't on. So it was time to take action.
I got out a Cobra 400w inverter I had in the garage and plugged it into the 12v outlet in my car.
Then I plugged in an extension chord and ran it into the house.
I put a block of wood under the trunk lid to keep it from damaging the chord.
I plugged in two lamps downstairs and one upstairs.
|3-way plug with extension chords going to additional lamps.|
|Light for the kitchen.|
To keep the draw low I used LED bulbs. I had a Cree 9-watt (60w) LED bulb in the kitchen. A Cree 6-Watt (40W) bulb in the living room (that's the bulb that's always in there). The lamp upstairs had a 2w Feit Electric bulb. That's a grand total of 17 watts. That was well below the limit of the inverter. Using the 12v outlet in the car limits the inverter to 120w. That's a limitation of the socket, not the inverter. Had I thought the power would be out longer, I would have hooked it up directly to the battery.