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Re: Using the Leaf for power in a Blackout: MY "Leaf to Home"

Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:03 am
by BrockWI
The chassis ground should to to an earth ground ie buried pipe or copper rod driven in to the ground, not to the vehicle. A vehicle is not grounded since it has 4 nice insulating tires on each corner :)

Re: Using the Leaf for power in a Blackout: MY "Leaf to Home"

Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:14 am
by Nubo
BrockWI wrote:The chassis ground should to to an earth ground ie buried pipe or copper rod driven in to the ground, not to the vehicle. A vehicle is not grounded since it has 4 nice insulating tires on each corner :)
That's why I found the instructions confusing. Would it be safe to run ground to a garage outlet's ground connection? Or could that be dangerous to line workers during an outage. Not much discussion of ground handling in this thread.

Re: Using the Leaf for power in a Blackout: MY "Leaf to Home"

Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:20 am
by BrockWI
That is fine to connect to any real electrical ground, often metal conduit is easy access and should be grounded if it was installed correctly.

Just don't connect your inverters "hot" or "neutral" to any house electrical lines.

Re: Using the Leaf for power in a Blackout: MY "Leaf to Home"

Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:31 am
by wwhitney
Nubo wrote:I've gotten a 300 watt unit for smaller loads. The unit has a "chassis ground" separate from the negative 12v input.
Make/model?

Cheers, Wayne

Re: Using the Leaf for power in a Blackout: MY "Leaf to Home"

Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:06 pm
by Nubo
wwhitney wrote:
Nubo wrote:I've gotten a 300 watt unit for smaller loads. The unit has a "chassis ground" separate from the negative 12v input.
Make/model?

Cheers, Wayne
Go-Power gp-sw300, 300w pure sine-wave inverter.

Re: Using the Leaf for power in a Blackout: MY "Leaf to Home"

Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:49 pm
by wwhitney
Nubo wrote:Go-Power gp-sw300, 300w pure sine-wave inverter.
See section 4.4 of the user manual. What are you planning to power using the inverter? (Edit: and does it have a 2-wire or 3-wire plug?) I assume the DC side will be the 12V battery of your Leaf?

Cheers, Wayne

Re: Using the Leaf for power in a Blackout: MY "Leaf to Home"

Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:30 pm
by alozzy
Does anyone own one of these inverters?

http://a.co/hroy9Us MicroSolar 12V 1000W (Peak 2000W) Pure Sine Wave Inverter
http://a.co/6pZQjBZ AIMS Power PWRIX120012S 1200W Pure Sine Inverter with Transfer Switch

They are both reasonably priced, have received decent reviews on Amazon, and claim to output 1000W continuous pure sine

Re: Using the Leaf for power in a Blackout: MY "Leaf to Home"

Posted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:41 am
by Nubo
wwhitney wrote:
Nubo wrote:Go-Power gp-sw300, 300w pure sine-wave inverter.
See section 4.4 of the user manual. What are you planning to power using the inverter? (Edit: and does it have a 2-wire or 3-wire plug?) I assume the DC side will be the 12V battery of your Leaf?

Cheers, Wayne
Thanks Wayne, but I read the manual before posting my inquiry. You're probably overestimating my level of comprehension :P

Re: Using the Leaf for power in a Blackout: MY "Leaf to Home"

Posted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:48 am
by wwhitney
Nubo wrote:Thanks Wayne, but I read the manual before posting my inquiry.
OK, the Go-Power gp-sw300 manual says that the following points are internally connected together in the inverter:

The inverter chassis
The 12V DC negative input
The 120V "neutral" output
The 120V ground pin
The extra grounding terminal

You can basically ignore the extra grounding terminal, I can think of only a few corner cases where it would be useful.

Cheers, Wayne

Re: Using the Leaf for power in a Blackout: MY "Leaf to Home"

Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:15 am
by Reagle
Has anybody done this with a 2018 Leaf?
Looking for a good grounding point to tie too. Looks like there are plenty of threaded holes in the inverter housing, but it'd be nice to know their size..