PlugOut Power

Get Power Out from Your Car

Hybrids and Plug-Ins

About Us

First... Announcements:

3 Apr 2021 - Announcing v4.1 PlugOut kits!  V4.1 brings a lighter transformer, 20lbs lighter, making the system more portable and easier to use.  Suitable for mounting on a cart or handtruck [per demo system], on a camper, or taking to a worksite.  PlugOut v4.1 inventory is enroute, expected by mid April. 

Sale: POP offers a 6% discount on pre-orders, sale ends when inventory arrives.

18 Mar 2021 - PlugOut in Torque News: https://www.torquenews.com/8113/make-your-toyota-prius-top-quality-generator-neat-add 

2 Mar 2021 - The 07-11 Nissan Altima hybrids are now Supported Vehicles.

17 Feb 2021 - the Product Warranty against manufacture defects has been extended to 3 years from 1 year.  This assumes the product small load test result has been properly reported to PlugOut Power.  This applies to all PlugOut sales going forward and those v4 models already sold.

1 Feb 2021 - We've added a socket board product accessory to make assembly and use of the inverters easier.

PlugOut Power, LLC provides unique aftermarket products and services for electrified vehicles, enabling you to use the e-car+inverter combo as AC power generators in any situation.

 

PlugOut Power offers a new series of high voltage PlugOut inverters.  Where our previous products only supported Prius for AC power out, the new PlugOut models are designed to support nearly any electrified vehicle (both hybrid and plug-in models) with AC or DC power out for a variety of off-grid uses.  PlugOut inverters can turn your electrified car into a highly efficient generator, for the home, jobsite, camping, tailgating, or as a solar battery extender. 

Founded in 2008 as Converdant Vehicles and re-launched as PlugOut Power in January 2020, we are building on years of experience to provide you with specialized, high-voltage inverters as an automotive aftermarket product for electric vehicles. 

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How it Works

Think of your electrified car [e-car] and a PlugOut inverter as an incredibly well engineered power generator: it always starts, requires no maintenance, is safe, reliable, and easy to operate, has a large fuel supply [easy to refill], is super quiet, and generates almost twice the electricity per gallon versus store-bought models.  And it's mobile! Everyone knows generators, but this one is different enough that some mention of special uses is warranted.   See the PlugOut vs Generator Comparison.

PlugOuts also offer many advantages over portable battery power packs.  With a supported hybrid or plug-in car energy source, the PlugOuts can be lighter, smaller, more powerful, and offer MUCH MORE energy storage.  Power packs end up being energy and power constrained, limiting enjoyment.  No so much with a PlugOut.  See the PlugOut vs Power Station Comparison.

The PlugOut inverter connects to the car’s [HV] traction battery and produces 240/120v 60hz AC pure sine wave power for most appliances, and 24v or 48v DC power for charging solar batteries.  A simple cable gets installed onto the car’s battery and is available for connection to the inverter whenever and wherever it is needed.  The inverter gets connected to appliances via extension cords or house wiring.  The car and inverter are connected and turned ON [in Park] to operate.   Learn more About Our Products.

Home Power [AC]

The PlugOut car can act like any generator to provide emergency power to the house when the grid goes down.  It uses the same generator socket and subpanel-cutover on the house as any generator.  But,

the larger tank of a hybrid car can last for 1-7 days [24hr], not 3-6 hours like other generators.  When fuel is needed, use jerry cans or unplug and drive to a gas station [safer].  

The car is much quieter than a generator.  This means your PlugOut car might be used in tight neighborhoods where noisy generators are discouraged or forbidden; like townhomes, trailer/resort parks, or any neighborhood where quieter is better.

 

The car-battery source and pure sine wave output mean load changes [appliances on/off] won't create mechanical generator 'groaning' events which cause power surges that can damage motors and sensitive electronics.  The Plug-Out inverter adapts to load changes at electronic speeds with clean power.

The 3kw and 5kw PlugOut models are typically capable of running emergency appliances at the house;  lights, the fridge, gas/oil heat on hot water heat, TV, computers and phones.  Higher wattage appliances like microwaves, hair dryers, toasters, window AC units, shallow well pumps, etc, need to be analysed and sometimes manually controlled so they don't exceed the PlugOut or car's capability.

Mobile Power [AC]

Worksites are a good use for any generator.   Quiet may not be as valued, but the clean power output will be good for the tools, and larger tank good for productivity.  A personal favorite is for use with electric chainsaws to cut my way out of storm damage. 

Electric camping is a new category of use that is made practical by PlugOut.  Think campsites without fires, but still quiet.  Inductive stoves and pots-pans-griddles, electric kettles for hot water, LED lights, even IR lamps for heat, are the signature appliances.  Keep phones and computers charged.  Make less of a mess at the campsite and be far safer for the forest, especially dry forests, or go where there is no wood!  The PlugOut+e-car with more power and huge energy storage are the key enablers. 

 

Staged events is another category where having quiet clean mobile power can make a difference.  Think sidewalks, fields, parking lot venues.  Especially smaller events with mic and speakers, music, computers, and phones where a noisy generator can be bothersome and hard on the electronics.

Solar Battery Extender [DC]

When designing a small PV/wind project for home or other uses, batteries are sometimes included.  So, how much battery do you include?  There is a trade-off; cost vs frequency of use.  PlugOut can affect that decision by offering semi-automated refills of the battery when they go low, at a much better cost, hassle and noise level than mechanical generators.  When the solar battery goes low, the Plug-Out car can provide fill-in energy to keep the solar battery from fully discharging.  Yet, the sun/wind sources still provide the bulk of the power/energy.  

This also applies to Off-Grid living where the battery is mostly charged by solar PV, and the car can be tapped to fill in for no-sun periods.  In tiny-house/camper/cabin cases, the PlugOut can be the central inverter/charger working with the battery [and PV chargers] to supply the house continuously, with the car only connected to the PlugOut when needed. Using the car to fill in charge is a unique capability offering a low cost/ high reliability/ easy-to-use solution to off-grid living.

 
 

What Our Customers Say..

FWIW, the 2004 Prius that I bought my system for way back when is still hanging in there. Fortunately we’ve only had to use it a couple of times for power failures, but it has also come in handy for some off-grid construction projects.  We also now have a 2018 Chevy Bolt.  Your new options offer a lot of things to think about. I plan to forward your announcement to quite a few people, and see if I can start some conversations. Good luck on your new venture

—  Charlie, from Maryland

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