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by Kevin Conlin on August 17, 2022

The problem: Power Failures

By now, most of us have seen the ads for the new electric Ford F-150 Lightning pickup truck. The most intriguing aspect of the ad shows the truck powering the home during a power failure. 

The problem they’re addressing is a common one. Every day, approximately 500,000 Americans lose power, and during major storms, the numbers can be in the tens of millions.

Statistically, most outages are related to severe weather, and the average duration has doubled from 2013 to 2021. 

So as far as backup power for the home, the public loves the Ford Lightning concept, and almost 200,000 have been ordered already.

The solution is already sitting in your garage.

Now, with advanced electronics, an electric golf cart can also provide the same function. While not as powerful as the Ford Lightning, a 48V electric golf cart can power important loads, such as your refrigerator, freezer, fans, lights and electronics for days, and in some cases, up to a week.

It can also power critical loads such as C-PAP machines, oxygen generators, baby bottle warmers, electric blankets and electric wheelchairs.

How it works

Any backup power system consists of two major components, the electronics, and the battery. The battery is, by far, the single most expensive component, and the good news is, you already own it.

The average 48V golf cart has between 5 and 13kwh of stored energy. A special inverter can be used to convert the 48VDC to 120V AC to power all standard household appliances. 

The inverter assembly includes a circuit breaker, polarized connectors, heavy duty cable and other safety and convenience features. To use it, you simply connect the inverter to your cart with a polarized Anderson connector.  Simply turn the switch ON and up to 3000W of pure sine wave power is available. NO installation is required, though ring terminals are recommended.

It should be noted that battery backup systems are now preferred over conventional gas generators, as they are safer, quiet, non-polluting and can be used indoors.

Does the type of battery make a difference?

Interestingly, the type of battery does make a difference, as most lead acid batteries will outperform their lithium counterparts for one simple reason: capacity. A cart using (8) Trojan T-125 batteries has almost the same capacity as a Tesla Powerwall – 12.8kwh vs 13.5kwh.

But because your battery is just sitting there anyway, you can tap into your golf cart battery for a fraction of the cost.

By utilizing an existing battery, a golf cart backup power system provides the most power for the dollar, by far. 

Costing well under $1000, the Storm Chaser requires no installation, and can protect your home for days during an emergency.

For more information go to www.powerhouse.energy