Can I Use My Car Engine As A Generator To Light My House At Night?

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  1. ngureco profile image82
    ngurecoposted 9 years ago

    Can I Use My Car Engine As A Generator To Light My House At Night?

  2. landthatilove profile image59
    landthatiloveposted 9 years ago

    I would think so but why would you want to do that?The only thing I could think of is in case of emergency if you set it up ahead of time when needed. I do know that diesel generators exist and have seen them. 
    This is over my head.

  3. plasitcpuddle profile image61
    plasitcpuddleposted 9 years ago

    Simply put yes. Your car is a generator  but not electronically rigged to interface with your residential electrical needs.    
    1 horsepower = 745.699872 watts

    Try searching smart garages. The future is in our own hands we are just suppressed from the knowledge. But it doesn't matter compared to the suffering.

  4. dabeaner profile image61
    dabeanerposted 9 years ago

    You could, but if you are looking for efficiency, fuggedaboudit.  You want to pay $3, $6, $9 + PER HOUR (gasoline costs) to run your TV? Perhaps for a few hours emergency only.  Try another idea.

  5. skgrao profile image71
    skgraoposted 9 years ago

    Your car engine runs your car mechanically not electrically.Your Battery runs the electrical current needed to run your car.A Battery Charger attached to your car engine charges your car battery.That is only 12 Volts direct current or DC current.You need 110 Volts with alternate current or AC current.So you can't.You need a Engine with a alternator to convert DC to AC current.
    Keep the Car or alternatively ship it to Bangalore and I will send you a Generator. .

  6. profile image57
    life enrichposted 9 years ago

    Namaste,,,sir......ts very easy to convert  kinetyc enargy to ele. .....use magnet & indactor......moped,cycale  & other  wihical can use magnet & coil ..===2====you can use   solar penal system....for can gharg your mobail & torch lite with small solar penal....suresh bhatt

  7. seller35 profile image60
    seller35posted 8 years ago

    Yes you can, but.....

    Your car generator produces 12 Volts DC, your house system is 120 Volts AC. You can buy a converter which changes 12 Volts DC to 120 Volts AC,

    You also have to hire an electrician  to install a hookup at your house meter.

    All pretty expensive unless you expect a dire emergency.

    George Barendse

    Take a look At: for a possible solution.

  8. Frisko profile image60
    Friskoposted 8 years ago

    Yeah if you some how rigged a a good sized genorater to the drive shaft with a belt system. you could put a brick on the accelerator and produce quite a large sum of electricity per gallon of petrol. depending on how efficient the engine is. and when you want to go drive the car un hook the beastly genorator from the car and put the transmission into drive. thats a good question.

  9. Greener Tomorrow profile image59
    Greener Tomorrowposted 8 years ago

    Unless you are living in Hawaii where the electric rates are .46 cents per KWH and you are getting gasoline from some black market where it is under a dollar a gallon, then I don't think you are going to save, in fact you may go broke just with the repair bills from running your car in idle too long.

    Sorry, I hope I did not dash your hopes but there are a lot of ways you can reduce your power consumption, especially at night. Visit my site and maybe I can be of some help.  I will be adding a new subject each afternoon.


  10. Gean Paul Tura profile image61
    Gean Paul Turaposted 7 years ago

    The simplest way to achieve that by using your car engine since you just want to light your house is to use a car inverter. You can buy cheap one's in ebay for less than $30 and can give you 200 to 300 watts for 110 to 120V AC. And as for the lights you would want to use LEDs for power efficiency.


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