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Anyone know if the outlet in my 2013 JK Will safely power my kitchen fridge freezer to cool it down periodically during this hurricane without power at home? Will it damage either my fridge or worse yet, my Jeep? I couldn't get a generator anywhere this week. Thanks
 

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Meh... Don't think so. I believe the plug is 150W and 1.25 Amps if I'm not mistaken. Please correct me if I'm wrong. I'm thinking the first time the frig kicked on, it would blow the Jeep amp. fuse.
 

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My new kitchen fridge is on a 20 amp circuit, don't know how much it really draws. Isn't the Jeep inverter somewhere around 300 watts or 3 amps?
 

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no way. the max draw from the fridge when the pump kicks on will pop a fuse in the jeep. the outlet is meant for phones and laptops.
 

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We tried to plug in our fridge/freezer today when we lost power. The red light on the plug symbol/dash would turn on and then within a second or two, turn off. We figured it wasn't intended to work on a fridge.

We were so excited that the Jeep could also act as a generator!! Oh well, my cell phone is charged :)

Stay safe
 

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hair dryer is also way over the wattage. Like 10x over.
 

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Cells and laptops are about it.

Small stuff. A goal zero generator will do it if your looking for a gas less option
 

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A hair dryer starts about about 1200 watts.

A generator has to be rated for about 1.5 times the demand load, in order to safely cope with current surges and to last for durability. A 3000 watt device can easily draw 4000+ watts when turning on, running a compressor [like in a refrigerator, heating units, AC unit, etc]. Run a 3000 watt device on a 3000 watt generator and the generator will die suddenly and very quickly.

Even if the fuse pops, you can fry the inverter and electronics with the current l load draw. Don't try it.
 

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Lauri said:
We tried to plug in our fridge/freezer today when we lost power. The red light on the plug symbol/dash would turn on and then within a second or two, turn off. We figured it wasn't intended to work on a fridge.

We were so excited that the Jeep could also act as a generator!! Oh well, my cell phone is charged :)

Stay safe
I'm surprised your fridge's plug even fit in the two prong socket in the jeep!

The proper way is to just get yourself a big electric cooler that plugs into the trunk socket! You can leave it plugged in for hours on end without worrying about the battery, and if you really want you can put in an ice pack or ice bag if you want to keep things frozen
 

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Max amperage on the 115V outlet is 11.
 

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One thing to keep in mind, the outlet is connected to an Inverter not a generator. You are not generating electricity you are only inverting the battery DC to AC, and the altenator is recharging the battery.

I was in your shoes for a week after Isabelle. We lucked out this time and did not lose power in Virginia Beach.

I have a fully loaded VW Riviera camper so I just camped in my yard after Isabelle and ran I line to the fridge in my garage from the gennie.

You are in our thoughts and prayers. Stay safe.
Where are you located?
 

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Generally, if the device you want to power has a motor (refrigerator, hair dryer etc) then you can't run it off of an inverter.
 

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One thing to keep in mind, the outlet is connected to an Inverter not a generator. You are not generating electricity you are only inverting the battery DC to AC, and the altenator is recharging the battery.

I was in your shoes for a week after Isabelle. We lucked out this time and did not lose power in Virginia Beach.

I have a fully loaded VW Riviera camper so I just camped in my yard after Isabelle and ran I line to the fridge in my garage from the gennie.

You are in our thoughts and prayers. Stay safe.
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Thanks for all your advise, prayers. I got my power back 2 nights ago. It is a good thing as it was getting cold. I did get a generator to power some of my home . I am on Long Island and was quite lucky with only a little damage. There are many here that lost their homes. Thanks to all that helped and prayed
 

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i think what should be learned from this is, if you know the power may go out, buy some electrical coolers for your food and power them up from your jeep :)
 

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i think what should be learned from this is, if you know the power may go out, buy some electrical coolers for your food and power them up from your jeep :)
A generator is a much better option and can run a refrigerator. Trying to run a 12 volt cooler off of a Jeep can kill its battery if the engine is not run and the 12 volt coolers aren't worth a darn.
 

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I used mine to power my daughter's nebulizer (for her asthma). Worked fine. Not sure what the draw is on that though. It's like a little air pump.
 
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