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Rolling Blackouts? No Problem If You Own A Toyota Hybrid

California and their lovely rolling blackouts are awful. What if you could leverage your Toyota hybrid to keep the fridge on and still have a house? The good news is yes here is what you need to know.


Rolling blackouts are devastating for Californians. Loss of power in the sweltering heat is grounds for a solution. For Toyota hybrid owners, all you need is your car and the interface to keep your house running.

So, what is this miracle product, and how do you get it? All good questions and I will answer all of that and more right now.

Plug Out Power - Toyota Hybrid Ready Solution
I have written a few other articles on the company called Plug-Out Power. Most do not understand why it is better than many of the options you have out there.

For simplicity reasons, I am going to refer to Plug-Out Power as PoP. I still have not answered the question, what is PoP? Well, it is a solution to many power needs, and you use your hybrid vehicle. It is an inverter and transformer unit that leverage your car to give you pure sine-wave AC power.

Plug out power inverter and transformer

The system can be used in many ways, but in this article, I want you to think about what it would mean to have power in your house during a rolling blackout.

The PoP system requires a small cable placed onto your hybrid battery from there; the unit can sit inside the car or on a stand near your house.

The system seamlessly leverages your hybrid battery to turn it into power for 110v and 240v power sources. When the car senses the SOC in the battery is low, it will run and power up the battery shutting off as needed.

More efficient than a regular generator the PoP system will use less complete and provide plenty of power for your basic needs in the home (or camping if you are thinking of that)

How Does PoP Compare
There are other power systems out there, but they are limited by the battery capacity stored onboard. Most of these power banks can give you hours of use, but what about days? They are not able to and, as such, are not as good of a solution.

PoP can last for days and keep going by simply adding fuel to your tank. Other power banks have to be charged either by an outlet or via solar (which can take a long time).

Power banks are suitable for camping and minor emergencies, but you have to ensure they are ready to go. Otherwise, you are out of luck.

Rolling blackouts are nothing to joke about, and neither is heatstroke. Damaged food can be replaced but at what cost? We never know what will happen, and my theory is it is better to be prepared than to suffer.

If you have already forgotten the toilet paper shortage of 2020, just let that sink in when you cannot get power to your house.

The Plug-Out power system has a wide variety of uses that help keep your power on with the reliability factor of your hybrid. Word on the street is that right now, PoP has all of its systems on sale.

I love mine (and yes, I paid for it, this is not a promotion); it comes in very handy when the power is out. Thank you all for reading, and remember Today's Adventure is Tomorrow's Story. Make sure your story does not end in suffering, though.

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Peter Neilson is an automotive consultant specializing in electric cars and hybrid battery technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Automotive Service Technology from Weber State University. Peter can be reached on Linkedin and you can tweet him at The_hybrid_guy on Twitter. Find his page on Facebook at Certified Auto Consulting. Read more of Peter's stories at Toyota news coverage on Torque News. Search Toyota Prius Torque News for more in depth Prius coverage from our reporter.


DeanMcManis (not verified)    June 25, 2021 - 2:23AM

It is good that people facing rolling power outages (like me) could potentially look to a DIY solution for home power backup. Also it is good that we are starting to see several EV automakers that are providing V2G (Vehicle to Grid) and V2L (Vehicle to Load) capability, from Ford's F150, to the upcoming Ioniq 5/
Kia EVs, to Lucid, Tivian, Tesla, Aptera and others. V2G requires a special switching electrical box that shuts off the connection from the house (and EV) and the grid. While V2L means that the vehicle has power outlets, and you can just plug devices into those onboard outlets to keep appliances (like refrigerators) working. Many of my neighbors have Tesla Powerwalls connected to their rooftop solar, but several others have just spent a couple hundred dollars on buying a portable gas generator in case of power outages. For me, my next EV will include V2G/V2L capability, but for now I am just counting on the brownouts being short enough duration to not have my refrigerator and freezer thaw out.

MrPete (not verified)    August 20, 2021 - 6:49AM

How does PoP compare to a traditional emergency generator?

NOT on sale, I can go to Lowes and buy a 5kw Craftsman generator for $650. It puts out 120v and 240v.