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Use of a power inverter with my 2013 Volt

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I want to use my Volt to power an 1100 watt power inverter in case of prolonged electricity outage. Is the 12v battery in the trunk strong enough for discharge from a power inverter? The manual recommends using a marine battery. When the battery is discharged, will the big battery charge the little battery? Do I have to keep the ignition on for this to happen? If the big battery gets exhausted, will the gas generator automatically fire up to recharge it? Does anyone have experience using such a setup? Thanks.
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I vote for the portable generator over the Volt. My 6.5 kw generator has been a good friend to me and my family. Here in rural NH, we have at least one power failure a winter. The generator keeps my well pump going, keeps the propane boiler going, and keeps the freezer/fridge going. There's even spare watts to cook meals in the microwave and watch TV.

I keep the generator in shape the same way EMM keeps the Volt ICE in shape: every other month, I pour a little gas in, and then let it run itself dry.
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