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Can I Charge My Electric Vehicle and Run My Holiday Lights At the Same Time?

(Joseph Gottlieb, CTO, Thursday, December 5, 2019)

A couple of blogs ago, we discussed the idea that you couldn’t cook your turkey on the engine block of your EV. Another question in a similar vein that will likely become more common as electric vehicles (EVs) are purchased by more and more consumers is “Can I charge my EV and run my holiday lights at the same time?”  The answer really depends. If you have designed your holiday light show to be the toast of the neighborhood (like the one in the picture below), you may have some challenges, but in general if you can run your holiday lights and your house lights at the same time, you are probably OK since even a level 2 EV charger takes little more energy than your electric stove does.
Certainly, the more efficient your lights are, the more lights you can run before you have an issue running both your holiday lights and charging your electric vehicle. Obviously, LED holiday lights are much better than the old incandescent lights. “Blow-up” figurines present another problem since they utilize electric motors to keep them inflated – best thing you can do here is just make sure that your figurines don’t have any punctures.
Just like holiday lights, the more efficient your charger is, the better off you are as well. As experts in high-power electronics, Rhombus understands how to build fast charging EV charging solutions that are both high-efficiency and highly reliable. While we don’t build home charging systems, we do help charging network operators deploy high-efficiency fast charging systems with industry-leading availability, which benefits their bottom line (and lets them run a lot of holiday lights if they desire!). We have built and deployed hundreds of high-efficiency, high-reliability, high-power chargers for a variety of customers. Find out how we can help you by contacting us at sales@rhombusenergy.com.

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