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Convert the 120v trickle charger to 240v on your own

Fri Apr 05, 2013 7:10 am

Is it possible to convert the 120v trickle charger to 240v on your own? I know many people send it in and spend 287 to get this done. Are there any tutorials that i can't find or anyone knows about? Thank you.

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Re: Convert the 120v trickle charger to 240v on your own

Fri Apr 05, 2013 7:13 am

There is a guy selling plans on a popular auction site on how to do it but I don't know if it is worth the trouble or safe.

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Re: Convert the 120v trickle charger to 240v on your own

Sun Apr 07, 2013 1:15 pm

Elephanthead wrote:There is a guy selling plans on a popular auction site on how to do it but I don't know if it is worth the trouble or safe.


could you get me a link please? i cant find it. I am planning on having an electrician do this locally free. I'm very curious as to what is actually changed.

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Re: Convert the 120v trickle charger to 240v on your own

Sun Apr 07, 2013 1:18 pm

bad plan.
i am not a fan of taking work away from Ingineer, who has done a remarkable and supportive job for all in the LEAF community.
his fees are reasonable and he offers plenty of support and free advice to all of us.

that said, do you really want to trust your vehicles charging system to homemade tinkering??
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Re: Convert the 120v trickle charger to 240v on your own

Sun Apr 07, 2013 1:30 pm

^^^
Exactly. I've noticed some folks trying tinkering or really barebones attempts at EVSEs or modifying them, some which could have some bad side effects or safety issues.

Take a look at viewtopic.php?p=133115#p133115 (start from the beginning, if you wish) or viewtopic.php?f=26&t=11474.

I'm not sure I'd trust an electrician, who likely doesn't have an electrical engineering degree to implement some random guy's plans found on EBay (or whatever the auction site is), unless I know the author of the plans is a reputable EE himself.

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Re: Convert the 120v trickle charger to 240v on your own

Sun Apr 07, 2013 1:42 pm

I try to save money where ever possible. That's why I had Phil upgrade my cord. The evseupgrade.com is my only evse. Save money by not buying a wall mount. Have your electrician put in your breaker, line and plug.

$300 bucks to Phil will seem very cheap if something goes wrong with a DIY job.
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Re: Convert the 120v trickle charger to 240v on your own

Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:53 pm

^^^
Agreed. If I had a Leaf and wanted to upgrade the stock EVSE to support 240 volt charging, I would most definitely send it to Phil (Ingineer). I've met him before. I've seen his posts and his work and seen that there are PLENTY of satisfied customers of his.

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Re: Convert the 120v trickle charger to 240v on your own

Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:32 am

I'm all for saving a buck, but this falls under the "Penny wise, Pound foolish" category. I wouldn't buy this guy's "plans". If there were a set of public plans that had been well vetted, then maybe it would be OK, but the only public attempts I've seen on here have been pretty poorly thought out from the safety and compatibility POV. I wouldn't touch them.

If you REALLY insist on doing it yourself, then go the OpenEVSE route, which IS well vetted. It won't be cheaper than the upgrade, but you have the advantage of being able to build a more capable unit than the upgrade for much less than an equivalent commercial unit.
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Re: Convert the 120v trickle charger to 240v on your own

Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:49 am

A search of EVSE on ebay will find what you need. If you or your car or your house start on fire I am only posting this because you asked. I do not endorse anything you may or may not do. I purchased a Siemens unit preassembled myself both because I am busy and also because I am lazy.

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Re: Convert the 120v trickle charger to 240v on your own

Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:07 pm

Does Ingineer do what is described in the ebook that is on ebay?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nissan-Leaf-EVSE-Charger-Conversion-Handbook-/330785519678?pt=US_Adapters&hash=item4d045a783e#viTabs_0

If not. What is different?

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