ArmyMutt64A
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Shortening cable on Clipper Creek?

Thu Nov 03, 2016 2:34 pm

Is it possible to shorten the cable on a Clipper Creek EVSE, or any of the others on the market? I'll be mounting it maybe 10 ft at most from the front of the car. Having all the extra cable will be a major annoyance.

RonDawg
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Re: Shortening cable on Clipper Creek?

Thu Nov 03, 2016 3:17 pm

I don't have experience shortening one, but I recommend AGAINST it for one reason: you never know where the charging port will be on your next BEV/PHEV.

When I had my Clipper Creek LCS-25 installed, I had it put on the back wall of my garage. It's not the closest spot to my panel, but it was the closest spot to where the charging port was on my Leaf when it was in the garage. I would keep the cord wrapped around the EVSE (it's designed for that) and when I needed to charge I would just unroll about 3 feet of the cord. The excess easily stays out of the way. (Note: the next photo is not my installation, but is one I found off Google to show what I am talking about.)

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Fast forward a couple of years, and now I have a VW eGolf instead. Its charging port is on the right rear quarter panel, same as the gasoline/diesel filling port on the ICEV versions. So now I have to use the entire length of cord to reach the charging port, unless I back into the garage which isn't as convenient.

As I mentioned above, the Clipper Creek consumer units are designed to have the cord wrapped around them for storage. If you buy an EVSE where this isn't possible, just buy a hanger designed for storing your garden hose; I'd recommend getting a plastic one.

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It's not a requirement, but for neatness I also got a dummy J1772 port so I can keep the charging handle neatly stowed as well:

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Blue Ocean 2012 Leaf SV, lost that 1st bar on 11/21/2015 at 26,435 miles.
Lease returned on 12/23/2015. Final LeafStat figures: 225 Gids, 17.44 kWH, SOC 91.89%, SOH 82.36%, 69.49% HX, 54.57 Ahr, battery temp 61.8 F
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Staque
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Re: Shortening cable on Clipper Creek?

Thu Nov 03, 2016 4:03 pm

A coil and a few zip ties should shorten it.

jjeff
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Re: Shortening cable on Clipper Creek?

Thu Nov 03, 2016 4:43 pm

Staque wrote:A coil and a few zip ties should shorten it.

If you do that, ideally the cable shouldn't touch itself where it's coiled up. If the charging cable does overlap it has the possibility to get warm or overheat during full amperage charging.
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Re: Shortening cable on Clipper Creek?

Thu Nov 03, 2016 6:31 pm

jjeff wrote: If you do that, ideally the cable shouldn't touch itself where it's coiled up. If the charging cable does overlap it has the possibility to get warm or overheat during full amperage charging.

28A is nowhere near enough to overheat that cable coiled up, even in direct sunlight. This is a non issue.

RonDawg
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Re: Shortening cable on Clipper Creek?

Thu Nov 03, 2016 7:39 pm

I've never had an issue with my EVSE's cord getting hot in the 2+ years I used it with my Leaf, but then again I don't coil it up tightly.
Blue Ocean 2012 Leaf SV, lost that 1st bar on 11/21/2015 at 26,435 miles.
Lease returned on 12/23/2015. Final LeafStat figures: 225 Gids, 17.44 kWH, SOC 91.89%, SOH 82.36%, 69.49% HX, 54.57 Ahr, battery temp 61.8 F
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ArmyMutt64A
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Re: Shortening cable on Clipper Creek?

Thu Nov 03, 2016 8:29 pm

Ok, thanks.

smkettner
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Re: Shortening cable on Clipper Creek?

Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:18 pm

Send a note to Tony. He should set you up with a custom cable for a small fee.

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Re: Shortening cable on Clipper Creek?

Fri Nov 04, 2016 12:48 am

RonDawg wrote:I recommend AGAINST it for one reason: you never know where the charging port will be on your next BEV/PHEV.

Totally agree.

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Re: Shortening cable on Clipper Creek?

Fri Nov 04, 2016 9:11 am

cwerdna wrote:
RonDawg wrote:I recommend AGAINST it for one reason: you never know where the charging port will be on your next BEV/PHEV.

Totally agree.


I agree. To avoid backing in on my leafs I used a 24 foot cord. The EVSE is near the garage door.

On my Mercedes I could have used a five foot cord.

I need around eighteen feet of my twenty foot cord to charge my eGolf. If I had shortened the cable I would have to replace it with a longer one.
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