sparky
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The First Blink

Fri Jan 14, 2011 1:42 pm

Right on time, at 7am, Mike and Chris from Sunwest Electrical came this morning to install my Blink EVSE.
Also, an Ecotality mgr, Bill came by to document the install and check out how things went as this Blink is evidently the first residential install. The upshot is, the Sunwest guys were great, very professional and efficient and I cannot emphasize enough how thorough they were with getting me to Level-2. In fact, when they we were all done, I let a couple of them take turns behind the wheel to see how much fun the LEAF is to tool around in.

First the easy part; my install has to be one of the easiest-- From the photo, everything was there already except the Blink itself. They changed out the socket to a different NEMA type and fixed a ground wire connection that I had not properly tied, bolted the unit to the wall (and torqued the screws!) and that was it. The unit was then put on a tester and run through a variety of modes before we did the acid test and hooked up the LEAF. All went fine.


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Now the hard part; the Blink has a network connection for detailed monitoring of EVP members energy consumption etc. That requires either a LAN connection, WiFi or if all else fails, they can activate a CDMA service (which they pay for). They brought their own Cisco wireless router which we connected via Cat-5 cable to my Airport Extreme (this Airport was setup as a repeater). No dice. They must have messed with settings for an hour before finally disconnecting the Cisco and selecting my router as the internet connection. That seemed to work fine but it seems the network settings aren't saved through power cycles, not good if you need to clear a fault by power cycling and then have to go through the whole config process all over again. I suspect this is all a matter of a SW upgrade and this issue will be gone. Sure hope so.

Lastly, I got an error code within minutes of doing the "what happens if I try this?" operation.
Charging continues even with the error code which is a good thing. In fact, it seems none of the network stuff gets in the way of the basic charging functions so I'm optimistic that as far as my needs go, this will work fine. However, I anticipate Ecotality will be working on connectivity/control issues with for awhile still.

Installers, Mike and Chris bright and early at 7am:
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The last photo shows the error code I got when I hit "Stop Charging" while the unit was connected but not in fact charging since my LEAF was in "Charging Timer Mode". It was only cleared after power cycling the Blink.
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csriram45
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Re: The official "I actually have a new EVSE installed" thread

Sun Jan 16, 2011 1:45 pm

That unit really looks nice. Envy all you free EVSE ppl. wish Bay Area was one of the cities. Nice install.
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Jimmydreams
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Re: The official "I actually have a new EVSE installed" thread

Sun Jan 16, 2011 3:19 pm

csriram45 wrote:That unit really looks nice. Envy all you free EVSE ppl. wish Bay Area was one of the cities. Nice install.


It is a nice display. I can't wait to get mine.....and see how much power it draws in standby mode!! :?
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sparky
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Re: The official "I actually have a new EVSE installed" thread

Sun Jan 16, 2011 3:25 pm

BTW, I emailed Ecotality about the Blink error screen etc and the next day, Rob from Ecotality came to my house with a firmware upgrade on an SD card. Nice service!
No more error screens so far.
Rob indicated the majority of upgrades will be done over the network connection but in this case the SD card sufficed and he could also inspect this first Blink installation.
The Blink user portal is not yet online but when it is I believe I'll have access to my energy stats.
Jimmy, as far as the energy use, I suspect it's more than a couple watts since the display stays lit. I'll check the standby power when my TED MTI gets here.

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Re: The official "I actually have a new EVSE installed" thread

Sun Jan 16, 2011 3:40 pm

I am looking forward to my replacement EVES for my temp unit changed to a BLINK. I am hopeful to have it installed before I get my LEAF in 2 or 3 weeks.
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Re: The official "I actually have a new EVSE installed" thread

Sun Jan 16, 2011 3:42 pm

Nice, Sparky...

Did they lock the unit upon leaving? I was wondering if we'll have access in case anything comes up....

Thanks, Randy

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Re: The official "I actually have a new EVSE installed" thread

Sun Jan 16, 2011 4:02 pm

Let's see: Hardhats, check; Orange vests, check; Area roped off, check... The only thing they're missing is the biohazzard suits, but I guess they only need those in certain garages. :)

sparky
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Re: The official "I actually have a new EVSE installed" thread

Sun Jan 16, 2011 4:11 pm

Randy wrote:Nice, Sparky...

Did they lock the unit upon leaving? I was wondering if we'll have access in case anything comes up....

Thanks, Randy
They left a cute little "Blink lock". I guess that's understandable, since they own this unit for another two years.

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Jimmydreams
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Re: The official "I actually have a new EVSE installed" thread

Sun Jan 16, 2011 4:41 pm

Did they say anything about unplugging the unit?? Or is that a condition that would cause a complete rentering of all the wifi data, etc??
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Kataphn
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Re: The official "I actually have a new EVSE installed" thread

Sun Jan 16, 2011 6:35 pm

Sparky, how much e hose did they leave you? I am going to need about 22 feet to reach across the driveway from the unit.
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