warrenc
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Blink WE-30CIRE from 2011

Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:18 pm

I made a deal on this charger without doing a lot of research, but it was on the Nissan Leaf local Facebook page and the price was right. I also don't really need it, but it might look better on my wall than the stock EVSE upgrade one that I have mounted now, and theoretically it can handle up to 30 amps going by the model number.
I have since heard some rumors of these early ones having some bad crimps in the J1722 connector and some overheating concerns. The current owner had not heard of any recalls and says they have never had a problem with it.
I actually did search here, but I found more on just a Google search, and nothing specific to this model. I've already agreed to purchase it, and she has dropped the price to $100 so I'm not going to be out a lot, but what exactly have I gotten myself into? :?
2013 Leaf SV
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cwerdna
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Re: Blink WE-30CIRE from 2011

Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:25 pm

The faulty Rema handles on those crap Blink EVSEs is NOT a rumor.

http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?t=10749
http://www.plugincars.com/honda-fit-ev- ... 26246.html
https://insideevs.com/under-threat-from ... -failures/

If the person was only charging an '11 or '12 Leaf or say a Chevy Volt, those don't draw more than 16 amps at 240 volts, so there's no issue w/the connector melting. '13 to '18 SV and SL all have 6.6 kW OBCs will draw up to 27.5 amps @ 240 volts.

If that Blink EVSE has a pilot signal advertising 30 amps still, then if the handle's faulty, drawing 27.5 amps will probably melt it.

I found this other threads on the topic of this EVSE by Googling for site:mynissanleaf.com 24 amps blink:
https://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?t=17612
https://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?t=23022
https://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?t=16876
http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?t=13557

A few years back, some sucker was willing to pay $550 for one!
http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?t=16428

'13 Leaf SV w/premium package (owned)
'13 Leaf SV w/QC + LED & premium packages (lease over, car returned)
'06 Prius

Please don't PM me with Leaf questions. Just post in the topic that seems most appropriate.

warrenc
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Re: Blink WE-30CIRE from 2011

Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:42 pm

Yes, and of course the parent company is bankrupt. Is the amperage adjustable on these units?
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davewill
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Re: Blink WE-30CIRE from 2011

Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:48 pm

I still have and use my Blink from 2011. There are a few issues with the unit. Searches on here will locate them and how to fix them. The first problem is the one you found out about. The handles have trouble dealing with the full 30a rating of the unit. These units were sold to LEAF and Volt owners whose cars could only do 16a charging. 3 or 4 years after that, as cars that could charge at higher amperages started to use these EVSEs, both private and public, some of the handles started melting, the most public being Tony Williams' RAV4EV whose inlet port was destroyed. Blink's response to this problem was to remotely program the units to charge at 24a max, rather than replace the defective handles. User GlennD here has had good luck soldering old Blink handles to beat the problem. On my personal unit, the handle failed because of a broken wire, so I replaced the cable and handle. There is a service menu that can be accessed to force the units back to 30a if one wishes to.

The second problem was false errors from the GFI function in the unit. This was fixed under warranty by Blink for folks who reported it during the warranty period. The general cause was bad crimps on the wires going to the current sensors. There is a thread on here that links to a detailed procedure that can be done by a handy enough user to fix the problem.

The final problem these units have is a tendency to have their firmware corrupted. The firmware resides on an SD card, which can be copied and saved so that you can make a new card if that ever happens to you.

Despite all this, many of these are still working fine and the units have lots of features that other units don't have, like fairly sophisticated scheduling of charging and the ability to track dollar cost of electricity based on time of use rates. They also log usage to the Blink site, and I can still access 7+ years of charging history even today.
2014 Rav4 EV, Blizzard Pearl White
2011 LEAF SL w/QC, Blue Ocean, returned at end of lease

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