shroud wrote:I have had a Nissan Leaf S 2015 for a month. The car originally comes from the USA, so it has Type 1 charging socket and the EVSE has a standard USA plug so it has always been used by previous owners with a plug adaptor to fit EU sockets. The car battery is of the 24 kWh type, and the charger inside the car is 6.6 kW.
The yard wall socket was inspected (but perhaps not thoroughly so) by an electrician, who told me that it should be OK, and it has a 16A capacity. While reading the Leaf manual for double-checking the EVSE leds fault code, I also noticed that it says to use only sockets connected to a circuit breaker, while our socket is connected only to a 16A fuse.
shroud wrote:Please keep in mind that I know nothing about practical electricity, so I may well say very dumb things... I am just trying to figure out which of these things are absolutely necessary to protect ourselves from electrical or fire accidents, and which are just extra precautions but not absolutely necessary, so that I can prioritize these possible investments instead of doing them all at once (considering they won't be cheap).
smkettner wrote:Yes get a locally sourced evse as it will plug in just fine.
Stanton wrote:It would be helpful if you mentioned the make/model of your EVSE, but I doubt that is the issue. I have never had a "too high temperature" fault on my EVSE (modified Nissan/Panasonic) in 7 years; I use it on a dedicated 30A circuit. The fact is, the 6.6 kW charger can potentially draw much more than 16A (I have the old 3.3 kW version).
davewill wrote:Yeah, there are a couple of folks that modify it for 240v use. If I had to guess, I'd say that the connections inside the handle are the problem, but it would be good to test the car on some other cable, maybe at the Nissan dealer in order to be sure the issue isn't the inlet itself.
shroud wrote:davewill wrote:Yeah, there are a couple of folks that modify it for 240v use. If I had to guess, I'd say that the connections inside the handle are the problem, but it would be good to test the car on some other cable, maybe at the Nissan dealer in order to be sure the issue isn't the inlet itself.
By "inside the handle" do you mean inside the "box"? Just to make it clear, the only part which is getting too hot seems to be the small adapter between the EVSE plug (which itself gets warm but not too hot) and the wall socket. The "box" (not sure how to call it) is very mildly warm at most. I am anyway charging outdoor at 55-65 degrees Fahrenheit.
What still puzzles me is, how the hell can this EVSE even work when plugged to 230V if it's supposed to be 120V? Shouldn't it have already burned a long time ago? And yet it's been used by previous owners for at least 2 years.