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CHARGER PORT DOOR NEEDS WEATHER BARRIER

Wed Oct 28, 2015 9:40 am

One pet problem I have had with my Leaf is that when you are charging the car, the charge port door and connectors are open to the elements. I have experienced that when it snows or freezing rain, the electrical connectors and charge port doors get lodged with snow and ice. This makes it difficult to connect or disconnect the charger, and even to close the charging door when you are finished. If I was Nissan, I would have included a flexible rubber boot that seals the exposed charging parts from the elements while you are charging your vehicle...

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mwalsh
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Re: CHARGER PORT DOOR NEEDS WEATHER BARRIER

Wed Oct 28, 2015 9:45 am

What is this "snow" and "ice" you refer to? :D

Perhaps you should order the JDM locking charge port protector. It's expensive, and not really for snow and ice protection, but it could do the job better than nothing.

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Re: CHARGER PORT DOOR NEEDS WEATHER BARRIER

Tue Nov 17, 2015 8:08 pm

I would like some kind of interlock between the nose door and the individual ChaDeMo and J1772 covers, such that either:
1) Closing the outer door would have little "pushers" or other interlock that forced the individual covers closed.
-or-
2) That the outer door would not close until the individual charge receptical covers were closed.
-or-
3) A "door open" warning for the charge covers and nose door.

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Re: CHARGER PORT DOOR NEEDS WEATHER BARRIER

Tue Nov 17, 2015 8:54 pm

My LEAF charges in the open and I have this challenge sometimes. Yesterday morning, after returning home on my backcountry skis, I used the tips of my ski poles to chip away the solid ice that was keeping me from opening the charge port door. Other times, with less severe ice, I've used a bank card or something similar.
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Re: CHARGER PORT DOOR NEEDS WEATHER BARRIER

Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:33 am

mwalsh wrote:What is this "snow" and "ice" you refer to? :D

Perhaps you should order the JDM locking charge port protector. It's expensive, and not really for snow and ice protection, but it could do the job better than nothing.

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I wonder if just an ordinary towel (large enough to cover the charging area with the handle inserted) would be enough to solve the issue? For something waterproof, perhaps an old rubber mat? In windy conditions it may not be enough though.
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Re: CHARGER PORT DOOR NEEDS WEATHER BARRIER

Wed Nov 18, 2015 8:02 am

abasile wrote:My LEAF charges in the open and I have this challenge sometimes. Yesterday morning, after returning home on my backcountry skis, I used the tips of my ski poles to chip away the solid ice that was keeping me from opening the charge port door. Other times, with less severe ice, I've used a bank card or something similar.


Cross country skiing already? Man, I'm jealous! It will be another month - maybe more at this rate - before we see enough snow to ski.

Up until this year, I have always charged my Leaf overnight in the garage. Then this summer I bought a CMax Energi for my wife. Since we have a 1-car garage, and I can charge at work, she gets to park in the garage and I get to charge during the day at work. This is new territory for me. I'll probably have to rig something up to protect the door area.
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Re: CHARGER PORT DOOR NEEDS WEATHER BARRIER

Thu Dec 10, 2015 2:01 pm

With raining season hitting this is a concern for me too, sometimes when I got back to the car and tilt the lid water pouring down into the charging compartment. Even something like a fabric cover that enclose the whole lid and charging plug will be good.
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Re: CHARGER PORT DOOR NEEDS WEATHER BARRIER

Thu Dec 10, 2015 4:32 pm

abasile wrote:My LEAF charges in the open and I have this challenge sometimes. Yesterday morning, after returning home on my backcountry skis, I used the tips of my ski poles to chip away the solid ice that was keeping me from opening the charge port door. Other times, with less severe ice, I've used a bank card or something similar.

I'd just use a can of de-icer fluid (carried in the car anyway, sometimes along with a separate scraper, for the windows/mirrors etc.), like this one: http://www.amazon.com/Fram-Group-AS-242 ... B000R2Z9E8 Although my Forester has heated mirrors and base of the windshield (keeps the wipers from freezing to the glass, although I'm so used to parking them off the glass in cold weather anyway that I don't get the benefit of that), so I need to use the stuff less than formerly.
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Re: CHARGER PORT DOOR NEEDS WEATHER BARRIER

Thu Dec 10, 2015 7:45 pm

I am considering something like a bow-tie shaped piece of plastic (spanning from side to side across the back/uphill side of the compartment) that could be folded in quarters and velcro'd in the compartment (maybe held in the storage position by a
Spot of Velcro on the ChaDeMo lid) when not in use.

It would deflect wind, water, and ice from the sides and uphill but be fully open on the front (the better to support either kind of charging)

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Re: CHARGER PORT DOOR NEEDS WEATHER BARRIER

Fri Dec 11, 2015 5:54 am

This has been hashed out by the "early adopters" for a while.
My solution was a 12Volt hair dryer.
I have come back to the car (Pennsylvania) to find the J1772 plug frozen to the car with an inch of clear ice.

There is NO way that I'm "chipping" away the ice.
The little 12 Volt hair dryer takes care of it.
Also takes care of the frozen over headlights that will NEVER thaw with the LED bulbs lit.
An inch of ice on the head lights causes them to be a bit "diffuse"

Especially good for public charging.
I have a "tuck under" place to keep the port out of direct exposure at home.
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