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Brightonuk
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how to swap a Blink SD card

Fri Apr 25, 2014 5:08 am

My SD card is bad so Blink sold me a replacement does anyone have photos on the location of the card?
Thanks

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Re: how to swap a Blink SD card

Fri Apr 25, 2014 8:27 am

I don't have any pictures off-hand, however the SD card slot is on the back side of a circuit board that is behind the screen. You should be able to barely see the SD card poking out from the bottom edge of the circuit board (by the USB port if memory serves me). Press up on the SD card and it will eject, allowing you to insert the new one - pressing up on it to lock it into position.

There are a few pictures floating around the forum of the inside of the Blink, so I would go looking at those.
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Re: how to swap a Blink SD card

Fri Apr 25, 2014 9:39 am

Thanks

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Re: how to swap a Blink SD card

Wed Apr 30, 2014 7:55 pm

Anyone around able to tell me how to replace the SD card ... I know where it is but have "no clue" how to proceed when I retrieve the SD card : how could I get a new one ? I have to add that I'm officially "half witted" about any thing that has to do with technology ... therefore if the solution requires some "knowledge" thefore I'm desperately condemned to have a useless Blink in my garage and will have to continue to use my 110 V socket instead ... What a waste of tax money if it's the case ... Thanks for your help and patience.

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Re: how to swap a Blink SD card

Thu May 01, 2014 12:15 am

For all that poking around the insides of the Blink, I still don't have a useful shot of the underside. That kind of photography is harder than it looks (I find out each time I try it). And finding photos on this forum isn't exactly easy, either. So, we can start with "the original" pictures from ingineer. I'll quote the first one, and you can follow this link to see the rest of them:
viewtopic.php?f=4&t=3279#p77941

Image

You can see that there are two circuit boards behind the display and in front of the power meter. The display is the white thing on the right, and the power meter is the grey box on the left.

The left board (where the blue cable emerges) is an Ecotality board and they put their name on their boards. The board on the right is the processor board. The white cable with the ferrite slug around it is the cable to the LCD.

The best I could do for the processor board itself, was use a photo from the manufacturer's site:

Image

The LCD cable connector is at the upper right, so this should allow you to orient where the board is in the box. It is flipped over, so the parts in the photo face the rear of the box. This puts the SD card connector to the left. When you reach up you will find the card is just about flush with the edge of the board. Operation is mostly by feel. In my unit, there's little or no spring so you have to pull the card out manually. When you insert it again you want to make sure it clicks into place. Normally the spring would push it back out if it didn't engage, but if they are all like mine, you can't rely on the spring. I get the feeling our boards are not identical to the photo. That SD slot looks awfully big. We have micro-SD cards in ours.

As for obtaining a card, you can either image copy another one; find the posted file image and write the image to your card (the above are not for the faint of heart; maybe seek out the local whiz kid and have it him do it); have Blink or your friendly service guy give you one, or ... did the OP say they are now selling them to us?
And there goes the first capacity bar! At 24,000 mi on 9/9/2013.
Second bar at 30,500 mi on 2/7/2015.

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Re: how to swap a Blink SD card

Thu May 01, 2014 12:19 am

jpcvb wrote:...thefore I'm desperately condemned to have a useless Blink in my garage and will have to continue to use my 110 V socket instead ...
I suppose I should have mentioned that if you unplug that blue cable, your Blink will instantly turn into a mindless charging station. Just plug in and go. This is covered in that thread I linked to at the start of my post.
And there goes the first capacity bar! At 24,000 mi on 9/9/2013.
Second bar at 30,500 mi on 2/7/2015.

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Re: how to swap a Blink SD card

Sun Jan 25, 2015 9:29 pm

Where do find that "posted image file" for creating a new SD. Basically i want to switch from the commercial image to the residential image. I am currently charging off the unplugged "dumb" evse, and i want to play with full featured and see if it has any sort of reliability.

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Re: how to swap a Blink SD card

Mon Jan 26, 2015 11:56 am

ScotMac wrote:Where do find that "posted image file" for creating a new SD. Basically i want to switch from the commercial image to the residential image. I am currently charging off the unplugged "dumb" evse, and i want to play with full featured and see if it has any sort of reliability.

I'm pretty sure it is just a flag in the same image to go from commercial to residential, but I'm not sure which one it is. Here is the residential image: https://mega.co.nz/#!Kd12WSKY!M8rB7RJRglS7rH3Ig-pQmSvMVE4zwl3I13C49aHIvkU
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Re: how to swap a Blink SD card

Sat Feb 21, 2015 7:43 am

Brightonuk wrote:My SD card is bad so Blink sold me a replacement ...

What did the replacement micro SD card cost?

Your post is the first I have read of Blink selling replacement micro SD card.
Mine is likely bad and I have it working as dumb EVSE.
Was considering buying a card and using one of the software images others have posted, or getting an image from my neighbors Blink.

But if Blink cost for new card is reasonable, that may be the more reliable approach.

Were you able to locate the micro SD card and replace it with the new one from Blink?

Did you take any pictures clearly showing it's location?

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DarkStar
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Re: how to swap a Blink SD card

Mon Feb 23, 2015 3:31 pm

TimLee wrote:Were you able to locate the micro SD card and replace it with the new one from Blink?

With the cover off, the SD card pokes out of the bottom of the main board, just behind the screen. Press up on the card and it will eject downward. Replace the card by pressing up into the SD slot and it will secure into place.
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