gonefishin
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Anyone Convert a Blink EVSE to Open EVSE?

Fri Jun 30, 2017 3:16 pm

Has anyone had experience converting the Blink EVSE to Open EVSE using their kits? I've read the Open EVSE instructions and it seems pretty straightforward to rip out all the guts of the Blink reusing the 240V cable, J1772 cable, and Cutler Hammer AC Contactor. I've had no problems with my J1772 cable so far.

Their kits range from $104 for just an LED to $149 for a color LCD. I'm uncertain if I need the LCD at all, and whether I should pay another $100 to get their tiny enclosure. Also, I'm hoping to get a Tesla Model 3 at some point. Will there be any problems connecting to both the Leaf (I plan to keep min) and the Tesla? I heard that there's a converter plug to the Tesla plug.

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Marktm
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Re: Anyone Convert a Blink EVSE to Open EVSE?

Fri Jun 30, 2017 5:06 pm

OpenEVSE has a forum on which you could ask your questions - If you don't hear back from Chris on this forum.
2012 Leaf SL; 36,000 miles. Battery replaced November 1st, 2016.
Rural cabin with 6750 watts Grid tied PV. Off-grid solar Leaf charging capable (level II).

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Randy
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Re: Anyone Convert a Blink EVSE to Open EVSE?

Fri Jun 30, 2017 5:12 pm

A couple of years ago, I converted my Blink to an eBay sale, bought a workhorse Clipper Creek CS40 on eBay, and had $100 left over...

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Re: Anyone Convert a Blink EVSE to Open EVSE?

Fri Jun 30, 2017 6:04 pm

gonefishin wrote:I'm uncertain if I need the LCD at all, and whether I should pay another $100 to get their tiny enclosure.

You should definitely get the LCD, IMHO (unless you can find a way to repurpose the Blink's display, which would be even better). You shouldn't need a case if you're satisfied with the Blink's case (large, but stylin', IMHO).

I had intended to do this conversion, but haven't yet. I just have my broken Blink sitting on a shelf for now, alongside my broken OpenEVSE.

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