ASepic wrote:Hi Leafers,
I just bought my first Leaf (a 2012) yesterday. I am completely in love with it and found myself laughing when I passed the gas station and was looking at the people at the pump.
One BIG question I have right off the bat is how 'should' you charge your Leaf at home? The manual suggests a Level 2 charger at 220-240V for the 'normal' charging procedure at home. But the previous owner told me he's only ever used the trickle charger at home and never had a problem with it not being completely charged in the morning. The manual recommends not doing this as it would reduce battery life. I spoke to another friend who has a 2015 Leaf and he as well only uses a trickle charge at home and said he heard that the trickle charge is best for longer battery life.
SO what's the official Modus Operandi? What's the consensus on this?
Perfect info and advice, exactly what I would say, except that I've used L1 for nearly seven years. It works perfectly under my low use pattern (still under 50,000 mi).RonDawg wrote:The biggest reasons I think Nissan discourages L1 except as a last resort are:
1. Reduced level of satisfaction with the car, because it takes forever to charge
2. Potential fire issues when using an existing garage outlet, unless you have had an electrician inspect it or your home is fairly new
3. High likelihood that your garage outlet is on a circuit with other outlets, and the EVSE really needs to be the only thing on that circuit
That said, my first 9 months with my Leaf I charged using L1. But I used an outlet that was not on a shared circuit (central vacuum system no longer working properly) and periodically checked it for signs of overheating. And my range needs were such that replenishing what I used the day before still took less than 8 hours even at L1 speeds.
flydiver wrote:There's HUGE amounts of info about stuff like this. You might read over this short thread for a better idea.
110v charging is fine, but take a long time.
220v is more convenient, but you may spend a fair chunk of change getting a 220v ESVE and an outlet. Set me back about $1100 when it was all done.