GerryAZ
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Re: Just Took Delivery - What do You Wish You Knew When You Got Started...

Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:57 am

V8BoatBuilder wrote:
GlennD wrote:Most here like Clipper Creek EVSE's I use and build OpenEVSE units. I understand the Amazing EVSE on Amazon is made by Clipper Creek. It is only 16A cut it will do the job overnight. At less than $200 it is hard to turn down.

There is also the Chinese units. They lack GFCI protection but they are less than $200 on Amazon.


Since I have 208v at my shop, I am thinking of getting a OpenEVSE kit and taking the Nissan's EVSE J1772 cord to round it out (Nissan EVSE won't work on 208). Thoughts?


I would leave the Nissan unit intact and keep it in the car for emergencies since it will work fine on 120V or 240V and is covered by the 5-year EV system warranty (assuming warranty on 2018 is similar to 2011 and 2015). If you go the OpenEVSE route, get a high-quality connector and cable to match its maximum output. If you may be driving during the day and need to recharge quickly, get an EVSE that will supply 30 amperes or more (assuming you have adequate power panel capacity). If you have existing welding (NEMA 6-50), RV (NEMA 14-50), or air conditioner/power tool (NEMA 6-20 or 6-30) receptacles, you can get Clipper Creek units with appropriate plugs and current ratings to use those existing receptacles. Supply cords on the Clipper Creek units are only 12 inches long overall (to comply with electrical codes and standards) so it can be a challenge to mount the unit within reach of an existing receptacle.

I have a Clipper Creek HCS-50P at my workshop that works fine on 208V. I could not conveniently mount it within reach of the existing RV receptacle so I mounted it on a pedestal which is on casters so I can roll it out of the way when not in use. I bought a 15-foot RV extension cord to plug it in to the receptacle.
Gerry
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Re: Just Took Delivery - What do You Wish You Knew When You Got Started...

Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:59 pm

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the Zencar 32A portable EVSE is hard to beat on value. It's not GFCI protected though.
Vancouver, CA owner of a 2013 Ocean Blue SV + QC, purchased 01/2017 in WA
Zencar 12/20/24/30A L1/L2 portable EVSE
1-1/4" Curt #11396 hitch
After market, DIY LED DRLs
LeafSpy Pro + Konnwei KW902 ELM327 BT OBDII dongle
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alozzy
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Re: Just Took Delivery - What do You Wish You Knew When You Got Started...

Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:01 pm

In case you are interested in the Zencar EVSE I mentioned...

http://www.e-zencar.net/product/evse-32a/
Last edited by alozzy on Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:20 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Vancouver, CA owner of a 2013 Ocean Blue SV + QC, purchased 01/2017 in WA
Zencar 12/20/24/30A L1/L2 portable EVSE
1-1/4" Curt #11396 hitch
After market, DIY LED DRLs
LeafSpy Pro + Konnwei KW902 ELM327 BT OBDII dongle
Loving my first BEV :D

GlennD
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Re: Just Took Delivery - What do You Wish You Knew When You Got Started...

Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:06 pm

alozzy wrote:At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the Zencar 32A portable EVSE is hard to beat on value. It's not GFCI protected though.


THAT IS THE PROBLEM.with CHINESE EVSE'S. they usually work fine but they do not meet the J1772 SPEC SINCE IT REQUIRES GFCI, i RAN MY OpenEVSE IN THE EARLY DAYS WITHOUT GFCI NOW THE ENTIRE GFCI circuit is tested at power up. I think it is unique in that respect.
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alozzy
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Re: Just Took Delivery - What do You Wish You Knew When You Got Started...

Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:34 pm

To each his/her own...

I was a little unlucky in that, a few months after purchasing an EVSE, my local government introduced a rebate program that covers the first $750 (has to be installed by a qualified electrician) towards an EVSE. I would likely have purchased a hard wired, wall mounted EVSE under that program...

Having said that, a portable EVSE, that supports a wide range of supply voltages and with multiple amperage set points, is super nice. My family does lots of camping in the summer, so having the flexibility to charge at 120V, 208V, and 240V, and at max (safe) amperage levels based on that supply, is a huge benefit at RV parks. Even at home, I was able to install a NEMA 14-30R and use the 24A set point on the Zencar - something that few EVSEs offer.
Vancouver, CA owner of a 2013 Ocean Blue SV + QC, purchased 01/2017 in WA
Zencar 12/20/24/30A L1/L2 portable EVSE
1-1/4" Curt #11396 hitch
After market, DIY LED DRLs
LeafSpy Pro + Konnwei KW902 ELM327 BT OBDII dongle
Loving my first BEV :D

mkwilkes
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Re: Just Took Delivery - What do You Wish You Knew When You Got Started...

Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:39 pm

Don't forget to apply for State and Federal EV charger tax credits. In 2017, it was a 30% Federal credit (form 8911) and was 50% in my state of Oregon. I am very satisfied with my Siemens Level 2 charger at just $430. Several friends have the same unit, too, and all are very pleased with it.

https://www.amazon.com/Siemens-US2-Vers ... rger&psc=1
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2015 LEAF S (Red)
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