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Re: Level 2 charging for 5-7 hours outdoors in the rain

Posted: Sun May 05, 2019 2:20 pm
by LeftieBiker
If you get torrential rain a lot, you can make an accordion-fold side curtain set for the charge port door. I think that has been done before.

Re: Level 2 charging for 5-7 hours outdoors in the rain

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 5:21 am
by Tsiah
lorenfb wrote:I always cover the port with plastic when rain is coming. Why not just have an additional level of water protection?

It's not necessary and kind of a waste of time. If the car has a problem it'll stop charging. The EVSE has internal ground fault protection too.

Re: Level 2 charging for 5-7 hours outdoors in the rain

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 6:13 am
by lorenfb
Tsiah wrote:
lorenfb wrote:I always cover the port with plastic when rain is coming. Why not just have an additional level of water protection?

It's not necessary and kind of a waste of time. If the car has a problem it'll stop charging. The EVSE has internal ground fault protection too.


That's your view! And you rely on Nissan's extensively testing that the car's system always just stops charging with no internal failures, right?

Re: Level 2 charging for 5-7 hours outdoors in the rain

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 9:11 am
by davewill
An oldie, but goodie. There used to be one that showed water streaming onto the charging port area while charging, but I couldn't find it.

https://youtu.be/nvp6pc9D2sU

Re: Level 2 charging for 5-7 hours outdoors in the rain

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 9:18 am
by BuffaloBillsfan
lorenfb wrote:
Tsiah wrote:
lorenfb wrote:I always cover the port with plastic when rain is coming. Why not just have an additional level of water protection?

It's not necessary and kind of a waste of time. If the car has a problem it'll stop charging. The EVSE has internal ground fault protection too.


That's your view! And you rely on Nissan's extensively testing that the car's system always just stops charging with no internal failures, right?


It's not a view that "The EVSE has internal ground fault protection too."

It's a fact

Re: Level 2 charging for 5-7 hours outdoors in the rain

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 12:22 pm
by lorenfb
BuffaloBillsfan wrote:
lorenfb wrote:
Tsiah wrote:It's not necessary and kind of a waste of time. If the car has a problem it'll stop charging. The EVSE has internal ground fault protection too.


That's your view! And you rely on Nissan's extensively testing that the car's system always just stops charging with no internal failures, right?


It's not a view that "The EVSE has internal ground fault protection too."

It's a fact


To each his own!

Re: Level 2 charging for 5-7 hours outdoors in the rain

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 1:35 pm
by danrjones
I charged last night, level 1 though, for about 8 hours and it rained over an inch during that time. All the gear out in the rain, using Nissan's charger.

As a side note, we get about 4" of rain a year, so for us, that's WET.




If it helps, I can rephrase it - I charged last night through a storm that dumped 25% of our annual rain.

Re: Level 2 charging for 5-7 hours outdoors in the rain

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 2:44 pm
by GlennD
It's not necessary and kind of a waste of time. If the car has a problem it'll stop charging. The EVSE has internal ground fault protection too.

Many of the Chinese EVSE's lack GFCI protection. As long as everything is OK they work fine but they lack the full J1772 specs.

Re: Level 2 charging for 5-7 hours outdoors in the rain

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 2:51 pm
by LeftieBiker
If it helps, I can rephrase it - I charged last night through a storm that dumped 25% of our annual rain.


That doesn't matter. The 1" was more relevant. When I had the whole unit outside right after getting my 2013, I improvised rain protection with a garbage bag taped over the EVSE brick and the plug connection. Others have used plastic storage boxes, with cutouts for the cords placed so that rain doesn't get in.

Re: Level 2 charging for 5-7 hours outdoors in the rain

Posted: Sat May 11, 2019 6:39 am
by jjeff
Just because you can doesn't make it correct :)
Seals wear out, don't always seat correctly 100% of the time, especially as things age. I also wouldn't want to get in my Leaf to go to work, expecting and needing a certain charge level, only to find out my Leaf stopped charging for one way or another, it would be bad. No for me anyway it would be worth the extra few seconds to try and help reduce the possibility of a charging failure, of course you may feel differently and that's fine too, to each his own :)