Glyndwr1998
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Is there a DIY upgrade from stock Nissan 3.3kw to 6.6kw charger (from the uk)

Wed Aug 31, 2016 3:51 am

Hi all,

I have seen some YouTube videos of guys in the states adding a brusa charger to a Nissan Leaf to give it an additional 3.3kw of charging power.

I was wondering, as nissans are now appearing in breakers yards, if anyone has taken a stock 6.6kw charger out of a wrecked gen2 leaf, and fitted it to a standard gen2 leaf with a 3.3kw charger.

This is something I may need to do on soon as I'm not sure if I will have enough charging power to charge the battery in my Nissan e-nv200 in between home to college journeys.
My son starts a specialist disabled college in a few weeks time, and I need to get enough energy into the battery in between getting home in after the morning run, and leaving to collect him in the afternoon. It's a 50 mile round trip.

If anyone has come across this type of project, please drop some info, if not any additional info on the brusa charger install would also be very helpful.

THANK YOU,

ANTHONY

LeftieBiker
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Re: Is there a DIY upgrade from stock Nissan 3.3kw to 6.6kw charger (from the uk)

Wed Aug 31, 2016 4:46 am

Do you have DCQC fast-charging stations where you live? At least one person has successfully equipped a Leaf that came without QC with this factory-only option. If you have a QC station to use, this would be the fastest way to charge in that time frame, by far.
2013 "Brilliant Silver" SV with Premium Package and no QC, and 2009 Vectrix VX-1 with 18 Leaf cells.

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Glyndwr1998
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Re: Is there a DIY upgrade from stock Nissan 3.3kw to 6.6kw charger (from the uk)

Wed Aug 31, 2016 8:47 am

Hi leftiebiker,

I do have a rapid charge port on the vehicle, but sadly in the uk, especially where I live, no rapid charge port anywhere on route or even nearby.

The nearest quick charge or rapid charge station to me is nearly 25 miles away, and that is also in the wrong direction to the college route I will have to take to get my son to and from college.

thanks.

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Re: Is there a DIY upgrade from stock Nissan 3.3kw to 6.6kw charger (from the uk)

Wed Aug 31, 2016 1:47 pm

I tought all gen 2 Leafs with quick charge have the 6 kW charger, at least in US.

I recall that somebody got a 6 kW charger from ebay, and it did fit gen 2 Leaf and charged at 6 kW. I will try to find the tread. He was then trying to add the quick charge port.

There was also the (20kW) quick charger built by Valery (?), from JuiceBox. No change to the car required. $$$
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5.7kW DC System:

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Re: Is there a DIY upgrade from stock Nissan 3.3kw to 6.6kw charger (from the uk)

Wed Aug 31, 2016 2:35 pm

I tought all gen 2 Leafs with quick charge have the 6 kW charger, at least in US.


No. The 6.6kw charger was introduced in 2013, so any 2011-2012 Leaf with QC has the slow 3.3kw charger. You are confusing it with this: any Leaf S with a QC port also has the 6.6kw charger. The S was also introduced in 2013, but if an S doesn't have QC, it also lacks the faster charger.
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Glyndwr1998
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Re: Is there a DIY upgrade from stock Nissan 3.3kw to 6.6kw charger (from the uk)

Wed Aug 31, 2016 3:21 pm

Hi camasleaf,

It would be great if you could find that thread or info.
In the uk, all leafs sold have the quick charge Chademo port plus either a type 1 3.3 kW charger port or a 6.6kw charger, the 6.6 was an optional extra at point of order.
I think on the gen1.5 and 2 the charger sits up front under the inverter, and i am not sure, but think the 6.6 upgrade was just an extra 3.3 sat on top of the existing 3.3 charger, making the assembly alittle heigher under the bonnet or hood.
Don't quote me on that though, it's little info I have managed the get hold of, but it may be wrong, that's why I'm a trying to get good info from the experts here.

Thanks.





camasleaf wrote:I tought all gen 2 Leafs with quick charge have the 6 kW charger, at least in US.

I recall that somebody got a 6 kW charger from ebay, and it did fit gen 2 Leaf and charged at 6 kW. I will try to find the tread. He was then trying to add the quick charge port.

There was also the (20kW) quick charger built by Valery (?), from JuiceBox. No change to the car required. $$$

Glyndwr1998
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Re: Is there a DIY upgrade from stock Nissan 3.3kw to 6.6kw charger (from the uk)

Wed Aug 31, 2016 3:45 pm

Hi,

I just watched a YouTube video of a motor drive unit charger and inverter tear down and it looks pretty difficult, so I'd say by what I've just seen its a no go.

It seems then that the option may be to install a brusa charger as an extra charger in tandem with the vehicles charger, so any info on this would be great.
Thanks.

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Re: Is there a DIY upgrade from stock Nissan 3.3kw to 6.6kw charger (from the uk)

Wed Aug 31, 2016 11:24 pm

camasleaf wrote:I tought all gen 2 Leafs with quick charge have the 6 kW charger, at least in US.


In Europe the 6kW-charger is an option all across the range. However, the QC-port is usually standard. I believe that it is only the lowest spec (the Visia, the equivalent to S-spec in the US) which does not come with QC-port as standard.

Glyndwr1998
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Re: Is there a DIY upgrade from stock Nissan 3.3kw to 6.6kw charger (from the uk)

Thu Sep 01, 2016 11:24 am

Done alittle more research today, there's a way to install a brusa charger in a booster mode, this mode enables the charger to work alongside the cars existing charger with the same power without any connections to the canbus, so it should be an easier install.
Any info anywhere on this set up?

Thanks

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Re: Is there a DIY upgrade from stock Nissan 3.3kw to 6.6kw charger (from the uk)

Wed Sep 07, 2016 1:27 am

DIY upgrade from stock Nissan 3.3kw to 6.6kw charger here:

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