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what level am I charging at?

Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:28 pm

This seems like a stupid question to me, but can I tell what level the car is charging at? Some chargers in my area don't have displays, and I'm not sure they're all maxxing the L2 charge port (@ 3.3kW). Seems the car should provide some way to indicate charge level in real-time. I'm looking for some indication in the car, not from the smart phone apps.

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Re: what level am I charging at?

Thu Feb 23, 2012 10:28 pm

Any time you find a public J1772 you will be doing 208 or 240V @ 16A.

The only time you would do L1 (120V@12A) is when using the portable EVSE plugged into a household outlet.

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Re: what level am I charging at?

Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:43 am

There is no way to tell, that I am aware of, short of attaching extra instrumentation. The best you can do is compare the time it took and the amount of charge you got, meaning you can find out after the fact. Nonetheless it should turn out as TEG described.
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Re: what level am I charging at?

Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:47 am

The iPhone and iPad APPs gives you the answer.
Probably the computer URL too.
It delineates the charge by name, as well as indicating by stating how long to go.
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Re: what level am I charging at?

Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:29 am

I used a free chargepoint charger at Sea World. I called the phone number posted on the charger to activate it. The person who activated it gave me the option of 120 or 240.

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Re: what level am I charging at?

Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:33 am

120v is "Level 1"
240v is "Level 2"

I think that the LEAF's dashboard does not tell you which is being used.

The SOC-Meter shows you Power into the Battery Pack, about:
1 kW for L1 charging
2 kW for L2 at 12 amps
3 kW for L2 at 16 amps.
See SOC/GID-Meter and CAN-Do Info
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Re: what level am I charging at?

Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:56 am

daleandwendy wrote:I used a free chargepoint charger at Sea World. I called the phone number posted on the charger to activate it. The person who activated it gave me the option of 120 or 240.
Had you chosen 120V you would have had to plug your Nissan L1 EVSE into a standard plug that some Chargepoints have behind a locking door to use it. The J1772 plug on the Chargepoint is always L2 (240v or 208v).
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Re: what level am I charging at?

Fri Feb 24, 2012 11:27 am

...nothing to see here.... ;)
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Re: what level am I charging at?

Fri Feb 24, 2012 1:47 pm

Nubo wrote:If all else fails, you can take a direct measurement

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http://www.cabletiesandmore.com/america ... -p-614.php

Actually, no. If you just clamp this around the J1772 cable, you're read 0 amps. You need to actually split out one of the conductors and clamp that. When you clamp the entire cable, you read one conductor with current going one way and the other conductor with current going the other way; they cancel out.
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Re: what level am I charging at?

Fri Feb 24, 2012 2:10 pm

DoxyLover wrote:When you clamp the entire cable, you read one conductor with current going one way and the other conductor with current going the other way; they cancel out.

...you hope! :lol:

May as well spring for one that does DC amps, too. I recently picked up a decent one for about $100.
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