I'm pretty sure that the handle that's broken on existing CHAdeMO units is a little red handle on the side, not the big beefy handle pictured here. The handle was redesigned to remove the little red handle that broke easily.richard wrote:No wonder all those handles are bring broken by the newbies. I would have tried every no-no in this video. This design doesn't seem foolproof at all.
Here's a recent post that indicates the black handle broke in the most recent case at Mitsu Cypress.drees wrote: Perhaps someone who has used the Mitsubishi Cypress QC unit can comment on whether it's handle had the red lever or not...
The handle does not break, is the gear inside that gets locked somehow. See the post below:drees wrote:It must take some skill to break the black handle - the handle looks pretty beefy. Anyone have any idea how people are breaking it?
I would be seriously upset if I were a QC station owner that had to shell out thousands of bucks every month because the handle broke...
camasleaf wrote:If you watch the video you can see that the release button moves down and up while the handle is squeezed. So maybe pushing the release button did help unlock the handle !camasleaf wrote:Last Sunday I stopped by Fred Meyer for a quick charge. I put the plug in and tried to squeeze the black handle but did not move. Tried a few times to reset the plug but it still did not work. I did not try to force it. I was disappointed that it does not work (I would have driven to downtown to use one of the other two QCs). I tried one more time and while slightly squeezing the handle I lightly pushed the release button. I heard a light click and handle released and I was able to squeeze it. I only charged for about 10 minutes and around noon I came back to charge to 80%. This time the handle worked just fine.DarkStar wrote: Caution:
1- Do not squeeze the black handle with any force at all. If it doesn't move easily, it isn't inserted correctly.
2- When inserting the connector, do not squeeze thee black handle until the connector is fully inserted in the receptacle.
3- Once inserted, gently squeeze the black handle. It should move effortlessly. The back part of the blue handle moves forward towards the receptacle.
Could it be that people walking by squeeze the handle and cause it to lock? Did pushing the release button really help? If you have problems try the release button, but remember I did not have to use any force.