I've got a "Defiant Heavy Duty Timer" from Home Depot. SKU 457-864:
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Defiant-15- ... /203678095
Defiant model: GE5374-71L3
125 VAC 60 hz
15a General Purpose/Resistive
125 VAC 60 hz 1/2 HP
Made in China
With my 2015 Nissan Leaf 'S' without TechPackage and without CarWings/NissanConnect, I've found the built-in timer to be difficult to use. It can be more trouble than the hassle is worth.
I'm considering using a three-prong digital timer. It's described on the package/web-site as "Heavy Duty", but this non-electrician thinks of it as "Medium Duty". To me, two-prongs without ground would be "Light Duty".
We’re retired without a commute. Each day is different. I want to avoid charging past 90%.
The timer would go into the 110v outlet in the garage; the EVSE would plug into that; and then plug into the Leaf J-1772 connector. I wouldn’t be using the “7 Day Programmability” feature.
What could go wrong? ;-(
Rather than cross my fingers, I thought I'd check first with this forum. Do one or more of the following apply?
- Flawed idea. Don't even try.
- BAD IDEA!!! We're sending the fire department in advance of need.
- Could be hard on the EVSE?
- Should work fine, as that is something the person making the reply does.
- Proceed Cautiously: OK if timer gets slightly warm? Also check EVSE.
- Flawed if timer gets noticeably warm ... but can be reasonably tolerated
- Dangerous if very warm / hot.
- Maybe try it with a 1500 watt hair dryer first?