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Re: Nissan Leaf EVSE upgrade - Reviews? Reliable?

Fri Aug 22, 2014 10:17 am

We installed a GE unit at the house but will also get the EVSE upgrade to help with portable solutions for road trips. The trickle charger just was / a last resort method. As a daily drive of 50 miles at under 55 for the most part , it could not keep up the demand. By day 5 I drove an ICE or bummed juice from a public charger for 45 min. Now it is wonderful !!!
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Re: Nissan Leaf EVSE upgrade - Reviews? Reliable?

Fri Aug 22, 2014 12:53 pm

TonyWilliams wrote:
johnrhansen wrote:I say get both. The advantage of the wall unit is that it will allow the car to charge at its maximum rate of approx 6.6 kw, while the evse upgrade unit will only do 4.8 kw.
Of course, there are portable solutions that will also provide up to the 6.6kW / 30 amps (or more) that a Nissan LEAF requires:

http://shop.quickchargepower.com/search ... ords=Jesla" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Yeah, but it's a thousand dollars. You could buy both the evse upgrade and the siemens unit for that. The only time I need full charging ability on the road is if I am actually sitting around in the middle of the day where there is no charging station while waiting for my car to charge. I think in the past year that was 5 times. so I'll save the 750 bucks and wait maybe 15 extra hours total. Not quite what my doctor or lawyer earn, but a respectable wage nonetheless. But if you ask me, the ideal would be both the Jesla and the EVSE upgrade. then you have a backup on the road too. Maybe my doctor or layer could afford that.
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Re: Nissan Leaf EVSE upgrade - Reviews? Reliable?

Fri Aug 22, 2014 1:00 pm

Hi

So the EVSE upgrade to operate at maximum charge capacity still needs a 220v electrical outlet right?

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Re: Nissan Leaf EVSE upgrade - Reviews? Reliable?

Fri Aug 22, 2014 1:01 pm

240, yes; we have not had 220 (or 110) in the U.S. for quite some time.
Eire32 wrote:So the EVSE upgrade to operate at maximum charge capacity still needs a 220v electrical outlet right?
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Re: Nissan Leaf EVSE upgrade - Reviews? Reliable?

Fri Aug 22, 2014 1:18 pm

maybe there's a huge electric motor on the circuit.
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Re: Nissan Leaf EVSE upgrade - Reviews? Reliable?

Fri Aug 22, 2014 1:24 pm

Mottyski82 wrote:... My only complaint might be the twisting of the cord, but there's probably a method discussed on this forum to help keep the cord looking prettier... I just don't care enough to bother.

http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.p ... 48#p205160" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
The first video is left handed.
The two videos later in the thread are right handed.
http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.p ... 50#p382039" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Don't abuse the cord!
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Re: Nissan Leaf EVSE upgrade - Reviews? Reliable?

Fri Aug 22, 2014 8:58 pm

I've been using EVSE upgrade to charge my LEAF since I got it more than 2½ years ago. One advantage of the upgraded Nissan/Panasonic EVSE is that it is very robust and reliable, as well as being portable. EVSE upgrade has done thousands of upgrades and problems with them are exceedingly rare.

The idea that 20 Amps (4.8 kW) will be too slow for home use strikes me as unlikely, since most people charge overnight. Mine is only 16 Amps and I rarely charge for more than an hour or two at a time. Even for those who drive a lot of miles per day, the difference between 20 Amp (~16 miles/hour) charging and 27.5 Amp (~24 miles/hour) charging is pretty trivial for home use. The real advantage of the 6.0 kW charger on the later models of LEAF is for using public charge stations where you are waiting for enough miles to be added to the car to continue your trip. At home? Not so much.

However, if you need to use your portable EVSE away from home on a regular basis, which is fairly uncommon for most LEAFers, the hassle of using the same one as your home EVSE makes getting a separate wall mount (or portable) EVSE at home much more convenient. But most people simply do not use or need the portable EVSE on the road on a daily basis. Depends on your situation.

My 2¢.
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Re: Nissan Leaf EVSE upgrade - Reviews? Reliable?

Sat Aug 23, 2014 12:05 am

Today I drove 150 miles on the freeway mostly. Went home twice. Charged both times and left again. My house is my base. I need full speed charging sometimes. If you know it will be this way for you get the wall mount. If you know it wont get the evse upgrade. If you aren't sure get the evse upgrade, and if even once if you wished your car would charge faster, get the wall mount at that point. No harm in having a backup!
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Re: Nissan Leaf EVSE upgrade - Reviews? Reliable?

Sat Aug 23, 2014 9:39 am

wait a second!! who says the EVSE upgrade only does 4.8 KW? pretty sure mine is programmable up to 25 amps or 6 KW? and yes that would require a 40 amp circuit but you could also set it for 24 amps (5.76 KW) and a 30 amp circuit would work just fine.

I think the portability, price and adjustability of the EVSE upgrade makes this a no brainer decision

as far as speed, mine is only set to 4.8 KW but ONLY because I am using the worst breaker panel in use (been banned for over 15 years) today. Because of that, I chose not to push the limits and I have been fine. Just a few hours is all I need to get a significant boost in range. more than a few times, I have had tight turnaround times and have yet to come up short
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Re: Nissan Leaf EVSE upgrade - Reviews? Reliable?

Sat Aug 23, 2014 9:50 am

DaveinOlyWA wrote:wait a second!! who says the EVSE upgrade only does 4.8 KW? pretty sure mine is programmable up to 25 amps or 6 KW? and yes that would require a 40 amp circuit but you could also set it for 24 amps (5.76 KW) and a 30 amp circuit would work just fine.
...
The evseupgrade.com web site says so Dave.
2013 forward modified only goes to 20 amps, needs 30 amp circuit.
2011 or 2012 modified only goes to 16 amps, needs 20 amp circuit.

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