mikek
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Didn't charge last night!?!

Thu Jun 30, 2011 9:15 pm

I picked up my leaf on May 5th and painfully trickle charged for a few weeks while I waited for my "free" Blink to be installed. After about a week we set up the timers on the leaf.

The blink is set to "Always charge immediately when I plug in". The car is set to charge between 12:01am and 9:00am. It has worked consistently until last night when it just didn't. This sucked. Any ideas?

derkraut
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Location: San Diego vicinity

Re: Didn't charge last night!?!

Thu Jun 30, 2011 9:34 pm

You've probably already checked this, but----I assume you're using the Leaf timer #1? If so, be sure you have it activated for all 7 days of the week. If you don't need to charge on a specific night, just don't plug it in. When you exit the car, be sure the timer is activated. It will show briefly on the display in front of the steering wheel. When you plug in the blink, be sure the three blue lights on top of the dash sequence off and on---I think they do this for about 15 minutes.
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Re: Didn't charge last night!?!

Thu Jun 30, 2011 9:57 pm

mikek wrote:I picked up my leaf on May 5th and painfully trickle charged for a few weeks while I waited for my "free" Blink to be installed. After about a week we set up the timers on the leaf.

The blink is set to "Always charge immediately when I plug in". The car is set to charge between 12:01am and 9:00am. It has worked consistently until last night when it just didn't. This sucked. Any ideas?
I don't have any idea but I can tell you that I had a very similar experience but mine happened on tuesday. Blink tech support didn't have any ideas. It was also the first time I ever had a problem with my nightly charging. I'm in San Diego too.
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mikek
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Re: Didn't charge last night!?!

Thu Jun 30, 2011 10:25 pm

I just double-checked the charging timer. Timer 1, every day.

I don't remember if the blue lights blinked in sequence last night or not... I'll be sure and watch for this.

My co-worker thought that perhaps Blink did a software push and that the unit did not properly reset? I now have Firmware Version: L2R.1.6A, 035A, , 1.10

Going through the Blink system log there are a bunch of errors. Most recently there are quite a few MINIKIT "Could not open ad loop file" errors?!?

-Mike

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Re: Didn't charge last night!?!

Fri Jul 01, 2011 7:46 am

mikek wrote:Going through the Blink system log there are a bunch of errors. Most recently there are quite a few MINIKIT "Could not open ad loop file" errors?!?
Check your "Plug-in event" and "Charging event" and "Power event" log on the Blink network reporting as well--it might give you an idea about what happened. If there is no plug-in event at the time you remember connecting the Leaf that night, it may be that the plug did not get pushed in all the way to lock or something? Then see if the Blink tried to start charging when the Leaf timer triggered and if any electricity at all was passed. I have the same firmware, am also in SD, and had no problem with charging last night (or any night, for that matter, even when the Blink log shows lots of errors like yours), FWIW, but my Blink is hard-wired to my TWC router.

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Re: Didn't charge last night!?!

Fri Jul 01, 2011 8:15 am

Whenever I have a night where charge is really critical I use the Nissan modified EVSE so I know there are no Blink issues. I have to hand it to Blink for making something so unreliable, if they rushed the build at least they could have had them all installed in the public on time or at least more than zero in the bay area. They must be working on their next design:)

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Re: Didn't charge last night!?!

Fri Jul 01, 2011 8:48 am

My Blink failed to overnight charge once, and refused to charge the Leaf at all after that. I pulled its AC plug, waited a few seconds, plugged it back in, and it has been OK since.
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Re: Didn't charge last night!?!

Fri Jul 01, 2011 8:51 am

mikek wrote:I just double-checked the charging timer. Timer 1, every day.

I don't remember if the blue lights blinked in sequence last night or not... I'll be sure and watch for this.

My co-worker thought that perhaps Blink did a software push and that the unit did not properly reset? I now have Firmware Version: L2R.1.6A, 035A, , 1.10

Going through the Blink system log there are a bunch of errors. Most recently there are quite a few MINIKIT "Could not open ad loop file" errors?!?

-Mike
Odds are that your J1772 nozzle wasn't plugged in all the way into the LEAF. That usually ends up being 95% of the problem.
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Re: Didn't charge last night!?!

Fri Jul 01, 2011 9:01 am

DarkStar wrote: Odds are that your J1772 nozzle wasn't plugged in all the way into the LEAF. That usually ends up being 95% of the problem.
Great point. One of the problems with using the timers is that you don't get that immediate feedback, which is why I've gone to immediate charging. If for some reason I don't want to plug in at certain times I don't plug in then. It's a less sophisticated approach but 100% reliable. Not so workable of course if you want to start charging at one in the morning.

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Re: Didn't charge last night!?!

Fri Jul 01, 2011 9:13 am

DarkStar wrote: Odds are that your J1772 nozzle wasn't plugged in all the way into the LEAF. That usually ends up being 95% of the problem.
Just so. The key feedback elements when plugging in are:

Audible thunks from relays in the car
Blink comes to life momentarily (couple of seconds), says Charging, then Not Charging
Blue dashboard LEDs start blinking in sequence, for 15 minutes

Also, if you've got carwings set up for alerts and you don't successfully plug in, an email or text will be sent saying you are parked near a preferred charging location (your home EVSE) but not plugged in. This comes from the car, not the Blink.

Verifying the first 3 above when you plug in will go a long way toward ensuring a successful charge. The basic ability of the Blink to deliver a charge seems somewhat insulated from issues with communication, networking, etc.
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