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Lock/seal/tag on your Blink unit?

Posted: Sat May 14, 2011 11:02 am
by Volusiano
I got my Blink installed yesterday. The tech said that it's supposed to come with a lock/seal/tag to prevent owners from opening up the unit and mess around inside. He said if you need service and they don't see it on your unit, they're going to assume that you broke the lock/seal off and may refuse servicing the unit because it could have been already tampered with by the owner. He said he'd give me a confirmation paperwork in writing from him that the unit doesn't come with a lock.

But then he forgot to give it to me at the end when he was done and I forgot to ask. I had to send him an email to ask him to send it to me when he sends me the permit paperwork.

I wonder how many other people's Blink units come with a lock/seal.

Re: Lock/seal/tag on your Blink unit?

Posted: Sat May 14, 2011 12:11 pm
by TennLeafer
I had the same lock on my unit. That is, I DID have the lock. The state electrical inspector took the unit apart, and never replaced the tag.

Re: Lock/seal/tag on your Blink unit?

Posted: Sat May 14, 2011 12:14 pm
by gbarry42
No seal on mine, assuming I know what I'm looking at.

Re: Lock/seal/tag on your Blink unit?

Posted: Sat May 14, 2011 12:17 pm
by turbo2ltr
No seal, mine hasn't been together since 20 minutes after the installer left. It's probably about time I put it back together though..

Re: Lock/seal/tag on your Blink unit?

Posted: Sat May 14, 2011 1:34 pm
by Randy
Mine has a black plastic "Blink" tag with a metal ring that was installed when the unit was put in. The installer took a digital photo of it in place for their records. It looks like a utility meter seal, except it is black...

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Re: Lock/seal/tag on your Blink unit?

Posted: Sat May 14, 2011 1:53 pm
by whoami
As I said previously it really doesn't matter because you can slip the outer black ring over the seal/lock. Its a brillant mechanical design!

Re: Lock/seal/tag on your Blink unit?

Posted: Mon May 30, 2011 2:18 pm
by gbarry42
In a rare moment, I read the Owner's manual. While I can believe that the blink people could use the seal to qualify your warranty (and they could believe it, too), that doesn't seem to be its purpose.

Seems the Blnk can be used as an actual Electric Meter. They claim ANSI C12.20 conformance (no I don't know what that is) but of course your local utility would have to accept that, and so on, but the possibility is there. It's all on page 3, ending with this statement: "Your blink charging system installer can install this seal on request."

So, it's an option :)