Luft
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Location: Tenino, WA

Too much data... Is the Blink reliable?

Tue Jun 28, 2011 10:22 am

Woo-Hoo! My Estimated delivery date has been bumped up to August! It's time to get serious about EVSE.

I'm leaning toward the Blink but I've read about so many problems on this forum. Many of the posts are old, however.

Can someone give me a quick status report? Is the Blink reliable? Also can the blink be mounted outdoors in a carport?

Thanks.
Luft
Tenino, Washington
Red SL + QC
Reserved: 05/10/2011
Ordered: 05/11/2011
Estimated Delivery Date: Month of August 2011
Delivered September 17, 2011
VIN # 007166

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TomT
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Delivery Date: 01 Mar 2011
Leaf Number: 000360
Location: California, now Georgia
Contact: Website

Re: Too much data... Is the Blink reliable?

Tue Jun 28, 2011 10:26 am

Luft wrote:Is the Blink reliable? With the current firmware, yes.
Also can the blink be mounted outdoors in a carport? Yep, no problem.
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ahagge
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Delivery Date: 02 Jul 2011
Leaf Number: 5175
Location: Northridge, CA

Re: Too much data... Is the Blink reliable?

Mon Jul 18, 2011 7:49 am

Is the Blink reliable? - Yes, except for two things:
  • The wireless networking is EXTREMELY short range (Ecotality keeps throwing around 30' to your wireless router, with no walls in between). Most people hoping to connect wirelessly have been forced to seek other solutions (running CAT-5 cable, Power Line Networking adapters or in my case, a Netgear WN3000RP WiFi Range Extender (with a CAT-5 cable to the Blink).
  • The unit seems to reboot itself occasionally - reason is unclear (possibly hardware issue, possibly firmware auto-update, likely just a software bug). Many have reported this on this forum, so it's not just my unit.
The above said, my unit has never failed to give me a correct charge when hooked up correctly.

Also can the blink be mounted outdoors in a carport? - I believe the answer is "yes", but call them to make sure.

Disclaimer: I've only had it for two weeks...
Ocean Blue SL-e
Per LEAF Spy as of 06/26/18: 11 bars, 222 GIDs, 53.4 AHr on new (04/30/15) Lizard battery (1st bar lost 12/22/17)
Orig. battery lost 4th bar at 177 GIDs, 43.19 AHr, 44.74 Hx, 65% SOH after 45 months

oakwcj
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Delivery Date: 19 May 2011
Leaf Number: 2441
Location: Oakland, CA

Re: Too much data... Is the Blink reliable?

Mon Jul 18, 2011 8:35 am

The Blink is weatherproof. It's mounted on the exterior wall of my house in the driveway. With an outdoor installation, the EVSE is hardwired. It has always provided electricity to the LEAF at the proper times using the car's timer. The unit has required one reboot in a month, but the internet connection has no effect on charging.
Cayenne Red SL-e
Blink Installed 6/23/11

DarkStar
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Delivery Date: 25 Mar 2011
Leaf Number: 568
Location: Hillsboro, Oregon, USA
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Re: Too much data... Is the Blink reliable?

Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:23 am

My Blink is installed in our carport. Works great!
Mikiko (2011 Nissan LEAF ETEC) Status:
Reserved: 04/20/10 | Ordered: 10/01/10 | EV Project Blink Installed: 03/22/11 | Delivered: 03/25/11 | VIN: 568

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