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Re: I have asked my Blink EVSE to be removed

Tue Oct 25, 2011 8:17 pm

shrink wrote:
Spies wrote:Just curious but how is your Blink connected to the network? Are you using the built in WiFi? I personally had nothing but problems with my Blink unit using the built in wireless but I have since been using an external WiFi to ethernet bridge without issue and will eventually run wired ethernet. I know it sounds odd that the built in WiFi would cause charging problems but it did for me.
It's Wi-Fi but only about 20 feet away. The connection has always been solid. One of the troubleshooting steps the electricians did was to hook it up via Ethernet and we still had the same issue. I remember staring at the car plugged into the Blink with the timer bypass button on and it still was not charging. The Blink was hooked up via Ethernet to my router at the time.

Wouldn't internet connectivity affect data transmission only? I don't see why that would affect charging, but who knows with this thing.

I really need just need a reliable charge, which the Blink is not providing and which Blink has been slow to troubleshoot. I'm just annoyed they blamed the car and that I have to take more of my time to try to get this fixed. It's more of a hassle than its worth.
Assuming the Blink charger isn't defective and your Wifi router isn't the culprit either, here's what I'd recommend to try:

Use WEP security. Set your router's DHCP to renew client IP addresses every couple of hours.

This doesn't interfere with any of your existing clients connected.

In any case, I would persist with the Blink (since it is free anyways) and work with ECOtality until it gets resolved. IF I had paid out of my own pocket for it, it's a different story.

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Re: I have asked my Blink EVSE to be removed

Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:08 pm

My blink fails to charge 40% of the time. I am used to it. I just have to unplug it and plug it in again... then go to my car and unplug the charger handle and plug it back in to the port and it works. The software is a disaster and it freezes every few days. I just don't use a timer.
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Re: I have asked my Blink EVSE to be removed

Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:44 pm

shrink wrote:Wouldn't internet connectivity affect data transmission only? I don't see why that would affect charging, but who knows with this thing.
You are correct. Early on, when it was having problems connecting to the WiFi, I used it anyway, and it never failed to charge, but they and I had no data. Even with all the errors, auto reboots, etc., it has never failed to charge.
As to SanDust's idea, it has to be connected or they would probably come and get it anyway. At least that is what the agreement says that we signed.
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Re: I have asked my Blink EVSE to be removed

Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:38 pm

shrink wrote:Selling is a thought, but I wouldn't want to sell this unit to anyone else. However, your post also jarred my memory - I would rather NOT pay the $700 back for the quick charge port option
Good thinking about the possibility of having to pay for the QC. Forgot about that though I did remember something about paying back some incurred costs if you dropped back. Probably nothing would come of this given your reasons for withdrawing but leaving the Blink won't hurt anything.

Keep in mind the Blink definitely has market value. I'd buy it at the right price since the chargers are ungodly expensive. Not to kill a good deal, but I doubt it's the unit per se. The Blink's seem more sensitive than needed or desired. It's likely your power in combination with the Blink.

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Re: I have asked my Blink EVSE to be removed

Wed Oct 26, 2011 12:39 am

SanDust wrote: I'd buy it at the right price since the chargers are ungodly expensive.
You wouldn't be able to buy it for two years. It doesn't belong to us until after the two year agreement.
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Re: I have asked my Blink EVSE to be removed

Wed Oct 26, 2011 10:14 pm

Has anyone tried setting a static IP address instead of using DHCP? I've done that. However, I've only had the Blink for a few days; I haven't had any problems but it's too early to tell.
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Re: I have asked my Blink EVSE to be removed

Thu Oct 27, 2011 9:03 am

DoxyLover wrote:Has anyone tried setting a static IP address instead of using DHCP? I've done that. However, I've only had the Blink for a few days; I haven't had any problems but it's too early to tell.
I've only ever used a static IP. Didn't change the wifi situation at all, I think it's purely a signal strength issue.
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Re: I have asked my Blink EVSE to be removed

Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:03 am

I had to use a static ip because it would get the wrong address from the router. It assigned itself an ip address of 192.168.0.107 where it should have been 192.168.1.X. After I did the static assignment, I've had no more problems in about 3 months of use.

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Re: I have asked my Blink EVSE to be removed

Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:13 am

I'm going to chime in here with another possibility. I had my A/V unit removed and replaced with the Blink when I was accepted into the EV Project. They did not install a plug but hardwired the unit to the 220v that was installed with the original A/V unit. I have not had one problem with my Blink except for during the last firmware upgrade I had to reboot it to get it off the "welcome" screen, but it has yet to fail to charge my car. Just my 2 cents....
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Re: I have asked my Blink EVSE to be removed

Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:20 am

As long as you have an alternative I would not go out of my way to figure out their problems.
One phone call and I would just use the alternate charging until they came out and said it was fixed.
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