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Re: 100% trickle charge gets me 67 miles. Day 3

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:15 am
by DaveinOlyWA
If it bothers you that much just charge to 100%. Not worth losing sleep over. But keep in mind that unlike a normal car you dont need gas in the tank when you get home because all the fuel you need is already at home waiting for you.

I am guessing in a month you will be laughing about this post

Re: 100% trickle charge gets me 67 miles. Day 3

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:43 am
by davewill
Mauileaf wrote:For some reason I feel restricted! I drive 40 miles rountrip. 80% charge and have 4 bars left after 1200ft climb. It's like a video game?! Can I really do this, or am I just 12 hours overworked and need to sleep. But no...I'm leafing out to you. Lol

Or do I just need to order that dang level 2 already

How often do you use your leaf after a commute to work?
All the time. Go ahead and get the L2 already. That way you can plug in and grab some extra miles when you get home. The charger in the LEAF is slow enough without limiting yourself to L1.

Re: 100% trickle charge gets me 67 miles. Day 3

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:01 am
by Mauileaf
haha...ok ok

Re: 100% trickle charge gets me 67 miles. Day 3

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:17 pm
by Reddy
40 mi avg daily is just about the limit on L1. You can probably get 50 mi (5 mi per hr charge x 10 hr overnight) or maybe even 60 mi in a mild and non-hilly area (not yours). If you come straight home from work every night, plug in immediately, then perhaps you have a maximum of 14 hrs L1, maybe 70 mi. That's ok once in a while, but it doesn't allow for much of a "after work" life if you do this every day. I have done about 150 mi on two contiguous days using L1, but it took some planning. If you get behind on your charging on L1, you can't catch up, and the only option is to cancel the trip or use another vehicle. This has happened to me about three times in the past year (once cancelled, once delayed start, once ICE). RT to work is 8 mi so I don't worry too much about my constant L1 use.

Reddy

Re: 100% trickle charge gets me 67 miles. Day 3

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:41 pm
by DaveinOlyWA
we had 10 hour shifts and 45 minutes of driving on each end and could not do 64 miles daily in Winter on L1. Summer i think could have been done but SO was unwilling to try it. i have a hard time convincing her she still as more than ΒΌ charge left when she gets home most of the time.

Re: 100% trickle charge gets me 67 miles. Day 3

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:31 pm
by Mauileaf
so If I get the EVSEupgrade.com deal (over a Schneider Electric Universal Wall Mounted Electric Car Charger)...can I get a 10 gauge or maybe larger extension cord when I need that extra length...I don't need it now, but just in case at a friends house.

Re: 100% trickle charge gets me 67 miles. Day 3

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:50 pm
by davewill
Mauileaf wrote:so If I get the EVSEupgrade.com deal (over a Schneider Electric Universal Wall Mounted Electric Car Charger)...can I get a 10 gauge or maybe larger extension cord when I need that extra length...I don't need it now, but just in case at a friends house.
You sure can. I've got one of the 50ft. ones. Choose the ones from the link below that state L6-20 plug AND connector and are rated for 20a. That'll get you what you want. It goes between the EVSE and whatever adapter you're using (or the wall if you're lucky enough to have an L6-20 on the wall).

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Re: 100% trickle charge gets me 67 miles. Day 3

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 2:03 pm
by Mauileaf
sweet...gunna order the EVSE upgrade. Unless you know of someone that has one they want to trade for a Level 1!?

Re: 100% trickle charge gets me 67 miles. Day 3

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 2:09 pm
by davewill
One thing I forgot to note. If you look at the table, you see that over 50ft, the cords change from 12ga to 10ga in order to still be rated for 20a. You don't want to buy two 50footers and plan on plugging them end to end.

Re: 100% trickle charge gets me 67 miles. Day 3

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:24 pm
by Mauileaf
so how hard is it really to do the home install unit...couple of 8ga -120v wires with an already install 50a welding 240v receptacle..the wiring might already be there...come conduit and bam! done..??

Schneider Electric Universal Wall Mounted Electric Car Charger?