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

Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:55 am

For a two pole 240 Volt 14-50 circuit you should have four wires:
red—hot
black—hot
white—neutral
bare copper—ground (the ground wire is sometimes colored green and goes to the green screw on a receptacle, as well as directly to the outlet box to ground it for safety)

For an L6-20 receptacle you need hot, hot, ground. The neutral wire is not used. This is also the case when using a 14-50 to L6-20 adapter: the neutral pin can be cut off the plug (it is only used for appliances that need 120 Volts in addition to the main 240 Volts, it is not used for the L2 EVSE).

I am away from home today but my recollection is that the voltages should be:
red to ground (or neutral), 120 Volts
black to ground (or neutral), 120 Volts
red to black, 240 Volts (because the red and black wires are out of phase with each other)


The reason your 20 Amp breaker is double wide is that it is two pole. One side connects to one phase of your power supply and the other connects to the other phase. Between each phase and neutral/ground is 120 Volts. Between each hot wire connected to one phase and hot wire connected to the other phase the voltage is 240 Volts. This is how your panel can supply both 120 Volts for most devices, using single pole breakers, and 240 Volts for high energy requiring devices, using a double pole breaker. For more background on this stuff you might want to read this:
http://www.nojolt.com/Understanding_240 ... uits.shtml" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

It is pretty straightforward but if you aren't comfortable with this stuff, you should get the help of an electrician; getting it wrong can be fatal!
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Re: 100% trickle charge gets me 67 miles. Day 3

Wed Sep 19, 2012 9:00 am

Dpgcolorado has it right. Use the two hots and the ground wire with your new L6-20 receptacle. Be sure to put a morette on the neutral wire so it doesn't short against anything in the box.
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Re: 100% trickle charge gets me 67 miles. Day 3

Wed Sep 19, 2012 9:28 am

I like that article you shared. Thank you!

I went ahead and bought an adapter : l6-20 to 14-50...this way I don't cut anything in the wall.

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

Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:42 pm

Mauileaf wrote:I like that article you shared. Thank you!

I went ahead and bought an adapter : l6-20 to 14-50...this way I don't cut anything in the wall.
that is best way to go if you got the extra cash. now you can go camping!
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Re: 100% trickle charge gets me 67 miles. Day 3

Wed Sep 19, 2012 2:48 pm

DaveinOlyWA wrote:
Mauileaf wrote:I like that article you shared. Thank you!

I went ahead and bought an adapter : l6-20 to 14-50...this way I don't cut anything in the wall.
that is best way to go if you got the extra cash. now you can go camping!
Probably not a lot of RV parks on Maui, especially beyond LEAF range... :)
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=211 ... d07e&msa=0" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
The road to Hana would be fun in a LEAF though.

Mauileaf, The 14-50 to L6-20 adapter can be used to charge your car using RV hookups at RV parks, which is what DaveinOlyWA was referring to. Assuming there are any around.

I wonder if you can make the trip up Haleakala in a LEAF?
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Re: 100% trickle charge gets me 67 miles. Day 3

Wed Sep 19, 2012 5:39 pm

dgpcolorado wrote:
DaveinOlyWA wrote:
Mauileaf wrote:I like that article you shared. Thank you!

I went ahead and bought an adapter : l6-20 to 14-50...this way I don't cut anything in the wall.
that is best way to go if you got the extra cash. now you can go camping!
Probably not a lot of RV parks on Maui, especially beyond LEAF range... :)
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=211 ... d07e&msa=0" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
The road to Hana would be fun in a LEAF though.

Mauileaf, The 14-50 to L6-20 adapter can be used to charge your car using RV hookups at RV parks, which is what DaveinOlyWA was referring to. Assuming there are any around.

I wonder if you can make the trip up Haleakala in a LEAF?
http://vimeo.com/47432693" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


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

Wed Sep 19, 2012 5:50 pm

Mauileaf wrote:
dgpcolorado wrote:
I went ahead and bought an adapter : l6-20 to 14-50...this way I don't cut anything in the wall.
that is best way to go if you got the extra cash. now you can go camping!
Probably not a lot of RV parks on Maui, especially beyond LEAF range... :)
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=211 ... d07e&msa=0" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
The road to Hana would be fun in a LEAF though.

Mauileaf, The 14-50 to L6-20 adapter can be used to charge your car using RV hookups at RV parks, which is what DaveinOlyWA was referring to. Assuming there are any around.

I wonder if you can make the trip up Haleakala in a LEAF?

http://vimeo.com/47432693" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


Yes. Where we live it is. Upcountry[/quote]

wow, great video and even better scenery! a must see but make sure you see the last few seconds. it will make your day
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Re: 100% trickle charge gets me 67 miles. Day 3

Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:24 pm

I was surprised.

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

Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:11 pm

Wow! You could have gone another 50 odd miles at 40 mph on level ground after making that trip.

That's cool.
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Re: 100% trickle charge gets me 67 miles. Day 3

Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:25 pm

Well that answers that question, enjoyed that video, I am impressed!
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