LeftieBiker wrote: ↑Sat Sep 16, 2023 12:38 am
The EVSE from Nissan, along with many other OEM units, has a temperature sensor built into the plug, to protect from overheating. Using an extension cord renders this extra layer of protection useless. So perhaps you'd consider rethinking your 'You people are idiots and I'm the sane one in the room' attitude...? I charge using an extension from necessity, but I don't tell myself that it's just as good or just as safe as plugging the EVSE in directly.
Sorry if it came off as "I'm the only sane one"-- albeit, I was a power generator maint/mech in the army; it's not that much of a cred anymore, because it was back in the 90s, but extension cords are pretty simple.
And I didn't know there was a temp sensor built into the plug-- that's exactly the kind of info I was hoping to get by posting. Is it a shut-off sensor? and how does an extension cord defeat it, if the cord is between the plugs into the car and the wall?
If I use an extension cord, it will also be out of necessity. I will be renting a garage at my apartment complex, which has a 120 wall outlet-- on the ceiling, because the light also plugs into it-- I will be putting in battery operated lights, and unplugging the light, so nothing else draws from the outlet the car is plugged into, even though a light that looks to be about a 60W LED equivalent probably draws very little.
There is simply no way that the heavy cable that comes with the car, along with its even heavier adapter, will stay plugged in. It will either fall at once, and damage the roof or windshield, or fall slowly, and at some point be halfway plugged, and probably arc and start a fire.
I have been given permission both to install the battery-powered lights (stick them to the walls, in other words), and place hooks along the ceiling and wall to support the extension cord. The cord will run across the ceiling in such a way as to put no weight on the outlet, and then down the wall, so the charging cable that comes with the car is on the floor beginning where it plugs into the extension. Hooks would not work to support the original cable, because it is not long enough.
I know that's a lot of detail, but I want to describe all the steps, so they are all open to critique. What little thing won't work? what have I forgotten?
This was supposed to be easy, because before I bought the car, I was told the outlets were on the wall.