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by Don
Sun Apr 22, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: 240V Charging and Extension cables (Amazing-E)
Replies: 21
Views: 1456

Re: 240V Charging and Extension cables (Amazing-E)

Without getting into a grounding discussion, just note that Neutral and Ground are tied together at your house power input panel. EVSEs typically do not use Neutral or Ground for carrying any current. Not only are they tied together, they are also tied to an 8 foot copper clad ground rod driven int...
by Don
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: 240V Charging and Extension cables (Amazing-E)
Replies: 21
Views: 1456

Re: 240V Charging and Extension cables (Amazing-E)

Yes, the difference between charging with 12 amps and 16 is pretty minimal, since the car won't draw much more than 13. I've been charging at 12 for 6 years. Recently bought a 16 amp EVSE for my Volt and installed it much like you are thinking of doing My wife's ceramic kiln has it's own dedicated o...
by Don
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Buying/Leasing the iMiev
Topic: Used 2012 DCQC - Good Price?
Replies: 8
Views: 681

Re: Used 2012 DCQC - Good Price?

Congrats! - Sounds like you got a great car at a good price

Actually, the compressor *is* very similar to the one in your fridge ;)

Ours are both pretty quiet though

Don
by Don
Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: OEM EVSE Fault
Replies: 9
Views: 325

Re: OEM EVSE Fault

Your car should still be under the full bumper to bumper warranty . . .. but going there with a problem like this may not get you much - Odds are that your EVSE will work just fine when you try to show the dealer your problem . . . . I personally doubt there's anything wrong with it. If you mention ...
by Don
Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: General Technical Discussions
Topic: Brakes - 2012 same as 2014?
Replies: 2
Views: 65

Re: Brakes - 2012 same as 2014?

The rotors get surface rust every time I don't drive the car for 2 or 3 days - It wears off the first time you touch the brakes. I can't imagine that I'll need pads or rotors before 200,000 miles. I seldom touch the brake pedal until I'm down to 15 or 20 mph I sold a Toyota Supra once with 150,000 m...
by Don
Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Pretty Good Level 2 EVSE for Less Than $200
Replies: 0
Views: 114

Pretty Good Level 2 EVSE for Less Than $200

I bought one of these to use with our new Chevy Volt and I'm pretty impressed with it, so thought I'd share it with the group in case anyone is looking for a good L2 EVSE with adjustable current settings https://www.ebay.com/itm/Portable-EV-Charger-EVSE-6-20-Plug-6-16A-240V-For-Electric-Vehicle-J177...
by Don
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: OEM EVSE Fault
Replies: 9
Views: 325

Re: OEM EVSE Fault

While there's nothing 'wrong' with using an extension cord to charge (especially not with a 10 gauge one) the extra NEMA 5-15 connections that adds are prone to giving intermittent connections, especially after repeated plugging and unplugging. A 5-15 is a pretty poor choice for any circuit drawing ...
by Don
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Batteries and Battery Management
Topic: Is my battery dying ?
Replies: 22
Views: 641

Re: Is my battery dying ?

I'm sure you're correct that initial degradation (probably the first 15% or so) is pretty much hidden by how far the car will go after it reaches zero RR. I recall once early on when we went 6 miles at about 40 or 45 mph and got home without any sign of the car slowing down - No idea how much farthe...
by Don
Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Batteries and Battery Management
Topic: Is my battery dying ?
Replies: 22
Views: 641

Re: Is my battery dying ?

Driving it fast, can you actually go 55 to 60 miles?

IMO, how far the car can go now vs how far it used to go is a better measure of the battery than any of the 'scientific' tests - Unless you've noticed a marked decrease in actual range, I wouldn't be too worried about it

Don
by Don
Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: OEM EVSE Fault
Replies: 9
Views: 325

Re: OEM EVSE Fault

My thoughts are the same - Since it's such a random failure, it's probably a grounding problem of some sort. True OEM EVSE problems are pretty rare

Don

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