JoeS
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Onboard Charger / DC-DC Interchangeability

Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:17 pm

I unsuccessfully looked through our recent Onboard Charger (OBC) threads for a discussion of OBC evolution over the years, especially as it affects interchangeability. Does anyone know if the 2016 US i-MiEV OBC is directly interchangeable with a 2012 i-MiEV's OBC?
EVs: 2 Wht/Blu SE Prem., '13 Tesla MS85, 3 156v CorbinSparrows (2 Li-ion), 24v EcoScoot(LiFePO4)
EV Conv: 156v '86 Ram PU, 144v '65 Saab 96
Hybrids: 48v1kW bike
ICE: '88 Isuzu Trooper. Mothballed: '67 Saab (orig.owner), '76 MBZ L206D RHD RV

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Re: Onboard Charger / DC-DC Interchangeability

Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:04 pm

If I remember correctly from my extensive search for a replacement charger the 2016 OBC looks the same as the 2013. The connectors are different so I had to remove them from my 2012 OBC and rig them to my "new" 2013 charger. It's not pretty but it works.

one of the coolant connectors is in a different place as well so the coolant hose has to be extended.

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Re: Onboard Charger / DC-DC Interchangeability

Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:25 am

1pk, thank you for that information. Hope I'll never need them, but picking up a 'spare' OBC and Inverter today...
EVs: 2 Wht/Blu SE Prem., '13 Tesla MS85, 3 156v CorbinSparrows (2 Li-ion), 24v EcoScoot(LiFePO4)
EV Conv: 156v '86 Ram PU, 144v '65 Saab 96
Hybrids: 48v1kW bike
ICE: '88 Isuzu Trooper. Mothballed: '67 Saab (orig.owner), '76 MBZ L206D RHD RV

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Re: Onboard Charger / DC-DC Interchangeability

Mon May 27, 2019 7:57 am

1pk wrote:If I remember correctly from my extensive search for a replacement charger the 2016 OBC looks the same as the 2013. The connectors are different so I had to remove them from my 2012 OBC and rig them to my "new" 2013 charger. It's not pretty but it works.
One of the coolant connectors is in a different place as well so the coolant hose has to be extended.

1pk, if I understand you correctly, you had to scavenge the connectors off the 2012 OBC and install them into the 2013 unit? I was wondering if you could elaborate a bit more? Thank you.
EVs: 2 Wht/Blu SE Prem., '13 Tesla MS85, 3 156v CorbinSparrows (2 Li-ion), 24v EcoScoot(LiFePO4)
EV Conv: 156v '86 Ram PU, 144v '65 Saab 96
Hybrids: 48v1kW bike
ICE: '88 Isuzu Trooper. Mothballed: '67 Saab (orig.owner), '76 MBZ L206D RHD RV

1pk
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Re: Onboard Charger / DC-DC Interchangeability

Mon May 27, 2019 10:53 pm

JoeS,

I've have some videos that describe the swap. I will upload. Just have to find them first :oops:

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Re: Onboard Charger / DC-DC Interchangeability

Wed May 29, 2019 9:54 am

1pk wrote:I've have some videos that describe the swap. I will upload. Just have to find them first :oops:
Thanks for that, and look forward to seeing them if you find them. :) BTW, I had previously sent you a PM which I see you you still haven't picked up - simply drawing attention to this thread in case you don't access this forum often.
EVs: 2 Wht/Blu SE Prem., '13 Tesla MS85, 3 156v CorbinSparrows (2 Li-ion), 24v EcoScoot(LiFePO4)
EV Conv: 156v '86 Ram PU, 144v '65 Saab 96
Hybrids: 48v1kW bike
ICE: '88 Isuzu Trooper. Mothballed: '67 Saab (orig.owner), '76 MBZ L206D RHD RV

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Re: Onboard Charger / DC-DC Interchangeability

Mon Jul 22, 2019 2:23 pm

Here is 1pk's post showing the videos: http://myimiev.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4315#p39165
EVs: 2 Wht/Blu SE Prem., '13 Tesla MS85, 3 156v CorbinSparrows (2 Li-ion), 24v EcoScoot(LiFePO4)
EV Conv: 156v '86 Ram PU, 144v '65 Saab 96
Hybrids: 48v1kW bike
ICE: '88 Isuzu Trooper. Mothballed: '67 Saab (orig.owner), '76 MBZ L206D RHD RV

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