I got an OpenEVSE Advanced Kit, assembled and installed it.
Now, if needed, we can charge at better than three times the factory 120V charger speed.
) Went with this model because it can use 120V/240V.
) Can be set to 6A at 120V up to 40A at 240V.
) Small enough that it can go in the car for trips.
) Weather resistant, is currently living in a custom outdoor cabinet.
) Very nice 25' J-cable with two pairs of 12Ga for the two hot legs, 10Ga ground, other wires are 18ga.
Conductors are made of fine-gauge wires so cable is easy to handle.
) Building the kit some money was saved, and I got familar with the guts of the thing.
) Can be scheduled to start/stop when needed, and can be set to add a certain number of killowatts.
) Can detail multiple metrics on energy consumption patterns.
) For what ya get, price is pretty reasonable.
) Three-year warranty.
) Fast ship.
) I like that the software is open-source.
) What's not to like:
) For the limited amperage of the I-Mieve, a lighter gauge J-cable would be fine.
And I would have specified a shorter cable.
) Online instructions aren't entirely intuitive or current.
I watched a couple online videos and read a couple assembly pages to grok it all.
) No instructions on mounting the WiFi module. Ended up putting a bit of
self-adhesive Velcro hook inside the case, and Velcro pile on the module, to
make for easy service.
I haven't had time to get the WiFi control happening.
For now, front button control is fine.
For the Neutrik Powercon True 1 TOP chassis connector I couldn't find a coverplate with the
right size hole so had to buy a blank and drill a main hole and two screw holes. Works fine.
In addition to the 240V outlet, I put in a 120V 5-20 convenience outlet for the vacuum, etc.
I used a mix of 12ga and 10ga existing and new supply wiring, so
limited to a 20A breaker and 16A continuous draw.
Am happy that voltage drop is limited to about 1%, from breaker to J-plug.
All I-MiEVs welcome to plug in, Asheville, NC, USA!
Thanks and good health, Weogo