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Re: EVSE Upgrade

Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:55 am

I personnaly use only one universal adaptor. It is made of 3 wires ( about 18 inches) with individual blades to be inserted separately. I use it almost anywhere, being it 240 volt, 120 volt or even two 120 volt for quick 240. I use it on the road only not for home recharge.

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Re: EVSE Upgrade

Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:00 am

Don wrote:For those of you who waited and haven't got this done already, your procrastination has really paid off! They now offer adjustable charge current settings - From 6 to 12 amps in one amp increments on L1 and from 6 to 13 amps in one amp increments on L2 . . . . all for only $287!! http://evseupgrade.com/?
Hey Don, thanks for the info as I had been waiting and hoping for a "new improved" version. Just dropped off my Mitsu/Panasonic EVSE at UPS to them this morning.
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Re: EVSE Upgrade

Sat Apr 27, 2013 1:38 pm

Think you'll like it Joe - As it was explained to me, they managed to do it without adding any new external components which would affect the watertight integrity of the 'brick' . . . . they use the existing three LED's on the unit to tell you what is going on, and you step through the adjustments using the button on the charge handle

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Re: EVSE Upgrade

Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:40 pm

Yeah, mine blinks the number of amps it's using. I think you have to use a paper clip to adjust the amps, though. Haven't tried yet.

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Re: EVSE Upgrade

Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:30 am

Don wrote:Nearly everybody needs an adapter to use the upgraded OEM EVSE - They return it to you with a molded L6-20P twistlock connector installed on it ....Don


Hi Don,
Thanks, again, for you as usual detailed and helpful reply.

What do you mean "nearly everybody..?" If it comes with only a twistlock connector wouldn't everybody need one or more adaptors for it? Or you couldn't plug it in anywhere?

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Re: EVSE Upgrade

Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:32 am

acensor wrote:What do you mean "nearly everybody..?" If it comes with only a twistlock connector wouldn't everybody need one or more adaptors for it? Or you couldn't plug it in anywhere?
Alex, you are correct, but some may elect to replace the EVSEUpgrade connector; however, for anyone purchasing the EVSEUpgrade and its L6-20P connector, it is a trivial exercise to fabricate an adapter to match virtually any connector configuration in the world!

For my "fleet" of electric vehicles (I now have seven, if you count an electric scooter and bicycle) I had long ago standardized my garage and vehicle 240vac connectors using the NEMA L6-30 twistlock configuration, with a whole slew of adapters which allow me to use virtually any 120vac/240vac outlet in the US with my SPX (and now also EVSEUpgraded Mitsu) EVSE. I had considered cutting off the EVSEUpgrade L6-20P connector and replacing it with L6-30P, but decided not to and instead will simply use one of my existing L6-20R to L6-30P adapters in additon to the L6-20R to 5-15P adapter I purchased concurrently with the EVSEUpgrade. More info than you ever wanted, and since this photo was taken I've made a few more adapters...
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Re: EVSE Upgrade

Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:59 am

acensor wrote:What do you mean "nearly everybody..?

There's no technical reason why you couldn't have an electrician wire up a NEMA L6-30 socket on your wall... ;)
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Re: EVSE Upgrade

Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:05 am

JoeS wrote:I had long ago standardized my garage and vehicle 240vac connectors using the NEMA L6-30 twistlock configuration, with a whole slew of adapters which allow me to use virtually any 120vac/240vac outlet in the US .......... More info than you ever wanted, and since this photo was taken I've made a few more adapters...
:geek:


Don, that is one impressive collection 8-) !

But haven't you reached point of diminshing-returns --- as the weight of carrying those all around is cutting back your range? ;)
Seriously: Useful to know. Thanks.

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Re: EVSE Upgrade

Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:04 pm

aarond12, thank you for the picture but EVSEUpgrade needs the L6-20R connector and not the similarly-looking L6-30R you posted. :?

acensor, I doubt that Don has as extensive a collection of adapters as I do. So far, I haven't needed to take the entire box of adapters and extensions with me in the iMiEV, as I've known exactly what I needed (usually to mate with a simple 10-30 dryer outlet). You're right, the whole collection is heavy and I would only take it all with me if I were going on a long 'adventure' trip into the unknown… ;) Incidentally, some of those adapters are left over from my sail cruising days...
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Re: EVSE Upgrade

Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:07 pm

acensor wrote:What do you mean "nearly everybody..?" If it comes with only a twistlock connector wouldn't everybody need one or more adaptors for it? Or you couldn't plug it in anywhere?
Well, by 'nearly everyone' I guess I meant 'everyone but me' - Since my upgraded EVSE came back with the L6-20P twist-lock plug on it, I went ahead and used that same plug on my home-built Open EVSE (L1/L2 16 amp) and then I wired two L6-20S sockets in my garage to be able to plug them into. One socket is 120 volt, 20 amp and the other is 240 volt, 20 amp and since both of my EVSE's are auto-switching L1/L2, I can plug either into either socket

As you will find, the beauty of the twist-lock plugs and sockets is . . . . they never accidently come disconnected, like household outlets sometimes do. When you plug them in, you so a slight turn after the plug is all the way in and that 'twist' 'locks' the plug and socket together, so they won't come apart until you untwist them - Perfect choice for EVSE's IMO, also because they are legal and rated for either 120 or 240 volts. The same would apply with the L6-30 version you show in the picture . . . . those are nearly the same, just rated for higher current - They won't interchange though

I did buy the twist-lock adapter pigtail from EVSE Upgrade though so I could plug it into a standard household outlet should the need arise and I also bought another with no connector on the end, which I could add a plug to match whatever socket I chose. So far, I haven't used either one though

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