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Re: Which Level 2 charge station to get for home?

Thu May 30, 2013 4:13 pm

I haven't bought one yet largely because I don't need it. But I still can't believe how much they cost for a silly handshaking relay and power cord. I will wait until they are more reasonable.

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Re: Which Level 2 charge station to get for home?

Thu May 30, 2013 5:02 pm

micmel2 wrote:I am leasing my MiEV, so I cannot do the EVSE Upgrade.
If I was leasing, I think I'd do it anyway. Shouldn't be hard at all to swap it with someone for a stock one near the end of the lease . . . . you'd probably even be able to get much of your money back

. . . . . *or* have the folks at EVSE Upgrade put a standard NEMA 5/15 120 volt pigtail on the unit when they do the upgrade - That way they would never know the difference when you turned in the car

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Re: Which Level 2 charge station to get for home?

Thu May 30, 2013 10:59 pm

Thanks for pointing out my Math error in the original post and I fixed it.

I ended up going with the AeroVironment charge station after seeing that it appears to be fairly widely used by businesses/dealerships (you can see a bunch of images of the same one rebranded for dealerships). I also saw that there was an issue with the GE charger for Leafs (I know, not a big deal for us but I don't like that there is an issue) and the reviews on Amazon make it sound like even the the Siemens has a good warranty, their service is horrible to try and get a hold of people.

I should probably just do the Upgrade to the charger and thank you for pointing out that the charger is actually overkill for our cars, but I don't mind having a little more power in case someone comes over with another EV (since I started hunting I see about 10 leafs a day on the road and a Tesla Model S every other day)

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Re: Which Level 2 charge station to get for home?

Sun Jul 13, 2014 10:05 pm

I picked up the Siemens Bottom fed Versicharger from Amazon for $699 ( of course with Prime that meant having it dropped at the door two days later). It was delivered Friday and had the electrician install the 240 outlet on Saturday. They charged $275 for the outlet install, once he had the outlet in, I installed the Siemens unit while he finished up work at the panel. It was all done in less than two hours including two trips he had to make to get the 50amp cable and some bushing he needed.

Though the car would recharge fine over night, I like the idea of having a much faster charge cycle for weekends. Working great so far.

I was looking for some advice on here when deciding which unit to chose, but thus thread was a bit stale. Hope this helps anyone else looking for a good unit.

Also, I like the unit design and delayed charging on the unit instead of having to monkey with that remote. The remote has to be the worst part of the car, though in AZ I am enjoying the pre cooled car in the morning.

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Re: Which Level 2 charge station to get for home?

Mon Jul 14, 2014 11:22 am

I helped a friend to assemble his $299 JuiceBox kit from EMW. The board layout is straightforward, external package is slick and the little data display is very nice. This Saturday he yanked it off the wall by closing the garage door on the drooping cable while charging at 3.3 kW. It survived the four foot fall without a hiccup. Must've been my great soldering job! ;)

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Re: Which Level 2 charge station to get for home?

Tue Jul 15, 2014 9:41 am

Thank you for the reminder on the Juicebox! The price is outstanding, and it has far more features that the others do not offer. It is "future-proof" with the 15kWh capacity.
Sincerely, Neil

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Re: Which Level 2 charge station to get for home?

Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:40 am

The JuiceBox 'kit' is certainly much more robust than this $395 least-expensive (?) off-the-shelf EVSE suitable for our i-MiEV 3kW charger:
http://www.clippercreek.com/store/product/charging-station-lcs-20-level-2/
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Re: Which Level 2 charge station to get for home?

Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:30 am

The caveat on the JuiceBox is you also have to buy the J1772 cord and plug. Twelve footer is $130, and you can choose up to a 25' for $200.

I emailed questions to them, and they answered *very* quickly: the Premium is an outdoor rated unit, and it has data logging via the wireless link. Both of which are good things.
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Re: Which Level 2 charge station to get for home?

Wed Sep 17, 2014 3:06 pm

Just bought a Siemens EVSE from Amazon after a lot of indecisiveness... (#1st world nation problems)
Anyways looks good from the reviews I've read and the 3 year warranty sure doesn't hurt.
Also I like the option of easily delaying the charging without the use of the I-remote.
I'm hoping I can setup the delay before plugging it to my car. Doogieca can you confirm if that's something you can do with it ?



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Re: Which Level 2 charge station to get for home?

Thu Sep 18, 2014 2:31 am

I think the price of these things is still ridiculous.

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