cometboy
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Cleaning J1772's over time?

Sun Dec 08, 2013 2:15 pm

Does anyone use a service aid to clean their J1772 connector(s)?

Just wondering what the school of thought is on this?

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Re: Cleaning J1772's over time?

Sun Dec 08, 2013 3:04 pm

Electric contact spray cleaner and a Q-tip?

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cometboy
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Re: Cleaning J1772's over time?

Sun Dec 08, 2013 3:38 pm

Didn’t ask that question very well did I!

What I meant was given the wide range of contact cleaning products out there, is there one that is more suited for use on this connector?

Just a few in the range are shown here:

http://australia.rs-online.com/web/c/?searchTerm=contact+cleaners&cm_mmc=AU-PPC-0411-_-google-_-1_MRO_Workshop_Consumables-_-contact%20cleaners_Phrase

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Re: Cleaning J1772's over time?

Sun Dec 08, 2013 4:50 pm

cometboy, very good question, and one I haven't seen discussed anywhere. I would like to believe that the J1772 contact design is such that it has a self-cleaning action. For myself, I keep the contact ends of both the car and the EVSEs covered and dry and won't do anything until I start getting intermittent connections. An occasional visual inspection of the contacts is part of my routine maintenance - so far, they're squeaky clean.

If you feel you must do something because you are experiencing a problem, I'd be more inclined to look for a product specifically designed for connectors and with some lubricating (and conducting) properties as well. Unfortunately, the downside of lubricants is that they also tend to attract dirt. Without any personal endorsement, I've heard of good results with Electrolube products (http://www.electrolube.com) - but their large selection (of cleaning and lubricating products) means you need to do some homework for this application.

Maybe a good question to pose to the manufacturers of J1772 connectors?
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Re: Cleaning J1772's over time?

Sun Dec 08, 2013 7:16 pm

I agree using nothing till needed and using the self-cleaning nature of the pin design seems the best plan.

Seems when needed this product might be the best call?

http://www.superkleendirect.com/contactcleaner3685plasticsafeblendofhcfc-225.aspx

Base Chemical: Dichloropentafluoropropane (HCFC-225), Propellant: Carbon Dioxide - no Silicone!

I noticed on the Australian Forum that this was recommended but I would have concerns using it till convinced otherwise.

http://www.crcindustries.com.au/eq-silicone-multiuse-lubricant

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Re: Cleaning J1772's over time?

Sun Dec 08, 2013 10:40 pm

On y the subject of maintenance, I'm noticing my plug is getting a little sticky and tight in the cold weather. It's there a spray lubricant that can be used?

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