thomash85715 wrote:So has anyone on here tried the paper clip and lock button flash method to increase amps to 12 over the original 8? This would be a huge boon for us who would rather not pay out $300 to have our EVSE altered.
The paperclip adjustment procedure is for those units which have been modified by EVSE Upgrade
Yes, our charger is rated at 3.3 Kw. Your 8 amp unit is only capable of 960 watts. To recharge at the fastest rate the charger is capable of (about 5 hours from empty to full) you need an EVSE which can provide 240 volts at about 13.5 amps. An EVSE Upgraded unit can do 240 @ 13 amps
Yes, the Leaf EVSE is very similar to ours - Both are made by Panasonic. Ours came from the factory as an 8 amp, 120 volt only unit, the Leaf is a 12 amp, 120 volt only unit. Unfortunately, a used Leaf EVSE will probably cost you more than $300 and it can still only do 120 volts. Getting your unit upgraded is really worth the money if you intend to one day charge using 240 volts - It's cheaper than buying a new L2, 240 volt capable unit
The fastest way to recharge is Level 3, or DCQC and that does NOT use the charger built into the car - You get an 80% charge in about 20 minutes. Some iMiEV's can do Level 3 and some cannot. If your car has this option, you'll have a little lever beside the drivers seat which opens the Level 3 charge port on the drivers side of the car
Dozens of us here have had the EVSE Upgrade done on our stock units - It's the biggest bang for the buck out there and it's VERY reliable