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Re: So I bought the i-Miev.

Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:15 am

gbazinet wrote:You will save time but who cares, your car is charging all night and ready in the morning, no difference for you whether 12 amps or 16 amps.
I don't think i will go for the 240 evse.

But the Level 2 is charging at twice the voltage and there is a significant decrease in charging time compared to a Level 1 at 12A.

Level 2-16A (actually closer to 13A) is 3 times faster than a Level 1-8A and 2 times faster than a Level 1-12A.

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Re: So I bought the i-Miev.

Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:39 pm

gbazinet wrote:You will save time but who cares, your car is charging all night and ready in the morning, no difference for you whether 12 amps or 16 amps.
I don't think i will go for the 240 evse.
*If* you live where it's cold and *if* you would like to leave in the morning in a toasty warm car, then L2 might be a good investment for you. L1 doesn't preheat the car very well, where L2 will get it toasty warm in just a few minutes. The heater in the car can use ALL of the 3.3 Kw that the L2 EVSE provides

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Re: So I bought the i-Miev.

Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:10 am

veimi wrote:
Aivar wrote:Am little puzzled about the $500 kit you suggested for charging. I find Level 2 chargers on ebay for $178. What am I missing here?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/EV-Electric-Car ... ZI&vxp=mtr


Did you check the shipping price?

It is only $500.00!!!!!


Shipping is free or included in $178.

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Re: So I bought the i-Miev.

Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:13 am

Don wrote:
gbazinet wrote:You will save time but who cares, your car is charging all night and ready in the morning, no difference for you whether 12 amps or 16 amps.
I don't think i will go for the 240 evse.
*If* you live where it's cold and *if* you would like to leave in the morning in a toasty warm car, then L2 might be a good investment for you. L1 doesn't preheat the car very well, where L2 will get it toasty warm in just a few minutes. The heater in the car can use ALL of the 3.3 Kw that the L2 EVSE provides

Don



Oklahoma where I live has all the high and low temperatures so I bought the $178 level 2 charger. i-Miev comes with special heat remote that activates the heater before I need to start the drive.

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Re: So I bought the i-Miev.

Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:55 am

That cheap Duosida charger has been charging MR BEAN and the boss's i-MiEV at my wife's office for almost a year now. Only complaint is that the handle tolerances are tight and requires more insertion effort- several times early on she noticed that it failed to latch and start charging...
The 2.5MM wire is just a hair thinner than 10 gauge, so that should be fine for 16A over the long term.
However, she's using it indoors only, and the gland nuts appear loose enough on the cable to allow water intrusion. I'd be hesitant to leave it outside without a closer inspection.

Have you tried it on both 120V and 240V input?
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Re: So I bought the i-Miev.

Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:24 pm

Aivar wrote:
veimi wrote:
Aivar wrote:Am little puzzled about the $500 kit you suggested for charging. I find Level 2 chargers on ebay for $178. What am I missing here?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/EV-Electric-Car ... ZI&vxp=mtr


Did you check the shipping price?

It is only $500.00!!!!!


Shipping is free or included in $178.


Confused because the link above indicates that the shipping price is $500.

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Re: So I bought the i-Miev.

Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:36 pm

First month plus I have driven 1500 miles and having fun. I charge using mostly the Mitsu 8 and 12A charger and sometimes plug in the 16A for little faster. Also purchased the 240V charger but still need to wire in the Nema 50amp plug. Hopefully next weekend. Wait weekend is tomorrow!!!
Car did not come with arm rest between the seats so I bought one from ebay for $30. Works great. https://www.ebay.com/itm/US-Black-Leath ... 2749.l2649

Also I did not find pump or flat tools on my 2014 i. Anybody know where these might be? I found a donut left from one of my ICE cars that fits.

Sometimes the alarm beeps when I lock the car and sometimes not?

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Re: So I bought the i-Miev.

Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:09 am

The air pump and tire sealant are located under the right rear seat . There are no tools although the styrofoam holder is molded to hold a tire tool or tow eye bolt--but since there is no spare they figured you didn't need a jack or lug wrench...
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Re: So I bought the i-Miev.

Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:44 am

1700 miles, got the 50amp plug and hooked up Level 2. Bought it on https://www.ebay.com/itm/EV-Car-Charger ... 2749.l2649
But the price was about $289 when I got it with shipping and it has gone up little since then. This works nice and gives fast charge and toasty interior if remote heat is used.

I am still looking for the tire pump. When I pulled the back seat up I found some type of electronics. In the trunk there is an empty compartment on the passenger side.

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Re: So I bought the i-Miev.

Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:13 am

There should be metal shields under the rear seat, the left side covers the BMU, EV-ECU and Air Conditioning Controller with lots of wires running around. Under the right side shield is the tire kit. There should be some thumb-screw type wingnuts that bolt the shield to the body so these will have to be removed to get to the air pump. Or someone has been in there before?
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