jray3
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Charging door light

Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:12 pm

I've been on the lookout for a low profile LED lamp that would provide some light when the charging door is opened. This instructable may be good start- I hadn't seen that 'ribbon tape' LED option before. The parasitic load of having the LED run even at all times wouldn't be much (and you could get a cool blue halo eminating from around the door at night). Of course my first impulse would be to have it on a microswitch so that it only lights up when the charging door is opened...

http://www.instructables.com/files/orig ... NNEYRD.pdf
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Don
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Re: Charging door light

Thu Jun 28, 2012 3:01 pm

I'm currently working on an Open EVSE and mine will have a bright LED in the center of the J1772 plug which runs off the EVSE

A light in the plug is so easy to do and makes so much sense I can't imagine why it wasn't part of the original J1772 spec

Don
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jray3
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Re: Charging door light

Thu Jun 28, 2012 3:29 pm

Yeah, like the Voltec unit, IIRC. All EVSE should have a flashlight in the handle. Will yours just come on when pressing the latch button? If my door light install gets hairy, I may resort to a penlight zip-tied to the EVSE handle.
I ordered this LED set to stick inside the charging door.

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1983 Mazda RX-7 EV 43 kW 10 kWh
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Imiev
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Charge port light

Wed Sep 22, 2021 9:14 pm

Does anyone have a picture of the charge port lamp? I have a 2012 which does not have it since it was standard on the 2014. Is it possible to install it on to my 2012 imiev? :shock:

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Re: Charging door light

Thu Sep 23, 2021 6:01 am

imiev, as you can see I've moved your post over to this old thread on the same subject and there's probably another discussion here somewhere...

My wife always parks her i-MiEV going forward into the garage against the right wall where I've located the EVSE very close to the charge port. I've installed a carefully-positioned small battery-powered LED closet light on the wall (tap-to-light) which she actually uses! Parks the car in exactly the same spot every time with the wine cork on a string against the square on the windshield wiper. For myself, in the dark I just fumble and use my fingers to locate the tip of the J1772 plug and port to shove it in as there's nothing there to zap us.
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Re: Charging door light

Thu Sep 23, 2021 8:59 pm

I received a PM from imiev that what he is looking to do is retrofit his 2012 i-MiEV with an OEM charge port light, and not rig up some sort of kluge.

Would someone with a 2014-2016 i-MiEV be kind enough to take a photo of the light and post it here and perhaps discuss how that light is activated? Is there a visible switch?

I've always been perplexed as to why our 2012 i-MiEVs don't have a "charging port open" indicator/warning. Did that change in subsequent years? That switch/sensor could also provide the signal to turn on the LED port light.
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Re: Charging door light

Fri Sep 24, 2021 2:48 pm

My son bought us this battery powered charge port light for our Chevy Bolt but I wonder if it could be used on an I-Miev?

It looks like a homemade 3d printed device that's held in there with double stick tape so I can't really test it on my I-Miev although I'm tempted to buy another just to find out. It works well on the Bolt thought.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/718621301/ ... port-light
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Re: Charging door light

Sat Sep 25, 2021 3:03 am

These little $1 OT-50 flashlights at Wal-mar have a bright 50 lumen beam with very high true color rendition, batteries are included. The LED emitter is round vs square die of most lights, so no weird geometric artifacts in the beam (e.g. maglite). Best value for a buck that you will ever spend.

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Re: Charging door light

Sun Sep 26, 2021 2:16 pm

ed5000 wrote:My son bought us this battery powered charge port light for our Chevy Bolt but I wonder if it could be used on an I-Miev?

It looks like a homemade 3d printed device that's held in there with double stick tape so I can't really test it on my I-Miev although I'm tempted to buy another just to find out. It works well on the Bolt thought.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/718621301/ ... port-light


Let us know what it looks like when you get another one - At $32.50 with shipping, someone is probably clearing $20 or $25 on everyone they sell. For that $$$ I think I'll make my own

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