I have a 2012 Peugeot iOn, in my possession since 2019. 12V battery replaced in 2019. I'm in England, UK.
I'm having some issues charging it at home, but it's kind of intermittent, and I want to pin down where the problem is - I'm not even sure yet whether it's the charge point I had installed at home, or the car's on board charger. Or - looking on the bright side - I guess it could be both! The symptom
, when it occurs, is that when plugged in to my home charge point, the car will start charging, but often after a short time (which seems to vary from 20 seconds to 10 minutes to 1 hour) it stops - well before fully charged. Occasionally it will charge properly, but things have deteriorated over time and it is now failing more often than succeeding.
I can attempt to restart the charge by unplugging and re-plugging the car, but this tends to give the same result. Same if I try to get it going again by pressing the 'boost' button on the charge point.
When I give up and switch to using a granny lead from a standard mains outlet through an open window, charging is reliable (though obviously slower!) and I've yet to have a problem doing that. Here is said granny lead:https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/81n ... SY450_.jpgThe charge point
where the issue occurs is a tethered Smart Charger made by Indra (installed by ChargedEV) which looks like this: https://uploads-ssl.webflow.com/5fa17f4 ... 0.3x-2.png
It came with a 3 year warranty so it's still under warranty.
The 'smart' features didn't work out too well for me, so I actually use the Smart Charger with it disconnected from the internet (it uses an ethernet cable) which means it should default to charging the car at the highest allowable speed whenever it's plugged in. So, at least in theory, the Smart Charger should not be deciding to delay charging until night time/off peak/low demand etc. However I don't trust it very much - I had some problems with it not behaving as expected when trying to use the 'smart' features. Having spent many months with it disconnected from the internet, it was problem-free until now.The car
is sadly not free of suspicion either... On two occasions when driving it has shown me a warning light on the dashboard - the yellow car outline with the ! symbol inside. The handbooks says something about a major electrical problem
When this happened, it happened as soon as I turned the key to READY, and it stayed on until I finished my journey. Then when I turned the car off and on again, the warning light was gone, and stayed gone for many months. There was no noticeable effect on the car's performance, and the last time this happened was months ago so I hoped it was gone.
However last night for the first time I saw that warning light flash up on the dashboard at the moment the charging failed. I don't think it used to do this, though I don't always hang around to find out. So that made me question whether the Smart charger is at fault, or if it's the car.
Can anyone shed any light on whether I should be investigating the Smart Charger or the car?My reasons to suspect the Smart Charger:
1) It used to play up when it was online, and stop charging against my wishes - though I believed this was because it was trying to wait until the grid was running on renewable wind energy at night time, and using it offline seemed to get around that.
2) The coloured LEDs on the Smart Charger are doing some stuff that doesn't really correspond to the error codes given in the PDF manual. Though I do wonder if it's had a firmware update from the internet and I just don't have a corresponding updated PDF manual.
3) I can charge fine using other sources, e.g. granny lead, and occasional Chademo or public AC charging via Type 2 to Type 1 cable.My reasons to suspect the car:
1) The warning light.
2) We used to have similar problems when using a much older and tired-looking granny lead that came with the car... though with the new granny lead it seems fine.
3) Rumours of these cars having compatibility issues with certain charge points...
I have seen the enormous forum thread "Troubleshooting and repair for On-board Charger (OBC)" and I have to admit I am not technical enough to understand most of it. There is a Peugeot dealership about 30mins drive away who I would probably have to turn to, though my last experience with them (trying to recover the radio code) was not a brilliant one.