An online Ford Focus Electric Forum discussion group

It is currently Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:50 am

All times are UTC - 8 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 16 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2
Author Message
PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:42 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:18 am
Posts: 113
Location: Long Island NY
Well, I finally got my L2 setup up and working. I ended up with the ebay knockoff. I had some ebay bucks so it ended up costing $150. I just installed the 240v outlet today. Around 15" of 10/3 from the 30 amp breaker to the 16-20 outlet in the weatherproof box that allows it to be closed when its plugged in I didnt need the 3rd wire but I figured Id have it for future upgrades. I plugged it in and all the proper lights went on and its charging. The wire from the unit to the car plug is much thicker than the 120v one that comes with the car. I also have an adapter that converts the 16-20 to the standard 120v outlet if needed. Its good to know that I can charge the car fully in a couple of hours ( I havent run it down past 30 miles yet). I have to install a dedicated 120v outlet at my job that is right by my parking space. The super heavy duty extension cord Ive been using has been getting much too hot where the evse plugs into it. The rest of the wire is cold, just at the plug. I might cut off the molded plug on it and install a heavy duty plug and see if that solves the problem. If that works Im just gonna install a pole in the ground with a hook for the the evse and zip tie the end of the extension cord to it. we will see.

_________________
2013 FFE White Platinum Metallic Tri-coat a $595 upcharge color, LOL.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:41 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:10 pm
Posts: 829
Location: Chicago Area
Carbuff wrote:
Well, I finally got my L2 setup up and working. I ended up with the ebay knockoff. I had some ebay bucks so it ended up costing $150. I just installed the 240v outlet today. Around 15" of 10/3 from the 30 amp breaker to the 16-20 outlet in the weatherproof box that allows it to be closed when its plugged in I didnt need the 3rd wire but I figured Id have it for future upgrades. I plugged it in and all the proper lights went on and its charging. The wire from the unit to the car plug is much thicker than the 120v one that comes with the car. I also have an adapter that converts the 16-20 to the standard 120v outlet if needed. Its good to know that I can charge the car fully in a couple of hours ( I havent run it down past 30 miles yet). I have to install a dedicated 120v outlet at my job that is right by my parking space. The super heavy duty extension cord Ive been using has been getting much too hot where the evse plugs into it. The rest of the wire is cold, just at the plug. I might cut off the molded plug on it and install a heavy duty plug and see if that solves the problem. If that works Im just gonna install a pole in the ground with a hook for the the evse and zip tie the end of the extension cord to it. we will see.

Sorry, I didn't follow 100% what you're doing with the 120V side. If you are using the old 120V charger, why would you use a J1772 extension cord, and not a standard 120V extension cord? The great big yellow one on Amazon works fantastic with absolutely no heat problems.

_________________
2014 Platinum White FFE (Turning in mid Dec. 2016 25,000 miles)
2013 Ingot Silver FFE
2012 Titanium ICE Focus
2014 Tesla Model S 85


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:50 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:18 am
Posts: 113
Location: Long Island NY
EVA wrote:
Carbuff wrote:
Well, I finally got my L2 setup up and working. I ended up with the ebay knockoff. I had some ebay bucks so it ended up costing $150. I just installed the 240v outlet today. Around 15" of 10/3 from the 30 amp breaker to the 16-20 outlet in the weatherproof box that allows it to be closed when its plugged in I didnt need the 3rd wire but I figured Id have it for future upgrades. I plugged it in and all the proper lights went on and its charging. The wire from the unit to the car plug is much thicker than the 120v one that comes with the car. I also have an adapter that converts the 16-20 to the standard 120v outlet if needed. Its good to know that I can charge the car fully in a couple of hours ( I havent run it down past 30 miles yet). I have to install a dedicated 120v outlet at my job that is right by my parking space. The super heavy duty extension cord Ive been using has been getting much too hot where the evse plugs into it. The rest of the wire is cold, just at the plug. I might cut off the molded plug on it and install a heavy duty plug and see if that solves the problem. If that works Im just gonna install a pole in the ground with a hook for the the evse and zip tie the end of the extension cord to it. we will see.

Sorry, I didn't follow 100% what you're doing with the 120V side. If you are using the old 120V charger, why would you use a J1772 extension cord, and not a standard 120V extension cord? The great big yellow one on Amazon works fantastic with absolutely no heat problems.


Sorry it wasnt clear. Yes it was a heavy duty 120v extension cord. I think the molded female plug end is just dirty or not making good contact. It was outside for a season being used for something else. Im gonna try a good plug end and see if the heat persists. No heat at all on the other end where it pugs into the gfci outlet on the other side of the building.

_________________
2013 FFE White Platinum Metallic Tri-coat a $595 upcharge color, LOL.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:16 pm 
Offline

Joined: Thu Aug 11, 2016 3:31 pm
Posts: 53
Carbuff wrote:
Well, I finally got my L2 setup up and working. I ended up with the ebay knockoff. I had some ebay bucks so it ended up costing $150. I just installed the 240v outlet today. Around 15" of 10/3 from the 30 amp breaker to the 16-20 outlet in the weatherproof box that allows it to be closed when its plugged in I didnt need the 3rd wire but I figured Id have it for future upgrades. I plugged it in and all the proper lights went on and its charging. The wire from the unit to the car plug is much thicker than the 120v one that comes with the car. I also have an adapter that converts the 16-20 to the standard 120v outlet if needed. Its good to know that I can charge the car fully in a couple of hours ( I havent run it down past 30 miles yet). I have to install a dedicated 120v outlet at my job that is right by my parking space. The super heavy duty extension cord Ive been using has been getting much too hot where the evse plugs into it. The rest of the wire is cold, just at the plug. I might cut off the molded plug on it and install a heavy duty plug and see if that solves the problem. If that works Im just gonna install a pole in the ground with a hook for the the evse and zip tie the end of the extension cord to it. we will see.


Are you sure this thing has dual-voltage capability? If so, it will most likely still draw 16 amps and require a 20 amp/120v circuit/outlet.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:56 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:18 am
Posts: 113
Location: Long Island NY
amped wrote:
Carbuff wrote:
Well, I finally got my L2 setup up and working. I ended up with the ebay knockoff. I had some ebay bucks so it ended up costing $150. I just installed the 240v outlet today. Around 15" of 10/3 from the 30 amp breaker to the 16-20 outlet in the weatherproof box that allows it to be closed when its plugged in I didnt need the 3rd wire but I figured Id have it for future upgrades. I plugged it in and all the proper lights went on and its charging. The wire from the unit to the car plug is much thicker than the 120v one that comes with the car. I also have an adapter that converts the 16-20 to the standard 120v outlet if needed. Its good to know that I can charge the car fully in a couple of hours ( I havent run it down past 30 miles yet). I have to install a dedicated 120v outlet at my job that is right by my parking space. The super heavy duty extension cord Ive been using has been getting much too hot where the evse plugs into it. The rest of the wire is cold, just at the plug. I might cut off the molded plug on it and install a heavy duty plug and see if that solves the problem. If that works Im just gonna install a pole in the ground with a hook for the the evse and zip tie the end of the extension cord to it. we will see.


Are you sure this thing has dual-voltage capability? If so, it will most likely still draw 16 amps and require a 20 amp/120v circuit/outlet.


Yes it is rated for both voltages. At least it says it is on the unit. Its a knockoff of the duosida and the specs were all the same. They are probably even made in the same factory. I will probably use the stock ford unit for charging at work off of the 120v outlet.

_________________
2013 FFE White Platinum Metallic Tri-coat a $595 upcharge color, LOL.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:35 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:18 am
Posts: 113
Location: Long Island NY
So with the new l2 charger I was able to add 40 miles in around 3 hours. It went from 34 miles to 73 (full). This was strictly a ballpark figure as I checked out my window as to when the ring around the charge port went out. Assuming that means its fully charged, the light went out some time around 3 hours give or take 15 minutes. I checked on it on the 1/2 hour after the 1st 2 hours. So, Im figuring 5-6 hours for a full charge from empty. Sure beats 16-20 hours. I also installed my 120v outlet at work today. I put a hook on it to hang the evse on. The whole thing can be covered with a 10 gallon plastic bucket for snow and rain charging. Sounds a bit ghetto but its really pretty slick.

_________________
2013 FFE White Platinum Metallic Tri-coat a $595 upcharge color, LOL.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 16 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2

All times are UTC - 8 hours


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
© Ford Focus Electric Forum - part of the MyElectricCarForums.com Group