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Old 06-09-16, 09:27 AM   #11
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Good to see you have it up and running, AC. Another cool feature with the Nissan Leaf is that you can pre-program a start time for charging and pre-heating.

It comes in especially handy when you have a set time to leave (for work). The car will be fully charged and climatized inside when you are ready to leave. Especially nice in the winter when you sit down on heated seats, heated steering wheel (if you have those options) and cabin.

I noticed that in the winter when the pack is cold, my travel is limited compared to the summertime. Using the timer feature, it allowed the battery pack to be warm and ready for the drive.

It's going to be interesting to see what modifications to the Leaf that people come up with so we can drive them like a Tesla with the Ludicrous mode. Like with the Honda Insight, it wasn't long before they were adding switches, gauges and gadgets to squeeze every little ounce of energy from them.....

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Old 06-22-16, 07:14 AM   #12
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Default charger in cabinet that can be opened with RFID-tag

I've built my charger (for BMW i3) in a cabinet in our front garden.
I can hang the plug in the cabinet when not charging.
The cabinet can be opened with an RFID-tag.
Very convenient.


and opening the door:


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Old 06-22-16, 03:17 PM   #13
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Very nice… I love the RFID
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Old 06-23-16, 07:38 AM   #14
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A thought for the wifi adapter - if you rig it up and it won't connect inside the box, I imagine it would fit inside the pvc elbow directly below the box and have a better chance to connect.
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Old 07-11-16, 06:08 PM   #15
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We bought a 2012 Leaf 2 - 3 weeks ago . Just finished running 40 amp 240 VAC circuit and Level 2 charged it last night .

I bought the GE Watt Station From Newegg for $ 399 + about $ 36 freight .

I think my model year of Leaf has the older 3.3 kw charger & 24 kwh battery .

We were down to 9 miles on the Guess O Meter - GOM . Dash display said it would take 2-1/2 hours to charge . I just left it charging . Looked at it this AM & it said it was 100% charged .

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Nice review & details of your Leaf, AC_Hacker.

Are you by chance on EcoModder? People there would probably also be very interested.
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Old 07-21-16, 04:39 PM   #17
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I sure love my 13' SV and my set of open EVSE's.

Hope you feel the same.
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We bought a 2012 Leaf 2 - 3 weeks ago

I think my model year of Leaf has the older 3.3 kw charger & 24 kwh battery .

We were down to 9 miles on the Guess O Meter - GOM . Dash display said it would take 2-1/2 hours to charge . I just left it charging . Looked at it this AM & it said it was 100% charged .

Correct, all 2012's have 3.3KW onboard charger. Some have Chademo for DC quick charge.

As I understand it the 11-12 GOM is a pretty poor guess, I have and enjoy Leaf Spy and would certainly recommend it for any Leaf owner.
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The Level 2 EVSE is like taking training wheels off a bike , comparing it to Level 1 .

To the best of my knowledge , there are no DCFC sites in our area , unless the Nissan dealer has one .

Wifey came home last night and tried to plug the Leaf in & stare charging . Could not get it to work . Turned stuff off & on , no luck . I noticed the car lites were still on .

She messed with it and discovered she had not turned the car off . After that , I cycled the EVSE & plugged in the car . Got it to charge , then .

Is this normal ? For the car not to respond to the EVSE , if the car is on and in Park ?

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Old 07-22-16, 06:00 AM   #20
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I'm sure you have checked plugshare for Chademo, it's the go to resource.

My 13 did the same thing other than having to power cycle the open EVSE (just plug/ unplug the J1772) when I left my Leaf with my mother for a week while I was out of town (apparently I have to find another low end Leaf for her BTW). Mine does make a noise when you walk away with key and the car is on though.

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