has anyone replaced the 15A plug with a 10A one?

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has anyone replaced the 15A plug with a 10A one?

Post by g4qber » Sun, 11 Aug 2013, 07:47

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the standard 15A plug won't work with the 15A socket model of chargepoint australia at Barlee St

I knew that I had a reason to get the evseupgrade EVSE.
Apart from the fact that the mitsu EVSE only charges at 10A and the free parking is 1 hour so faster charging is important.

the odd thing is that the evseupgrade EVSE draws so little current that the bollard SMSes a "plug out" error message.

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has anyone replaced the 15A plug with a 10A one?

Post by coulomb » Sun, 11 Aug 2013, 15:37

g4qber wrote: the standard 15A plug won't work with the 15A socket model of chargepoint australia at Barlee St

Are you saying the 15 A plug on the Mitsubishi EVSE won't physically fit into the 15 A socket at this charge point?

Looks like someone hasn't adhered to the standard, somehow. Or maybe there is something jammed into the socket, and maybe even a 10 A plug would not fit till it's fixed.
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Post by Adverse Effects » Sun, 11 Aug 2013, 15:45

coulomb wrote: Or maybe there is something jammed into the socket, and maybe even a 10 A plug would not fit till it's fixed.


i remember here in Briz about 10 or so years ago there was a bunch of Aholes running around jamming bits of wood (paddlepop sticks , match sticks) in to any hole they could (car door key holes , pay phone coin slots , ATM card slots and so on)

i can see that could be the next "fun thing" the juvenile delinquent's out there (most of the sub 20 Yo in my area) stuffing thinks in to charge point's making them useless

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Post by g4qber » Sun, 11 Aug 2013, 15:51

The mitsu all weather plug is too big. It is designed to be screwed into an all weather socket.
And the cable is too short.
The door of the bollard can't be closed.

The chargepoint Australia 15 amp bollard is quite robust and locks in place when in use.

Interesting how zoomtv didn't demonstrate how to charge at the barlee st bollard
Typical presenter / advertiser who doesn't know or glosses over the practicalities of things, just to make a sale. Reminds me of "are you being served" tv series. "It will ride up with wear"
Eg holding a j1772 plug to the BMW i3 which has a car mennekes socket

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Post by Gabz » Sun, 11 Aug 2013, 20:20

g4qber wrote: The mitsu all weather plug is too big. It is designed to be screwed into an all weather socket.
And the cable is too short.


I wouldn't cut it off better of to buy a small extenstion lead. 15amp lead shouldnt cost that much, If anyone findes one with the industrial female IEC socket tell me i only have standard ones.

my problem is then distance between the plug and the controller box i have no idea why they couldn't go another 30cms of cable to allow the tension to be taken off for industrial sockets.

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Post by g4qber » Sun, 11 Aug 2013, 21:27

my concern would be water ingress and

disconnection by passersby - this was one of the things that happened with the NEMA connector that originally comes with the evseupgrade EVSE.

the extension lead would be safely connected to the bollard, but the EVSE could then be disconnected or have water intrusion since it would be lying on the ground.

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Post by Gabz » Sun, 11 Aug 2013, 22:27

an extenstion cable with a IP56 female plug and a standard 15amp plug on the other end would be ideal. to solve water ingress.

Clipsal catalogue page 28
Cat no. 56CSC315

I'm not sure how to solve the passerby issue with disconnection, i assume since it's chargepoint it'll sms you.
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Post by antiscab » Mon, 12 Aug 2013, 13:47

you could stick one of these on the end of a 10A lead:
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Post by Lismore_Doug » Wed, 14 Aug 2013, 03:58

Hi,
I think I saw somewhere that the original I-Miev plug was cut off, then the 15A plug wired on, hence the short lead.

I have seen a 10A lead socket modified to take a 15A plug. Some of the extension lea sockets can be disassembled, & the earth pin slot enlarged. My old man had one he used to run the welder off...

My adapter for my I-Miev is an orange multi-outlet box that had a circuit breaker fitted: I fitted a 10A breaker, with a 15A socket, & a 10A heavy duty lead to the box. This plugs o a 10A socket, so I ensure there is no other high current load on the circuit when I plug the car for charging (as did the other night at my friends house where we stayed.

regards Doug

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