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Posted: 09/02/22 08:45pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bummer about the WV park food. Here in TN the parks usually have good restaurants. I love a buffet!

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32 x 240 = 7680 watts

The pedestal is rated for 12000 watts.


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Maybe they’ll eventually offer an incentive like ‘Infrequent Flyer Miles’ !! (Sorry, just the cynic in me - couldn’t resist a bit of cheap humor - lol)…

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Posted: 09/02/22 11:25pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

pianotuna wrote:

32 x 240 = 7680 watts

The pedestal is rated for 12000 watts.
Yes they even knew better and still showed up with just 32 amps instead of 40 while wanting the maximum charge rate.
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Posted: 09/03/22 06:02am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

rhagfo wrote:

Using the 30 amp to 50 amp likely confused the charging unit as both legs of the power were on the same phase. Well 15 hours to full charge from 22%.


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wanderingaimlessly wrote:

Would have been nice to know if they found the issue. I use a Hughes Power Watchdog, which scans the post, something like that here would have been helpful.


The issue is the four pin plug is for 240 volts. The 30 to 50 adapter does 120 on each leg so it will not work. One could make an adapter tht would work.

A way to test would to be to use the 20 vehicle plug, with a 30 to 20 adapter. That would present the correct voltage to the charging adapter.

I was thinking of the 30 amp plug issue.

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Wow... FIVE days to charge on a 120 outlet?? I knew they took awhile, but not that long. Then they switched to the 50amp, and the charging time dropped to 14 hours... yikes, still I did not know they took that long.

For some reason I thought a 120 outlet would be like an overnight charge, not 5 days.


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The ideal of the EV being the cure all for environmental ills is about the same as Eugenics being a cure all for societal ills a hundred or so years ago.
And it is approached by its acolytes with the same zeal and desire to force it upon all others. Most are and were well intentioned but still,,,
Misguided then, misguided now.

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Tvov wrote:

Wow... FIVE days to charge on a 120 outlet?? I knew they took awhile, but not that long. Then they switched to the 50amp, and the charging time dropped to 14 hours... yikes, still I did not know they took that long.

For some reason I thought a 120 outlet would be like an overnight charge, not 5 days.


It is in some commuter cars but not on a truck. Big batteries in a truck.

We are rarely on a 50 amp site but for our SUV to charge on a 50 amp site is typically 7 or 8 hours. Almost always we are on a 30 amp site so much longer. Having said that we rarely arrive at a campground below 50 percent on the battery so it’s usually not that bad.

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Tvov wrote:

For some reason I thought a 120 outlet would be like an overnight charge, not 5 days.
L1 is good for about 50 miles per day for overnight charging in a car. Maybe 30 miles in a truck as the economy is lower just like gasoline vehicles.

Trouble with L1 (120v) is the power is limited to about 1400 watts and the computer running, cooling pumps, etc. will use about 300 watts or 20% of the power. Charge at 7000 watts and the overhead is only 4%.

I originally ran my LEAF on L1 for the first six months (22 mile commute) because Nissan wanted a crazy $4200 to install a home L2 connector. Eventually got a Schneider for $800 and still using it 10 years later.

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