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Design defect in 110v charger

Sat Sep 11, 2021 6:51 pm

Just a heads up. The EVSE level 1 charge adapter has a design defect that will interrupt charging in a hot sunny climate. There is a temperature sensor inside the power plug that shuts off charging when it gets too hot--generally a good feature to protect against resistive overload. HOWEVER, I live in South Louisiana on USA, where the sun is quite strong. And I charge outside, meaning the plug is in the open sun. The geniuses at Chevy colored the plug black, which means it adds 30-40 degrees F. to the ambient temperature and triggers the overheat shutoff every afternoon.
The charger beeps for about two minutes, then shuts off. If I unplug it and put the plug in the shade, I can restart it in an hour. I guess I could put a fan on it. Or paint it white. Or wrap in aluminum foil.

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Re: Design defect in 110v charger

Fri Sep 17, 2021 11:40 am

Painting it white is probably the simplest solution. Unless you can find an outlet that isn't in the direct sun.

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