32A vs 40A charger for Clarity

Discussion in 'Clarity' started by Ken7, Jan 11, 2018 at 11:18 AM.

  1. Ken7

    Ken7 Active Member

    Yes, we found the same thing. Even our 240v 16A charger is very easy to insert and remove. My sense is that the 40A charger is getting a 'bit' easier with repeated cycles. My wife was hysterical earlier as she tried to remove it and almost crashed into the garage wall behind her as it finally came out. I'm trying to develop a 'technique' for her to brace herself with one hand against the car and remove the handle with the other.
     
  2. dstrauss

    dstrauss Member

    Mine is not anywhere near that tight...
     
  3. Ken7

    Ken7 Active Member

    It's too bad there isn't an objective way to measure the force required to remove the handle. My wife is small & petite.
     
  4. dstrauss

    dstrauss Member

    Well, I am neither :confused: so unfair comparison I'm sure...
     
  5. Ken7

    Ken7 Active Member

    dstrauss, perhaps you can offer your assistance whenever my wife needs to remove the charger? ;)
     
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  6. bfd

    bfd Member

    Maybe a little lube on the outside of the plug in the form of soap (the hard kind - no liquids) would help?
     
  7. Ken7

    Ken7 Active Member

    Thanks bfd, not a bad idea and maybe worth a try. :)

    Now that I'm thinking about it, maybe even a wax on the outside.
     
  8. jdonalds

    jdonalds Active Member

    Unfortunately my JuiceBox Level 2 EVSE gave it up today. It was plugged into the car, just finished a full charge, and the three lights on the front of the JuiceBox started blinking together, and a beep sounded, all repeating every one second. There are no reset buttons or any other kind of controls. I unplugged it and shut down the 240V 40A circuit breaker at the power panel. I then switched the 40A back on and plugged the JuiceBox back in. No joy. Same problem.

    I looked at user comments on Amazon but didn't see anyone else having the same issue. I sent email to the vendor who responded by email within two hours. They said that was a rare condition that may indicate a ground fault interrupt issue. I started a return through Amazon and ordered a replacement.

    So until Wednesday we are back on the 120V level 1 charge cord that came with the car. I'm sure we will burn some gas between now and then.
     
  9. Ken7

    Ken7 Active Member

    Just make sure the ground fault (if real) is not elsewhere in your circuit.
     
  10. jdonalds

    jdonalds Active Member

    Our 240V 40A connector isn't difficult to insert or remove. But both our 7 year old and my wife have had trouble with it. In our case it's all about having the right angle when pushing or pulling on it. If it is lined up well it goes in easily, just an extra little muscle for the final "click" of the latch.
     
  11. jdonalds

    jdonalds Active Member

    Good point. As far as I know there is no ground fault other than what is inside the JuiceBox. The circuit is a new one, only an eight foot run from the plug in the garage, right into the house power panel. It's a dedicated circuit for the car (like most I would suppose).
     
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  12. Ken7

    Ken7 Active Member

    Just as an update to this thread, the ClipperCreek website how has the Clarity PHEV listed. It shows the battery size, recommended charger etc. It shows no difference in charging time for the 32A vs the 40A units. Not a big surprise, but just a confirmation of what many of us thought.
     

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