Fisker Buzz Forums banner

1 - 20 of 29 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
The charger that came with my Fisker broke.
I'm leasing at the place I live in and can't install a charger.

Does anyone know where I can buy a charger ?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
913 Posts
I think he means to ask where he can get a 120 volt (i.e., "Level 1") EVSE adapter. Clipper Creek used to have them but if they still do it's not obvious.

I only see one Level 1 EVSE on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Leviton-EVC11-300-Evr-Green-Portable-Charger/dp/B004G6ZQYY/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1371256650&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=level+1+evse) and it's seriously overpriced ($500?!).

This Nissan Leaf forum page: http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=11851 seems to have some good links. The Volt charger unit (at $369) seems sort of reasonable, pricewise.

The OpenEVSE project, http://code.google.com/p/open-evse/wiki/OpenEVSE_boards?tm=6, appears to have a kit for under $200. Add $100ish for the J1772 connector and cable and you're looking at $300ish in terms of the cost to build a charger. (Those who build this connect it to 240V but it should work fine with 120V, based on a cursory overview.) If the Volt charger unit is being mass manufactured in China, they should be making a tidy profit. ;)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Thanks for you help!
I spoke to someone who services Fiskers and he recommended the clippercreek.com charger.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,063 Posts
I think he means to ask where he can get a 120 volt (i.e., "Level 1") EVSE adapter. Clipper Creek used to have them but if they still do it's not obvious.

I only see one Level 1 EVSE on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Leviton-EVC11...71256650&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=level+1+evse) and it's seriously overpriced ($500?!).

This Nissan Leaf forum page: http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=11851 seems to have some good links. The Volt charger unit (at $369) seems sort of reasonable, pricewise.

The OpenEVSE project, http://code.google.com/p/open-evse/wiki/OpenEVSE_boards?tm=6, appears to have a kit for under $200. Add $100ish for the J1772 connector and cable and you're looking at $300ish in terms of the cost to build a charger. (Those who build this connect it to 240V but it should work fine with 120V, based on a cursory overview.) If the Volt charger unit is being mass manufactured in China, they should be making a tidy profit. ;)
No I under stood perfect his 110 charger broke and I suggested Clipper Creek . Two reasons to buy from them they have awesome customer service and honor the warranty for the rebranded Fisker chargers that they supplied . I've had to replace a couple of 220 chargers they sent me new chargers before I had to return the broken ones also they picked the cost of shipping both ways . William who runs the warranty department is awesome.
I think this is the one
http://www.clippercreek.com/uploads/ClipperCreek PCS-15.pdf
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
125 Posts
Contact EVSEupgrade and get a Panasonic one which will work on both 220v and 120v. Talk to Mark there who will explain. You will need to have 6/30 receptacle installed with 220v for it to work on 220v at your leased place.


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,063 Posts
Contact EVSEupgrade and get a Panasonic one which will work on both 220v and 120v. Talk to Mark there who will explain. You will need to have 6/30 receptacle installed with 220v for it to work on 220v at your leased place.


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
If you read his post he can't put a charger in his leased place . His 110 charger broke
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
125 Posts
The EVSEUpgrade is a portable charger. You do not need to install it. Only need an outlet for 220 ...or just use it on 120 outlet. He may have an outlet.


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
146 Posts
Charger Warranty Replacement

Does anyone know if it's possible to contact the manufacture of the charger that came with the Fisker and get a replacement under warranty for a defective one?

My charger light on the top left turns red and will not charge the vehicle. The outlets are properly grounded and I checked it at several different locations.

Samuel
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
536 Posts
Does anyone know if it's possible to contact the manufacture of the charger that came with the Fisker and get a replacement under warranty for a defective one?

My charger light on the top left turns red and will not charge the vehicle. The outlets are properly grounded and I checked it at several different locations.

Samuel
Short answer is "no". I had the same problem and looked up the only company name on the thing, which was "Intertek". They have about 100 numbers across the country, none of which answer the phone. I finally got someone in IL who explained Intertek isn't manufacturer, only involved in certification or testing (not really sure). They directed me to a BMW dealership with experience with chargers, who couldn't be much help. My station doesn't get installed for another 1-2 weeks, so the issue is pretty important to me right now. Hope someone else has a better lead to share than mine, but we're in the same boat.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
4,659 Posts
Does the Volt charger work? Do you know approximate cost?
In theory, any J1772 compatible charging adaptor (EVSE) should work with the Karma, including the ones used by Leaf, Volt, BMW, etc. There are also third party units that would do the job. The Karma only draws 11 Amps at @120V (about the same as a Microwave Oven), so it should not be hard to find a portable charger that works with it. @Harleyguy or @Lormax should confirm.

As an example, here is one for sale at

And here is the product lineup from Clipper Creek.

Personally, if I had to buy a portable unit anyway, I would spend the extra money and get a 110/220 unit that I could use on long trips if a dryer plug were available. But if you don't plan on using the Karma for long trips, an 110V unit may be sufficient.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
483 Posts
by the way for anyone that has the original lear 110 charger, if your button breaks you can simply remove it and the charger will work fine.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
536 Posts
Electrician was here to look at the new Bosch charger he will be installing tomorrow (which just came today), and he quickly diagnosed the problem with my included charger - it has water in it.

Apparently stupid me did not appreciate that you don't leave the included charger outside when its raining (apparently water and electricity don't mix?).

So it's sitting in a plastic bag with a package of dessicant to try and evaporate the water out of it. But does anybody know how to crack it open to take a look and do a better job of getting the water out? There are no screws, so it seems like it just snaps together, but I'd like confirmation of that before I REALLY wreck it.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,063 Posts
Electrician was here to look at the new Bosch charger he will be installing tomorrow (which just came today), and he quickly diagnosed the problem with my included charger - it has water in it.

Apparently stupid me did not appreciate that you don't leave the included charger outside when its raining (apparently water and electricity don't mix?).

So it's sitting in a plastic bag with a package of dessicant to try and evaporate the water out of it. But does anybody know how to crack it open to take a look and do a better job of getting the water out? There are no screws, so it seems like it just snaps together, but I'd like confirmation of that before I REALLY wreck it.
It's a sealed unit it doesn't come apart only way is to cut it apart where the two sections are glued together .
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
4,659 Posts
It's a sealed unit it doesn't come apart only way is to cut it apart where the two sections are glued together .
I am pretty sure that the 110V charger is an indoor/outdoor unit, precisely because it is sealed against moisture intrusion. And while it would probably not survive full immersion, it can handle rain and dew without too much problem. It seems odd that the water can get in, but not get out. If the unit is sealed, it is sealed in both directions. If it is not, you should be able to get the water out the same way it went in, without having to crack the shell open.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
913 Posts
I am pretty sure that the 110V charger is an indoor/outdoor unit, precisely because it is sealed against moisture intrusion. And while it would probably not survive full immersion, it can handle rain and dew without too much problem. [snip]
While I was in San Jose, I plugged in to an outdoor 120V outlet that was getting some amount of water sprinkled on to it from the hotel's shrub/tree watering system every night. It was fine with that...
 
1 - 20 of 29 Posts
Top