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Does anyone have information on what the trouble codes on the stock charger mean?:huh:

I've been using the stock charger for over a year without issue.

This morning there is a red light and a repeating code.
2-1-2

I brought the charger into the house and tried a different outlet and the code changed to 2-1-3

I can't seem to catch a break!

Thanks in advance!
 

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BTW....I just checked and the Karma is fully charged.

Anyone know who the manufacturer of the stock charger is?
 

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Does anyone have information on what the trouble codes on the stock charger mean?:huh:

I've been using the stock charger for over a year without issue.

This morning there is a red light and a repeating code.
2-1-2

I brought the charger into the house and tried a different outlet and the code changed to 2-1-3

I can't seem to catch a break!

Thanks in advance!
This is not a direct answer to your question, but the information may be relevant. There has been some discussion about Fisker's convenience charger, and consensus appears to be that it is not particularly reliable and not worth fixing. See this thread for more information.

I am not sure about this, but I think they were made by Lear, as were the original Level 2 chargers marketed by Fisker. Such was the confidence of the manufacturer in their product that they did not in any way identify themselves on the product box, label or packaging.

There are a lot of relatively inexpensive and reliable portable Level 1 and Level 2 chargers on the market, and the typical advice to owners who ask about problems with that charger is to go out buy one of those rather than try to get the Fisker-branded unit replaced or repaired.
 

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I got one from TurboCord recently that I like, because it can plug into 110v or 220v outlets, and it's small. Fits in a bag in the same spot the old charger fit into in the trunk. Have only had it a week, though. So, can't say anything about long term reliability.
 

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Thanks for the info Fabulist.

I guess I need to start researching new charger options...
 

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I got one from TurboCord recently that I like, because it can plug into 110v or 220v outlets, and it's small. Fits in a bag in the same spot the old charger fit into in the trunk. Have only had it a week, though. So, can't say anything about long term reliability.
JC, do you have a link to the one you purchased?
 

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Thanks for the info Fabulist.

I guess I need to start researching new charger options...
Is your charger still working despite the Morse-coded error message? If that's the case, the error may not be very serious, or something transient that may pass.
 

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Is your charger still working despite the Morse-coded error message? If that's the case, the error may not be very serious, or something transient that may pass.
I don't know if it's working or not....I'll have to drive the car and then try and charge it.

I'll keep you posted!
 

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Does anyone have information on what the trouble codes on the stock charger mean?:huh:
I assume you mean the Fisker-branded Level 2 charger. See this thread and especiallty its attachment for details on the fault codes:

http://www.fiskerbuzz.com/forums/21...codes-fisker-branded-lear-evse.html#post10068

also, this post:

http://www.fiskerbuzz.com/forums/13-fisker-karma/8970-charging-station-died.html#post131378

I see a fault like yours pretty frequently - typically if there is some sort of brownout or power event at night. In every case, the car is already fully charged too. In fact, it happened this morning.

99% of the time the charger resets to all green when you unplug it from the car. If that's the case you're all set. Sometimes the internal switch that was thrown gets 'stuck' and the red fault light stays on. In these cases it usually resets itself after a while, or after cycling the breaker. A little 'precussive maintenance' (i.e. giving the device a good thump) also sometimes does the trick :)

Brent
 

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Thanks for the codes Brent.
I think that we might be talking about two different chargers, though the codes may be the same.

My charger is the small orange portable one that fits in the trunk of the Karma. I believe it is a level one charger.

Thanks again,
Special K
 

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I was incorrect, my charger is not orange. It is black with an orange power cord and an orange button on it :confused:
 

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OK, took the car for a short drive and have plugged the charger back into it even though the code is still on it.
The charge indicator inside the car is illuminated.

Checked after about 15 minutes and the error code is still flashing on the charger.

I'll report back tomorrow and let you know if the car charged or not....I have doubts ......
 

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OK, took the car for a short drive and have plugged the charger back into it even though the code is still on it.
The charge indicator inside the car is illuminated.

Checked after about 15 minutes and the error code is still flashing on the charger.

I'll report back tomorrow and let you know if the car charged or not....I have doubts ......
Just be sure to check on the charger before you go to bed to make sure it is not overheating. Error code 2-1-3 is not very specific, it just indicates an internal fault.
 

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I have the original Lear "manual" (5 pages). I can send you the PDF if you PM me. Here is what I found for the two codes you mentioned:

2-1-2 Relay Open Failed
2-1-3 Breaker State Fault
 

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I was incorrect, my charger is not orange. It is black with an orange power cord and an orange button on it :confused:
@specialK, Looking at the photo you posted, I noticed that only two of the four green lights are lit. This means that the charger is in low current (6A) mode as opposed to its normal 12A mode. This doubles the charging time. You can cycle between modes by pressing the big Orange button. If the charger seems to be to working OK, you may as well get full power out of it.
 

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Sick Charger...

OK, the car has been on the charger overnight and as expected the charger is still displaying the error code and the car did not charge.

@Fabulist.....if the charger were functional I would love to push the orange button and charged at the 12 amp rate.
But that darn glowing red light wont let me do much of anything except watch the sequence in which it flashes the error code.

Good tip though for those that are still using their Lear charger....wish I was :(
 

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OK, the car has been on the charger overnight and as expected the charger is still displaying the error code and the car did not charge.

@Fabulist.....if the charger were functional I would love to push the orange button and charged at the 12 amp rate.
But that darn glowing red light wont let me do much of anything except watch the sequence in which it flashes the error code.

Good tip though for those that are still using their Lear charger....wish I was :(
It was worth a shot. I guess you are going to be EVSE (the technical name for the external connector to an EV) shopping, or burning some gas for a while. The Turbo Cord looks very interesting. I have been considering getting one. If you do get one, let us know how it works.
 

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I used my 110 V charger from Fisker, the one with the orange cords, for about one year before it went dead on me. The faults came on and would not clear. I had been considering a 220 V charger and made the jump. I have never looked back. The 220 V always has my car fully charged and ready and I have used less gas since the change. I even drive it more on the weekends because I know I can plug it in and have it ready to go again very soon.

I strongly suggest you install a 220 V charger and you will be a much happier Karma driver.
 
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