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#1 2024-03-16 18:03:08

roopid
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From: Kendal
Registered: 2024-02-25
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I bought an adaptor to get 'hookup' power from a 7kW car charger and..

...guess what? The day I turned up at Sainsburglary to test the adaptor, sparkies were sweeping away the dust and rubble where the 7kW AC PodPoint chargers used to be, and there was fresh dust and rubble around the corner, where the new DC rapid chargers will be. ~400V DC is no good to me!

Drat! Double drat!

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#2 2024-03-16 18:11:42

roopid
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Re: I bought an adaptor to get 'hookup' power from a 7kW car charger and..

I'm told that some (all?) CCS 'rapid' charging stations will do 240V AC, as well as 400V (or even 800V) DC.

I'll have to look into this.

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#3 2024-03-16 20:24:49

kenbw2
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Registered: 2017-11-26
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Re: I bought an adaptor to get 'hookup' power from a 7kW car charger and..

Ah yea when I was full time van lifing I was wondering if theoretically I could charge my house battery from an electric car charger


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#4 2024-03-16 21:58:27

roopid
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From: Kendal
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Re: I bought an adaptor to get 'hookup' power from a 7kW car charger and..

It turns out the old-style 7kW AC 'chargers' aren't really chargers at all. They are just a switch for 240V AC, with some safeguards such as a basic signal on one wire that says the car is ready for it to turn on. The car does the rest.

So I found an adaptor on Ebay that simply connects to the 7kW unit, sends the "I'm ready to charge" signal and when the 240 AC turns on, it comes out on a standard 13A socket. Cheap and cheerful.

CCS2 rapid DC charging is different. The control gear is in the charging station, the car asks for a certain amount of DC current flow and the charger unit controls things--the car just connects the charger cable directly to the battery (400V or whatever).

I don't know whether CCS2 can fall back to (up to) 7kW at 240V AC. If I find out, I'll report back in case it helps :-)

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