It is a very small Circuit Board and a bigger than needed for the Amp rating relay. (the 80% continuous duty rule.)... Heat is the enemy of all electronic components. At higher power levels the HCS series of EVSE could benefit from a built-in cooling fan ...
The 5 year old GM provided charge cord that came with my volt was made by clipper creek (at least thats what it says inside the box and I has had 2 failures though 2x daily charges being plugged in at home and the moved to work every dayI've had my Clipper Creek 240v charger for 6 years now and it still seems to be going strong. Has anyone experienced any failures or had to buy a replacement yet?
Never heard of that. When I had an issue with my 2017 Volt the service manager asked that I bring the OE Level 1 EVSE with the vehicle so that it could be tested along with the Volt's charging system. I explained that I used a CC LCS-20 EVSE at home but I did as the service manager requested and placed the OE EVSE in the hatch storage area.I have a ClipperCreek L1 cable. My Volt recently stopped charging. When I plug in the Volt's dash light flashes yellow then goes out. The EVSE flashes red "charging fault". The dealer is blaming (repairs not finished yet but they have made ugly comments) the "aftermarket" charging cable.
Does anybody know if there's any official statements from GM, either banning any non-OEM charging cables at risk of voiding your warranty, or approving ClipperCreek cables?
CC manufactures the circuit board used in the current GM EVSE. GM's Dephi assembles the EVSE.I went through two or three, I forget exactly how many, OEM cables. GM replaced the first two I think (under warranty), then refused. I switched to ClipperCreek and for about 6 years, until a few days ago, never had a problem. I don't have a working OEM cable to try. I certainly wish I'd tested with a public charger. But in eight years I've never used a public charger. I stopped at a Walgreens once that had one, but couldn't figure out how to use it. How could anybody be in a drugstore long enough to get any miles anyway?? Its funny, in my research now on the ClipperCreek website one of the comments says the person had exactly the same experience I had with the OEM chargers for a Volt. Then I read the comment above that said that ClipperCreek makes GM's charging cables. But I don't know if that's true, or when it might have started. Further research required.
The pattern of lights on ClipperCreek units signify what type of fault the unit has encountered. Look for your manual here: https://www.clippercreek.com/installation-manuals/I have two HCS-40's -- one at home and one I used to have at work. The one at work was 100% reliable. The one at home faults about one time in ten and I have to reset it by cycling the circuit breaker. It's not bothered me enough to call tech support at Clipper Creek, however.