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Buying these chargers in the states seem a lot cheaper. There shouldn't be any issues with usin them in Canada right?
 

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I got the clipper creek 20 amp direct wire, 379 US funds or I can buy it for 999 play 120 tax for $1,119 cdn. funds. Same unit, same certification, you make the choice.
 

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I know Clipper Creek makes a fine charger. I bought the 12 amp portable model and have the Clipper creek made oems in the trunks of our Volts. I still have the 12 amp 120 model but after upgrading to 240 I got dual voltage Duosida (16 amps) direct from the factory. ($160 or so US shipped -- see separate thread for info). I've had zero issues with them aside from having a slightly tight connection on one that is loosening up over time. It draws the max 15 amps 240 the Volt will take. Not sure how much more with conversion rate for Canada but still the cheapest way to max charge in about 4 hours empty to full.


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For me it came down to cost.

I purchased the Dousida through Amazon.ca that was provided by Quick Charge Power in the US for about 300 CAD including shipping. No duties were charged. Delivery was fast and it has worked great.

The only thing to consider is it is a 16A charger and may be limited if you buy a full on EV in the future. In my case I had two 240V 20A receptacles in my shop already so it was perfect. If I were to buy a faster charging unit, I would have to re-wire and the Volt would not charge any faster for the extra bucks any way.

Here is the link for the unit I purchased...
https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B018A6QK7C/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
 

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I bought the Dousida directly from the manufacturer in China. About 150USD direct to my place, no duty, no tax. It works perfectly.
 

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Isn't that like $500 CAD?...just kidding.

Nice can you post a link to the manufacturer?

I find ordering from China hit and miss. If you have a good link that would help
 

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http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?277065-Thoughts-on-cheap-Level-2-EVSE&highlight=dream

That thread has everything you need. Shipping was fast (for coming from China), about two weeks. I bought mine pre-wired with a 6-20 connection. They will try and sell you the selectable amperage model, you don't need that. Just get the L1/L2 16a version. That's all you need for a Volt. Yes, it will work on 120 or 240.

Direct: http://www.e-zencar.net/charging-mode-2-16a/

Their communication was great, answered all my questions promptly. Once we finalized specifications, they sent me an invoice and I paid by Paypal.
 

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If you order from outside of Canada you lose the the 50% off cost and 50% off installation incentive that the Ontario government provides, no? With that discount, doesn't it all kind of work out to be the same anyway?
 

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If you order from outside of Canada you lose the the 50% off cost and 50% off installation incentive that the Ontario government provides, no? With that discount, doesn't it all kind of work out to be the same anyway?
True if he was in Ontario but the OP is not.
 

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Yes, but... my 16A L1/L2 evse was under 200 CDN, total, to my door. No matter what you buy here or in the US, even with the ON rebate, you can't beat that.
 

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Thanks for the info jayoldschool, never know when I may need another one.
 

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I personally, would not buy it directly from China. There is no warranty and I can tell you from experience why. Even though, they claim there is warranty, the fact of the matter is that you will have to ship it back to them in China which would cost probably $100. Then they will make you pay for the shipping back to you and you have no choice because they have your device hostage. There is another $70 something. Basically, buying one of these is without warranty, use at your own risk, and hope you don't have one that is DOA.
 

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I'm guessing chargers from China are not CSA or have proper inspections on them. There was an article in the paper a few weeks ago about this. I would never risk having a unit catch fire at my house to save a few bucks.
 

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If you live in Vancouver, you can have it shipped to a mail drop in Blaine Wa, then drive it across the border yourself, this is what I did and no duty or taxes was charged. I use Pulse drop off and they are $2 per package, no yearly fee's or joining costs.

http://pulsepackages.com/
 

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1. This isn't a charger. The charger is in your car.
2. Pick up the power source for your laptop, etc. It will be a 120V-240V unit, and it will be made in China.

I'm guessing chargers from China are not CSA or have proper inspections on them. There was an article in the paper a few weeks ago about this. I would never risk having a unit catch fire at my house to save a few bucks.
 

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There is nothing wrong with buying things made in China. Most things are. But buying directly from china is different. There's a difference between buying an HP laptop charger that is made in China, vs a generic laptop charger that you buy directly off aliexpress. I'm sure that what he means

My personal experience has not been pleasant buying directly from China. I'd rather pay more for a product that is backed by a large company. Ie/ clippercreek

But if you don't mind taking the risk, to each their own
 
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