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Hey guys,
I looked around for an answer to this but didn't find. Here's my question/dilemma
- we live in a semi-detached with a single car garage.
- both our cars are parked in the lane way all the time
- single car lane way as well
- currently we have 2 mazda 3's (wifey has the mazda3 sport, I have the sedan version)

Questions;
How long is the charge cable?
Reason I ask is because if I am parking behind my wife's car, and the charger is right near the inside wall at the garage door. The charger cable will need to be at LEAST 25-30 ft.
If the cable is not long enough, can an extension cable be installed?
Is there anyone else here that has had the same problem?
Thanks for reading and commenting gang :)
 

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While you are shopping different manufacturers they tell you how long the cable is and yes you can also buy a longer cable extension from some of the sellers. I have seen the correct extension cables on sale on ebay in case the company you decide to buy from is expensive for the extension.
 

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The OEM EVSE cable is 25'. Although not recommended, many use a 12ga extension cord.

The best thing to do is run electricity to where you need it. For example, you could set up a yard light with an outdoor outlet on the pole using a 20-amp dedicated circuit.
 

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The group that governs legalities of electricity, can't remember the name, has ruled that 25' is the max cable length of the plug into the car portion of a EVSE.
 

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If you need to extend the circuit, extend the raw 240 VAC circuit, instead of the EVSE cable. That special cable holds at least five wires and cost more per foor than the raw 240 VAC wiring, not including the cost of rewiring the EVSE and plug. Putting a new circuit closer to the cars is the best deal, so the EVSE will reach any EV you will have inside or outside of the garage.

My own EMW JuiceBox Level 2 EVSE (listed in my signature since 2014) has a cable that is 25 feet long, such that it can charge an EV outside of my carport (20 feet long) in the case a second car is already parked inside. That is similar to your situation. But in my case the 240 VAC outlet is in that carport on the back wall already, so I am lucky that I didn't need to extend the 240VAC circuit. But if it was needed, I would have added a new 40 A, 240 VAC outlet to the carport near the outer column, so the EVSE can reach out both ways. Future planning is needed since you may have three EVs in the future.
 

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Quickchargepower's JLong is a 40-foot J1772 extension, rated for 40 amps. They also sell a 40' J1772 cable. I've been using their cable wired to my OpenEVSE for 2 years now, no issues. The extra length comes in handy sometimes.
 

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I dealt only with Sun Country who remarket Clipper Creek in this country. I have their LCS 25 (hardwired, so no extension possible between power and EVSE), and it will reach past a Mk IV Jetta or Golf with no problem, so one Mazda should be OK. Much farther and you are going to use up too much slack and put tension on the connection.
 

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I went with 25'. I see from other posts that 40' is available. Don't over do it. All that cable needs to be coiled up when not in use.
 

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I have an EVDuty from Elmec. They are a Canadian company out of Quebec. I have a standard unit that comes with a 25 foot cable. According to their website and the previous post from Porbund, electrical standards state the maximum length of cable is 25 feet, unless they have a cable management system. I noticed that the OP is from Ottawa. The EVDuty is on the list for the $1000 gov't Ontario rebate off the unit and install. http://evandmore.com/collections/frontpage/products/evoreel-and-evduty-40-charging-station
 

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The OEM EVSE cable is 25'. Although not recommended, many use a 12ga extension cord.

The best thing to do is run electricity to where you need it. For example, you could set up a yard light with an outdoor outlet on the pole using a 20-amp dedicated circuit.
Actually the stock OEM L1 Gen II cord is only 15' long.

You can buy EVSE's with cords up to 25' long.

It is frowned upon to use an extension cord. However when I visit my parents I use an extension cord. However I use a heavy duty 12 gauge 25' long extension cord. When I got my first 2013 Volt I charged using the L1 charge cord for 6 months with an extension cord with no issues (again heavy duty 12 gauge 25' cord). A 16 gauge cord is a definite no. 14 gauge is boarder line. A 12 or 10 gauge will work.
 

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For 240 with the gen 2 oem dual voltage (110/240) charger I use a regular 3 prong 5-15 120 style 25 foot extension but it is water and weatherproof and rated at 20 amps -- it is a heavy 10 gauge cord, and I run that off the 240 to 3 prong adapter. The oem charger plugs into that fine. Nothing gets warm because the wiring is more than thick enough to handle it. No issues.


On amazon it is called Century Contractor Grade Pro Style 10 gauge. The 25 foot version is about $40:

Here are several in different lengths. You could also always use a 50 amp 240 RV weatherproof extension cord but they are extremely heavy and frankly overkill for the 12 amp oem charger:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/s/ref=..._browse-bin:2798284011&ie=UTF8&qid=1485584791


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Just be sure that like Chris TX's adapter that the extension when connected is clearly labeled with a warning that it is running 240 so no one plugs a 120 device into it.


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