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GFCI outlets with Equipment Ground support

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Years ago I installed a pair of 120v 20 amp single outlet circuits into my garage so I could run Christmas lights without blowing circuits all over the house. At the time GFCI wasn't a requirement for garages and I've never had a problem with moisture or had the breakers pop. I'd like to upgrade these circuits to current code and swap out the original outlets with GFCI outlets. The outlets are positioned in such a way that they don't qualify for the NEC exceptions to GFCI protected circuits. I'm now using one of these two circuits for my Volt's EVSE and have been unable to find a GFCI outlet that provides equipment ground, which the EVSE requires for operation.

Does anyone know who makes GFCI outlets that provide equipment grounding?
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I think you need to hire an electrician. I have no problem charging from a GFCI outlet. Every GFCI outlet I have ever worked with has a ground connection. I think your problem is not the GFCI. As stated above, the GFCI ground connection is not part of the GFCI function and is a simple pass through connection just as it would be with a non GFCI outlet.
Once I opened the box there was a sticker clearly stating No Equipment Ground even though the GFCI has the standard ground prong for 120v plugs. I checked the outside of the box very closely at that point and nowhere on the outside does it say no equipment ground. When I started researching last night I discovered there's nothing in the GFCI design that precludes equipment grounding - in fact I found the opposite at NEC's web-site - a diagram explicitly showing equipment grounding through a GFCI outlet. So now I'm looking for a pair of GFCI outlets that provide equipment grounding.

The Volt's EVSE puts up a steady red light for "no ground continuity" when you plug into an outlet without equipment ground.
That sticker has nothing to do with the GFCI outlet. It is to be pasted on the GFCI outlet cover and any other downstream outlets as a warning when the GFCI is connected to a circuit where a ground is not available. You have a ground problem in your house wiring. Make sure the ground wire runs all the way to the panel... it can't be connected to a water pipe, or daisy chained off another circuit.

Sorry to be direct, but this is clearly explained in the directions that come with the GFCI. You really should have a sparky come out and do the work for you. Shade tree electrical work can reduce your house to ashes.
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