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You get what ypu pay for. This is made in China. Many on this forum are fans of Clipper Creek, made in America. Your choice: save a few bucks or be patriotic.
 

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Numerous threads on that particular EVSE. In fact, some members have claimed to get about a 50% discount ordering through the manufacturer/supplier.
 

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With the volt, the stock evse does the job for a $20 adapter. Having assembled an open evse kit, there is not much in them. A relay and a control board with a couple of current sense rings. A lot of the cost is in the cable to handle the high current loads.
 

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I bought this EVSE and would not recommend it. Within a few months, the cable between the charging house and the car plug developed a break or crimp internally rendering it all but useless. The main issue is that the cable is very rigid and the flexing from rolling up the cable eventually took its toll.

As of right now, I am using the OEM EVSE plugged into 120v. I might consider picking up the adapter so I can plug it into my 240v line.

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I bought this EVSE and would not recommend it. Within a few months, the cable between the charging house and the car plug developed a break or crimp internally rendering it all but useless. The main issue is that the cable is very rigid and the flexing from rolling up the cable eventually took its toll.

As of right now, I am using the OEM EVSE plugged into 120v. I might consider picking up the adapter so I can plug it into my 240v line.

-DJ
Is there any kind of manufacturer's warranty? I know my bosch had a 3 year warranty. Alas I paid way too much for my L2 EVSE as I made that purchase before becoming a member of this forum.
 

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I was all gung ho on getting a level two when I bought the Volt but after owning it for a while I find the level 1 works fine for me.
Still think about one off and on. I might actually go two places in the same day...some day.
 

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You get what ypu pay for. This is made in China. Many on this forum are fans of Clipper Creek, made in America. Your choice: save a few bucks or be patriotic.
My Clipper Creek LCS-25 cost me a little more over 4 years ago, it has serviced 3 Volts (two simultaneously for 18 months) without an issue. It looks BRAND NEW. And made in the USA with REAL customer service.

If it were me I'd want the best EVSE charging my $40K+ EV.
 

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My Clipper Creek LCS-20 is about 2.5 years old and also looks brand new and zero issues.
 

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I was all gung ho on getting a level two when I bought the Volt but after owning it for a while I find the level 1 works fine for me.
Still think about one off and on. I might actually go two places in the same day...some day.
With how much you are saving overall on fuel, I'd say go get a L2 EVSE. It truly is liberating as during the first two weeks of Volt ownership, I felt stranded waiting for the battery to charge at L1. Yes, I know I have an ICE, but when a second trip wasn't necessary, the power and freedom to recharge fully in 4+ hours and drive some more emissions free makes the cost well worth it. Don't try to do the math to figure out whether it ever pays for itself. That math doesn't factor in the fun and extra smiles from driving like Jeff Gordon in the morning knowing full well that you have another appointment across town later in the day.
 

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I bought a Clipper Creek for $300 (CDN) from a Gen2 owner who didn't want/need it (guess he installed a high end L2 at home and didn't want the original) and then I did the 240v conversion here at home.

Best $300 I ever spent. Even though it was only a few months ago I know it'll have paid for itself in gas savings (on days when we do multiple trips in a single day) before the end of the year.
 

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The way I see it, why choose to save a few dollars by purchasing a cheaply made EVSE and risk an electrical fire that could damage or destroy my Volt and my home when I can purchase a rock solid EVSE from a reliable source for a reasonable cost. If I were to regularly travel to a beach house or a cabin that had a 240V power outlet I might consider this as a second Level II EVSE for when I traveled but then again I could use the stock Level I EVSE that came with my 2017 Volt when charging at these destinations and could even charge at 240V/12 amps using the Level I EVSE and a suitable power adapter cable.
 

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I was all gung ho on getting a level two when I bought the Volt but after owning it for a while I find the level 1 works fine for me.
Still think about one off and on. I might actually go two places in the same day...some day.
Then again, that level 2 costs about 100 gallons of gas, minimum, and a more typical installation is about 200 gallons. That's about 8000 miles of extra trips.
 

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Then again, that level 2 costs about 100 gallons of gas, minimum, and a more typical installation is about 200 gallons. That's about 8000 miles of extra trips.
Like I said before, don't do the math based solely on miles vs. gallons. The smile on your face being able to drive as you please is well worth it.
 

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Like I said before, don't do the math based solely on miles vs. gallons. The smile on your face being able to drive as you please is well worth it.
That kind of comparison, though kind of underscores the point. It's not the money. It's the "not having to think about it". Get home, plug in. Need to go pick up tarps for painting the bathroom? Car's probably ready. Get back from that, plug in. Time to pick up kid from clarinet school. Get back, plug in. Off to the movies! Get back, plug in. Hmm... I'm craving frozen custard and onion rings. Hey, car's charged, so why not?
 

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I've seen some decent reviews of the Duosida EVSE. If I were in the market for an EVSE under $300, that'd be the one that I choose.

For the Volt, at-home L2 charging is more of a 'nice-to-have' thing. It's not cost efficient since the Volt can run perfectly fine on gas. The reason I may buy one is so I can keep the included Voltec portable charger inside of the car and have the L2 mounted in my garage.

PS: An EVSE is pretty much just a fancy extension cord. The prices of them will continually be dropping as EV's become more common. Maybe in 5 years you'll be able to go to your local big-box store or Walmart and pick one up for $80!
 

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I've seen some decent reviews of the Duosida EVSE. If I were in the market for an EVSE under $300, that'd be the one that I choose.

For the Volt, at-home L2 charging is more of a 'nice-to-have' thing. It's not cost efficient since the Volt can run perfectly fine on gas. The reason I may buy one is so I can keep the included Voltec portable charger inside of the car and have the L2 mounted in my garage.

PS: An EVSE is pretty much just a fancy extension cord. The prices of them will continually be dropping as EV's become more common. Maybe in 5 years you'll be able to go to your local big-box store or Walmart and pick one up for $80!
I refuse to shop at Walmart mainly because of all the cheap Chinese crap they sell in their stores. You're not saving any money if you end up buying 2 or 3 of something when you could have paid a little more and have 1 work the rest of your lifetime. Also, there will be a breakthrough in power/batteries, so we may not be using j2773 EVSES at some point.
 

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That kind of comparison, though kind of underscores the point. It's not the money. It's the "not having to think about it". Get home, plug in. Need to go pick up tarps for painting the bathroom? Car's probably ready. Get back from that, plug in. Time to pick up kid from clarinet school. Get back, plug in. Off to the movies! Get back, plug in. Hmm... I'm craving frozen custard and onion rings. Hey, car's charged, so why not?
You could save time by stopping for the frozen custard and onion rings on your way home from the movies... :)
 
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