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Just thought I'd share what I did to get a much faster charge-up now that I've been getting home after just draining my battery and not having enough time overnight for the wimpy 120v L1 charger to do it's job to a full charge.

First of all, I didn't want to pay an electrician $300 (and that was the cheapest quote) to install a plug in the garage as I don't know how much longer I'll be at this house. As such, I needed a portable solution.

What I did was get a charger from EVSEUpgrade, an adapter from them to convert their L6-30 plug to my dryer's Nema 14-30, and an L6-30 extension cord from stayonline.com.

The charge last night from empty took 3 hrs and 40 mins ... love it! This will come in handy when I need a quick top-up for sure.

Anyway, I drilled a small hole next to the central vac tubing to get access to the garage from the basement and ran the cord through there.

Here are the links for anyone wanting to do the same.

Charger: http://evseupgrade.com/?main_page=product_info&cPath=4&products_id=5

Adapter: http://evseupgrade.com/?main_page=product_info&cPath=7&products_id=20

Extension cord: http://www.stayonline.com/detail.aspx?id=4640

Various lengths of ext cord are available btw.

So it goes EVSE with L6-30 plug -> L6-30 ext cord -> L6-30 to Nema 14-30 adapter -> Nema 14-30 outlet.
 

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I love the solution... Something I need to think about since I know we won't be at our current house for more than a year... And the 110V outlets are all on the same breaker in the garage.
 

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I think I might actually do this instead of what I was going to do. My laundry room is adjacent to my garage and separated by an enclosed breezeway. Natural gas is super cheap and electricity is rather pricey here in CA, so I would never think of using the laundry area's 240V outlet. I previously planned on pulling the wire from the 240V outlet back through the attic and re-running it down into the garage wall to a new outlet, but it might be easier and cleaner to run an extension cord up through the attic from the spot where my EVSE will be to the laundry area outlet.

I don't want to run a new circuit because my panel is a 35 year old Zinsco model. If any work is going to be done on it, it's going to be a complete re-do when I replace my shake roof, and do solar.
 

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Just thought I'd share what I did to get a much faster charge-up now that I've been getting home after just draining my battery and not having enough time overnight for the wimpy 120v L1 charger to do it's job to a full charge.

First of all, I didn't want to pay an electrician $300 (and that was the cheapest quote) to install a plug in the garage as I don't know how much longer I'll be at this house. As such, I needed a portable solution.

What I did was get a charger from EVSEUpgrade, an adapter from them to convert their L6-30 plug to my dryer's Nema 14-30, and an L6-30 extension cord from stayonline.com.

The charge last night from empty took 3 hrs and 40 mins ... love it! This will come in handy when I need a quick top-up for sure.

Anyway, I drilled a small hole next to the central vac tubing to get access to the garage from the basement and ran the cord through there.

Here are the links for anyone wanting to do the same.

Charger: http://evseupgrade.com/?main_page=product_info&cPath=4&products_id=5

Adapter: http://evseupgrade.com/?main_page=product_info&cPath=7&products_id=20

Extension cord: http://www.stayonline.com/detail.aspx?id=4640

Various lengths of ext cord are available btw.

So it goes EVSE with L6-30 plug -> L6-30 ext cord -> L6-30 to Nema 14-30 adapter -> Nema 14-30 outlet.
Just a suggestion. I would install open snap ring bushings for the wire entering and exiting into your garage. It adds a extra layer of protection against abrasion to your high voltage line. Otherwise you did good.
 

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Just a suggestion. I would install open snap ring bushings for the wire entering and exiting into your garage. It adds a extra layer of protection against abrasion to your high voltage line. Otherwise you did good.
Thx for the suggestion but there's actually no rubbing at all through the opening the way I have it. Stuffed some orange insulation in there and then some steel wool on the garage side to deter any mice from chewing their way in too.
 
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