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Good morning. Just bought a new home and a 2014 Volt. Love the car so far but would like to get a rapid charge setup. The home has a plug next to the dryer which isn't in use. I believe from what I have found on-line it is a NEMA 6-50. Does that look correct to you from the picture below? Do they have a Level 2 EVSE with this orientation all ready to go? What Amps should I be looking for? Sorry, still very new to this. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
 

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Your Volt won't benefit from anything above 15Amps so unless you are wanting to spend more to future-proof your EVSE purchase, I'd recommend getting a Clipper Creek LCS-20 and attach the appropriate plug to the end. I did this for a 30Amp plug that my homebuilder put in my garage for EV charging. (Kicking myself for not asking for a 40 or 50 Amp circuit when they put it in)

Thread with picture of mine using a NEMA 14-30 plug I bought at Home Depot: http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread...neider-Electric-EV230WS&p=1882537#post1882537
 

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To answer your question, though, Clipper Creek offers several of their chargers with a NEMA 6-50 plug preassembled:

(When I got mine they did not offer the LCS-20 with a plug preassembles)
Great, thank you so much Eric. I really appreciate the help
 

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Stupid question, why do they show some of the sockets upside down and others right side up?
 

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OK, thought I was missing out on some vital information or something. Thanks again :)
 

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The Clipper Creek guys might have an answer - in my experience they were pretty quick to respond to emails. Is one of the reasons I went with them over other brands. (that, and the raving reviews by others here :) )
 

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That may not be a 240 volt outlet. In fact it looks like a standard 120 volt outlet that is rated at up to 250 volts. Before doing anything you should check it with a voltmeter. Do NOT plug your 120 volt charger into that outlet until you know for sure. In any case, if you want to charge at faster rate, you should purchase a 240 volt charger and have an electrician install it.

Everyone's lifestyle is different, but I have only used the standard 120 volt charger for my 2012 volt and have rarely felt the need for the higher charging rate. For me it would have been a waste of money.
 

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Stupid question, why do they show some of the sockets upside down and others right side up?
Why are you writing about the orientation? Electrons flow in any direction from the source to the load, so that isn't important. I have seen outlets mounted on the ceiling in garages for the electric door openers (and, no, no electrons fall out when unused!).
 

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I think the OP posted this twice. there are two threads on it. see my post in the other thread.
 

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Why are you writing about the orientation? Electrons flow in any direction from the source to the load, so that isn't important. I have seen outlets mounted on the ceiling in garages for the electric door openers (and, no, no electrons fall out when unused!).
Just out of curiosity. Thank you for the ever so helpful explanation though
 

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Good morning. Just bought a new home and a 2014 Volt. Love the car so far but would like to get a rapid charge setup. The home has a plug next to the dryer which isn't in use. I believe from what I have found on-line it is a NEMA 6-50. Does that look correct to you from the picture below? Do they have a Level 2 EVSE with this orientation all ready to go? What Amps should I be looking for? Sorry, still very new to this. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
That does look like a NEMA 6-50 which is also called a welder plug. There are several companies that use this design, as it's almost as common as the 14-50 standard. You need to check what the the rating on the breaker is for that circuit. If it's 40A, any L2 32-40A charger will do. Plenty of choices out there,
 

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Stupid question, why do they show some of the sockets upside down and others right side up?
They are demonstrating they can connect to either an outlet installed ABOVE their unit or BELOW their unit...:)
 

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Chris TX on this forum can make you a pigtail adapter to go from your 2nd gen Volt charging cable to your dryer outlet. I think he charges ~$60.

Or, if you'd rather make your own, this thread discusses it ad nauseum:

://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?218442-2016-Volt-120v-EVSE-is-L1-L2-Conversion-Capable (just add "http" in front)

Also, this diagram really helps:

://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?218442-Gen2-Volt-EVSE-conversion-to-L2-L1-combo-DONE!&p=3033402#post3033402

I made my own adapter earlier this year, and it's been working flawlessly.

Enjoy your Volt!
 

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There are many Level 2 Chargers on Amazon with the same warranty as any Clipper etc. I have the Portable AeroEnvironment from 2 years ago, had a problem in second month. They expressed me a new one immediately before I needed to return the defective one. Not one problem since. The price then was $500, it's now $460. There are others under $300, I would purchase now without hesitation! Just need to change or utilize whatever outlet you have to 240 volts link to 20 amps breaker. No need to futz around and build something unnecessary! This is of course if you're in a garage. Lots of people charge in their driveways where theft can be an issue. You'll never regret being able to quick charge!!
 

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I have also had great success simply adapting the Chevy supplied charger to 220v. 2014 vintage. Cheap. The faster charging time is really useful. And if it ever burns up, I'll just get a new charger that's actually designed to double duty.
 
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