Nah, not novelty; industrial equipment. It's on par with commercial power-handling stuff, which admittedly has some small-run expenses built in. And many EVSEs are built to that level of engineering: the 1" diameter cords will remain flexible and safe for decades of multiple pluggings every day under many weather conditions, they use hardy relays to control power, etc. Some of the other EVSEs are more "consumer goods" that aren't, but since the competition is Leviton, there's little incentive to be more than somewhat cheaper.EVSE is still a novelty and priced as such.
Once they become a mass market item
The China price for a 20amp variety should fall below $100
Too bad we are still in the early adopter stage.
This does not work with all L1 EVSEs. If it's a 2011-14 EVSE, that adapter will release the magic smoke.I picked one of these up from a member here on the site. Works beautifully and can be used as a L1 EVSE with only a plug adapter. It's worked flawlessly since October.
Not associated with the seller other than a happy buyer.
On a side note, he does list it with alternative plugs that suit more popular outlets if you don't have the 6-20.
This is a bad stance to take on amazon lately (at least on items sold by third parties) - I've noticed more and more crap products getting a massive amount of 5* reviews - they're being given away free in exchange for 5*.Well looking at all the reviews, many of which are 5 star, why not?
Chris, I think you've changed the topic . . . Freshcut is talking about buying the Duosida L2 EVSE from BSAelectronics (VegasBrad) and an adapter for use as an L1 . . . nothing to do with the Volt OEM L1 EVSE.This does not work with all L1 EVSEs. If it's a 2011-14 EVSE, that adapter will release the magic smoke.
If it's a 2013-14 EVSE, it can be modified to do L1 and L2. If it's a 2015+ EVSE, it can use the L2 Adapters (see my sig links)
That's a matter of perspective. The OP is talking about a portable evse, not an installation, and he's buying a used car not new. Also, your case is unique to your scenario. In my case case I spent a bit more to run a 240v 20amp line from my building to the garage— I bought what I need now. When I buy another electric car in 3 to 5 years it will be trivial to upgrade that line, and change out the outlet.I wouldn't cheap out on an EVSE, a good one isn't that expensive. A ClipperCreek is less than $600, my electrician charged me $375 to run a 50A line and hook up the CC so all it it was < $1K, the Volt was stickered at $39K, even after the tax credit, state rebate, and trade in it still cost $25K so 1K on top of that is nothing. The EVSE is going to be there for at least 10 years, maybe much longer, so if you amortize it over that time it's $100 a year. Get an L2 that can support 7.2KW or better because your next car will need that.
Several people on this message board have been pleased with that model.This is a bad stance to take on amazon lately (at least on items sold by third parties) - I've noticed more and more crap products getting a massive amount of 5* reviews - they're being given away free in exchange for 5*.
You have to be far more critical these days.