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Hey all,

I am new to this whole thing, Volt, forums, the like. I just purchased a (used) Volt and the 120v charger isn't working. It isn't covered under the Voltec warranty as stated by the dealership, and I am a social worker for the homeless. Any help would be great with tips, discounted level 1 charger, a high five. Anything. I look forward to getting to know people and learn more!
 

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Welcome. It would be a good idea to plug your car in to a public charging station to make sure the car is able to charge. Also try plugging your charge cord into a different electrical outlet. Those can help narrow down the problem. Do you have any warning lights turned on at the instrument panel?
 
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Ummm, that might be a good thing. My used Volt came with a brand new L2 charger ($200) apparently American made. While A 120v would have worked for me and my situation, it's just nicer using the L2.
 

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It is able to charge, I checked at the dealership, the car is perfect, the charger is just shot. Unfortunately, getting a level 2 charger and installation is out of my price range as I don't make much.
 

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A few questions:

  • Where are you?
  • What year Volt?
  • Did you knowingly buy it without the EVSE working?
  • Have you asked the seller to cover the replacement?
  • What is the color of the cord from the EVSE to the wall (the short cord)?
 

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I am in Northern Michigan
It is a 2012
It worked for the past 2 months, so no, I did not knowingly purchase it without the EVSE working
The seller is a local dealership, and they refuse to cover it
The short cord is black, and the long cord is orange.
 

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Try plugging it in a different outlet.
 

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If you search on Ebay you will find a seller who offers to repair EVSEs for a flat fixed price, less than half the cost of a new EVSE even from one lower cost off-shore brands (check Ebay or Amazon for prices.)
 
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If there are no lights, there might be a fuse inside that is blown. I've not taken one apart but I seem to remember reading something about that. If you aren't comfortable doing that maybe you know some one that is into repairing computers etc. that could look at it. I can appreciate the fact that you have limited funds to throw at it. You could check local electronic sales sites (Craigslist etc.) to see if somebody is selling their L1 after going to L2. A quick search on eBay shows a 110V charger a company is selling for $165. Don't know anything about it other than a 2 year guarantee. Some people say the off shore made ones aren't as good. The other option is the one I got with my car, $200 for an L2 charger (made in San Diego) which is a good alternative to L1 but you need a 20 amp, 240V outlet with twist lock or other push in outlet (it comes with a pigtail for the two types of connection). If you have to add that outlet you would need that installed in garage/car port/parking space and that cost would depend on you knowing an electrician or some handy to get permit/inspection to keep it legal and your house insurance intact. That price can vary widely depending on your situation/who you know.

Link to Quick Charge Power:

https://www.quickchargepower.com/featured-products
 
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