Chevy Volt 120V Charger using in a level 1 electric car battery recharging. Actually, this is not a “charger” because the real charger is behind the Volt’s bumper on the right side. This charger is only a cord or we can say a charging cord. This cord is also known as an EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment).
When using this “charger” we should know that the power will remain off until we plug in the charging handle into the car and then the can send the power-on command. Plugging-in the cord in the rain or snow fall conditions is extremely dangerous. A live wire is surrounding us when we carry this in those conditions. It increases an electric shock accident and other hazards.
Using a Chevy Volt 120V Charger
This EVSE cord and plug compliant with a J1772 standard use in 125V. After connect, this charger will transfer electric current through the cord length. This electric power that will use to recharge the battery of the Chevy Volt. Before we unplug the connector from the car, the current will remain on. Be careful to do not do this in a rain or snow fall conditions, it is an extremely dangerous job if you do.
We can select charging current depend on the situation and electric power source. We can select the current between 8 Ampere or 12 Ampere. The higher current means less time charging, so it is very recommended to choose the higher one to get the best charging time. The charging current can be selected to accommodate use on the non-continuous load’s circuits. Make sure to connect the ground pin correctly to avoid the accident.
The Safety of Chevy Volt 120V Charger
There is a safety sensor to prevent the car while charging. The sensor uses a proximity detection pin to detect the car moving. This sensor prevents driver to driving away while recharging process. It will also prevent to tearing electrical cord from the wall and the car. The last part is The Control Pilot Pin to display the charging progress. This monitor display and give information about charge rate available to determine an amount of current allowed (in amperes) for the vehicle being charged.
According to the charging cord, it is very important to check it periodically to make sure it’s conditions. And make sure that the AC outlet is fine too. That’s because using the bad AC outlet (worn or damaged) for the charging cord may cause burns or start a fire. The indication of bad AC outlet can see by physical or by indicating the temperature of AC outlet on the wall. Do not use bad AC outlet for next charging.
Finally, if there is a trouble when using the Chevy Volt 120V Charger, it’s better to call the qualified electrician to solve the problem. Do not try to do it self if you do not have the required skill. It is very dangerous and may increase a risk of electric shock.
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