Safe lubricant for charging plug

Discussion in 'Clarity' started by Tangible, May 1, 2018.

  1. Tangible

    Tangible Active Member

    I bought a 240V Jekeyla EVSE that's working well, except that insertion and removal is very difficult, unlike the 120V unit that came with the Clarity. I'm wondering whether it would be safe and useful to apply some dielectric silicone lubricant to the plug.

    Has anyone had experience with this?
     
  2. KentuckyKen

    KentuckyKen Well-Known Member

    Yes. I have used it and it’s fine in this application. Oem plug was fine and it made my ChargePoint plug easier for my surgically repaired arm to use.
     
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  3. rodeknyt

    rodeknyt Active Member

    I got the Jekayla charger too, and I've found that the more you use it the less snug it gets.
     
  4. Tangible

    Tangible Active Member

    Yeah, in my case it was my spinal surgeon who warned me against too much exertion, so I know where you're coming from. I will break out the lube tube. (Dr. Ruth should be in on this conversation.)
     
  5. KentuckyKen

    KentuckyKen Well-Known Member

    I feel your pain Tangible, especially the back. I’m on my third round of thermal nerve ablation. My other suggestion is to mount your level 2 EVSE a little higher than the instructions say to so you don’t bend over at all. Also if you use the oem, then buy a wall holder for the plug (very cheap) so you don’t have to bend over for it either. You just unplug from car and plug in to that and can leave the brick plugged into wall. So no bending over.
    Amazon and eBay have them for around $10-12 like this
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    And can we start calling it dielectric silicone grease so I won’t feel lewd when I plug in.
     
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  6. jdonalds

    jdonalds Well-Known Member

    This is my solution
     
  7. Tangible

    Tangible Active Member

    @jdonalds That's brilliant. Unfortunately I need to move my EVSE between two homes fairly often, and I don't want to fork over another $400 to have one in each garage.

    @KentuckyKen OK, "grease" it is. When I first started buying parts to feed my ham radio habit at age 12 I was too embarrassed to ask the sales clerk for "male" and "female" connectors. This was 1958, a more innocent time. My blushing days are over, and Amazon is non-judgmental, so it's all good.

    I'm going to buy the "holster you pictured, unless I can find something that doesn't cause the plug to jut out perpendicular to the wall.
     
  8. KentuckyKen

    KentuckyKen Well-Known Member

    Jdonalds, my back is envious of that solution and my wallet is envious of your solar set up. I’m going to consider that refactor idea. And perhaps now I love my white Clarity 1% less after seeing your red solar slingshot!
    If you didn’t live in the Socialist Republic of Cali, I’d ask you to adopt me.
     
  9. KentuckyKen

    KentuckyKen Well-Known Member

    Tangible, you could mount a block of wood of sufficient depth to allow it to mount perpendicular or 45 degree to the wall if space is a concern.

    I too miss the innocence of our youth. The times they are achanging.
     
  10. Domenick

    Domenick Administrator Staff Member

    I can't speak to the other manufacturers, but I think ClipperCreek EVSE comes with the wall holder. Or at least they come with the factory-certified pre-owned versions they sell now that I wrote about last week.
     
    Last edited: May 1, 2018
  11. KentuckyKen

    KentuckyKen Well-Known Member

    Domenick, we’re talking about a holster for the oem EVSE that’s just a brick with charging cord/plug handle in a bag.
     
  12. Tangible

    Tangible Active Member

    I bought this one:
    http://a.co/6wCxZq5

    I think at least some of the ClipperCreek and JuiceBox units do come with the holster, but the Jekeyla doesn't.
     
  13. Domenick

    Domenick Administrator Staff Member

    Right. I think I understand what you mean. The plastic piece you can holster the J1772 connector into, that's attached to the wall.
     
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  14. Kendalf

    Kendalf Active Member

    @jdonalds Your video reminded me of your post over on the Solar Panel Talk forum about the issue you had with clipping because the installer put too small of an inverter in. Did you ever get that resolved? My installer almost got away with putting in a 5kW inverter when I requested the SE6000h. Like you, I installed solar after getting the Clarity, due to the fact that charging the vehicle basically doubled our daily electrical usage.
     
  15. Tangible

    Tangible Active Member

    Since we're now talking about solar panels, I'll take this opportunity to pick the brains of those who know about such things, to save myself some painful number crunching:

    My roof generates about 10 MWh per year. How many miles of Clarity driving will that account for? (roughly, of course)
     
  16. Kendalf

    Kendalf Active Member

    @Tangible Assuming an average car efficiency of 4 miles/kWh, and a level 2 charging efficiency of 90%, here's what I figure:

    90% efficiency means 9,000 kWh input to car battery.
    At 4 mi/kWh, that will mean 4mi x 9,000kWh = 36,000 miles.
     
  17. Tangible

    Tangible Active Member

    That’s cool. I wish I could really use my own electricity rather than the technical and financial hoop jumping that characterizes the system today. Still, it’s nice to know. Thanks.
     
  18. jdonalds

    jdonalds Well-Known Member

    The four cars we purchased before the Clarity were all white. It was time to change. My wife's least favorite color is green so Crimson it was.
    We've adopted four children so what's one more! I always tell people we'll take their kids and raise them but we'll bring them back when they turn 13 years of age.
     

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