thinksmall wrote: ↑
Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:52 pm
I have followed this thread hoping some solution would be found. I saw a comment on Plugshare where someone was able to charge his Spark on an ABB charger in Albany OR recently by holding up the plug cable. I thought I'd give it a try here in Vancouver Wa. I have tried several of these chargers here several months ago with no luck. Even the customer service could not get them to work although I held the plug in and wiggled it and whatever else we could think of. The credit card readers would not work either. So I tried again today. First I just plugged in and tried the credit card reader since the app was down. I was verified but the charger would not initialize. I reinserted the plug but this time held up the cable with one hand while the card reader verified my card and the charger initialized and started charging normally!!! I was afraid that if I let go of the cable that the charge would stop so set it up on a steel post. I let it charge to 90 % and then as a test removed the cable from the post and let the weight hang on the plug and it continued to charge no problem. That would seem to indicate that the cable only has to be held during initialization. I saw a max of 47 KW which is normal and about what I see on the evgo chargers. Maybe a few others could try this technique and report back. I'm thinking of making a stick I could put under the charge cable to hold it up. Special charging tool # ABBspark ! Oh, and yes I have done the charge port mod which didn't help when I tried the ABB chargers before but helped on the evgo chargers.
Very interesting! One thing I noticed is during all of my ABB testing was that many of the ABB cable plugs put a "severe" twist on the car's socket when the plug was inserted. But... even the ones I tried, that had "just a little" twist, did not work either. There is a silver latch in the car's socket that falls into place during the initialization step. Charging will not start if this latch does not drop into place and there was often enough twist to prevent the latch from falling into place. The socket modification you mentioned was corrected in the 2016 Spark EV.
Fortunately, a second EA charging location opened along my Friday route and it has chargers manufactured by BTCPower. So far, BTCPower chargers at a number of different locations have worked for me every time. But... I am going to try supporting the cable during initialization using ABB chargers and see if that works. I will try supporting the cable while also using the EA APP to start the charging cycle. Should be interesting!
The plug in the video is quite different from those I see here in Central California. Still, I would not mind purchasing the adapter if it works for the "California" plugs.
UPDATE 13-Jan-20: I drove to my closest EA charging station which is located 30 miles away in Turlock. I tried the 350 kWH ABB charger and could not get it to charge. Then I tried a 150 EA ABB charger. I supported the plug with one hand while using my other hand to activate the charging session via the EA APP on my phone. IT WORKED!!
Now, on Friday, I plan to try the 150 kWh ABB chargers at the San Francisco Premium Outlets in Livermore to see if they will work too. Previously, I had a 100% failure rate.