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by SparkE
Wed Jul 21, 2021 6:06 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Spark ev catching fire
Replies: 4
Views: 1507

Re: Spark ev catching fire

more gas vehicles catch fire than battery vehicles. but that never makes it into the press.
by SparkE
Fri Jul 16, 2021 6:15 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Slow charging (only about mile range added each hour)
Replies: 3
Views: 1007

Re: Slow charging (only about mile range added each hour)

The range is a GUESS by the car's computer of how far you can drive. Look at this picture (I hope it loads) : https://icdn.digitaltrends.com/image/digitaltrends/2014-chevrolet-sparkev-067b.jpg On the far left is "62 mi" in a blue ball, the car's guess as to the range. Next to that is a 10 bar (green...
by SparkE
Wed Jun 16, 2021 3:18 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: service battery charging system
Replies: 53
Views: 58208

Re: service battery charging system

It might be an intermittent problem with the DC-DC converter (which charges the 12V battery). OR, some component between the DC-DC converter and the 12V is flakey. I would suggest : * having your mechanic check to see if there are any error codes via OBD2 port *going to the dealer and talking to the...
by SparkE
Sat Apr 24, 2021 2:02 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Adapter / extension cord in one?
Replies: 2
Views: 1266

Re: Adapter / extension cord in one?

And going from NEMA 14-30 (30 amp socket in the wall) to NEMA 14-50 (50 amp plug) generally isn't a good idea. Even if in your particular situation it is safe (your 14-50 plug is connected to a 16-amp EVSE). bad things happen when mismatches are possible. Going from a 50-amp socket to a 30-amp plug ...
by SparkE
Wed Feb 03, 2021 6:53 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Level 1 Charger with 16 amps
Replies: 1
Views: 1617

Re: Level 1 Charger with 16 amps

The EVSE (what you call a "charger" - the charger is actually in the car) tells the vehicle what it can provide. The Spark pulls what it pulls. The spark will *never* pull more than 12 amps on 120V. NEVER. The max the SparkEV will pull at 240V is 3.3 kW. So buying anything over a 16A 240V charger is...
by SparkE
Mon Feb 01, 2021 1:33 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: "Propulsion Power Is Reduced" + "Service Vehicle Soon," 12V Battery is New
Replies: 10
Views: 3885

Re: "Propulsion Power Is Reduced" + "Service Vehicle Soon," 12V Battery is New

Bingo. Thank you. I just found that same Delco LN1AGM elsewhere on the forum. I could put that in myself, right? Doesn't seem like it would require anything special. A wrench to undo the bolts, take out old battery, put in new, screw bolts back on. BUT - you already paid for a battery from AAA. *TH...
by SparkE
Sat Jan 30, 2021 11:51 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: "Propulsion Power Is Reduced" + "Service Vehicle Soon," 12V Battery is New
Replies: 10
Views: 3885

Re: "Propulsion Power Is Reduced" + "Service Vehicle Soon," 12V Battery is New

8.5 V is "dead battery" - as in completely useless. Talk to your neighbors and see if anybody has a battery charger that you can borrow for a day.
by SparkE
Fri Jan 29, 2021 9:05 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: "Propulsion Power Is Reduced" + "Service Vehicle Soon," 12V Battery is New
Replies: 10
Views: 3885

Re: "Propulsion Power Is Reduced" + "Service Vehicle Soon," 12V Battery is New

12.22 Volts is low , about 50% - full charge it should be around 12.6V .

I wouldn't think that 12.22V would cause a problem, but to be sure I would trickle charge the 12V battery overnight.
by SparkE
Fri Jan 08, 2021 2:26 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Battery Degradation vs Battery Limited Warranty
Replies: 131
Views: 103132

Re: Battery Degradation vs Battery Limited Warranty

Still not a warm and fuzzy, as I think someone here mentioned they don't really test capacity? I just let her know that I'll just continue to drive the car for the next year or so and if I truly do dip below 40%, then I would schedule the appointment. Frankly, I would drive it until it either (1) n...

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