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 Post subject: New portable charging cord alternative
PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 10:40 pm 
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Here's a EV news report about a new product for a dual purpose, portable charging cord alternative.

http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/video?id=9415484#

Wouldn't it be nice if all EV manufacturers were providing THIS as standard equipment!

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 Post subject: Re: New portable charging cord alternative
PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 6:51 am 
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I have to give them credit, great marketing for a 16 amp unit.


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 Post subject: Re: New portable charging cord alternative
PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:23 pm 
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By looking at the video closely, the outlet required for "quicker" 240V - 20A charging operation is not very common in the U.S.; at least not for residential use, and imho, this product like so many others of a similar nature, is waaay too pricey. Also, it only comes with a 20' cord.

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 Post subject: Re: New portable charging cord alternative
PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 9:20 pm 
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The best application for this TurboCord unit is for AV to get automakers to include it with their vehicles that include 3.3kW on-board chargers. Then, installing the NEMA 6-20 outlet at home makes sense. If you already have a dedicated 120V outlet in your garage, there's a chance it could be re-wired to 240V for this unit. However, it requires 12ga wiring and I don't know how common that is. In addition, most garage outlets are daisy-chained from a single circuit breaker which would also prevent 240V conversion.

I noticed that the User's Manual for the 240V version specifically prohibits the use of ANY AC adapters. That makes it nearly useless in the wild. NEMA 6-20 is extremely rare in any application near a parking space. The only common application is Motel A/C units. IMHO, a Clipper Creek LCS-25 with adapters to NEMA 14 and NEMA 10-30 is a much better low cost solution for trips to "grandma's house".

This unit has also occupied the banner ad space at the top of this site for the last several days that I've visited.

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 Post subject: Re: New portable charging cord alternative
PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 2:14 am 
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Yes, every EV should come with the dual voltage 120/240 volt Turbocord.

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