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 Post subject: Plastic burning smell from port/handle when charging?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:38 pm 
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There is a 30A charger I have used and every time I use it I can smell the scent of burning plastic coming from the handle and port. Upon inspection, I notice that the port and connectors on the handle are indeed quite hot to the touch - however there is never any molten or soft plastic. And I can not discern any other damage occurring. I have used this charger many times. Is this normal, or should I be concerned I am doing damage?

This is the only 30A charger I have ever used so I have no other points of comparison.

Doesn't happen with Blinks, which I understand are now all less than 30A.


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 Post subject: Re: Plastic burning smell from port/handle when charging?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:13 pm 
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This is not normal, I check the temperature of my cables etc regularly and they are only occasionally mildly warm, never hot and there is never any smell. I am not an electrician, but that seems like you are risking damage to your charging port by using this one.

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 Post subject: Re: Plastic burning smell from port/handle when charging?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:17 pm 
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STOP USING THIS PLUG !!!

Please take a picture (you'll need a macro lens) of the pins on your car and post it here. Is there any damage like this?


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 Post subject: Re: Plastic burning smell from port/handle when charging?
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What unit is is? Who makes it?

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 Post subject: Re: Plastic burning smell from port/handle when charging?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:02 pm 
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4EVEREV wrote:
What unit is is? Who makes it?


By "it", I presume you mean the EVSE unit and plug manufacturer / model.

The Rav4 EV inlet is made by Yazaki.

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 Post subject: Re: Plastic burning smell from port/handle when charging?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:25 pm 
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Here is a close up of my charging port. Still looks OK to me.

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The charger is a PEP Station (http://www.pepstations.com/).


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 Post subject: Re: Plastic burning smell from port/handle when charging?
PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:51 am 
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Never heard of them it but it sounds like it could be your issue. I don't recognize the handle.

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 Post subject: Re: Plastic burning smell from port/handle when charging?
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i smell a burning odor in the trunk space(rear of the car) when i lift the carpet. (in the small storage space area), never too powerful to smell in cabin, but contsant in that specific area.

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 Post subject: Re: Plastic burning smell from port/handle when charging?
PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:52 am 
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OP, can you take picture of the J1772 handle? Is there a name of the manufacturer and model of the handle?

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 Post subject: Re: Plastic burning smell from port/handle when charging?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 1:55 pm 
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Here is the handle:

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It is a REMA Model REV-1-30C Type 3R.


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