charging 120 vs 240

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charging 120 vs 240

Postby lynne e » Sat Mar 05, 2016 5:58 pm

is there any problem with charging the leaf only with 120?

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Re: charging 120 vs 240

Postby Rogue One » Sat Mar 05, 2016 9:19 pm

There is no adverse effects to using the 110v, trickle-charge cable, other than it takes a very long time to fully charge the car.

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Re: charging 120 vs 240

Postby gmcjetpilot » Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:46 pm

I called Nissan LEAF customer service and asked them some questions about battery life and charging. According to this agent they recommend charging at LEVEL 2. Level 1 is for convenience when you don't have 220V. Will trickle hurt it? Don't think so, and I did not press the agent on if it would reduce life. The did offer that fast DC charging is not something you want to do often (if at all). Is there data to back that up or is this their opinion? Did you read the manual. Sometimes there are pearls of wisdom in there.

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Re: charging 120 vs 240

Postby BadQ45t » Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:52 am

The issue with the fast charging is it creates heat and the leaf has no ability to deal with heat. Nissan foolishly has not installed any active cooling as most/all other electric car vendors have done. So when you fast charge this creates more heat, which will kill your battery.

Every Leaf on the road has a dying battery just a question of how fast

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Re: charging 120 vs 240

Postby WesR32 » Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:59 pm

I think that is true level 2 is best over all. I do believe the fast charge once in a while can help battery so as you watch the temp. I have seen my Ahr and SOH move back up from a proper fast charge.

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Re: charging 120 vs 240

Postby HarryS212 » Tue Sep 08, 2020 2:01 pm

As long as the battery is not overheated quick charging does no harm.
The recommended charging temperature is 6-7 bars on the temperature gage. At lower and higher temperatures the charging rate is reduced. The battery should not be left at a low state of charge at temperatures below 0°F. The battery heater comes on at 0°F but not if the battery is below 30% if the car is not connected to the charging station.
Some do-it-yourselfers have routed a flexible duct from the HVAC to the battery compartment for cooling in hot ambient and heating in cold ambient temperatures. Perhaps some can inform the rest of us of the results?

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