latca
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Charging from a Typical Dryer Plug

Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:01 am

Hi Everyone,

Is there such a thing as a standard for a dryer plug? I have an unused plug that is meant for a dryer since I have a natural gas powered dryer. From reading the boards, if I get a EVSE upgrade for the included charger I should be able to plug that into the dryer plug and get L2 charging right?

I'm wondering that since the plug was to be intended to be used for a dryer it would have the proper amperage and voltage to charge a leaf with the faster charging option? Or are there a bunch of different types of dryer plug and other variables to consider before knowing if it would be compatible.

Much Thanks!

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Re: Charging from a Typical Dryer Plug

Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:06 am

take a picture of the socket/breaker and post it.. but I'm sure it will be perfect for an upgraded panasonic portable EVSE

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Re: Charging from a Typical Dryer Plug

Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:18 am

latca wrote:Hi Everyone,

Is there such a thing as a standard for a dryer plug? I have an unused plug that is meant for a dryer since I have a natural gas powered dryer. From reading the boards, if I get a EVSE upgrade for the included charger I should be able to plug that into the dryer plug and get L2 charging right?

I'm wondering that since the plug was to be intended to be used for a dryer it would have the proper amperage and voltage to charge a leaf with the faster charging option? Or are there a bunch of different types of dryer plug and other variables to consider before knowing if it would be compatible.

Much Thanks!



You can easily use an adapter or change the outlet. There is no standard plug for a dryer but that is not relevant to the capacity required in this case. If you read the outlet it will have a number on the plastic with the outlet designation. As mentioned earlier you can also check the breaker or just call EVSE Upgrade and they will help you. Regardless of the type of dryer outlet it will have more capacity than required by the EVSE Upgrade so you will be fine.

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Re: Charging from a Typical Dryer Plug

Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:32 am

Take a look at available adapters.
http://www.evseadapters.com/

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Re: Charging from a Typical Dryer Plug

Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:32 pm

Or look at this post by GeekEV: http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=1450&start=18
Dryer outlets are almost always either NEMA 14-30 (newer ones) or 10-30 (older ones). The 30 means it can handle up to 30 amps (though that is actually 24 amps continuous). The LEAF maxes out at 16 amps.

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Re: Charging from a Typical Dryer Plug

Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:45 pm

4 prong is the 14-30, three prong is 10-30

All parts are available at Home Depot or buy the adapter premade from links given.
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Re: Charging from a Typical Dryer Plug

Sun May 06, 2012 9:02 am

I installed my Level 2 charger in my garage myself. I already had a dryer plug for my welder. When I bought my GE charger I made sure I got one with the dryer plug attached not a hard wired charger. The only problem I had was the cord and plug coming from the charger is very short. I had to get creative mounting the charger. 8-)

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Re: Charging from a Typical Dryer Plug

Sun May 06, 2012 6:43 pm

Not to hijack this topic, but why won't a simple 110 to 220V step-up transformer work ? Just searching Amazon, I am wondering if this would work ?

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=4000+watt+step+up+transformer


Of course, I realize that if it is as simple then I am sure everyone would go for that, instead of the expensive 220V installations in their garage, but I thought I would ask:

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Re: Charging from a Typical Dryer Plug

Sun May 06, 2012 6:56 pm

mkjayakumar wrote:Not to hijack this topic, but why won't a simple 110 to 220V step-up transformer work?

Jay, interesting idea, and this would indeed work if the outlet allowed a higher power draw. Unfortunately, it's likely limited to 15 amps, which translates to roughly 1.5 kW of continuos power. That means that you won't be able to use a 3.3 kW EVSE. Have a look at Quick 220 instead. There are older threads on the forum, which describe how to build and use your own Easy 220 adapter, but I can't seem to find them at the moment. Perhaps others can help with this.

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Re: Charging from a Typical Dryer Plug

Sun May 06, 2012 7:14 pm

Here is a thread on the DIY Quick 240.
viewtopic.php?f=26&t=4774
But, before ordering parts, make sure you have the L1 and L2 120 volt circuits readily available.

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