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Blink "charging anxiety"

Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:05 pm

Question from someone who doesn't yet have car, but has Blink and is worried about the Blink technology & support. Background - I got my Blink installed a few weeks ago and have had nothing but problems with it. Won't stay on network, fails to update, looses settings, etc. and 3 of the 4 support e-mails to the Blink helpdesk have gone unanswered and the one that they did respond to was escalated to an "engineer" who again didn't follow up.

With that, I'm getting anxious about picking up a car that I possibly can't charge in the over night window as expected. So my questions is, if I put my Blink in the 'charge on connection" state, and use the LEAF's charging schedule administration capabilities (in-car or CarWings), can I be certain that the Blink will essentially act as a passive L2 EVSE?

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Re: Blink "charging anxiety"

Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:10 pm

leafnode wrote:With that, I'm getting anxious about picking up a car that I possibly can't charge in the over night window as expected. So my questions is, if I put my Blink in the 'charge on connection" state, and use the LEAF's charging schedule administration capabilities (in-car or CarWings), can I be certain that the Blink will essentially act as a passive L2 EVSE?
My Blink hasn't connected to my wireless network for the last 5 days and has been charging my car 100% without any issues. I don't use any vehicle charging timers and use a climate control timer for departure at 6:30am with the Blink configured to allow charging from 10pm to 6:30am, Monday through Friday, and the whole day on Saturday and Sunday.
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Re: Blink "charging anxiety"

Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:12 pm

Maybe I am a special / lucky case. My car was delivered on 3/31 (before Blink).

Blink was installed last weekend. It went through one firmware upgrade cycle after the installation.

Then it just works without me having to fiddle with anything. I am charging using Leaf's charging timer (to 80%).
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Re: Blink "charging anxiety"

Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:20 pm

There's a thread that discusses how you can turn it into a dumb EVSE, though you're probably violating your agreement by doing so.

http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=3279

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Re: Blink "charging anxiety"

Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:24 pm

blink says it will charge fine without connectivity, but they will want you to work with them to connect it.

if you have a smart connect or easy connect on your router, try using that after the first dont pass. it solved my problems.

they also report that 1.4a has a sleep mode. I am not sure I believe that. but I am cking by powering up my unit. i dont have the car yet.
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Re: Blink "charging anxiety"

Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:01 pm

I have done this (Blink=charge on connection, LEAF=charge timer) with no problems so far. Have had it a week.

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Re: Blink "charging anxiety"

Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:07 pm

Can we please stick to the existing Blink threads, there are several already and they are getting redundant.

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Re: Blink "charging anxiety"

Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:38 pm

GeekEV wrote:There's a thread that discusses how you can turn it into a dumb EVSE, though you're probably violating your agreement by doing so.

http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=3279
Thanks. I'm not interested in hacking my Blink. In fact, I've already signed the agreement to that effect. As opposed to what's captured in the other threads, I'm hoping to establish that I can, in fact, charge my car with the logic side of the Blink not connected (but still on), not up to date (firmware) and generally acting randomly. Of course, this negates another Blink agreement item (reporting), but it's not based on user action, rather technical readiness of installed Blink unit. The larger issue is taking delivery of a car that can't be charged. Based on the responses, I'm feeling less "anxious" about that. Thanks
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Re: Blink "charging anxiety"

Tue Apr 12, 2011 3:00 pm

Knock on wood, mine has worked flawlessly since it was installed about 5 weeks ago. I use a timer on the car only to charge to 80 percent and have it set for a start and end time of 12pm.
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Re: Blink "charging anxiety"

Tue Apr 12, 2011 3:08 pm

thankyouOB wrote:blink says it will charge fine without connectivity, but they will want you to work with them to connect it.

if you have a smart connect or easy connect on your router, try using that after the first dont pass. it solved my problems.

they also report that 1.4a has a sleep mode. I am not sure I believe that. but I am cking by powering up my unit. i dont have the car yet.
just got an email From Blink.
1.4 is NOT sleep mode. that will come later.
my rep apologized as he was corrected by a supe.
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