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Re: Blink charger problems

Mon Feb 20, 2012 12:39 pm

jason98 wrote:
91040 wrote:Have you left it unplugged for a while, say 30 minutes? That might help.
It has been unplugged actually. Plugging in does not result in a "handshake", and pressing the charge button in the car does not start charging.
I think he meant leaving the Blink unit unplugged from the wall for at least 30 minutes so that the Blink unit has no power and all the capacitors in it have time to discharge. That way your Blink unit will do a complete reboot.

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Re: Blink charger problems

Mon Feb 20, 2012 12:51 pm

kevin672 wrote: I think he meant leaving the Blink unit unplugged from the wall for at least 30 minutes so that the Blink unit has no power and all the capacitors in it have time to discharge. That way your Blink unit will do a complete reboot.
Yes, I should have been clearer. 30 minutes seems long enough to do that without question.

The Blink has re-booted successfully after being unplugged for a few seconds and other times not. It has exhibited the same behavior when left unplugged for over an hour, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't clear the problem. However, I have never had it fail to provide a charge.
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Re: Blink charger problems

Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:01 am

kevin672 wrote: I think he meant leaving the Blink unit unplugged from the wall for at least 30 minutes so that the Blink unit has no power and all the capacitors in it have time to discharge. That way your Blink unit will do a complete reboot.
Yes, unplugging for longer time seemed to work. For a few days - then it starts over.
But at least I know how to fix it now. Thanks!

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Re: Blink charger problems

Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:31 am

After about eight months of trouble-free Blinkness, last night it failed to charge.

This morning, its screen was on, but black (or dark grey). Couldn't revive it by tapping.

Unplugged, let it set, re-plugged. The splash screen came up, but then back to black.

Plugged in to the Leaf, neither the Blink nor the Leaf acted like anything had happened.

Damn!

Trouble call placed, waiting to get scheduled for a visit.
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Re: Blink charger problems

Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:43 am

lonndoggie wrote:After about eight months of trouble-free Blinkness, last night it failed to charge.
Bummer. Is your Blink on 2.0 or still on 1.8?

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Re: Blink charger problems

Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:08 pm

lonndoggie wrote:After about eight months of trouble-free Blinkness, last night it failed to charge.

This morning, its screen was on, but black (or dark grey). Couldn't revive it by tapping.

Unplugged, let it set, re-plugged. The splash screen came up, but then back to black.

Plugged in to the Leaf, neither the Blink nor the Leaf acted like anything had happened.

Damn!

Trouble call placed, waiting to get scheduled for a visit.
My screen went blank yesterday also, but the unit still charges. I wonder if they pushed the update out to it, since I was running on 1.8 still as of a few days ago. When I reboot, the screen comes up, so it is not totally broken--a "Blink" splash screen flashes on with "please wait", then it goes thru the screen calibration procedure, then turns to blank again, and no touching retrieves anything or turns on the menu screen, etc. I called in and they opened a trouble ticket, but since I can still charge, they told me it is low priority and could take weeks to get someone out. :shock:

This is my first problem with it in 11 months of trouble-free use, but at least I can still charge the car!

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Re: Blink charger problems

Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:09 pm

drees wrote:
lonndoggie wrote:After about eight months of trouble-free Blinkness, last night it failed to charge.
Bummer. Is your Blink on 2.0 or still on 1.8?
2.0; has been for quite a while, I was one of the beta testers.

Tom--yeah, when I told them I couldn't charge, they said they'd try to get someone out ASAP. I don't get the calibration screen or anything after the white boot-up screen.
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Re: Blink charger problems

Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:49 am

Well, after leaving the Blink unplugged for an hour instead of a minute, it rebooted yesterday and the screen came back, but even after going through the calibration process, it is still off on some screens and I can't configure it correctly. It still charged overnight again, and surprisingly, I got a call from Ecotality that they are going to be out today to change my SD card. I did see that I am still on ver. 1.8, so it wasn't an update to 2.0 that caused this hiccup.

Hopefully they are getting to Loondoggie today too, since he can't even charge and should be a higher priority.

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1st bar lost at 31,953 miles
2nd bar lost at 38,685 miles
3rd bar lost at 50,711 miles
4th bar lost at 59,758 miles after 64 months
Battery replaced at 61,307 miles.

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Re: Blink charger problems

Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:03 pm

The "brains" of my Blink had been dead since 12/27/2011. The car could still charge display would freeze or be blank and the unit would not be reachable from the network. I've unplugged for differing amounts of time and it wouldn't come back. Blink customer support had diagnosed it as needing a SD card (apparently it is part of a suspect batch). Blink decided they won't dispatch anyone until they had new SD cards w/ 2.0 cards on it.

A few days ago I got a hold of a used Coulomb CT500 EVSE. To test the Coulomb I unplugged the Blink. After a couple of days of using the CT500 I unplugged it tonight to make room in garage for another project. I plugged in the Blink expecting to be back at the black screen again but to my great surprise it was in the setup screen. I went through the setup and appears to be working (for now).

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Re: Blink charger problems

Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:39 am

arnolddeleon wrote:I plugged in the Blink expecting to be back at the black screen again but to my great surprise it was in the setup screen. I went through the setup and appears to be working (for now).
Leaving it unplugged for an extended period, as some have suggested above, does seem to matter in a "cold boot" of the unit. However, although my screen did come up after waiting an hour, the display content was still corrupted--some screens in the setup process were offset, and the formatting of the text was wrong, with some lists of choices in very small text with no clear place to touch to choose that option. In trying to use the direct intranet connection to manage it, I continually got "http error 502" when accessing the network setup also. After the SD card was replaced with a new Sandisk unit yesterday (which still had ver. 1.8 of the firmware, BTW), the screen responded correctly to all setup commands and direct communication over the intranet is flawless now. The tech said it would be able to update to 2.0 when that is pushed out now as well. He did mention a bad batch of micro sd cards in the early units, and identified mine as one from the serial number.

The one hooker in my service call was that we found the insulation melted back about 2" on the 8-gauge wire on the line side of contactor #1 in the unit. This may have been due to a connector lug not tightened enough during initial assembly, or from vibration of the contactor in use slowly loosening the lug, according to the tech. He had not seen this before, and took pictures to send back to the office with his report. He is coming back out with a new length of black 8AWG wire this morning to repair this fault. It was a little disturbing to me to think that it got hot enough to melt the insulation on the wire. Can you say "fire danger?"

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2011 SLe #1317 del. 4/1/11
1st bar lost at 31,953 miles
2nd bar lost at 38,685 miles
3rd bar lost at 50,711 miles
4th bar lost at 59,758 miles after 64 months
Battery replaced at 61,307 miles.

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