trentr
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Switch to turn off Blink?

Thu May 19, 2011 2:29 pm

I plug-in at work during the week and rarely use my Blink charger at home. Currently, I unplug the unit or use the circuit breaker to turn it off. It is actually not connecting to the internet anyway. So, is it ok to use the circuit breaker as a switch? If not, how hard would it be to install a regular switch? My Blink has a plug that connects to an outlet. This is to save electricity of course.
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Re: Switch to turn off Blink?

Thu May 19, 2011 2:34 pm

Use the plug at the bottom in the safety box.
That may just be for hardwiring.

Unplug it.

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Re: Switch to turn off Blink?

Thu May 19, 2011 2:38 pm

trentr wrote:I plug-in at work during the week and rarely use my Blink charger at home. Currently, I unplug the unit or use the circuit breaker to turn it off. It is actually not connecting to the internet anyway. So, is it ok to use the circuit breaker as a switch? If not, how hard would it be to install a regular switch? My Blink has a plug that connects to an outlet. This is to save electricity of course.
I think you would need a heavy duty disconnect, rated for at least 40A.

Or just use the breaker -- which will eventually wear out. The breaker alone is about $10 or so but the replacement could cost you more if you want an electrician to replace it.

However, as part of the EV project, you are supposed to have internet connection with the Blink network.
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Re: Switch to turn off Blink?

Thu May 19, 2011 2:38 pm

trentr wrote:I plug-in at work during the week and rarely use my Blink charger at home. Currently, I unplug the unit or use the circuit breaker to turn it off. It is actually not connecting to the internet anyway. So, is it ok to use the circuit breaker as a switch? If not, how hard would it be to install a regular switch? My Blink has a plug that connects to an outlet. This is to save electricity of course.
Neither the receptacle nor the circuit breaker are designed for frequent use. I'd also worry a little bit about the Blink itself. I'm sure they didn't design it for frequent power cycles, either.

Anyway, if you're planning to continue to disconnect on a daily or semi-weekly basis, I'd consider installing a switch designed for the job.
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Re: Switch to turn off Blink?

Thu May 19, 2011 2:42 pm

correct, circuit breakers are not switch rated.
Ideally, the handle should ony be used to reset the circuit in the event of a malfunction.
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Re: Switch to turn off Blink?

Thu May 19, 2011 2:49 pm

Yes, I'm waiting for Blink to update the SD card so that I get the latest firmware(1.5?). The current firmware I have is so unreliable with wi-fi and even ethernet hard-wired. If Blink can reduce the stand-by wattage, then I don't need to turn the unit off. I read that it is consuming 22 watts or so on stand-by. That's way too high esp if I rarely use the unit. Currently, I only use it on weekends. Guess, I'll just wait for the next firmware that will reduce vampire loads. By the way, Comcast set-top boxes consume 25 watts on standby, this is the one w/o DVR.
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Re: Switch to turn off Blink?

Thu May 19, 2011 9:04 pm

I've measured mine at 12 watts. Not enough for me to even give it a second thought.
trentr wrote:Yes, I'm waiting for Blink to update the SD card so that I get the latest firmware(1.5?). The current firmware I have is so unreliable with wi-fi and even ethernet hard-wired. If Blink can reduce the stand-by wattage, then I don't need to turn the unit off. I read that it is consuming 22 watts or so on stand-by. That's way too high esp if I rarely use the unit. Currently, I only use it on weekends. Guess, I'll just wait for the next firmware that will reduce vampire loads. By the way, Comcast set-top boxes consume 25 watts on standby, this is the one w/o DVR.
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Re: Switch to turn off Blink?

Thu May 19, 2011 10:31 pm

mogur wrote:I've measured mine at 12 watts. Not enough for me to even give it a second thought.
Agreed. My Blink standby power only represents about 2 weeks of LEAF driving per year... oh wait; never mind, that's 450 miles.

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Re: Switch to turn off Blink?

Thu May 19, 2011 10:49 pm

Standby is 12.4W here, measured by the SDG&E meter.
That's 8.9kWh a month, 107kWh a year.

To put it in perspective, a modern fridge/freezer is 52W average, so the Blink is using about 1/4 the power of my fridge, which doesn't seem right.

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Re: Switch to turn off Blink?

Fri May 20, 2011 5:51 am

You could probably save more than that by just going on a diet and losing 20 pounds <Grin>!
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mogur wrote:I've measured mine at 12 watts. Not enough for me to even give it a second thought.
Agreed. My Blink standby power only represents about 2 weeks of LEAF driving per year... oh wait; never mind, that's 450 miles.
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