120 v ext cord

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colinb
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OK to convert my 120v Volt Cable for a 220v Outlet

Postby colinb » Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:21 am

I have access to a 220v outlet in my garage from where the dryer used to be. Can I just purchase a plug converter for the 120v end of my Volt cable to get a faster charge? Is that safe or has anyone done that?

I'm a BRAND new Volt owner.. just got the car last night. Love it, and I'm exploring options for a faster charge other than installing a Level 2 charging station in my house.

Thanks everyone.

PatrickZWang
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Re: 120 v ext cord

Postby PatrickZWang » Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:57 pm

Hi Colin,

The unit with the car is not rated to run the higher power @ 220v, so i wouldn't advise you just change the plug. getting a real 240 station is the way to go. Not worth the risk IMHO.

Patrick

ElCapitan
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Re: 120 v ext cord

Postby ElCapitan » Tue Jul 09, 2013 3:27 pm

OK to convert my 120v Volt Cable for a 220v Outlet
I have access to a 220v outlet in my garage from where the dryer used to be. Can I just purchase a plug converter for the 120v end of my Volt cable to get a faster charge? Is that safe or has anyone done that?

I'm a BRAND new Volt owner.. just got the car last night. Love it, and I'm exploring options for a faster charge other than installing a Level 2 charging station in my house.

Thanks everyone.


Don't do that. I would imagine it would void your warranty immediately.

Labamba32
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Re: 120 v ext cord

Postby Labamba32 » Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:33 am

jamesrau wrote:You'll notice the 120VAC charger cord gets warm while charging. If you use a 12 ga. extension, it will get about equally warm. To be safe, I picked up a 10 ga. extension, which handles the amperage better, and stays completely cool while charging. It may be overkill, but I'd go with 10 gauge.


This is some great advice. I was using a higher gauge wire and it got so hot that it melted the plastic on the connection (luck for me it was between the the extension cords I was using and not the Volt charger). Given that I was wondering if anyone has been able to find a retractable 10 gauge extension cord? I have been scouring the internet and haven't found anything. I figure a retractable cord would look a bit nicer than a random extension down the driveway.

hollywoodjuicer
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Re: 120 v ext cord

Postby hollywoodjuicer » Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:29 pm

Interesting -- a good 12 gauge extension cord should be able to handle 15 amps without heating up. Were you charging at 8 amps or the 12 amp setting?


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