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Plug Bug: charger repaired; back on the road


The bug is rolling again! About 39,800 electric miles. I asked Manzanita Micro why it failed and what I could do to prevent it from happening again. They said it “was something in the negative side of the rectifier bridge. possibly something in the ground.” — I’m not sure what that exactly means. For now, I’m going to limit charging the car at 20 amps. I had previously been pumping it up to the full 30 amps, hoping to get the rated 6kW of power out of it. I think that makes it have trouble…but I can’t say for sure. 

Here’s a picture from today while I was charging at Apple:

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I always open the hood to let the charger get some extra cooling. It tends to overheat and starts blinking its LED when I keep it shut. 




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