Rated 4.0 out of 5Â by 11
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by SirCaptain Works great! Glad I bought this.
I bought this to charge my new 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV. I had been charging it with an extension cord connected to a regular wall outlet. This would take up to 22 hours for an empty to full charge.
However, with the Legrand, I can now charge my car from empty to full in less than 6 hours. What a relief this has been for me in being able to maintain enough charge to keep me going with my busy work schedule of 65 hours a week at 2 jobs in 2 states.
It's convenient to use, and easy to connect. I did all the wiring by myself and set the system up on its own breaker. It's connected on the outside of my house where I can simply back my car in the driveway and charge it.
The only concern I have is that the fault light stays on constantly; it never goes off. So it initially appears as if something is wrong, but its not. The black plastic box it all comes in is excessively too big for what little components & wiring are inside.
But I will say for the price, compared to everything else I've seen, it was worth it. Nothin fancy about it, but it does work and does the trick. I've had no problems with mine so far.
Now.. because these are so much cheaper than the others, if only more of these were installed at area businesses and shopping plazas....life would be even better.
I really think Home Depot is missing out on a great Public Relations and Marketing opportunity to advertise this product by simply installing it and making at least one of them available to their customers at each of their Home Depot stores. I know I would personally shop there more if I knew this was an option. Not to mention how much of an opportunity this is for them to set a good business practice example for other businesses to attract customers like us that drive all electric cars.
Home Depot.... are you listening??
July 24, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â by Quxx A nice unit, but consider if the self-coiling cord is right for you.
I really like that it has a "dock" for plug. This keeps it clean and dry without having to fiddle with a cap.
The case is solid and corrosion proof being made from two sturdy pieces of injection molded plastic. A nice touch that will add to the durability of the case is that the screws that hold the two halves together thread into metal clips (not just threads in the plastic). Thus stripped threads or broken bosses on the plastic shouldn't be a problem.
The display has 2 lights, and a little bar graph. When the unit is working CORRECTLY all of these lights light-up green -- including the light that is labeled "Fault". Why the fault light should light when the thing is working properly makes no sense, but once you know this, it isn't a big issue (apparently the light will turn red if there is a problem). Note also that the "Charge" bar graph just flashes sequentially when you are charging. It doesn't show the state of charge of your car. This is not surprising as I don't think the car tells the charging station how charged it is.
The clear plastic piece that makes up the display panel is held by only two screws at the bottom edge. This leaves the top of this panel floppy. Since it sits in a recess in the main cover, I don't think it is likely to get caught and broken, but it gives an otherwise solidly constructed unit a flimsy feel.
The foam seal between the two case halves is in 3 pieces. This leaves a small crack where the pieces come together at the two upper corners. If you are mounting this unit where it gets rained on, I'd recommend a dab of sealant at each corner.
The housing is way bigger than it needs to be. The electronics inside would easily fit in a small cracker box.
Finally, the sticker for the display was applied a bit crooked on my unit. Its no big deal, but bugs me on an expensive piece of equipment.
The self coiling cord has advantages and disadvantages. It helps to keep the cord tidy when you are not using it, but it can cause the cord to lift up off the ground if you need to stretch it at all when you plug the car in. This can make it harder to step over the cord when you walk around the car. And, it can cause the cord to bump against the car body when you plug the car in. Note: The 24 foot cord length listed for this unit is a reasonable length to which the cord can be stretched. But It does pull a bit at this length. It can stretch at least another 10 feet, but it will start to pull back rather hard.
If you are opening the housing, pay special attention to these steps: 1) The silver covers really do just pull off. There are no hidden screws, they are held on with supper-duty Velcro-like patches. You need to pull really hard. 2) The front of the housing (the main part held on by the screws, not the silver trim panels) has electrical wires connecting it to the rear housing. Don't yank it off or let it drop or you might break the wires (the wires do unplug once you have the housing open).
The plug on this unit is straighter than many others. On the Mitsubishi "i", this makes it harder to plug in and particularly unplug as the door on the car doesn't open as far as it should. I don't know if the straight plug is an issue with other cars.
January 15, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by EVdriver It just works
It's a fairly basic unit. Someone called L2 chargers "glorified extension cords", and it was spot on. Box itself is pretty bulky, and 90% empty. Plastic housing is thick and feels solid. It doesn't have any controls. When you plug it, it charges, when you disconnect - it stops. It shows when it is ready to charge (passed self-test), and when it is actually charging.
I was considering Schneider and Legrand, and decided on Legrand because of the coiled cord. I read that coiled cords are hard to walk past, but in my particular case cord was not in the way, and I didn't want to get my hands dirty coiling the cord in the morning before going to work.
This is a 16A unit. It will charge current generation of Volts and Leafs at full speed, but Schneider may charge future EV's capable of drawing more juice faster.
Cord is pretty heavy, and it pulls back with significant force. That assures that it comes back nicely, but also it feels like it puts more stress on the charging port than a straight cord would.
January 15, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â by MtnViewMark The coiled cord is great!
This EVSE does what it's built for: It supplies the 240v for your car. We've had no problems using it with our Mitsubishi i-MiEV over the last two months. The coiled cord and the place to store the connector when not charging make using it a cinch.
The only complaint I'd have about it is that the indicator lights are lit all the time, even when it isn't plugged into the car. Seems silly to waste electricity on lights no one is looking at most of the time - especially for a device bought by an energy conscious user.
March 6, 2012
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0Â by LJGGT Legrand's Level 2 Charging Station - Returned
The Legrand charger worked but had several flaws and was returned as being defected. After charging the unit would lock-up and not operate until the power was removed from the unit and reset. Hence, after each charge the circuit breaker had to be turned off and back on before another charge cycle could be initiated. Another disturbing detail was the heavy tension applied to the car charge input connector by the chargers coil cord. The pull on the connector was excessive and in time, I believe would damage the connector. Home depot sells a unit from another manufacturer of which I have since purchased and am complete satisfied.
April 23, 2012