[Oeva-list] Problems Charging Think at 120V

Paul Wallace ianaudio at aracnet.com
Tue Aug 14 06:57:55 PDT 2012

Interesting problem.  The DC/DC converter is shut down, probably for safety reasons, and never turned on when the house battery voltage gets low.  The gen2 Prius has the same problem if you leave a smart key near it.  The on board computers are kept running in anticipation of you climbing in and starting the car.  This will drain the 12v battery very quickly.  I leave the DC/DC running in my truck all the time.  This is a compromise as I would like to shut down all the high voltage from the pack box to the engine bay when the key is off, but there are enough parasitic loads on the 12v system that would kill the battery if I didn't do this, like the level 2 pilot circuit and the emeter.

Paul Wallace

On Aug 14, 2012, at 6:18 AM, Chris Arnesen wrote:

> Ironically, the exact same thing will happen on the Leaf. If you plug it in and charge it up, after it is done charging the 12 volt system still stays active. Unfortunately, this causes the 12 volt battery to go dead in about a week or two. This is why it is recommended to charge up your Leaf and just unplug it before taking an extended trip.
> --Chris
> On 8/13/2012 9:19 PM, matwete at comcast.net wrote:
>> Patrick, the reader comments to that article are informative.  The issue isn't quite what the article described.  It doesn't have to do with 110v charging.  It has to do with an EVSE being connected and the a power glitch or something stopping the charge.  After, the PCI continues to drain the 12v battery.  Read more on the YAHOO THINK group list.
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>> To: "OEVA" <oeva-list at oeva.org>
>> Subject: [Oeva-list] Problems Charging Think at 120V
>> Date: Mon, Aug 13, 2012 8:33 pm
>> Have any of you that recently bought a Think had problems charging it at 120V as described in this article: 
>> http://goo.gl/bSrl3 
>> Regards,
>> Pat
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