Welcome to the Forum, ravolt. I just measured my cable and it is a bit over five and a half meters. I think officially you void your warranty if you use any kind of extension chord. Nissan expect you to install a dedicated 15 amp power point close enough to where you plan to charge your LEAF so that the supplied cable will reach. I had such a line installed and it cost me a bit over $200. Various members of the Forum have tried all sorts of improvisiations, including some using 10 amp power points, and no-one has had any trouble, though officially they are voiding their warranty. You need to make sure any extension chord doesn't get hot as that could cause a problem. Will be thinking of you on Thursday
5 1/2 m !!!! Brilliant - thank you for the effort to measure. I need 1.8m 3m more convenient but 5 is brilliant! Thanks Pheobe!
I installed an outlet 2 years ago when I had other work done and contemplating a DIY EV. At the time I compromised a bit on position as I wanted access for other equipment. Then I recently read the extension cord warranty concern. But their is no logical reason for it unless your cord is over 15m. Nissan being cautious of upstream litigation I suspect.
As I work on the fringe of electrical appliances I am loathed to use a 10A-15A conversion for it's pushing the envelope and trusting older house wirings having been done properly or still in good condition. Although many friends are not likely to have 15A GPOs. Unlikely but if neccessary I guess for those friends - eg my Father's place - I can offer to pay for a 15A GPO of which they can use for anything else.
Thanks for the welcome - it's all happened quite quickly. An offer on a DIY came up - good car - but I decided that because I could DIY (or buy ) doesn't mean I should. The extra price for the LEAF above DIY is minimal - roughly $32k DIY to RRP $40k for leaf. Frankly - no headaches - warranty - full integration, AC with regen' motor etc.
The final straw - I bought personalised number plate - before buying the car which meant COMMITTMENT LOL [RA VOLT] as in the sun god Ra. Yup - I have had solar before rebates took off.
Will post pics to celebrate and thanks for the forum. I am in Perth and purchased from Nissan Magic Melville.
Matthew, Jim and I are both in NSW, but Brian, one of our longest members, and Anthony are in Perth. Brian has helped Anthony and I'm sure he'd help you. His email address in on the members list. Looking foward to your pics.
Thanks Pheobe, Actually, I bumped into Brian thru a mutual friend, exchanged a few emails and he certainly helped in calming some thoughts. He was the first I told and will meet for coffee when I have the LEAF. Funny thing - he's in the neighbouring suburb!!!! I'll be telling my friends and kids once I have it! Cheers Matthew
IF the devices have safety controls that prevent drawing more than 10A there should be no problem. If a lead has been modified by changing a plug then there are real issues. 15A though a 10A is likely to melt the insulation. Sometimes spikes, at switching, will cause a trip in the mains box.
I recommend to ALL users out there to check their home charger plug, especially if you have an extension cord.
My plug (that is connected to the wall socket) was hot (like a hot cup of coffee) after an hour of charging. I picked this up by coincidence when I charged my Leaf during daytime (I very very rarely charge at home during daytime). It's probably been hot since ages.
After troubleshooting both the plug and the socket, I've found out the socket itself probably a bit dirty (since I use the wall socket for other garden tools). After cleaning (see disclaimer below), it's all back to normal now (no longer hot).
DISCLAIMER: If you're not electrician, obviously you can't do the 'cleaning' by yourself. I used a small drill bit to clean the wall socket: NOT recommended unless you're a cowboy.
PS: I change a 15-A extension cord with a 10-A plug. It's illegal (is it?). No cops here right?