Christopher Darilek wrote: > I'm ready to upgrade my charger connector. Right now I'm using NEMA plugs > on the ends of pig tails under the hood (I have to open my hood 2x a > day). My charge rate is 18A @100V (reduced to not melt said plugs). I > think I need 5 connections: +100V, battery ground, +12V, chassis ground, > and BMS output to turn the charger Off. I'd like for the connector to be > accessible without opening the hood. What do ya'll use? Any ideas?
I'd suggest Anderson PowerPole connectors for this: <http://www.andersonpower.com/us/en/products/powerpole/> My first EV also used a large offboard transformer-type charger (Lester), and also required both pack voltage and 12V connections between the vehicle and charger. It used a 4-pole PowerPole configuration for this. In my case, the charger needed to see 12V from the vehicle to turn on its output. You can choose different colours to color-code each contact according to purpose, and Anderson sells housings to allow the vehicle side connector to be mounted behind a fuel filler door, or somewhere else convenient and to allow the off board connector to be covered and treated as a 'paddle'. This way there is no risk of future confusion resulting in something other than the intended charger being connected to the vehicle, and you have a connector system rated to make/break DC (which a re-purposed AC connector may not be). Cheers, Roger. _______________________________________________ UNSUBSCRIBE: http://www.evdl.org/help/index.html#usub http://lists.evdl.org/listinfo.cgi/ev-evdl.org Read EVAngel's EV News at http://evdl.org/evln/ Please discuss EV drag racing at NEDRA (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NEDRA)