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Slumming it on 120V

7237 Views 29 Replies 16 Participants Last post by  NJ Bolter
For the past 4 years I've used my trusty Clipper Creek LCS-25 (4.8 kW/20 amp max) unit with 0 problems with my Volt, and more recently my Bolt. However, since I am moving soon to a house that has a garage, I decided it was time to upgrade to a EVSE that can max out the Bolt's 7.2 peak charge rate. So I sold my old CC unit, and decided to get a Tesla Gen 2 mobile connector (see

So until I move and get the Tesla unit installed, I am forced to charge L1 with my 120v charging cord. This morning I woke up after plugging the Bolt in last night, and checked the charge state at 7AM this morning. The display said it would be finished charging at 11AM....TOMORROW (notice the display doesn't say the date it will finish charging).

Just a couple of more weeks! I already know that long term 120V charging would not work for my household.


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An insight, don't know why it took so long to think of this possible interim '240 volt outlet':

A 12 or 14 gauge extension cord from the far side of the house could be brought over near the 110 volt outlet nearest the car, to make 240 volts available at the custom adapter there.
Yup. I made a cord up, with parts from Lowes, to pull power from different legs in my garage. It worked with non-GFI outlets only.
Is that adapter as scary as it sounds?

When only one leg of the Y is plugged into 110 volts, does 110 volts appear at a prong on the other leg of the Y?
No. The only real concern is somebody plugging a 120 volt device into the female plug.
That'd good to know. Thanks.
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