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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 03-23-2018, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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Level 2 Chargers

I just put a deposit down on a Niro PHEV. I am curious about any Level 2 chargers people have installed in their homes. If you put one in, which one did you choose and how much did it cost to install it?

According to the CA Drive Clean Website, Kia has a partnership with Leviton. https://www.driveclean.ca.gov/pev/Ch..._a_Charger.php Does that matter much or did it factor into anyone's decision?

Thanks for your input - I'm trying to figure out what to do now that I've got one coming!
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Amperage drawn by Level 2 charger?

I'm planning to install a Level 2 charger. Does anybody know the maximum amperage drawn when the Kia Niro is charging?
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I only have the Level 1 chareger that comes with the car , and it drew 11.59 amps on my kill-a-watt meter. So maybe double the amps for 240V? There is an momentary surge in amperage when first starting a charge that's why the chargers are rated 30 amps or more for the Level 2 and you need a 15amp for Level1
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So maybe double the amps for 240V?
Logical assumption - but in fact, halve the amps from 120 to 240. So, in theory, 5.795 amps - IF the level 2 charger uses the same internal transformer as the stock level 1 charger. That's a big "if". I suspect it will use a larger transformer in order to speed up the charge. (A 240V circuit is basically just 2 120V circuits which are in opposite polarity, firing alternatively & used in conjunction.)

Note this is just electrical theory, I have no experience with any plug-in hybrid. Let's see if a level 2 owner can chime in & supply an accurate amperage pull for their unit.

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I bought my 2018 Niro PHEV EX Premium a week ago.

I just installed a JuiceBox Pro 40 yesterday - it was free from my power company... well, $100 after tax and shipping. It has the option to be hardwired or plugged in. I chose the plug-in. I ran an extension cord (heavy duty 30A, $100 for 25ft) from my 30A dryer outlet to run towards the front of the garage where I want it mounted.

For now I have to swap out the dryer and charger plugs... I have a Dryer Buddy on the way from BSA electronics so I don't have to do this in the future.

This charger is wifi enabled and I'm able to start/stop/program the charging on my phone or computer.

I ran the charge last night and it drew 14 amps. It delivered 6.107kWh in 01:46:19... 3.457 kWh/hr

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I'm planning to install a Level 2 charger. Does anybody know the maximum amperage drawn when the Kia Niro is charging?

The NIRO has an onboard charger able to receive 16A at 240V (3300watts or 3.3kw). 3.3kw is the standard L2 Charger on First gen Nissan Leafs, Chevy Volts and PHEV Prius'. You could use a 32A or even a 50A EVSE, however the car will only take a max of 3.3kw. I picked up a ChargePoint HOME Evse for a few hundred bucks, its the 16Amp version so its cheaper. The DUOSIDA is another good EVSE for around $200.
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I already have a 240 V 6-50 outlet in my garage, if I'm understanding correctly for my new 2019 Kia Niro Plug-In htbrid -- this level 2 would work just fine https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K43S1VG ....and any higher amp charger e.g. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07228K6PX/ wouldn't really make a diff

Am I understanding this correctly?
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I already have a 240 V 6-50 outlet in my garage, if I'm understanding correctly for my new 2019 Kia Niro Plug-In htbrid -- this level 2 would work just fine https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K43S1VG ....and any higher amp charger e.g. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07228K6PX/ wouldn't really make a diff

Am I understanding this correctly?
yes. Niro draws 16a max.
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