This will be a different kind of entry as it will be a work in progress for at least the next few weeks. I am posting initial reports because I know some of you check my blog randomly for new posts. If anyone desires the CSV files the charts were created from post here with your email (probably not a good idea) or PM me at MNL or Facebook.
**Note; Costs consider the first 30 mins on QCs free due to NCTC**
4/8/16 Blink at Tahoma Market. OAT 72º. GIDs 46-213. kwh LEAF Spy; 12.08 Blink; 14.50 cost $.02 Starting KW; 46, ending KW 12.2 time "about 29 mins 30 seconds but due to the .02 charge, "someone" thought it was greater than 30 mins...
Notes; For the first time ever (granted, its not something I normally look at) I noticed a much lower charge efficiency. with 12.08 kwh going thru LEAF Spy but Blink claiming I received 14.50 kwh means and efficiency of 83%. I have tracked this machine before and it was always over 90%. I did not hear the LEAF's fans running (they were pretty loud on my 2011) but then again, I was at a truck stop a few hundred feet from I-5 so not the quietest area in town.
Conclusions; Blink gets a lot of complaints but I have had very little trouble with them overall. I can't help but wonder when their clock starts as I specifically wanted to stop before the 30 mins was up but apparently a 20 second cushion was not big enough. I will pay a LOT more attention to when I need to start the stopwatch next time.
3/18/16 NRG Tacoma Mall. Several sessions here.
NRG's stations won't charge more than about 40 KW due to its maximum limit of 100 amps so wasn't expecting super big numbers and since their billing is by the minute its obvious they know how to butter the bread! This session had no major surprises. I started the charge at 68 GIDs and it went to 100 amps giving me just under 38 KW but then started dropping at 74 GIDs. This was not a gradual drop, more of a tiered drop as it settled to 90 amps. From this point it slowly dropped until the finish of the session which lasted 29 mins 12 seconds. (I wasn't sure whether the station would shut off by itself after my 30 min free time and wasn't willing to pay anything) finishing with GID count 224 with final charging speed roughly 10.5 KW. So, not the best, but ok, I suppose.
Due to me having a light schedule at work, I was naturally the first one work would call for any last minute needs (My job has several a day it seems...) But I ended up having to criss cross the region a few times so stopped at NRG again which is just over a mile from work. But I got a hot customer that was very time sensitive so had to get a charge and fast and besides, I was so low I really couldn't go home either so I plugged in at 30 GIDs and...
WTF??? I had half as much charge from the earlier session (I was only at 6 TBs) but I was charging at half the speed?? I had two destinations to get to, one North the other East. Now I did not have enough to make it to both without charging to make it home. When was the last time anyone here ended up with a faster charging rate at the end of the session?? I basically charged for 30 mins at a fast charger and then left with FIFTY FOUR PERCENT STATE OF CHARGE!!
Now why was this happening? Heat wasn't it. Nowhere near that point. The only thing I could figure is there was an i3 on the L2. Now it would be drawing 7.2KW which is a pretty hefty bunch so could it be possible, the power is split 50-50? Wow... I guess I have seen dumber decisions... I think...
Finally I get back to charging and no longer interested in getting my free 30 mins. I was pretty tired of this place by now so only wanted to get what I needed and go... that is IF I could do it in 30 mins or less. By now it was after 7 PM and I was lucky my last appointment of the day had no real time frame. But as luck would have it, I was back to the 100 amps again!! And because I was at 136 GIDs (yes MORE than 100 GIDs higher than my earlier session) I was charging just under 40 KW! I was gone in 21 minutes!
Despite getting an email confirmation within 2 minutes of completing my EZ Charge registration on their site; the card was not being recognized at the station. I tried both Centralia and Tumwater with the same results. Finally, I called and got two completely different responses. One time, I called and the lady verified my name and started the charge for me. The other lady completely shut down after she heard I was using an EZ Charge card and refused to help me. Now the card works fine and the "bleeding edge" is starting to heal a bit.
This session started at 79 GIDs and lasted 27 mins ending with 217 GIDs. This was the most powerful session so far starting at 125 amps and 46.5 KW. This lasted almost 3 minutes! (167 seconds). But then again, this makes sense. Unlike Blink or NRG, AV has an "all you can eat" $19.99 billing system there is no reason for them to throttle back the speed, right?
This session was designed to look at what parameters we would want to switch to L2 in consideration of our fellow "Electronite". Again, very surprising results. I started the charge at 157 GIDs and 28 KW to finish it 27 minutes later at 228 GIDs and 4.7 KW. I am posting this to prove it happened. I can only hope its some sort of anomaly.
Well NRG was just really disappointing so I decided it was time to try Blink.
Here I started the charge at 64 GIDs and immediately saw 46 KW! NICE!!! Granted it only lasted a short time so guessing it was more of a battery check than anything but the end results were the significant part. After 30 mins, I was at 221 GIDs but still absorbing 11.6 KW (Keep in mind this is LEAF Spy reading so this is AFTER efficiency losses). In fact, it took just over 44 minutes before I slowed down to the same 4.7 KW charging speed of the NRG but at 243 GIDs!
Start 60 GIDs, 45 KW. End 217 GIDs, 12.2 GIDs, charging duration 28 mins, 10 seconds.