Charging 2 Plugins at home?

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  1. pokenoprius

    pokenoprius Member

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    Hi Everyone.

    Our family have 2x 2013 plugins. We have one 240v dedicated weather safe outdoor power socket ( NZ style ) with a dedicated circiut breaker in the fusebox inside. All good there. Is it safe to plug in our second car at the same time to charge both , as long as it is not on the same circuit as the outdoor charger?

    Power cost is not a worry, as we have a free hour of power to use every day, so would be great to take advantage of that. The house is 3 years old, so house wiring quality and age are not a worry.

    I will need to find a suitable extension cord that can handle the load for the second car( wont use a standard department store cord )

    Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. hieronymous

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    PiPs draw 10A - think 2.4 kWh heater, no difference. Your power circuits are almost certainly 15A. All trip ratings are for continuous load, peak load assume 30% higher I.e. your 15A circuit won't fall over with 17A.
    Extension cords are a bad idea period, and a no-no outside.
    Work out which of your 15A circuits has the lightest load, then plug your 2nd PiP into that. Get your sparkie to replace that circuit breaker with a combined trip/rcd module for the safest outcome..
     
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  3. pokenoprius

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    Thanks hieronymous, good advice
     
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    Should be fine. Just find a circuit that can handle a 13 Amp load.

    A 2013 PIP should pull 13 Amps, so a 12 gauge cord would work well. (Wonders if Kiwis have electrical gauges or use something metric...)
     
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