Standard Prius Prime Charger (G9060-47130) supporting 240V

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  1. Carsten Steenberg

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    Dear Forum,
    My wife just got a 2017 Prius Prime - By accident my wife plugged the standard charger that came with the car Toyota Part # G9060-47130 in to my modified 240V outlet for my 2017 Chevy Volt.
    As some might recall the Chevy Volt charger is unofficially confirmed to support 240V and I have successfully used the Volt charger with only 240V for 8months without a problem. The circuit board and parts are rated for 240V.
    Anyway it looks like my wife Prius Prime charger worked fine the same way?- it did not get hot - I also plugged it in to my Volt and check on the Volt app and it said it was plugged in to a charging station = higher charging than 120V.
    Can anyone comment on this?

    Best Carsten
     
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    I'm pretty sure it's dual voltage. Just look at what's printed on the power brick, it'll say what it can handle. (120V/240V)
     
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    The label only says AC 110V to 120V 12A 60 HZ -no mentioning of 220/240V support - See label attached - FYI the Volt charger does not say dual voltage support on its label either. Prius Prime Charger.jpg
     
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    I am not understanding how you could plug a 110v device into a 240v outlet.
     
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    welcome!

    you are fortunate that it didn't blow up. they must have some kind of overload protection in it.

    reminds me of when my wife and i were first married. i converted my 120v table saw to 240v by switching a wire in the motor, ran a new wire and circuit breaker, and told myself i would change the plug (which i didn't have on hand) later.

    one day, my wife goes down the basement, plugs in her philco tv and boom. no more tv.:cool: wasn't funny as i recall.:eek:
     
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    Most computers, cell phones are dual voltage. I’ve had stereos (purchased outside North America) that were dual voltage (actually from 100-240 volts, 50/60 Hz)
     
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    Then i don't think I'd trust it doing 240V! I'll have to look at mine when I get home...
     
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    As the 240V use of the Volt charger is getting very popular there are several companies that are making custom plug converters for like a dryer outlet to a standard 3 prong female plug - see picture 240V to 120V plug adapter.jpg
     
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    there is a company that can convert the prime evse to 120/240, but it ain't cheap.
     
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    Also not sure if it was just good overload protection that prevented it to blow-up - it was plugged in for several hours and charged 2 different EV' - also no error light on the unit - just the green (+everything OK light on).
    Maybe the electronics inside the charger is similar to the Volt -all parts are rated 240V - See - did anyone take a look?
     
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    Pre-made Conversion cables cost from $40-$60 - FYI -With my standard Chevy Volt charger at 240V I can charger the Prius Prime in 2 hours and 30min.
     
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    Won’t the bits in the car for charging be the same all over the world. It needs to handle 240v here in the UK. Will be cheaper to build one version a different plug top rather than engineer unique versions.


    iPhone ?
     
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    maybe not, since you don't get an evse with yours. here, most people have 120v, and would have to install 240v outlet.
     
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    you may be right. i have heard it's $5.00 in parts to convert the toyota evse, so most of it must be 240 ready.
     
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    great price, where do you get them?
     
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    I am going to assume that the orange end is a standard 110v outlet with a 240 volt only warning on it. What could possibly go wrong here?
     
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    @jerrymildred can verify but I suspect those cables are very illegal too due to the potential safety issues.
    There is a reason connectors like that are designed to be incompatible.
     
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    A lot of equipment is dual voltage, so an adaptor cable isn't necessarily a bad thing. But if a device is dual voltage like my phone charger, it will normally say so because that's a nice feature and worth bragging about. The standard North American EVSE for my PiP says "Input 110V-120V." I would assume the Prime is the same. So, if all the Toyota EVSE needed in order to work on 240V was an adapter plug, then those guys who are "converting" them for over $200 would be big time frauds.
    IMG_7002.jpg

    Anyone who wants to try to run their unmodified North American Toyota EVSE on 240V is welcome to risk the expense. Please post pictures and total repair cost. ;)
     
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    post 1 says no damage.
     
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    True, but it might be more accurate to add, "so far." There are also medical expenses. Just because I crossed the street and forgot to look both ways and didn't get hurt doesn't mean that it's safe. The EVSE has one hot leg and one neutral leg. If you plug it into 240V you just made that neutral leg hot. Since the EVSE has a plastic case, it's probably OK, but I wouldn't want a hot neutral. They can really hurt as I know from personal experience.

    The Prime owner's manual says "Connect to an AC 120 V outlet," for a reason. If it was made for 240V, don't you think they would brag that up? I sure would. The most important part of the conversion, I think, is getting that formerly neutral side of the internal circuit isolated.
     
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