Just to clarify a few things that I have seen going around on the net. I have read an electrician claiming that a Jcar 15A to 10A conversion unit with RCD and 10A circuit breaker is Dangerous and could burn down your house. As an electrical engineer I can say that this in not true. A 10A circuit breaker will trip at 10A for its rated long time thermal trip, which is well beyond the thermal damage curve of a 1.5mm2 cable.
- This is confirmed in the manual as 10A for Maximum rated current with an *1(when using a genuine charging cable with control box
- It is also stated that 3.6kVA is the Maximum power consumption (which some have incorrectly confused as relating to the standard 240V charger that comes with the car), however some have failed to take note of *2(When using a home or public charging device
, EVSE:Electric Vehicles Supply Equipment). IE a dedicated charging station that you have had installed or a public one.
Ratings on the control box supplied with the car are 10A max, thus is not going to pull more than its rating. I have taken some reading with a power meter and posed a picture below. It does draw very close to 10A, so i suggest any extension cable you use is in good condition and not enclosed as it does get warm. Any wiring in your house should also have the appropriate circuit breaker at the main switchboard to protect it against overload so I cannot foresee any major issues here.
29/08/2014 PHEV Aspire, Arctic Silver. Tow bar, Rear Bumper protector plate (Stainless), Floor illumination lights, Front parking sensors (disabled), Mats