SR/F home charging sta

clubman

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Hi guys! Have a 2 month old SR/F Premium and I'm thinking about putting a level 2 charger in my garage, accessing 220V will not be a problem. Now that these bikes have been around awhile I'm sure there are some preferred suppliers that you guys have discovered. There are tons of automotive J1772 compatible units on sites like Amazon for $200-$400, yet some of these say "not compatible with motorcycles? Educate me, please. Thanks
 

DonTom

New member
Hi guys! Have a 2 month old SR/F Premium and I'm thinking about putting a level 2 charger in my garage, accessing 220V will not be a problem. Now that these bikes have been around awhile I'm sure there are some preferred suppliers that you guys have discovered. There are tons of automotive J1772 compatible units on sites like Amazon for $200-$400, yet some of these say "not compatible with motorcycles? Educate me, please. Thanks
I don't recall ever seeing one that says "not compatible with motorcycles". Can you provide a link to such?

An EV charge station and motorcycle charger should not care at all that it is a motorcycle. J-1772, Tesla Wall and a 14-50R are mainly just all just 240 VAC supplies.

The only thing you should be concerned with is if you want to charge at 6 KW. At 240 VAC you should have at least a 32 amp cable, which is good for 7,680 watts (240 Volts times 32 amps=7,680 watts).

If you also have the charge tank, you will want to go even higher.

FWIW, I own five EVs. Two Zeros, an Energica, a Tesla M3 and a new 2022 Chevy Bolt that I purchased just yesterday.

I charge them all from my Tesla Wall Connector by using a Tesla Tap.

I use external chargers on my Zeros, I can charge my 2017 SR at up to 7.8 KW when on the road and 10 KW when at home.

-Don- Auburn, CA
 

clubman

New member
I don't recall ever seeing one that says "not compatible with motorcycles". Can you provide a link to such?

An EV charge station and motorcycle charger should not care at all that it is a motorcycle. J-1772, Tesla Wall and a 14-50R are mainly just all just 240 VAC supplies.

The only thing you should be concerned with is if you want to charge at 6 KW. At 240 VAC you should have at least a 32 amp cable, which is good for 7,680 watts (240 Volts times 32 amps=7,680 watts).

If you also have the charge tank, you will want to go even higher.

FWIW, I own five EVs. Two Zeros, an Energica, a Tesla M3 and a new 2022 Chevy Bolt that I purchased just yesterday.

I charge them all from my Tesla Wall Connector by using a Tesla Tap.

I use external chargers on my Zeros, I can charge my 2017 SR at up to 7.8 KW when on the road and 10 KW when at home.

-Don- Auburn, CA
Thanks for the quick answer, I now know a lot more about charging. The SR/F premium comes with 2, 3KW chargers installed, only 1 of which operates when plugged into the 110V charge controller supplied. Level 2 activates the second charger and that is what I am aiming for. I'm looking at Lectron level 2 charge controllers, of which there are many. A 240V 16A version is about $200 . To double that up to 32A is another $100. I'm thinking the extra money may be worth it just for a heavier duty unit? There are no other EV's in my immediate future. Of course all of this is currently (pun intended) moot until Zero figures out what is wrong with the charging system on my bike (in the shop going on 3 wks. now). Thanks again for your help. Joel
 

DonTom

New member
Thanks for the quick answer, I now know a lot more about charging. The SR/F premium comes with 2, 3KW chargers installed, only 1 of which operates when plugged into the 110V charge controller supplied. Level 2 activates the second charger and that is what I am aiming for. I'm looking at Lectron level 2 charge controllers, of which there are many. A 240V 16A version is about $200 . To double that up to 32A is another $100. I'm thinking the extra money may be worth it just for a heavier duty unit? There are no other EV's in my immediate future. Of course all of this is currently (pun intended) moot until Zero figures out what is wrong with the charging system on my bike (in the shop going on 3 wks. now). Thanks again for your help. Joel
I now own five EVs. Yeah, five. I am hopelessly hooked.

They are:

2017 Zero DS
2017 Zero SR (with pwr tank).
2018 Tesla M3, AWD, LR.
2020 Energica Esse Esse 9
2022 Chevy Bolt Hatchback.

I purchased the Chevy Bolt just two days ago. And it has a recall since yesterday!

Since you have the 6KW charger (total of the two), I would pay for the 32 amps. 240 VAC as 32 amps is above 7 KW. Yes, it will be better built as well as give you a faster charge if you have 240 VAC. If you only have 120 VAC available, the cheaper granny cable will be fine for home use.

IAC, be sure you buy one that works on 120 VAC as well as 240 VAC.

BTW, I modified mine to make it much smaller and I carry mine on my Energica. I sometimes charge it from an outlet when on the road. Such as from here.

-Don- Auburn, CA
 
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