Soul099
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Joined: Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:29 pm

How to stop charging?

Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:37 pm

I am a new Soul owner and have run into problems regarding how to stop charging and unplug. When I charge to a preset limit it is fine charging stops once the limit is reached. When I stop to charge for a short time (like parking at a free charger while shopping) I cannot find a simple way to stop charging. I have either had to reset my target charge to a number lower than the current state of charge (soc) or if the soc is less than 50% then I set the off peak charging to a time other than current so that will stop the charging. There must be an esasier way!

Thanks for any advice.

notfred
Posts: 402
Joined: Thu May 07, 2015 2:28 pm

Re: How to stop charging?

Mon Aug 26, 2019 4:34 pm

Presumably you are talking about Level 2 charging. Just unplug, it is perfectly safe and the connector is designed to be unplugged while in use.

There is a pin that the car uses to tell the EVSE to supply power, it is shorter than the pins that carry the power. As you pull the cable out then that signalling pin disconnects first so the EVSE stops supplying power, and then the power pins disconnect safely without any current flowing so there is no spark. Finally the safety ground pin is the last thing to disconnect.

With Level 3 there is a stop button on the charger and the connector is locked in while charging.

Calaveras
Posts: 19
Joined: Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:08 pm

Re: How to stop charging?

Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:59 pm

Some level 2 chargers have a start and stop button, but many do not.
I just pull out the cord when I want to go. It does not hurt anything
2016 Leaf S bought used in 2017 24 kWh no QC
2017 Soul EV + bought in 2019 for spouse.
Daily commute is 55 miles round trip with a 1,900 foot elevation climb on the way home. Gold Country California

Soul099
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Joined: Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:29 pm

Re: How to stop charging?

Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:06 pm

Thanks. I found the problem. There is a setting that locks the charger to the car. I reset it so it no longer locks it so now I can simpmy unplug as you suggest.

notfred
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Joined: Thu May 07, 2015 2:28 pm

Re: How to stop charging?

Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:16 pm

I'm not familiar with the 2nd gen, but on the first gen the lock is the same as the door lock. Also it's not really a serious lock, if you get something long and thin then you can just push the lock pin back in.

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