Can I use an Imported Japanese Charger?
- The components in some Japanese EVSE chargers are only rated at 200 volts (For the Japanese domestic market) and NZ’s voltage is 2o% higher than that during peaks. This will burn out some components, and make others exceed their current rating.
- While a NZ domestic outlet is rated at 10 Amps, often there can be more than one plug on a circuit. This can cause the circuit to overload or trip.
Here is an example of what happens when a modified Japanese import EVSE is plugged into a domestic 10 Amp socket:
Worksafe guidelines state that plug-in chargers must be limited to 8A or 1.8kW, unless they have additional thermal protection. JuicePoint is aware that many plug-in chargers available in New Zealand do not comply with Worksafe guidelines.
If your house or Electric Vehicle catches fire, will your insurance cover the damage? Is it worth the risk?