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Ecotality Blink EVSE

Station installed at Portland's "Electric Avenue", Credit: Craig Vinton
CC By Richard Kelly, 10/2/2010, Alt Car Santa Monica
Ecotality Blink EVSE
Ecotality Blink EVSE
Accessory Type: 
Charge Station, SAE J-1772
Maximum Amps: 
30
Max Single Port Output: 
7.20 kW
Level: 
2
Price (USD): 
$1,195

Description

UL listed. Selective height design for convenient compliance with ADA requirements. 360 degree beacon light.

Features

  • Enclosure: NEMA 3R (sun and heat resistant)
  • Display: 7-color touch screen
  • Price: $1,199 Residential, $2,500 Commercial
  • Compliance: UL 2594, SAE J1772
  • Enclosure: Indoor/Outdoor
  • Programmable to charge when usage rates are lowest
  • Smart Grid ready
  • Network: Blink
  • Mounting: Wall, pedestal

5,700 Nissan LEAF owners and 2,600 Chevrolet Volt owners will be receiving a free EVSE, including installation, as part of the EVProject. Fill out the signup form to see if you qualify.

Some owners have reported various charging failures attributed to Blink units.

Blink has made a locator map available on their website.

Comments

MONKI's picture

fixing the BLINK

Thank you for this post! Our blink died yesterday - the display was dead already but otherwise it worked fine. Anyway, since I am never too confident - i wanted to share some images. This process is VERY easy. FIRST: DISCONNECT the safety plug!!!! OR shut down the MAIN fuse for your circuit. 1. Just take off the cover for which you need a TORX driver: loosen the 2 screws and pull it loos. Mine here in california is also protected by a safety pin, but it just goes though the hole unopened. 2. Take off the second cover. 5 screws ( regular hex ) 3. Looking from the top identify the 10cable connector on the middle board and pull it off ( see picture) the other end can stay on board 2 ( in the front) 4. Looking from front identify the DC cable and remove it from the same circuit board 1 ( the middle one) this time looking from the bottom is best. That's it!!! Test it and put it back together.... Saved me the replacement and goes to my saving account for a new battery! Cheers and again: BIG thank YOU for posting this! Monki, here are the photos: https://flic.kr/p/JbXakN https://flic.kr/p/HFriAT
Lars's picture

Blink Home Charger

Don't buy anything from Blink. My charger has been down for months and they don't have service people to fix it. They barely answer emails. I am ready to throw mine away and get a different model from a reliable supplier.
Phil Karn's picture

Hacking a Blink EVSE so it'll just work

I agree, Blink's EVSE is junk. I got the same "pink screens of death" and self-test failures that have plagued everyone else.

However, I found a very simple way to fix the problem. Inside the unit, behind the display, are two circuit boards. One is a low-level controller that talks directly to the car through the J1772 plug. The other is a high level computer running a highly hacked version of Linux with Blink's software.

This board is the source of all the trouble, and it isn't even necessary to charge the car! In fact, it's sole function is to disable charging, either because you told it to or because the software has crashed.

It turns out that it's very easy to disable this board and turn the EVSE into a simple, bare-bones system that JUST WORKS. There's a ribbon cable running between the two boards. Disconnect it. Also remove the DC power connector from the high level board (this is the one with the RJ45 Ethernet connector and the micro USB slot for the software on the bottom).

When you do this the screen will be dark and the unit will be off the net, of course, but the low-level controller will JUST WORK. In fact, charging starts a little faster than it ever did before, and it hasn't failed once since I made this mod nearly two years ago.

Jack's picture

Blnk Charger Fails

I made the mods suggested which creates a new problem. After the mod, in order to get the charger to work, I have to disconnect power to it and reconnect. Then it charges. Otherwise, when I plug it into my Leaf, the Leaf doesn't recognize it -- no charging lights.
Steven's picture

Successful Hack of Blink EVSE

Following Phil Kam's procedure, I hacked my Blink EVSE and got it working again. On my Blink (see previous reply), I unplugged the connector with the 10 small blue wires and another connector with three medium size blue wires. The charging function was restored and the display screen is dark. Thank you, Phil!
Steven's picture

Successful Hack of Blink EVSE

Following Phil Kam's procedure, I hacked my Blink EVSE and got it working again. On my Blink (see previous reply), I unplugged the connector with the 10 small blue wires and another connector with three medium size blue wires. The charging function was restored and the display screen is dark. Thank you, Phil!
Steven's picture

Hacking a Failed Blink ESVE

I'm hoping someone is still following this thread. I have a Blink ESVE (model WE-30CIRE, rev XXX3) with similar symptoms: first it lost the display, but would still charge if power-cycled occasionally; now it won't charge at all. I want to use Phil Kam's method to hack it. I don't see a ribbon cable, but I see a group of 10 small blue wires connecting the two boards; I'm assuming they are equivalent to the ribbon cable. There are also two groups of 3 blue wires each connecting the two boards. I haven't been able to find the DC power connector. If anyone has knowledge of this topic, please expand on it for all of us who will need the information. Thanks much.
monki's picture

fixing the BLINK

Thank you for this post! Our blink died yesterday - the display was dead already but otherwise it worked fine. Anyway, since I am never too confident - i wanted to share some images. This process is VERY easy. FIRST: DISCONNECT the safety plug!!!! OR shut down the MAIN fuse for your circuit. 1. Just take off the cover for which you need a TORX driver: loosen the 2 screws and pull it loos. Mine here in california is also protected by a safety pin, but it just goes though the hole unopened. 2. Take off the second cover. 5 screws ( regular hex ) 3. Looking from the top identify the 10cable connector on the middle board and pull it off ( see picture) the other end can stay on board 2 ( in the front) 4. Looking from front identify the DC cable and remove it from the same circuit board 1 ( the middle one) this time looking from the bottom is best. That's it!!! Test it and put it back together.... Saved me the replacement and goes to my saving account for a new battery! Cheers and again: BIG thank YOU for posting this! here are the photonics ( could not find a way to post here directly) https://flic.kr/p/HFriAT https://flic.kr/p/JbXakN
Kevin S.'s picture

DC cord

I just tried hacking and couldn't find the DC power until I unplugged a red and yellow cord from the small board that was connected to a small battery shaped like a coin at the floor of the unit. I hope this helps.
John's picture

blink charger hack

Has anyone perhaps posted a video of the hack? My WE-30Ckre (2011) charger just died, but I am quite nervous about pulling out parts...