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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

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.
Michael W's picture

I would agree. On January 24

I would agree. On January 24 my unit went and as of 2/24/14 I have not heard anything from the technical staff at Ecotality. The call center is helpful and sympathetic but they have no answers and have not been given much in the way of tools to address customer issues. The company appears to be in total dismay as a result of the bankruptcy and subsequent acquisition by CarCharging, a Florida public company. The crazy part is that I like the unit and would simply like to get it fixed but for the life of me I can't find a service tech in Arizona that will work on the unit. Any ideas? Would really like to keep the unit.
Tim's picture

I have the same problem

I had this unit installed as part of Ecotality project in March 2013. It charged well until January 2014 when it stopped charging. I called Blink service center, they passed me on to electrician who then passed me on to another company, round and round.... Among many things I heard: Blink went bankrupt and the new company Car Charging is trying to offer a maintenance program for the existing blink charger to which I have heard nothing... Bottomline, we have to pay for it, whether we have it fixed or purchase a brand new system. The calling center did give me a phone number to Tekigeek which is the electrician for repair of old blink charger . Left a message, and have yet to hear back from them... All in all, it is a frustrating experience. It does seem that way that the new company (Car Charging) does not care about the old custumers using Blink system. Although I like the old Blink system when it worked, now i have a change of heart, and am looking for another reliable charger from different company. It is a free market, when you snooze, you lose......
DInesh's picture

Ecotality Blink EVSE

Worst charger in the market. Rip off. Did not work since day one and after few weeks died completely. Service backed for months and I am waiting since june? Stay away from this product. Dinesh 610-457-5671
Justin H's picture

Blink has 3 levels for their

Blink has 3 levels for their memberships, Guest, Basic and Premium. All at 3 different price points for charging. Check their site for the most updated info, but at $2 per hr for guest is the same thing as chargepoint in most areas. Some places offering 1.50/1.00 or even .75 per hr are generous. The basic (FREE) membership is $1.5 per hour, they may still be waiving the premium membership dues for the premium members which get a bigger discount on charging. All the Blink chargers in the DC Metro region are all free. So i did the BASIC. I got my L2 Blink EVSE for free from ECOtality. After the 3 firmware update i have had ZERO issues. Great unit especially cause its was free.
Anonymous's picture

Cost of charging.

I can get a full charge on my car (volt) for less that $1.50 in electricity at home. Even with a 240V station, it takes 4-5 hours to fully charge. At the lowest rate applied by Blink, that's 4-5 dollars, for the equivalent of a gallon of gas?! Why on earth would anyone become a blink member? It isn't worth it unless Blink cut their prices in half or more for members. There is also the issue of charging station distribution. It is woeful in the SF bay area and non-existent further north. I honestly don't understand the manner in which these things are being rolled out. If the government really want EV to take off, put chargers in rest areas along the freeway, in mall parking lots, and at train stations. That is where people use them, and we can all cease having to undertake an internet easter egg hunt every time we need/want a charge. It really isn't that difficult.
Anonymous's picture

New UI

The Blink Network has updated their system and the UI on commercial EVSEs now requires you to press a blue button to confirm that you want to pay. Even if the station is free, you must confirm the price of $0.00. Don't just enter your zip and walk away!
Colby's picture

Not Recommended

We've had one of these for a few months now, and it's truly a piece of junk. Luckily, we got it free through the EV Program. I guess you get what you pay for. It's satisfactory as a free EVSE, but if you are looking to buy an EVSE, look somewhere else. This EVSE has too many unnecessary features, and has extremely buggy software. Sometimes simplicity can be a good thing.
Anonymous's picture

Blink "fixed" in 2.0

The software is no longer buggy as of the 2.0 release of the software, which was made available in early 2012. If you have a Blink EVSE, make sure it's been upgraded.
Richard's picture

Unit available at auction

eBay link

Edit: Unit sold 8/30/2011 for $723.73 + $41.24 shipping